International Institute for Learning, Inc.
PM Core and Intermediate Courses
Project JumpStart™
The Workshop Designed to Launch Projects Faster
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Traditional Classroom
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2 Days
14 PDUs / 1.4 CEUs

Twelve hours of basic project management training or equivalent experience using project management (PM) methodology, aligned with an internationally recognized PM standard
(This prerequisite is even more critical than on any of the longer duration versions of this workshop due to the extremely limited time available to review concepts between deliverables.  See description below for more details.)

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About the Program
Project JumpStart™, a registered trademark of International Institute for Learning, Inc., is a unique training opportunity. Why is it unique?

First, it is unique because this workshop is not a conventional training program. Project JumpStart™ is a two-day version of a flexible suite of hands-on workshops (available in anywhere from 2 to 5 days in duration), during which you and your team members will work on and produce deliverables for either:

  • Real projects selected from your own environment; or
  • A case study based on your organization’s actual business environment.

Second, it is unique because we provide an electronic package of PM “Tools To Go,” which can be customized and used in real time to produce project plan deliverables during the workshop.  Better still, these tools can travel with you to your next project and the ones after that.

Third, it is unique because an experienced IIL project management consultant will not be there to lecture, but rather to guide your team throughout the workshop. You’ll learn practical and creative ways to ensure a successful and speedy project launch.  You’ll discover methods for identifying clear project objectives. You’ll apply many ideas and concepts from other project teams participating in the workshop. And you’ll develop a new skill set for leading your own team.

At the conclusion of Project JumpStart™, your team will have a clear understanding of and commitment to a set of project plan deliverables, customized to your projects or project environment.  You will also have your very own set of “Tools To Go,” which will not only support you in JumpStart™ing your current project immediately, but in repeating this high level of performance on future projects!

Benefits for Your Team

  • Get projects started faster than ever before
  • Tackle more projects with the time you save launching each one
  • Ensure measurably better project outcomes
  • Gain a clear understanding of the resources needed to successfully complete your project
  • Learn how to measure the success of your project
  • Understand how working on the right things can dramatically accelerate progress
  • Use your comprehensive workshop manual and electronic “Tools to Go” for ongoing support when you’re back on the job
  • Get plenty of interaction and personalized help from IIL’s consultant

Course Overview

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Workshop orientation
  • Expectations

Foundation Concepts

  • Basic project management definitions
  • The Project Life Cycle (PLC)
  • Role of the project manager

Project Selection

  • Governance and a PM infrastructure
  • PM Maturity and effective PM methodologies
  • Organizational structures and the authority dimension
  • The project charter and the burden of authority

Project Requirements and Definition

  • Stakeholders drive requirements
  • Communication starts now!
  • Types of requirements – functional and project scope
  • Planning for scope control

Work Breakdown Structure

  • Definition and value of the WBS
  • WBS development process
  • WBS in practice

Project Risk Management

  • Risks and project risk management
  • Risk identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk response
  • Risk acceptance and control

Project Duration Estimating

  • Estimating overview
  • Estimating techniques
  • Developing resource estimates
  • Developing cost estimates
  • Developing duration estimates

Network Logic and Project Scheduling

  • Basic scheduling definitions and approaches
  • Precedence relationships and network diagrams
  • Critical path and network analysis
  • Critical chain and project buffers

Executing, Project Communications, and the Team

  • From baseline to executing
  • Project communications
  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Team development

Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling

  • Project control overview
  • Control and the competing demands
  • Earned value for schedule and cost control

Project Closing

  • Overview of project closing
  • Project evaluations
  • Lessons learned


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?
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