Project Management Training Courses

Project Management Fundamentals

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  • 1.4 CEU/14 PDU/Credits/Units
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Course description

Project Management Fundamentals is a two-day action-learning course of instruction led by a certified facilitator in a formal classroom environment. It is designed to provide participants with a broad understanding of project management principles, concepts, tools, and techniques along with the global standards from which they are derived.

The primary objectives of Project Management Fundamentals are to 1) empower participants with the vocabulary, knowledge competencies, and basic performance competencies necessary to intuitively understand and function at a high level in their project supporting roles and 2) to organize and execute their own day-to-day work in a more efficient manner using modern project management concepts and methods.

Project Management Fundamentals employs effective accelerated adult learning techniques (addressing visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles) to ensure each participant succeeds at a high level. The two-day agenda is action-oriented and fast-paced, allowing participants to learn by doing in a simulated project environment. Course exercises begin on the morning of day one with participants organized in simulated project teams (integrated product/project teams — IPTs) initiating a hands-on project. The course proceeds with IPTs planning the project, executing the project, monitoring/controlling the project, then formally closing the project. The last exercise at the end of day two requires each IPT to prepare and present its project’s final lessons learned.

The simulated project involves the planning and construction of a fictitious United Nations “SSRV” prototype vehicle (actually a scale model composed of approximately 200 pieces — see Figure 1). The planning team achieving the highest profit wins a $1B contract to manufacture the UN’s inaugural fleet of SSRV vehicles.

Who should attend

Individuals who will benefit from this course include anyone whose work directly or indirectly supports projects (including entry-level project/program managers) and anyone who can improve the efficiency of his or her day-to-day work by applying modern project management concepts and methods.

What you will achieve

  • Develop greater confidence in defining, planning, and managing projects.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of core project management competencies.
  • Build a project management plan with your project team in a simulated project environment.
  • Practice applying project management skills.
  • Increase effectiveness and efficiency.

What you will learn

  • Global project/program management standards
  • The five process groups and ten knowledge areas as defined by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • How to build a world-class project management plan
  • Using scope, cost, and schedule baselines as a means of evaluating project progress and incorporating earned value measurement
  • Writing clearly defined project statements
  • Clarifying project objectives with measurable outcomes
  • Avoiding potential problems through planning and communication
  • Evaluating the project’s success and lessons learned
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities to improve team performance and accountability
  • Building, motivating, and leading a high-performing project team
  • Communicating effectively with your team, management, and clients
  • Creating effective written communications for your projects
Course Outline
Day One
  • Opening Remarks and Housekeeping Items
  • Project Management Global Standards (Lecture/Discussion)
  • The Project/Product Life Cycle Concept (Lecture/Discussion)
  • Initiating the Project (Lecture/Discussion)
  • IPT Exercise 1 (Developing a Project Charter)
  • Planning the Project (Lecture/Discussion)
  • IPT Exercise 2 (Performing a Stakeholder Analysis)
  • IPT Exercise 3 (Developing a Project Scope Statement)
  • IPT Exercise 4 (Creating a WBS)
  • IPT Exercise 5 (Developing a Network Logic Diagram)
  • IPT Exercise 6 (Developing a Risk Register)
  • IPT Exercise 7 (Developing the Cost Baseline)
Day Two
  • Opening Remarks, Housekeeping Items, Questions
  • IPT Exercise 8 (Developing a Schedule Baseline)
  • IPT Exercise 9 (Project Change Control)
  • IPT Exercise 10 (Finalizing the Project Management Plan)
  • Executing, Monitoring and Controlling the Project (Lecture/Discussion)
  • IPT Exercise 11 (Project Kickoff/Launch Meetings)
  • IPT Exercise 12 (Project Execution)
  • Closing the Project (Lecture/Discussion)
  • IPT Exercise 13 (Final Results)
  • IPT Exercise 14 (Lessons Learned)
  • Course Evaluations

This course is currently not scheduled. To be notified of the next available date, provide us with your information. Or, if you have a group to train, contact us to learn more about bringing this course onsite to your location:

Call: 1.800.288.7246 (US ONLY) or +1.978.649.8200


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