Project Management Certificate Program (Virtual)

  • 10 4-hr sessions (40 hrs.)Duration
  • MDV979CCourse Code
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Prerequisites

Individuals taking this course should have at least two years’ experience working on project teams.

Course Description

This course is aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Sixth Edition. The course begins with an overview of the practice of project management, followed by an introduction to a framework that standardizes project management knowledge and promotes best practices throughout the profession. It then describes how projects and their life cycles fit within the goals, structure, and culture of an organization.

The course moves on to project initiation, where, as part of a case study, participants produce a project charter and a stakeholder register. Using key outputs from initiation and other inputs, participants work in teams to produce a work breakdown structure (WBS) that defines what the project deliverables will include. The WBS then becomes a key input as participants develop a project schedule.

Continuing with project planning, participants develop a time-phased budget and gain practice with various cost estimating techniques. As part of procurement management, participants learn about the various contract types used in procurement. They practice quality management techniques by learning how to develop and utilize quality metrics. Coverage of the planning processes concludes with risk planning, where participants develop a risk register and risk response plans.

The focus of the course then moves from planning to monitoring and control from a variety of perspectives, including scope, schedule, cost, communications, and risk.

Over the 5 days, the course covers aspects of all 10 Project Management Knowledge Areas and provides specific coverage of all 49 PMBOK® Guide processes:

  • Develop Project Charter 4.1
  • Identify Stakeholders 13.1
  • Plan Stakeholder Engagement 13.2
  • Plan Communications Management 10.1
  • Develop Project Management Plan 4.2
  • Direct and Manage Project Work 4.3
  • Manage Project Knowledge 4.4
  • Manage Stakeholder Engagement 13.3
  • Monitor Stakeholder Engagement 13.4
  • Close Project or Phase 4.7
  • Collect Requirements 5.2
  • Define Scope 5.3
  • Create WBS 5.4
  • Plan Scope Management 5.1
  • Define Activities 6.2
  • Sequence Activities 6.3
  • Estimate Activity Durations 6.4
  • Develop Schedule 6.5
  • Plan Schedule Management 6.1
  • Plan Resource Management 9.1
  • Estimate Activity Resources 9.2
  • Acquire Resources 9.3
  • Develop Team 9.4
  • Manage Team 9.5
  • Estimate Costs 7.2
  • Determine Budget 7.3
  • Plan Cost Management 7.1
  • Plan Procurement Management 12.1
  • Conduct Procurements 12.2
  • Control Procurements 12.3
  • Plan Quality Management 8.1
  • Manage Quality 8.2
  • Control Quality 8.3
  • Identify Risks 11.2
  • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis 11.3
  • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis 11.4
  • Plan Risk Responses 11.5
  • Implement Risk Responses 11.6
  • Plan Risk Management 11.1
  • Control Resources 9.6
  • Control Schedule 6.6
  • Validate Scope 5.5
  • Control Scope 5.6
  • Control Costs 7.4
  • Monitor Risks 11.7
  • Manage Communications 10.2
  • Monitor Communications 10.3
  • Monitor and Control Project Work 4.5
  • Perform Integrated Change Control 4.6

Target Audience

The course is designed for:

  • Project team members, project managers, and managers of project managers who are looking to establish a solid command of project management concepts and techniques
  • Experienced project managers who are looking to formalize their project management knowledge and sharpen their current skill sets
  • Individuals interested in entering the field of project management

