Project Management Fundatmentals

Project Management Fundatmentals

Performance-Based Objectives:


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the phases of the Project Management Life Cycle and a project manager’s role in each phase.
  • List and discuss basic project success criteria and common reasons for project failure.
  • Discuss techniques for setting up a strong project team.
  • List and discuss elements of a Risk Management Plan.
  • Discuss techniques for planning and sequencing project activities, including the Work Breakdown Structure and the Network Logic Diagram.
  • Identify the Critical Path for completing a project on schedule.
  • List and discuss the cost elements that should be included in a project budget.
  • Discuss techniques for controlling for deviation from budgets and schedules.
  • Discuss key elements of project management communications and reporting tools.
  • Discuss key activities of project close-out.
Course Curriculum

Lesson 1: The Project Management Life Cycle

  • What is a Project?
  • The Project Management Life Cycle
  • The Role of the Project Manager


Lesson 2: Setting Up for Success

  • The Meaning of Success
  • What Happens in the Initiation Phase?
  • Project Definition and Scope
  • Putting Together a Statement of Work
  • The Project Charter


Lesson 3: The Project Team

  • The Teamwork Challenge
  • Selecting Team Members
  • The Team Charter

Lesson 4: Risk Management –  Project Risk


Lesson 5: The Project Team

  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Work Package Sequencing


Lesson 6: The Project Schedule

  • The Scheduling Process
  • Time Estimates


Lesson 7: The Project Budget

  • What is a Budget?
  • Creating a Preliminary Budget
  • Budget and Schedule Balancing


Lesson 8: Project Tracking and Control

  • Moving the Project Forward
  • Monitoring for Project Progress
  • Earned Value Analysis
  • Getting Back on Track


Lesson 9: Project Reports

  • Communications Overview
  • Project Performance Reports
  • Project Change Requests


Lesson 10: Project Close-out

  • Elements of Close-out
  • Evaluation of People and Projects

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