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Essentials of Project Management


Essentials of Project Management is a three-day, instructor-led, training class designed to introduce participants to the basics of the project management discipline. 

The course structure effectively combines introductory lecture and discussion with hands-on application of useful project management principles, tools, and techniques through applied case study exercises.  The course covers the basics of all project management life-cycle processes including: project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closing.   Topics areas include:

     Project Management Terminology

     Project Organizations

     Stakeholder Management

     Project Charter

     Triple Constraint Model

     Work Breakdown Structure

     Schedule Development

     Critical Path Method

     Cost Estimating and Control

     Resource Planning

     Roles and Responsibilities

     Risk Management

     Change Control

     Quality Control

     Lessons Learned

     The Final Report


Course Objectives

The primary objectives of this course include learning how:

     To define and recognize the fundamental terminology of the project management discipline

     To identify all process groups of the project management life-cycle

     To prioritize the primary project constraints of a project

     To identify and assess the relative importance of key project stakeholders

     To identify key project deliverables and decompose to build a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

     To formulate an activities list required to produce the project’s deliverables and work packages

     To build a project schedule, identify its critical path, and determine relative float/slack for activities

     To identify pertinent roles and responsibilities required to complete the project activities

     To formulate a budget estimate for the project

     To identify key communication elements of a project

     To effectively and more accurately report on a project’s progress, status, and forecast

     To assess key project risks and formulate action plans to minimize their exposure to the project

     To develop and deliver a project summary or final report to key stakeholders

Course Outline

I.                   Introduction to Project Management

A.      Definition of a Project

B.      Projects vs. Programs

C.      Project Management Life Cycle

D.     Project Management Terminology

E.      Triple Constraints

II.                Initiating a Project

A.      Project Initiation

B.      Evaluation, Selection, and Prioritization

C.      Stakeholder Analysis

D.     Project Charter

E.      Project Management Organization Types

III.             Planning a Project

A.      Scope Planning

B.      Scope Decomposition

C.      Work Breakdown Structure

D.     Activity Definition

E.      Activity Sequencing

F.       Activity Duration Estimating

G.     Network Diagramming/Critical Path

H.     Schedule Compression

I.        Resource Planning

J.        Cost Estimating and Budgeting

IV.              Executing and Controlling a Project

A.      Project Communications

B.      Budget and Schedule Performance Management (Earned Value)

C.      Status Reporting

D.     Project Risk Management

E.      Project Change Control

F.       Project Quality Management

V.                 Closing a Project

A.      Contract Closeout

B.      Administrative Closure

C.      Lessons Learned

D.     Final Reporting


Hands-on Application and Practice

Participants will further expand their knowledge and experience through applied individual and team exercises.  Using a selected organizational case study approach, participants will manage a sample project from initiation to closing through the following exercises:

     Project Identification and Selection

     Stakeholder Identification & Analysis

     Project Charter Development

     Work Breakdown Structure

     Activity Definition and Sequencing

     Activity Duration Estimating

     Network Diagram and Critical Path Analysis

     Roles and Responsibilities Definition

     Cost Estimating and Budgeting

     Communications Plan Development

     Earned Value Analysis

     Risk Identification, Analysis, and Response Planning

     Final Project Reporting



All Tanden LLC instructors are certified Project Management Professionals (PMP)® with many years of hands-on project leadership experience in a multitude of industries.

Tanden LLC is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P)


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