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Project Management: Skills for Success

Through a media-enhanced, simulated case study, you learn how to successfully plan, manage and deliver projects using best practices in a 5-step process. You also learn how to implement project management processes, develop leadership skills and respond to real-world scenarios. At the end of the course, you have access to templates and checklists for use back at the workplace.

This course teaches best-practice techniques for running projects in a businesslike and professional way. Anyone who is responsible for planning and executing a job plan will benefit from this course. The material is applicable to a wide range of project types.

Participants are usually:

  • Project team members who want more knowledge of projects and project management processes
  • Those who have been technical staff and who now have the responsibility for managing projects
  • Those who represent the business or user in a multidiscipline environment and want to find out more about project management processes
  • Those who have been managing projects and are convinced there must be a better way to get projects delivered on time and within budget
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Learning Objectives

You Will Learn How To:

  • Manage and deliver successful projects for stakeholder satisfaction
  • Apply best practices to plan a project using a proven five-step process
  • Estimate and schedule task work, duration and costs with confidence
  • Implement risk management techniques and mitigation strategies
  • Lead a project team and monitor project progress through successful execution

Hands-On Experience:

  • Agreeing on clear project goals and measurable deliverables
  • Scoping a project and estimating task duration and work
  • Determining task dependencies and calculating the schedule
  • Developing risk management strategies and contingency plans
  • Producing the baseline implementation plan
  • Managing changes and reporting progress

Course Content

Introduction

  • Building a project navigation system
  • Defining the project management process
  • Identifying key documents, deliverables, and approvals
  • Negotiating realistic constraints for project success
  • Applying project management standards

Launching Your Project

Building an appropriate governance structure

  • Ensuring project sponsorship and business ownership
  • Gaining the support of subject matter experts
  • Clarifying the role of other managers and third parties

Defining the project

  • Validating business drivers and goals
  • Determining project objectives and deliverables
  • Tracking and managing project issues

Authorising the project

  • Writing the project business case
  • Developing the project charter
  • Securing project approval

The Five-Step Planning Process

Identifying and estimating the work

  • Working with project stakeholders
  • Defining scope with Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Driving the plan down to manageable tasks
  • Building high-confidence estimates
  • Leveraging three-point estimating to refine accuracy

Scheduling and budgeting the work

  • Converting the WBS to precedence networks
  • Determining the critical path tasks
  • Calculating project duration
  • Building and analysing Gantt charts
  • Using float effectively in the schedule

Building and leading the project team

  • Identifying and securing project resources
  • Optimising the use of project resources
  • Preparing and agreeing on task contracts
  • Developing and motivating the project team
  • Managing virtual and matrix teams

Managing project risks

  • Identifying project risks and assumptions
  • Creating a Risk Breakdown Structure (RBS)
  • Assessing risk probabilities and impacts
  • Planning appropriate responses and actions
  • Using a Risk Register and Risk Distribution Graph

Baselining the project plan

  • Developing the project change control plan
  • Validating essential supporting processes
  • Conducting the project health check
  • Creating the project baseline
  • Securing authorisation to run the project

Running the Project

Employing the four-step project control cycle

  • Avoiding the common causes of project failure
  • Building a real-time feedback loop
  • Managing stakeholder expectations

Tracking and monitoring task performance

  • Clarifying key metrics and data collection methods
  • Utilising the two kinds of monitoring
  • Avoiding the 90%-complete trap

Analysing progress against the baseline

  • Tracking planned vs. actual task performance
  • Projecting the impact of variation to the baseline
  • Performing root cause analysis

Correcting the project plan

  • Implementing, correcting and optimising strategies
  • Fast-tracking the project schedule
  • Crashing the critical path tasks

Reporting project status

  • Communicating status to stakeholders
  • Creating milestone reports
  • Using project scorecards and dashboards

Successful Project Closure

  • Conducting a post-project review
  • Brainstorming lessons learned
  • Closing out the project
  • Celebrating your project success

Exams & Certification

Completion of this course provides 23 professional development units (PDUs).

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