Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control

Course description:

Project managers have much to think about—from project scope to team member dynamics, from schedule to cost constraints, from dealing with executive stakeholders to identifying future state requirements.

This foundation course gives an applied and effective overview of project management and teaches techniques that will help you plan, implement, and complete projects of all sizes with desired results, on time and within budget.

Who should attend:

New and experienced project managers; program managers; project team leaders who initiate, plan, and manage projects; project team members who are interested in enhancing their careers by preparing to become certified PMPs.

PMBOK® Guide Knowledge Areas covered in this course

Time management, cost management, scope management, quality management, risk management, project integration, communication management, and human resource management.

How you will benefit:

  • Learn how to use a step-by-step, phase based approach for successful projects
  • Complete multiple project tasks on time
  • Improve estimation of project costs, resources, and time
  • Improve your overall project management tracking
  • Manage the scope change that often occurs in projects through special methods, tools, and techniques
  • Assess and improve your current project management system, both the process and software used
  • Effectively initiate, plan, execute, control, and close out projects
  • Apply or customize the UW framework for project management to your organizational needs
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of any successful project manager and review the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • Immediately apply project management principles back at work
Continuing Education Units:

This course provides 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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Day 1 - PM Basics, Conceptualization, Initiation, and Planning

  • Course overview
  • Project management basics: types and characteristics of projects, the triple constraints of project management, project management methodologies, waterfall versus iterative methodologies, projects versus programs versus portfolios, and project stakeholders
  • Project conceptualizing and Initiating: developing success criteria and determining what "done" looks like, creating the business case, cost benefit analysis, and developing the project charter

Day 2 - Planning and Execution

  • Project planning: the work breakdown structure, estimating using effort and duration, techniques for accurate estimates, methods to calculate start and finish dates of tasks, network diagrams, critical path method, resource planning, creating a project milestone schedule, creating Gantt charts, identifying and quantifying project risks
  • Project execution and control: creating a high-performing project team, techniques for effective communication and status reporting, earned value management (EVM)

Day 3 - Control, Close, and Action Planning

  • Project execution and control: project scope management and developing a change control plan, monitoring and managing risks and issues, managing stakeholder expectations
  • Project closing: scope verification, transferring deliverables to the customer, post-project review

Barbara Schrage

Barbara has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of project management, program management, and project portfolio management, culminating in the role of assistant vice president of a centralized project management office (PMO) in a Fortune 500 financial services organization. As leader of the PMO, she was accountable for project portfolio management, project prioritization, project approvals, project methodology, and project metrics. In addition, she was accountable for results of projects led by the project and program managers within the PMO. She also mentored and developed leadership skills in project and program managers.

Rob Stone

Rob has experience as a project manager in the civil engineering field, where he managed projects from conception through design to completed construction. His projects included road and highway construction projects, site development projects for large buildings to include hospitals, and subdivision design and construction. He has taught workshops and seminars on project management throughout the United States and Europe and has worked in Africa, Australia, and China. Rob is certified as a project management professional (PMP) and as a Six Sigma green belt.

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