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Project Management Fundamentals

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This workshop covers the full complement of sub-plans, methods and procedures that span the typical project life-cycle from initiation to project close. Designed to give the participant the skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager, participants will examine the role of the project manager and their involvement in managing the life-cycle of a project through defining task, time management, scheduling, and resource allocation. Each of the ten PMI Knowledge Areas will be covered in the modules that will be presented to the workshop participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe project planning concepts
  • Identify and assess project requirements
  • Create a work breakdown structure
  • Perform stakeholder analysis
  • Develop a communication plan
  • Employ risk analysis techniques
  • Apply quality management techniques
  • Discuss project metrics
  • Manage project execution and control
  • Identify project close procedures
  • Launch a project

Topics & Content

  • Life cycle phases
  • Project management vocabulary
  • Stakeholder management grid
  • Communication plan
  • Requirements management
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Precedence diagramming
  • Project Network
  • Critical path and "crashing"
  • Schedule development
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Quality management tools
  • PM metrics, tools and techniques
  • Project delivery and control
  • Project close best practices
  • Case study and other exercises

Course Information

Course Code: PM102
Duration: 3 days
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM
Accreditations:

  • CBRN - 21 CEU(s)
  • OPM - 21 CLP(s)
  • PMI - 21 PDU(s)
  • SHRM - 21 PDC(s)


Course Feedback


What parts of the workshop were most valuable and/or beneficial to you?

Cost analysis - project plan.

Team review after work sessions.

The time the instructor took to do deeper dives and provide concrete examples.

Simulations and project team activities, as well as individual calculations.

Scheduling techniques, allowed me to see a project from the PM's perspective.

Simulation.

All.

Test prep statements, working experiences, simulation.

The building blocks of planning showing the full mechanism from triple constraint to WBS and into close.

The group work was extremely helpful.

Using our real projects as a consistent example throughout.

Group exercises were helpful.

Worksheets and simulation.

I would say equally all parts (as I am new to PM).

Review of WBS and how to chunk the work. This course was a good refresher.

Group work.

Communication and project planning.

Group work and collaboration.

The fact that I can apply this to my day-to-day, wow.

Working as a group to create/complete project plan exercises.

Communication effectively, organized projects.

WBS and risk analysis were quite useful. Communication plan.

I could imagine practical application of the principles to current projects.

Reviewing/discussing/going deeper than the online prep module with different opinions/experience.

Open discussion.

Hands-on exercises help reinforce the theory, i.e., calculating ES EF, LS, LF, float.

Simulator, Prince's experiences, teamwork, barbecue.

Drill down on concepts and the simulation to reinforce concepts.

The PowerPoint presentations.

Course instructor (Prince Knight) made a lecture enjoyable to learn and challenging to reinforce material.

The hands-on exercises and simulations were the best to reinforce PM concepts.

Lecture/slide in presentations appropriate depth and duration. Simulator was an excellent learning and reinforcement.

Coursework; earned value exercises; simulator.

The extra time to explain concepts was readily given.

Exercises and the data calculation.

I liked the hands-on exercises.

Formula especially earned value, PERT estimation with standard deviation.

Simulation and workshops.

Formula and formula exercises.

PMP notes for test.

All.

Handout worksheets.

Simulation, examples a lecture, group exercises.

The simulation helped to best reinforce the material.

The simulations and discussions.

All of it.

Practice.

All parts!! Helped me to understand PM concepts and formulas.

The decision-making.


What improvements should be made to the workshop?

costs.

I don't have any suggestions!

The three-day training was a bit too short, would be nice to make it a week.

I think this was a good beginner course - not sure if details on how to calculate

More tailored to our business.

Have team access who’s/which team’s solutions are worth benchmarking.

Nothing, everything was very good.

None, I loved it.

The material could use more examples both good and bad examples.

Actual completed worksheets from real projects would be helpful.

A "concept" list sense in advance so it isn’t all new in a few days. Terminology understanding prep will help.

Nothing that I can think of.

The material felt like quite a lot to cover and too long in parts.

More time on the simulations.

Make it less "game like".

More breaks (but shorter).

Extend the session for simulation exercises. Simulation time took a lot of time.

Start class a little later.

Possibly actual company projects initiating, go through the process. Blended learn/do/recap questions (couldn't be in three simultaneous days).

Tie into six training modules. Things like constructing the components of the project plan.

Allowing one more day to spread out the information.

Introduce more hands-on exercises.

Overlay a company example of a project for process improvement.

Better explanation of simulation software.

None.

I think Prince's workshop was terrific. Great mixture of lecture and simulation.

None.

