PROJECT MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS

DELIVERY MODE

Virtual

OUTLINE

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
Managing Projects
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.