Through a real-life simulation case study, this project management training course provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to leverage key project management concepts, implement effective project management processes, and develop leadership skills needed for successfully planning, managing, and delivering projects of any size and scope. 


You will learn how to:

  • Apply best practices to plan a project using a proven five-step process

  • Estimate and schedule task work, duration, and costs

  • Implement risk management techniques and mitigation strategies

  • Lead a project team and monitor project progress

Day 1


  • Building a project navigation system

  • Defining the project management process

  • Identifying key documents, deliverables and approvals

  • Negotiating realistic constraints for project success

  • Applying project management standards

Launching Your Project

1. Building an appropriate governance structure

  • Ensuring project sponsorship and business ownership

  • Gaining the support of subject matter experts

  • Clarifying the role of other managers and third parties.

2. Defining the project

  • Validating business drivers and goals

  • Determining project objectives and deliverables

  • Tracking and managing project issues

3. Authorizing the project

  • Writing the project business case

  • Developing the project charter

  • Securing project approval

Day 2

The Five-Step Planning Process

1. Identifying and estimating the work

  • Working with project stakeholders

  • Defining scope with Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)

  • Driving the plan down to manageable tasks

  • Building high-confidence estimates

  • Leveraging three-point estimating to refine the accuracy

2. Scheduling and budgeting the work

  • Converting the WBS to precedence networks

  • Determining the critical path tasks

  • Calculating project duration

  • Building and analyzing Gantt charts

  • Using float effectively in the schedule.

3. Building and leading the project team

  • Identifying and securing project resources

  • Optimizing the use of project resources

  • Preparing and agreeing on task contracts

  • Developing and motivating the project team

  • Managing virtual and matrix teams

4. Managing project risks

  • Identifying project risks and assumptions

  • Creating a Risk Breakdown Structure (RBS)

  • Assessing risk probabilities and impacts

  • Planning appropriate responses and actions

  • Using a Risk Register and Risk Distribution Graph

5. Baselining the project plan

  • Developing the project change control plan

  • Validating essential supporting processes

  • Conducting the project health check

  • Creating the project baseline

  • Securing authorization to run the project

Day 3

Running the Project

1. Employing the four-step project control cycle

  • Avoiding the common causes of project failure

  • Building a real-time feedback loop

  • Managing stakeholder expectations

2. Tracking and monitoring task performance

  • Clarifying key metrics and data collection methods

  • Utilizing the two kinds of monitoring

  • Avoiding the 90%-complete trap

3. Analyzing progress against the baseline

  • Tracking planned vs. actual task performance

  • Projecting the impact of variation to the baseline

  • Performing root cause analysis

4. Correcting the project plan

  • Implementing, correcting and optimizing strategies

  • Fast-tracking the project schedule

  • Crashing the critical path tasks

5. Reporting project status

  • Communicating status to stakeholders

  • Creating milestone reports

  • Using project scorecards and dashboards

Successful Project Closure

  • Conducting a post-project review

  • Brainstorming lessons learned

  • Closing out the project

  • Celebrating your project success




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