Introduction to Project Management

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In this Introduction to Project Management training class, students will learn the core components and techniques of project management from project start to project close.

  1. Learn how to define a project and project management.
  2. Learn about the role of a project manager.
  3. Learn about the project life cycle and project phases.
  4. Learn project management processes.
  5. Learn how to develop a project charter and project management plan.
  6. Learn how to communicate with project stakeholders and manage expectations.
  7. Learn about collecting requirements.
  8. Learn how to identify the requirements of the life cycle of the project.
  9. Learn how to manage requirements and general guidelines for specifying requirements.
  10. Learn techniques for creating a scope statement.
  11. Learn how to create the WBS.
  12. Learn how to develop project schedules and assign resources.
  13. Learn how to develop a project budget, establish the cost baseline, and gain final approval.
  14. Learn how to manage project risk and all about the project manager's role in project risk.
  15. Learn how to execute the project.
  16. Learn how to close a project and assess the success of the project.
  1. Overview of Project Management
    1. History of Project Management
    2. What Is a Project?
      1. Projects versus Process
    3. What Is Project Management?
    4. The Triple Constraint
    5. What Is the Role of the Project Manager?
    6. The Project Environment
      1. Organizational Factors - Culture
      2. Organizational Structures
      3. Functional Organizations
      4. Projectized Organizations
      5. Matrix Organizations
  2. Overview of Project Management Processes
    1. The Project Life Cycle
    2. Project Life Cycle Characteristics
    3. Project Phases
    4. Processes
    5. Knowledge Areas
  3. Starting the Project - Developing the Project Charter and Project
    1. Management Plan
    2. Initiating the Project
    3. Development of the Business Case
    4. Using a Statement of Work
    5. Developing the Project Charter
    6. Defining the Project Management Plan
    7. Defining the Change Management Process
  4. Communications Management
    1. Project Communications
    2. Identifying Project Stakeholders
    3. Manage Stakeholder Expectations
      1. Plan Status Reporting
      2. Plan Team Meetings
      3. Records Management
    4. Conclusion
  5. Collecting Requirements
    1. Collect Requirements
    2. Cost of Changes
    3. Impediments to Good Planning
    4. Reasons for Planning
    5. The Requirements Life Cycle
      1. Needs Emergence
      2. Needs Recognition
      3. Needs Articulation
      4. Functional Requirements
      5. Technical Requirements
    6. Managing Requirements
      1. Problems with Requirements
      2. Quality Requirements
      3. General Guidelines for Specifying Requirements
  6. Defining Scope and Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
    1. Creating the Scope Statement
    2. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
      1. Top-Down Approach
      2. Decomposition
      3. WBS Dictionary
      4. Traceability
      5. Baseline Scope
  7. Developing Project Schedule
    1. The Scheduling Process
    2. Step 1: Document the Scheduling Assumptions and Constraints
    3. Step 2: Gather Activity Estimates
      1. Types of Estimates
      2. Estimating Methods
    4. Step 3: Construct a Network Diagram
      1. Dependencies
      2. Precedents
      3. Leads and Lags
    5. Step 4: Determine the Critical Path
      1. The Forward Pass
      2. The Backward Pass
      3. Slack
      4. The Critical Path
    6. Step 5: Determine Calendar Dates and Cate the Ideal Schedule
    7. Step 6: Assign Resources
      1. Staffing Plan
      2. Resource Leveling
    8. Step 7: Publish the Schedule for Final Review
    9. Step 8: Gain Final Approval
      1. Rolling Wave Planning
      2. The Benefits of Creating a Quality Schedule
      3. Monitoring and Controlling the Project Schedule
      4. Additional Tips
  8. Developing the Project Budget
    1. Project Costs
      1. Project Cost Management
    2. Step 1: Document the Budgeting Assumptions and Constraints
    3. Step 2: Gather Activity Estimates
    4. Step 3: Aggregate Cost for All Activities
    5. Step 4: Align the Budget with Funding Schedules
    6. Step 5: Establish the Cost Baseline
    7. Step 6: Determine a Contingency Reserve Budget
    8. Step 7: Publish the Budget for Final Review
    9. Step 8: Gain Final Approval
  9. Managing Project Risk
    1. Understanding Risk
    2. Definition of Risk
    3. Risk Tolerance
    4. Project Manager's Role
    5. Developing a Risk Management Plan
      1. Identifying Risk
      2. Risk Register
      3. Defining Risks
      4. Analyzing Risk
      5. Probability and Impact
      6. Prioritizing Risks
      7. Plan Risk Responses
      8. Implementing the Response
      9. Monitor and Control Risk
      10. Risk Reporting
  10. Executing the Project
    1. Authorizing Work
    2. Managing the Team
    3. Managing Change
    4. Measuring Progress
    5. Status Reporting
  11. Closing the Project
    1. Verifying Deliverables
    2. Performing Process Reviews
    3. Assess Stakeholder Satisfaction
    4. Lessons Learned
    5. Administrative Closure
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