Session 1

  • Introduction & Preliminary Project Definition
  • There will be an introductory exercise to demonstrate some common project management challenges and ground rules. The balance of the
    first section will focus on questions to ask to establish project goals.
  • Formalizing a Project Definition
  • Takes case study project information and presents a way for project managers to capture that in a brief written definition document called a “Charter”.

Session 2

  • Introduction to Planning & Defining Tasks
  • Introduces the planning section then describes task identification and capture. Participants will practice identifying tasks for a case study activity.
  • Building a preliminary schedule & Estimating
  • Tasks from the prior module are sequenced and the mechanics of developing a preliminary schedule are reviewed. This module also introduces a practical process for estimation. Participants will engage in estimating exercises that show how estimates can be improved.

Session 3

  • Optimization
  • Complete the planning segment by demonstrating basic optimization techniques.
  • Risk Management & Reviewing Plans with the Sponsor
  • Concepts of risk management.

Session 4

  • Demonstrate how status information is used to track progress against the plan by looking for variances from expectations. Then discuss how the approach to the project might be modified to achieve objectives and when to recommend that project objectives be changed to better align with the unfolding reality of project progress.
  • Reporting Status & Project Closure
  • Guidelines for status reporting, including risk and issue management, then project closure.