Project Management Fundamentals

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The Project Management Fundamentals course is a primer on the basics of Project Management. Participants learn how to use a range of project management techniques to manage the project life cycle and associated phases of a project. You will gain skills to plan, organise, control, document and close out their projects successfully. You will also examine strategies around budgets and risk minimisation.

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

  • Project Life Cycle Overview
  • List the Project Phases
  • The Project Environment
  • Project Constraining Factors

  • Project Concept Definition
  • The Statement of Work
  • Team Building Basics
  • The Project Charter

  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Work Packaging Sequences
  • Tasks Relationships Types

  • The Scheduling Basics
  • Task Time Vs Duration of Effort
  • Scheduling Methods

  • The Budgeting Process
  • Budgeting Problems
  • Creating a Preliminary Budget

  • What is a Project Team?
  • Methods used to select Team Members
  • The Team Charter

  • Definition of Risks
  • Sources of Risks
  • Risk Ranking and Assessing
  • Risks Management Approaches

  • The Implementation Phase Elements
  • Project Baselining
  • Schedule Variances

  • Project Communication Plan
  • Evaluation of People and Projects

  • Close Out Phase Elements
  • Final Report

This course is designed for participants who want to understand the basic concepts of Project Management. It is useful for Technical specialists/engineers moving into a project management team role, or working for a project manager but who have not had much, if any, experience to date.
Some project management experience and scheduling software such as Microsoft® Project is helpful but not required.

Key Business Benefits

  • Decreases costs through greater productivity and effective scope management
  • Helps foster accountability for project subordinates through better people management
  • Mitigates risk through better scope and risk management
  • Appeases internal and/or external customers through timeliness
  • Saves potential cost of rehiring, retraining and lost productivity by better people management

Key Participants Benefit

  • Builds confidence by ‘knowing’ best techniques and templates/steps to follow
  • Make it easier to manage the people equation by better people management skills
  • Increases time effectiveness by more adept handling of all aspects of the project
  • Lessens stress by better planning and having direct reports take on more accountability
  • Increases productivity and the potential of a favourable reputation by better scope and people management
Participants will discover how to:
  • Identify key stakeholders and their roles
  • Collect actual work performed on projects
  • Update plan components
  • Manage project risk and maintain a schedule and budget with consistent predictive power
  • Manage cost, scope, time, risk, quality, and project change according to a set of processes
  • Analyse projects and the project management process continually

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