Understanding Project Management
|Event Date/Time: Oct 20, 2010||End Date/Time: Oct 21, 2010|
This is a two day seminar to establish and clarify the fundamental nature of project work. It includes practice with the techniques associated with successful project management, and does so in a setting that both illustrates and demands cooperative team behavior. The exercises are sufficiently realistic and challenging that they can only be successfully completed by a smoothly functioning group using the appropriate project management techniques.
In addition to the Learning Guide and exercises, each participant receives a Project Planning Kit to support future planning sessions, and a copy of the book Making it Happen: A Non-Technical Guide to Project Management. A light lunch is also provided.
This course qualifies each participant to receive 18PDU credits from the PMI Institute.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who manages projects, serves on project teams, or is responsible for initiating and overseeing them.
When participants leave the session they will have:
* A clear understanding of where projects (assignments) come from and the important interaction with the higher-level planning process;
* An understanding of the basic framework for how to manage assignments from the initiation through to completion and review;
* A clear understanding of, and experience with the application of, the fundamental tools of the project management process. These tools include:
- Objective statements
- Design process
- Dependency Charts (a.k.a. PERT charts or CPM diagrams)
- Gantt Charts
- Resource Allocation
- Resource Balancing and Histograms
- Project Costing
- Crash Costing
- 'What-ifâ€™ Scenario modeling
* A clear understanding of, and experience with, the use of these tools in the context of implementation and other techniques for a successful implementation;
* A mental framework for managing within the context of scope, cost, schedule, and quality;
* An understanding of the project review process;
* Experience with and understanding of the collaborative, team-based approach to planning, and how to utilize specific tools to achieve this.
These learning objectives are accomplished via a combination of classroom lecture and discussion, as well as the use of hands-on case studies which provide participants the opportunity to apply the process, tools, and techniques presented in the class. This opportunity to try-out the framework means participants return to the workplace experienced in the application of the process and tools.