Project Management Essentials: For People Who Occasionally Manage Projects


Learn to Use Simple Tools and Techniques to Manage Critical Project Management Steps

This comprehensive, hands-on seminar provides the knowledge, insights and techniques needed in today’s project-driven environment. From the seasoned veteran to the anxious rookie, the largest gains in project success come with a focus on the fundamentals—the process, the vocabulary, the tools and techniques of achievement. 

The basic project course is delivered in one, two or three-day formats depending on your needs.

Compliant with popular standards, tailored to your needs and grounded in results-proven experience, this course delivers skills that drive consistent project success.



Who Should Attend

Employees, managers and supervisors who are not project management professionals, but occasionaly manage projects as part of their job.


Training Benefits 

  • List and describe the content and purpose of each of the five sets of processes in the project management life cycle model
  • Discuss the relationship between project initiation, project planning and successful project implementation
  • Demonstrate how to use the work breakdown structure to decompose project goals and objectives into work activities, milestones and constraining dates
  • Create a task analysis chart and describe what information is required to plan the types of projects in your profession
  • List six approaches to estimating task durations and be able to discuss their pros and cons
  • Be able to model workflow using commonly accepted terminology and formats
  • Assess resource requirements at the task and project level and be able to communicate resource/duration relationships with resource loading and leveling charts
  • Create a project schedule using the critical path method and communicate the information using both Gantt (time-line) and activity-on-node (network) charts
  • List the eight steps required to create a realistic baseline plan
  • Describe the pros and cons of normal, fast-track and expedite scheduling approaches and their effect on project durations, costs, resources and risk
  • List seven tracking and control documents and describe their purpose
  • Discuss the role of the project manager in facilitating communication with the project sponsors, core team, remote team and other stakeholder groups
  • Describe one or more project problems you have experienced, observed or expect in your project environment and list how you might be able to avoid, mitigate or prevent the problem in the future


Overview of Concepts and Deliverables Provided 

  • Introduction to Project Management
    • What to Expect in the Course
    • Project Management Survey
    • The Golden Rules of Project Success
  • Project Management Process 
    • Project Life Cycle Models 
    • Project Decision and Control Points 
    • Managing the Process of Success 
  • Project Initiation Considerations
    • Start Slow to Finish Fast 
    • Creating Effective Project Goals 
    • The Triple Constraints 
    • Using a Pre-Planning Checklist
  • How to Create Realistic Plans 
    • The Work Breakdown Structure 
    • Activity and Task Analysis 
    • Estimating Task Duration and Resources 
    • Duration Estimating Techniques 
    • Establishing Workflow 
    • The Critical Path Method 
    • Normal, Expedite and Fast Track Planning 
    • Tool Tip—Planning Step-by-Step 
  • Tracking and Control Essentials 
    • Facts and Data—Success/Failure Factors 
    • Seven Essential Controls 
    • Budgets and Financial Control 
    • Financial Effectiveness
    • The Success Formula
    • Typical Cost Estimating Problems 
  • Problem Solving and Troubleshooting 
    • Exercise—Dealing with Typical Problems 
    • Tool Tip—Problem Analysis 
    • Problem Strategies 
    • Problem Tactics 
  • Staffing and Resources  
    • Project Stakeholders and Responsibilities 
    • Predicting (and Avoiding) Team Problems 
    • Project Team Essentials 
    • Selecting a Project Manager 
    • Three Steps to Building Better Teams 
Plus, all participants receive project management tools including:
  • Project Concept Checklist
  • Project Charter Form
  • Project Initiation Document
  • Statement of Work Form
  • Project Planning Checklist
  • Scope Change Request Form
  • Glossary Project Management Terms 
  • and more...

This on-site seminar is tailored to the organization’s project environment and current objectives.


To receive more information about this Project Management Course call toll free at 877-385-5515. 

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