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Project Management & Control:A Workshop for Practitioners
Overview:

In this four-day hands-on Workshop, you will use one of your own projects as the basis for practicing the skills necessary to plan, schedule, and control a project. You'll gain experience identifying and assessing project risks and developing appropriate risk management strategies. In the process, you'll gain an understanding of the project manager's role and responsibilities, and how these change across the different phases of the project. Throughout this Workshop, you will apply project management concepts and techniques to the task of developing an initial project charter for your project.

Audience:

This Workshop is designed for both IT and non-IT personnel who have (or soon will have) project management or supervisory responsibility. Even professionals who already have significant project management experience will benefit from participating with their project teams in this Workshop.

Prerequisites:

The only prerequisite for this Workshop is a need for learning or enhancing skills in managing projects of any sort.

Topics:

  • Project management concepts and definitions
  • Project participants: roles and responsibilities
  • A value-driven model for successful projects
  • The Project Manager
  • The project life cycle
  • Developing your Initial Project Charter
  • WBS - the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Project estimating
  • Risk assessment & management
  • Initiating the project
  • Scheduling concepts, techniques, & tools
  • Issues and techniques in project control
  • Change management and project scope
  • Behaviors of effective (and ineffective) project managers
  • Managing project completion
Course duration:

4 days

Course Outline:

I. Project Management: Concepts and Terms

  • A. Characteristics of "Good" (and "Bad") Projects

  • B. The Need for Formal Project Management

  • C. Project Size and Control Guidelines
II. Project Participants, Roles, and Responsibilities

  • A. Client, Client Sponsor, Project Liaison

  • B. Project Team

  • C. Project Manager
III. The Project Value Model

IV. The Role of the Project Manager

  • A. Project Manager Responsibilities

  • B. Project Manager Skills and Abilities

  • C. Business Skills for Project Managers
V. The Project Life Cycle

  • A. A Four Phase Model of the Project

  • B. Other Project Life-Cycle Models
VI. The Planning Phase: Creating the Project Charter

  • A. Identifying the Value Proposition

  • B. Stating the Project Objectives

  • C. Identifying Project Deliverables

  • D. Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

  • E. Project Estimating

  • F. Improving Estimates Using PERT and CPM Methodologies

  • G. Assessing Project Risk

  • H. Developing Risk Management Strategies
VII. The Initiation Phase

  • A. Creating the Project Infrastructure

  • B. Techniques of Scheduling

  • C. Project Management Software Considerations

  • D. Developing the Project Team

  • E. Gaining Client and Team Commitment
VIII. The Performance or Execution Phase

  • A. Strategies and Techniques of Project Control

  • B. The Project Control Cycle

  • C. Analyzing variances

  • D. Project Reporting

  • E. Controlling Project Scope

  • F. Strategies for Project Change Management

  • G. Successful (and Unsuccessful) PM Behaviors
IX. The Completion Phase

  • A. Managing Project Knowledge

  • B. Team Member Development
X. Lessons Learned / What's Next ?


 
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