Course Objectives

  • Describe how projects assist an organization in achieving its goals and what factors lead to successful project outcomes
  • Describe how project management knowledge is organized under the PMBOK® Guide framework
  • Initiate a project using a project charter
  • Identify and analyze project stakeholders
  • Determine stakeholder information needs and project communication requirements
  • Describe the responsibilities of the project manager during project execution
  • Manage stakeholder expectations to ensure stakeholder satisfaction
  • Create a responsibility assignment matrix
  • Describe how to develop an effective project team and proactively manage conflict
  • Develop a project scope statement and decompose a project to build a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Decompose WBS work packages into activities and construct a network diagram
  • Estimate durations for project activities
  • Perform project schedule calculations and identify the critical path
  • Apply analogous, parametric, bottom-up, and three-point cost estimating techniques and prepare a time-phased cost budget
  • Describe factors involved in selecting a type of contract
  • Specify a quality metric and how it will be measured to achieve a quality goal for a product or process
  • Create a cause-and-effect diagram and use it to perform a root-cause analysis
  • Describe how project status information supports project monitoring and control
  • Identify techniques to monitor and control physical resources
  • Demonstrate how to assess project risks based on probability and impact
  • Develop and implement appropriate risk response strategies to address positive and negative risks
  • Analyze work performance data using the earned value management (EVM) technique
  • Describe what steps are necessary in a change control procedure in order to ensure that only authorized changes are made to project baselines
Course Outline
Day One
  • Module 1: Introduction to Project Management
    • Understanding Project Management
    • Project Organization
    • Project Life Cycle
    • The Project Management Framework
  • Exercise: Manage for Project Success
  • Module 2: Develop the Project Charter
    • Introduction to Project Initiation
    • Understanding Project Processes
    • Process: Develop Project Charter
  • Exercise: Develop the Project Charter
  • Module 3: Plan for Stakeholder Engagement
    • Overview
    • Process: Identify Stakeholders
    • Process: Plan Stakeholder Engagement
    • Exercise: Analyze Project Stakeholders
Day Two
  • Module 4: Plan Communications Management
    • Overview
    • Process: Plan Communications Management
  • Exercise: Analyze Communication Requirements
  • Module 5: Develop and Execute the Project Management Plan
    • Overview
    • Process: Develop Project Management Plan
    • Process: Direct and Manage Project Work
    • Process: Manage Project Knowledge
  • Module 6: Manage Stakeholder Expectations
    • Overview
    • Process: Manage Stakeholder Engagement
    • Process: Monitor Stakeholder Engagement
  • Module 7: Close Project or Phase
    • Overview
    • Process: Close Project or Phase
  • Module 8: Define Project and Product Scope
    • Identifying Project Scope
    • Process: Collect Requirements
  • Activity: Requirements Worksheet
    • Process: Define Scope
  • Activity: Product Analysis
  • Exercise: Create a Project Scope Statement
  • Module 9: Organize the Work
    • Overview
    • Process: Create WBS
  • Exercise: Create a Work Breakdown Structure
    • Process: Plan Scope Management
Day Three
  • Module 10: Organize Project Activities
    • Overview
  • Exercise: Schedule a Small Project
    • Process: Define Activities
  • Exercise: Create an Activity List
    • Process: Sequence Activities
  • Exercise: Create a Project Schedule Network Diagram
  • Module 11: Estimate Activity Duration
    • Overview
    • Process: Estimate Activity Durations
  • Exercise: Estimate Activity Durations
  • Module 12: Develop the Schedule
    • Overview
    • Process: Develop Schedule
  • Exercise: Develop a Project Schedule
    • Process: Plan Schedule Management
  • Module 13: Resource Planning
    • Overview
    • Process: Plan Resource Management
  • Exercise: Use a RACI Chart to Assign Project Responsibilities
    • Process: Estimate Activity Resources
  • Module 14: Managing the Team
    • Process: Acquire Resources
    • Process: Develop Team
    • Process: Manage Team
Day Four
  • Module 15: Cost Estimating and Budgeting
    • Overview: Project Cost Management
    • Process: Estimate Costs
  • Exercise: Prepare a Cost Estimate
    • Process: Determine Budgets
  • Exercise: Establish the Cost Baseline
    • Process: Plan Cost Management
  • Module 16: Procurement Management
    • Overview
    • Process: Plan Procurement Management
    • Process Conduct Procurements
    • Process: Control Procurements
  • Module 17: Project Quality
    • Overview
    • Process: Plan Quality Management
  • Exercise: Determine Quality Metrics
    • Process: Manage Quality
  • Exercise: Conduct a Root Cause Analysis
    • Process: Control Quality
Day Five
  • Module 18: Risk Assessment
    • Overview
    • Process: Identify Risks
  • Exercise: Identify Project Risks
    • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
    • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
    • Plan Risk Response
  • Exercise: Analyze and Respond to Project Risks
    • Plan Risk Management
  • Module 19: Controlling Resources, Schedule, and Scope
    • Monitoring and Controlling Overview
    • Process: Control Resources
    • Process: Control Schedule
    • Scope Monitoring and Control
    • Process: Control Scope
  • Activity: Scope Variances
    • Process: Validate Scope
  • Module 20: Controlling Cost with Earned Value
    • Overview of Control Costs
    • Earned Value Basics
  • Exercise: Analyze Earned Value Measurements
    • Forecasting with Earned Value
  • Exercise: Forecast at Completion — Analyze Earned Value Measurements
  • Module 21: Managing Risk and Communications
    • Process: Implement Risk Responses
    • Process: Monitor Risks
    • Process: Manage Communications
    • Work Performance Reports
    • Process: Monitor Communications
  • Module 22: Monitoring Project Performance and Managing Changes
    • Process: Monitor and Control Project Work
    • Process: Perform Integrated Change Control
    • Exercise: Perform Integrated Change Control