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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. It is 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?

All of it.

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

All.

All.

Communication and project planning.

Communication effectively, organized projects.

Cost analysis - project plan.

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

Coursework; earned value exercises; simulator.

Drill down on concepts and the simulation to reinforce concepts.

Exercises and the data calculation.

Formula and formula exercises.

Formula especially earned value, PERT estimation with standard deviation.

Group exercises were helpful.

Group work and collaboration.

Group work.

Handout worksheets.

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

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

I liked the hands-on exercises.

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

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

Open discussion.

PMP notes for test.

Practice.

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

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

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

Simulation and workshops.

Simulation, examples a lecture, group exercises.

Simulation.

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

Simulator, Prince's experiences, teamwork, barbecue.

Team review after work sessions.

Test prep statements, working experiences, simulation.

The PowerPoint presentations.

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

The decision-making.

The extra time to explain concepts was readily given.

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

The group work was extremely helpful.

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

The simulation helped to best reinforce the material.

The simulations and discussions.

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

Using our real projects as a consistent example throughout.

WBS and risk analysis were quite useful. Communication plan.

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

Worksheets and simulation.


What improvements should be made to the workshop?

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

A demo of the simulation system could be added.

Actual completed worksheets from real projects would be helpful.

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.

Add extra earned value exercises, maybe with spreadsheet.

Allowing one more day to spread out the information.

Better explanation of simulation software.

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

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

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

I don't have any suggestions!

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

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

Introduce more hands-on exercises.

Less emphasis on software tool.

Make it less "game like".

More breaks (but shorter).

More data in the workbook.

More formula exercises.

More tailored to our business.

More time on the simulations.

None really - thoroughly enjoy the presentation and training.

None, I loved it.

None.

None.

None.

None.

Nothing that I can think of.

Nothing, everything was very good.

Overlay a company example of a project for process improvement.

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

Simulator intro module as opposed to help screens.

Slightly more orientation before beginning simulator.

Start class a little later.

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

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

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

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

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

costs.


Comments and suggestions for the facilitators

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

Excellent job, Prince!

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

Fantastic. A great instructor to learn.

Good instructions and interactive 2.

Great "real world" examples.

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

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

Great course.

Great job!

Great job!!

Great job, thanks.

Great job.

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

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

Instructor was very likable, knowledgeable, and engaging.

Keep up the good work.

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

Less time simulating, more time working on formulas.

Nice job!

None, material was well presented.

Nothing, Prince was great.

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

One of the best instructors!!

Please include an explanation when presentation content is skipped over.

Price is great! I love his enthusiasm.

Prince did a good job.

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

Prince did an excellent job! Kudos!

Prince is a great instructor with an awesome personality.

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

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

Prince was great! Very knowledgeable.

Thank you!

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

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

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

Very nice and approachable instructor.

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

depth of his knowledge was clear.

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


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

A good refresher.

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

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

Difficult, but rewarding.

Excellent, I learned a great deal.

Excellent.

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

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

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

Great class that I hope I can apply.

Great, informative.

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

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

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.

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

Informative and enjoyable.

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

Informative.

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

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.

It was a good session that needs 100% attention.

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

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

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

It was great and I learned a lot.

It was great!

It was great, you should take it!

It was great.

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

It was very good!

Perfect! Really recommend!!

Pretty good. Better than most training I have attended.

Provided a good foundation for new PMs.

This is the best one I attended.

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

Very beneficial.

Very good and informative.

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

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

Very good.

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

Very helpful.

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

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

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


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