Project Management Fundamentals Training
Project Management Best Practice
This 1-day course covers best practices in Project Management - those things that the best Project Managers and project teams consistently do, and avoid doing. You'll learn core concepts and terminology, and gain a practical understanding of why projects fail (and how to prevent it). The course is taught by our, PMI-Certified instructors and delivered via innovative activities designed to make concepts stick.
No public courses are currently scheduled, but we can deliver this course onsite at your location. Contact us for a quote.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Project Management Fundamentals
Students will differentiate between a project and ongoing operations, define the terms "project," "program," and "portfolio management," discuss key characteristics of a good Project Manager, describe the PM lifecycle and other knowledge areas.
- What is a Project?
- The role of the Project Manager
- The Project Management Lifecycle
- Knowledge Areas
- The Triple Constraint
In this lesson, students will discuss potential project drivers, create a sample project charter, identify stakeholders as part of a case study exercise, and draft a stakeholder register. Lesson topics include:
- Initiating a New Project
- Starting Out Right
- Creating the Project Charter
- Identifying Your Stakeholders
In this lesson, students will discuss tools and techniques for capturing and prioritizing requirements. Students will complete a Requirements Document, draft a Project Scope Statement, and create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) with their team.
- Defining the Scope
- Capturing Requirements
- Writing a Scope Statement
- Creating a WBS
Using case study details, students will list project activities, create an Activity List, create a Network Diagram, estimate project task durations and resources, and determine the Critical Path in a sample project. Lesson topics include:
- Creating the Schedule
- Listing Your Activities
- Putting Activities in the Right Order
- Defining Your Resources and Duration
- Finding the Critical Path
- Optimizing Your Schedule
In this lesson, students will draft working agreements/ground rules, discuss how to set expectations, create a Responsibility Assignment Matrix and Procurement Statement of Work, and discuss conflict management, team performance, and meetings.
- Setting up Working Agreements and Team Norms
- Creating a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM)
- Building a High Performing Team
- Elevating Project Team Performance
- Managing Conflicts
- Improving Team Communication
- Running Effective Meetings
Students will discuss potential Risk Breakdown Structures, draft a Risk Register, list and analyze potential risks (with PIM scores and risk responses / contingency plans), assign ownership to risks, explain when to escalate issues, and identify resolutions.
- Creating a Risk Register
- Capturing project risks
- Analyzing identified risks
- Building a Risk/ Issue Register
- Managing risks and issues
Using a sample case study, students will discuss Performance Reports and determine possible courses of action when changes and unexpected events arise. Students will also demonstrate ways to respond to change requests.
- Managing the Project
- Monitoring Performance
- Reporting and Forecasting
- Controlling Change
In this lesson, students will discuss the importance of and how to create a Communication Management Plan and identify reporting options to keep stakeholders informed.
- Getting People the Right Information
- Being Proactive / Responsive
How We Teach
People learn differently, so we use a variety of methods to teach concepts throughout the course. In addition to exam preparation and practice quizzes, you'll engage in round-table discussions, group exercises, and games designed to give practical context to the concepts. We take this approach not only because it's more interesting and fun than simply memorizing vocabulary, but because it works.
All of our trainers are full-time Beyond20 staff
No temporary workers or subcontractors here. Our trainers are working consultants who implement best practice processes and tools when they're not in the classroom. You might say we practice what we preach. It's a great system, when you think about it - we're better consultants because we know these concepts inside and out, and we're better trainers because we get to put the theory into practice in the real world.
We don't just teach to the exam (though we certainly do that), we also give you practical and personalized tools you can take back to work.
We're a Registered Education Provider with PMI, so if you're PMP Certified, the course will earn you PDUs!
Industry-Leading Course Materials
All of our courseware is reviewed multiple times a year to ensure it's up to date, in line with best practice standards, and effective! We incorporate feedback from students to constantly improve our course books, in-class activities, and (sorry) homework. The goal is to provide you with the tools to not only get you through class and pass the exam, but also to have a reliable reference when you get back to the office.
All of our instructors are experienced practitioners with real world ITIL implementation expertise. (Real experience, too. Like, former-CIO-level experience.)
We're a US-based organization with offices in DC, Phoenix, and San Diego.