Project Management Experts (PME): Project Management Fundamentals Class

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: The objective of Project Management Fundamentals is to introduce the students to basic project management concepts that can be applied directly to their projects. Using a lecture and exercise format, the students will learn project management following the foundation provided in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) established by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Upon completing the class students will understand and implement the primary best practices, the project management life cycle phases, the processes within each and the inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques within each process. Upon completion of Project Management Fundamentals, student will be have an enhanced understanding on how to initiate, plan, execute, control and close their projects.



– Background

– Definitions

– Triple Constraints

– Project vs. Program

– Cost of Rework

– Roles

– Management of Expectations

– Organizational Structures

– Cost and Staffing Across the Project

– Stakeholder Influence

– Organizational Structure vs. Project Characteristics

– Role of the Project Manager

– Role of the Project Management Office

-Project Management Process Groups

– Plan – Do – Check – Act

– Overview of the Process Groups

– Process Groups Interacting on a Project

– Mapping Process Groups and Knowledge Areas


– Develop Project Charter

– Contents of the Project Charter

– Identify Stakeholders

– Power/Interest Grid

– Exercise: Project Charter and Stakeholder Identification


– Project Management Plan

– Project/Product Analysis

– Project Analysis Checklist and Survey (PACS)

– Sample Project Management Plan

1. Scope Management

– Steps in Scope Management

– Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

– Scope Baseline

Exercise: PACS,WBS, and Scope Statement Development

2. Project Time Management

– Steps in Time Management

– Primary Dependency Relationships

– Rolling Wave Planning

– Estimating Techniques

– Precedence Diagramming

– Critical Path and Schedule Compression

Exercise: Developing a Network Diagram

3. Project Cost Management

– Steps in Cost Management

– Cost Budgeting Tools and Techniques

– Cost Baseline

Exercise: Cost Based Budget

4. Project Quality Management

– Steps in Quality Management

– Prevention Over Inspection

– Quality Planning Tools and Techniques

5. Project HR Management

– Steps in HR Management

– Resource Histogram

– Responsibility Assignment Matrix

– Staffing Management Plan

6. Project Communications Management

– Steps in Communications Management

– Communications Model

– Communications Management Plan

7. Project Risk Management

– Steps in Project Risk Management

– Risk Categorization

– SWOT Analysis

– Decision Tree Analysis

– Risk Response Strategies

– Exercise: Risk Assessment

8. Project Procurement Management

– Steps in Project Procurement Management

– Make or Buy Analysis

– Expert Judgment

– Contract Types

– Procurement Management Plan

– Evaluation Criteria

9. Project Stakeholder Management

– Steps in Stakeholder Management

– Plan Stakeholder Management

– Stakeholder Management

– Stakeholder Engagement Assessment


5. Scope Management

– Scope Management Components

– Steps in Scope Management

– Inspection

– Scope Baseline

6. Project Time Management

– Time Management Components

– Steps in Time Management

7. Project Cost Management

– Cost Management Components

– Steps in Cost Management

– Earned Value

– Estimate to Complete the Project

– Project Performance Reviews

– Exercise: Cost Control

8. Project Quality Management

– Quality Management Components

– Steps in Quality Management

9. Project Human Resource Management

– HR Management Components

– Steps in HR Management

– Motivation Theory

10. Project Communications Management

– Communications Management Components

– Steps in Communications Management

– Communications Model

Role Playing Exercise: Ugli Orange

11. Project Risk Management

– Risk Management Components

– Steps in Risk Management

Exercise: Risk Management

12. Project Procurement Management

– Procurement Management Components

– Steps in Procurement Management

– Contract Types

– Procurement Management Plan

– Evaluation Criteria

13. Project Stakeholder Management

– Stakeholder Management Components

– Manage Stakeholder Engagement

– Control Stakeholder Engagement


Final Exercise/Case Study