Introduction to Project Management Course

Description: Introduction to Project Management covers a more focused range of project management topics then the Project Management Foundations course and focuses on fundamental methods and techniques needed to effectively plan, execute, and control projects. Students explore building a project schedule based on the scope outlined in the project charter, basics of building a project budget, estimation techniques and sequencing tasks for a project schedule.  Hands-on workshops provide opportunities for applying tools learned in class to address challenges throughout the project life cycle, regardless of the size and nature of the project.

Length: 2-Days

CDU/PDU: Earn 14 CDU/PDU for both IIBA and PMI certification

Perquisites: We recommend the Introduction to Business Analysis course or equivalent experience.

Intended Audience: New Project Managers, Business Analysts and project team members who are looking for an introduction to project management and how to manage small projects effectively.

Objectives

  • Understand project management concepts

  • Project scope planning, monitoring, and execution

  • Identification, qualification and quantification of project risks

  • Understanding how to plan, monitor and control project risks

  • Planning and developing a project schedule, controlling it and measuring performance against a schedule

  • Project tracking and status reporting

  • Managing changes to a projects scope, cost, budget, team resources, risk and schedule

Course Topics

  • Understand the framework and key knowledge areas for project management

  • Understanding projects versus products

  • The project charter – the rationale and importance of a project charter

  • Setting Expectations and project success factors in the project charter

  • Project planning tasks and approaches

  • Manage stakeholder communication expectations

  • Risk management planning & risk log

  • Risk identification & quantification

  • Phase based estimating – rough order of magnitude to detailed estimates

  • Estimation techniques & contingency

  • Understanding the scheduling process – building a project schedule key tasks

  • Understanding how tasks create deliverables and outcomes

  • Sequencing tasks & task dependency types

  • Understanding the critical path and its importance to project tracking

  • Scheduling contingency in scheduling, costs, risks and scope

  • Resource alignment with tasks

  • Understanding the Gantt chart

  • Establishing schedule baselines to determine schedule and cost deviations

Instructors

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Paul Crosby

Paul Crosby

Public Course Instructor - Paul has over 20 years of experience with global projects in the finance, insurance, state government, manufacturing and non-profit sectors as a business analyst and project manager. Paul served as President for the IIBA Minneapolis St Paul Chapter. Mr. Crosby has presented and lead workshops at several conferences including BA World Toronto, BA World Chicago, BA World Washington, BA World Vancouver, BA World New York, BA World Atlanta, IIBA Minneapolis-St Paul Chapter Meetings, Minnesota Government IT Symposium and Mind Surf Conference on the topics of Strategic Business Analysis, Leadership, Process Improvement, Kaizen for the BA, Strategic Enterprise Analysis, Project Management for the BA and Portfolio Management. Mr. Crosby is currently the CFO - Chief Paper Pusher for The League of Analysts Inc, a partner and founder of Bob the BA.