Project Management Fundamentals

Course book

Heldman, Kim.  Project Management Jumpstart – The First Step Towards a Career in Project Management (4th ed.)  2018. Wiley.

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Course description

Projects are the means through which people and organizations make change happen. Project management focuses on planning, managing and organizing resources to achieve a desired result within a specific timeframe and budget.

Project management is challenging because, by definition, it isn’t “business as usual”.  There is always an element of the unknown, the need to plan for and manage both risks and competing interests, and to prevent and creatively solve problems.

Organizational demand for projects is huge, as is the demand for effective project managers and team members.  Project management has become a sought-after leadership competency and will continue to increase in importance.

This course will provide learners with the knowledge and tools, needed to apply the five key project management processes of Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Control, and Project Closure.  It is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge. This proven approach is applicable across all types of industry and organizations.

This course is for you if:

  • You are considering a project management role and would like to explore before you commit
  • Your organization uses projects, or is considering their use
  • You’d like to understand project management methods, tools, and best practices
  • You’d like to help ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and with the right results
  • You’d like to add value to your organization’s projects as a team member through the use of project management tools, critical thinking, and consensus-building
  • You are preparing to lead a project and would like to ensure your success

Learning outcomes

The learner who successfully completes each module will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Explain the five phases of project management, including their purposes, key tools, and key outcomes
  • Identify the key characteristics, organization structures, and primary constraints of a project
  • Define the role and responsibilities of the project manager and other key project roles
  • Create a project charter
  • Identify project stakeholders and their needs
  • Identify strategies for managing stakeholder engagement
  • Design a communication management plan
  • Define milestones and create a milestone schedule
  • Create a project plan
  • Estimate the quantities and costs of resources required to perform project activities
  • Use a responsibility assignment matrix to assign responsibilities
  • Identify and prioritize project risks
  • Create a risk-management plan
  • Define what is needed to estimate activity durations
  • Create a project schedule that includes a critical path
  • Describe the components of a project’s quality management plan
  • Select one of three common cost estimating techniques to determine a project budget
  • Describe the difference between authority and influence
  • Identify common sources of conflict within a project environment
  • Identify effective leadership and consensus-building strategies
  • Define the key elements needed to measure and report on project scope, schedule, and cost performance
  • Describe causes and effects of project scope changes
  • Identify and analyze changes to project scope
  • Explain the steps in project closure
  • Write a lessons-learned report for a project