Building a Project Management Foundation

This course provides a basic overview of the principle tools and techniques of project management. The course takes the learner from the origins of the project through completion.

The class uses real projects from the participants’ own business where possible, or may be conducted using a case study if no current projects exist. The ability for participants to work on their own real projects makes the lessons more transferrable to their work situation, and may even produce some work artifacts that can be used immediately! This format also enables the participants to raise their own current issues and work through potential solutions during the workshop.

Course Length Format Recommended for Includes:
3 days Workshop • Project managers
• Project team members
• Project sponsors
• Workbook with additional information and exercises
• Example project plan, charter and meeting templates

Course Objectives

• Introduce the concepts of project management as envisioned by the Project Management Institute in the PMBOK® Guide
• Learn to initiate a project with a clear purpose and objectives
• Learn and practice developing a project plan to guide the team and coordinate the needs of the stakeholders
• Develop skills for leading a team through the work of the project
• Understand how to manage changes and communicate with stakeholders effectively
• Develop skills in performing project management

Course Outline

1. Overview of project management
Identifying project problems*
2. Initiation
Developing the project charter*
Identifying the project stakeholders, performing
stakeholder analysis
3. Planning*
Developing the project scope statement*
Developing the WBS*
Developing the project schedule*
Using resource assignment matrices
Developing roles and responsibilities*
Developing the communications plan*
Prioritizing quality attributes*
Developing the risk management plan*
Putting the plan together
4. Executing the project
Influencing exercise*
Team building*
Developing team ground rules*
Dealing with conflict
Using issues logs
Effective communication
Holding effective meetings
5. Monitoring and Controlling the Project
Reporting performance
Change control*
6. Closing the Project
Lessons learned*
*Exercise – most are actually developing the work
artifact for the sample project with the class team.