Project Management: Foundations and Best Practices

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Overview:
This course introduces students to the foundations of successful project management, especially in a technology environment. Students will learn key project management concepts, then immediately apply them in a hands-on team simulation.This course approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. It takes students through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace.

By the end of this class, you will understand how to manage a project from beginning to successful completion.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role and value of project management.
  • Recognize common causes of project success and failure.
  • Balance competing priorities.
  • Identify individual and team skills that affect the success of a project.
  • Initiate a project using chartering and a project kickoff.
  • Set stakeholder expectations early.
  • Identify deliverables and requirements, and create plans for managing them.
  • Perform the activities needed for a successful project planning phase.
  • Break down deliverables into tasks and activities using a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Identify dependencies between tasks and estimate the effort required to complete the tasks.
  • Develop a schedule, resource plan, and budget that fit the project.
  • Identify and manage risks.
  • Plan for communication, quality, scope changes and procurement.
  • Monitor project progress, steer a project during execution, and take corrective action.
  • Increase team motivation and performance.
  • Close out a project with requirements verification, acceptance and handoff.
  • Complete a lessons learned review.

Who Should Attend:
Engineers, scientists, clinicians, researchers, administrators, continuous improvement specialists, quality assurance personnel, or other technical professionals who are responsible for product, process, or test development, improvement who must organize and manage small to medium-sized projects.

Prerequisites:
Previous experience in a project environment is helpful, but not required.

Cost: 2-day class

Location: Location and driving directions will be emailed separately upon registration.