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Project Planning Foundations

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Research shows that the top reasons projects fail is the lack of up front planning. This one-day course is designed to address this issue. Using a case study, participants work through the foundations of project planning from initiation, to schedule development, communication and risk planning.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the project management, PM, process and key PM concepts
  • Create a Project Charter and a Stakeholder Analysis
  • Develop the Communication Plan for the case study
  • Define project activities using a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Organize project activities using a Network Diagram
  • Recognize the Critical Path within the Network Diagram
  • Prepare a Project Schedule
  • Use these tools to manage projects successfully
  • Set up a Change Management Process
  • Formulate a Risk Management Plan
  • Practice risk identification and risk analysis
  • Evaluate risk mitigation strategies
  • Practice with exercises which are included in each topic area using a case study

Topics & Content

  • The project management process and concepts
  • Project Charter
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Create Project Charter and Stakeholder Analysis for the case study
  • Communication planning
    • Create Communication Plan for the case study
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Create WBS for the case study
  • Network diagraming and the Critical Path
    • Create a Network Diagram
  • Schedule development
    • Create a project schedule
  • Using these tools to manage projects successfully
  • Change management
  • Risk planning and management
    • Risk identification
    • Apply the Pre-Mortem Technique on one of the participant's projects
    • Risk analysis
    • Mitigation strategies

Exercises are included in each topic area using a case study.

Course Information

Course Code: PM107
Duration: 1 day
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM


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