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PM Core and Intermediate Courses
Project Management Fundamentals
Completing Projects on Time and Within Budget
While Increasing Customer Satisfaction
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Traditional Classroom
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2 Days
14 PDUs / 1.4 CEUs
Virtual Classroom / On-Demand Learning
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Four 3-hour sessions
12 PDUs / 1.2 CEUs
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About the Program
Many projects are performed by highly competent and effective people who have little or no project management training. They perform projects like process improvement, marketing campaign development, new product development, event planning and production, and other “tasks” which are projects. Learning project management on the job is an unnecessary burden in an already challenging position.

This course provides practical skills, concepts, and principles you can take back to the job ? along with insights you’ll need to adapt them to specific project environments.  This practical perspective is designed into the learning flow by minimizing time spent in instructor-led segments (~30%) and maximizing time devoted to interactive events (~70%).  Throughout the course, we deploy a variety of types of interactive events, ranging from:

  • Whole group discussions
  • Multiple configurations of structured activities (individual, paired, small group, and whole class)
  • Case study based team exercises (3 basic cases are provided, which can be modestly tailored to the learners’ needs in the classroom in real time.)

The goal of this course is to achieve quality performance through effective planning and control. We use a process orientation and an analytical, systems-oriented approach to project-related problem solving and decision making. Throughout the course, we integrate the need for collaboration and clear communications among people, often in multiple organizations. In addition, we do highlight these interpersonal and relationship skills in two specific areas:

  • Module 2 ? People & Projects
  • Module 8 ? Executing, Communicating and Developing the Team

Also throughout this course, learners will be given an opportunity to reflect on the learning that could best serve their needs in real-world projects. At the end of each module, after a summary of the topics covered, time and space are provided to complete Learning Journal entries. At the end of the course, we ask everyone to review the learning journal entries and complete a Personal Action Plan, including both short and longer term objectives.

As the results of the interactivities and the learning opportunities are shared in the classroom, learners will come away enriched by much more than the information inherent in the courseware and the knowledge imparted by an experienced instructor.  Just as, or perhaps even more important than these traditional learning sources, this course maximizes the potential for learning from each other.

Who Should Attend
This course is for people responsible for managing, leading, coordinating, and working on projects who have limited experience or knowledge of practical, formal project management methods. Among those who can benefit from this course are:

  • Members of process and performance improvement teams
  • Participants in R&D
  • Business planning coordinators
  • Technical service and support staff
  • Operations people in financial services
  • Administrators and managers responsible for coordinating, facilitating or managing projects and programs
  • Technical professionals and engineers moving into project leadership and coordination positions
  • General managers responsible for projects and programs
  • Marketing, training, and technical writing professionals
  • Six Sigma professionals

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Describe the project management process and its benefits
  • Use project management vocabulary and terminology
  • Identify the characteristics of a successful project
  • Create an initial project plan
  • Identify and perform the major aspects of project initiation, project control, and close-out
  • Identify and describe organizational change issues in implementing project management

Course Overview

Foundation Concepts

  • Project management (PM) definitions
  • Focus and benefits of PM
  • Concepts of triple constraints and competing demands
  • Project life cycles

People and Projects

  • People and projects overview
  • The project manager
  • The project sponsor / director
  • The client, the project team, and other stakeholders
  • People and projects in organizations

Initiating and Defining Requirements

  • Initiating the project and developing the project charter
  • Conducting stakeholder assessments
  • Defining requirements
  • Establishing the change control process

Using the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  • Defining the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Developing a usable WBS
  • Using the WBS

Managing Project Risk

  • Making the case for risk management
  • Using risk management processes and tools
    • Overview
    • Identification
    • Analysis
    • Response
    • Control


  • Defining an estimate
  • Distinguishing approaches to estimating
  • Using specific estimating practices and techniques for duration
  • Estimating cost
  • Validating an estimate ? schedule or budget


  • Defining the scheduling process and related terminology
  • Sequencing and defining dependencies
  • Determining the critical path
  • Considering schedule risks and optimizing the schedule

Executing, Communicating and Developing the Team

  • Documenting the baseline
  • Defining execution
  • Executing through effective communication and stakeholder relationships
  • Executing with high-performing teams

Monitoring and Controlling

  • Defining monitoring and controlling
  • Viewing control through the lens of competing demands
  • Analyzing variances for corrective actions

Closing the Project

  • Closing projects overview
  • Focusing on project transition
  • Focusing on post-project evaluations


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