Fundamentals of Project Management (12 PDUs)

Venue: Best Western Village Park Inn

Location: Calgary, AB, Alberta, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 19, 2012
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The goals of our two day seminar are to provide the participants with the essential knowledge, skills, and techniques to plan, organize, manage and control simple and complicated projects using a standardized project management approach. Basic project management and control essentials are presented throughout the project life cycle from project conception to project closing; such as scope management, time management, cost management, risk management, and quality management. Some important project planning and control tools are presented, such as the critical path method (CPM) as a scheduling tool, the earned value analysis (EVM) as a cost control tool, the net present value technique (NPV) as a decision making tool, and the decision tree analysis as a risk quantification tool. The basic objective of the seminar is to combine management fundamentals with practical tools to enable the participants to manage and control their projects effectively.


Getting familiar with the steps to manage projects effectively
Reviewing Each phase in the life cycle of a project using a standardized approach
Improving performance and results through planning and tracking techniques
Increasing familiarity with practical processes and tools that provide practical dimension to the course

Target Audience

Project managers and all members of the project management team from all industries:
Project Managers
Cost Estimators
Procurement Managers
Project Administrators

Program Outline (1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs)

1. Introduction and Initiating Processes

The Project Life Cycle
Types of Organizations and the Roles of Project Managers
Contracts Forms, Project Delivery Systems, Selection Criteria and Key success factors
The Use of Net Present Value (NPV) Technique in Selecting Projects
The Project Charter: an invaluable tool in defining and planning a project
Workshop to Create a Generic Project Charter

2. Planning Processes
Detailing the Project Charter and Creation of Deliverables

Work Breakdown Structures (WBS): An Effective Planning Strategy
Workshop to Create WBS
Defining Activities and Sequencing
Responsibility Assignment Matrix
Planning Schedules and Budgets
The Critical Path Method and Cash Flow Estimation
Workshop to Solve Network Diagram using the Critical Path Method (CPM)
Risk Breakdown Structures, Assessment, Quantification, and Response Planning
Workshop to Assess Project Risks and Solving a Decision Tree

3. Execution, Tracking and Control processes
Project kick-off meeting

Tracking and Control
Progress Reports and Meetings
Managing Issues, Risks, and Changes
Quality Assurance versus Quality Control
The Use of Earned Value Method (EVM) in Cost Control and Forecasting

4. Closing Processes

Scope Verification and Administrative closure
Benefits tracking

Upon Completion Of This Workshop Participant Will Be Able To:

Understand the need to create a project charter during project initiation by filling out its basic components through a practical example
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different contracts forms and project delivery systems
Learn the basic roles of the project manager in managing and integrating projects
Create the work breakdown structure (WBS) and using it as the basis for effective estimation and scheduling of project activities through practical examples
Create and reading bar (Gantt) charts and node networks, activity sequencing, and estimating durations using a variety of techniques through practical examples
Understand the basics of resource management and establishing a resource responsibility matrix (RAM)
Learn the basics of project risk management from the creation of the risk break down structure to planning and controlling risk responses
Use forms and reports in managing issues, risks and changes
Control projects using the Earned Value Management (EVM) to manage time and cost performance
Understand the basic needs for project closing from scope verification to project post-mortem

Ali Atwa, PhD., PMP, RMP

Dr. Ali Atwa completed his Bachelor's degree with honors in Civil Engineering, in Egypt. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in structural engineering and Ph.D. degree in Planning of repetitive projects under risk. He is currently a project controls manager at WorleyParsons Canada.

Dr. Atwa has more than 24 years of experience in project controls and civil engineering. He worked as a risk manager and project controls manager for many multinational, major projects in Canada, USA and the Middle East; such as Oqyana islands in Dubai, Doha Port in Qatar, El Rehab city in Cairo, and a group of pipeline and oil and gas facilities in US and Canada. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of time, cost and risk management.

Dr. Atwa has a record of academic achievements which include theses and published papers in construction project management and risk analysis. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP).


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