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Foundations of Project Management   

Class Overview

Project management skills are essential in a wide variety of professional roles, and can even be a wonderful asset in your personal life. Gain a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of project management, approaching it from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium-sized. Work through the project life cycle using the same steps you would use when managing any variety of real-life projects. During this course, we'll cover the following:

  • Project life cycles from initiation through planning, executing, controlling, and closing
  • Project charters
  • Creating a work-breakdown structure
  • Network diagramming
  • Finalizing the project plan
  • Scope management
  • Stakeholder identification
  • Cost management
  • Scheduling and schedule management
  • Earned value measurement
  • Change control
  • This course's curriculum is based on the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and provides the foundation for your training to become PMP certified

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Understand the difference between the Project Life Cycle, and a Product or System Life Cycle
  • Be able to list a typical set of deliverables needed to effectively manage a small, stand-alone project
  • Learn to define the following terms: project, project management, stakeholders, project management process groups and knowledge areas
  • Write a project charter for a small project
  • Create a project plan for a stand-alone project
  • Know how to develop a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Describe the estimating process
  • Know the difference between and significance of effort and duration
  • Be able to develop a project schedule, including estimating, PDM network diagramming, critical path method and developing a Gantt Chart
  • Understand the importance of risk management and be able to facilitate risk management planning for a small project
  • Identify key project management activities go on during the Execution Phase of a Project
  • Define project scope creep and describe the change control process
  • Know what activities are associated with the project performance control and be able to define operating metrics and control thresholds
  • Identify key Project Closing activities
  • Understand the importance of lessons learned and their impact on future projects
  • Use MS Project to effectively plan, schedule, analyze resource utilization and track Project performance.

Who Should Take This Class?

Prerequisites: An understanding and experience with MS Windows and Office products; two or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful, but not required.

  • Product or program managers, coordinators, staff or supervisors
  • Anyone interested in understanding project management
  • Journey-level project managers seeking to deepen their expertise and understanding
  • Subject matter experts
  • Financial analysts
  • Team leaders, stakeholders and senior leadership


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