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Foundations of Project Management


September 29, 2015

9 am - 4 pm; 6 PDU; $429; Baldwin Wallace, Berea
Instructor: Lynda Carter


Project Management is a proven strategy for success, no matter the industry.  Project management methodology breaks down complex projects into manageable pieces of work, allowing for efficient and effective management of small and large-scale projects, conserving time, money and resources. This dynamic session takes you through project scheduling and reporting, communication planning, selecting and managing resources, and managing changes in project scope. 

Build an awareness and understanding of the principal components of project management concepts, processes and best practices.  Individuals will receive tips, tools and techniques to implement at the workplace. Learn how to effective plan, start and finish a project on track, on time and within budget.

Target Audience: New project managers working in any industry; individuals interested in project management general knowledge

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand project management methodology
  • Learn to accurately track and prioritize project components
  • Confidently estimate costs and schedules
  • Effectively communicate with project team members

Course Outline: Project Management Overview
The common components of project management

  • Success characteristics - challenges to success
  • What project management can and cannot do

Standard phase of the project management life cycle

  • A high-level overview of each stage
  • Project management deliverables for each stage
  • The overlapping of each stage

Interdependencies between time, cost, deliverable quality and resources  Project Chartering

  • Project Goals - linking project goals with the organizational strategies and developing specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound goals 
  • Scope - the boundaries of what is included and excluded in a project.  Boundaries are established around deliverables, organizational impact and processes impacted 
  • Acceptance Criteria - the level of quality defined for each deliverable, the role of various project participants in establishing acceptance criteria and steps to build quality and approval throughout the project 
  • Milestones - determining when the major milestones of the project should occur to keep the project on track including: identifying project dependencies
  • Standards & Procedures - (common agreements on how the team will work together) 
  • Issues Management - definition of issues, criteria for determining what is an issue, roles and responsibilities in issue management, and the use of an issue log 
  • Change Management - definition of a change (and scope creep), the difference between issues and changes, roles and responsibilities in change management, the use of a change log and the change lifecycle 
  • Communication Plan - determining who needs project information, why when, and how they need it
  • Action Planning - turning training into action, identifying specific key actions that each individual can take to implement the learning (this is done throughout the course and finalized here)








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