None.

Less emphasis on software tool.

Add extra earned value exercises, maybe with spreadsheet.

None.

None really - thoroughly enjoy the presentation and training.

Add a short tutorial for the simulation to help with navigating. Also, the last two modules in the book take you from project launch directly to closing the project - the launch section should be closer to the beginning.

Simulator intro module as opposed to help screens.

Slightly more orientation before beginning simulator.

More data in the workbook.

Due to the short duration of the boot camp: less simulator - need to crash more on the PMI facts.

A demo of the simulation system could be added.

The simulation should be explained better before the team starts work on it.

More formula exercises.


Comments and suggestions for the facilitators

Very nice and approachable instructor.

I was hoping the course would be geared more toward Sony and how we can run

Great course, I think it spoke to various levels in our group.

There were too many levels of project managers at the mutiny.

Thank you!

our projects the same - varied group in the room in terms of roles.

Prince did an excellent job! Kudos!

applied into the workplace. Fun and interactive, exceeded my expectations.

The training was overall great. Learned a lot with real-world projects that can be

Good instructions and interactive 2.

depth of his knowledge was clear.

The instructor was great! Is delivery of all the information made it even better. The

Kept our attention well and kept a great time and pace and a good balance of serious learning and fun.

Nice job!

Prince is a great instructor with an awesome personality.

Great "real world" examples.

Nothing, Prince was great.

Prince did a great job explaining and making sure that I understand the topics.

Great job, thanks.

One of the best instructors!!

Prince was great! Very knowledgeable.

Instructor was very likable, knowledgeable, and engaging.

Prince did a good job.

Great class even for beginners. Instructor did a great job.

Please include an explanation when presentation content is skipped over.

I wish there was a higher number than five to select. The instructor kept the course interesting and kept us involved.

As I have attached to this simulator item above, less focus on simulation, more on fundamentals.

Great job.

Excellent job, Prince!

Price is great! I love his enthusiasm.

Fantastic. A great instructor to learn.

Keep up the good work.

None, material was well presented.

Great job!

Prince is great! He is very knowledgeable and provides envergy to the class.

Prince is great. Knowledgeable on PMI and supportive learning environment.

Great course.

One of the best I've ever had. Great energy and enthusiasm.

Less time simulating, more time working on formulas.

Fantastic presentation, explanation, professionalism and fun/humor. Thank you!

Great job!!


Imagine that a coworker asks: what was the workshop like for you? How will you respond?

It was ground-up, heavily involved and a lot to take in, but useful concepts with real-world application.

It was great and I learned a lot.

Very useful. I learned a lot of new concepts and methodologies that I intend to use in my work.

Very helpful, but a lot of work/interactions so no time for miscellaneous/other work.

Helpful in court, but I think it could have been made to be more relevant to our company.

A good refresher.

Provided a good foundation for new PMs.

This is the best one I attended.

It was great, you should take it!

Great, take this if you want to learn about PMP.

It gave me a good project management foundation. It is up to me to grow it.

I know project management, now I have the tools needed to guide me through.

I'm hoping to use some of it if this is our goal ahead.

As a non-project manager, it gave me a great grounding and understanding of PM.

A good way to immerse and learn the PMP® from another perspective beyond online.

Pretty good. Better than most training I have attended.

Time could have been used more for actual PMP tests. Would have like to follow the knowledge areas.

Very informative and direct with PMBOK®, but allowed us to relate to our work experience.

Great - very informative - will put best practices to use.

Very good mix of theory and practical application with the simulation tools.

It was great!

I've already mentioned to co-workers how much I enjoyed this course.

It was good - a good reinforcement of the online activities.

Excellent, I learned a great deal.

Difficult, but rewarding.

Informative and helpful. Wish it were longer to get a little deeper into the modules.

It was a good session that needs 100% attention.

It was great.

It helped me understand the concept of project management.

It was a good class, but a lot of information in a short period of time.

Very helpful.

Informative.

Very good, will set you at ease about the exam. I am now more confident I will pass.

Very good and informative.

Informative and enjoyable.

Very informative! Covered a lot but certainly helped me understand the information.

Very beneficial.

It was very good!

It was a great introduction to becoming a PMP. I now have a better knowledge of what a project manager is supposed to do.

Great class that I hope I can apply.

Excellent.

It was fun and informative. I just hope we will actually get to use the PMI process to improve projects at the company.

Perfect! Really recommend!!

Good instruction of principles with some concrete examples. Putting into practice will require many pratical experiences.

Extremely valuable and beneficial for covering PMBOK methods, with focus on key important areas.

Great, informative.

Very good.


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