The Fundamentals of Project Management

(4.0 CEUs)


The Fundamentals of Project Management creates the foundation for improving performance at companies and individuals through effective project management. It is a business oriented project management course for those who want to immerse themselves in an intensive, five-day interactive program. Participants learn and practice solid, proven project management tools and techniques. This course environment fosters team building skills and encourages networking through numerous group workshops. The course uses simple, well tested business management models linked to the project management method. It enables course participants to remember new skills and competencies and to embrace them as part of the culture in the everyday workplace. All topics presented are consistent with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK™).

Some basic understanding of project management principles and tools. It is intended for people who want to build on their basic skills and undertake a thorough review of project management. The first three days cover the Tools and Techniques needed to run projects (Planning, Controlling, Reporting, and Risk), and the final two days address the People Skills (Team Building, Leadership, Communications, and Motivation).

The purpose of this course is to learn how to use the proven six phase project management process with tools and techniques, means and methods to make a difference and improve performance.

The learning outcomes of The Fundamentals of Project Management include how to:


Mr. Bill Doescher, BSEE, MBA, PMP | Bio
Phone Number: (713) 780-2939

This course offers a Fundamentals of Project Management Certificate and 40 PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs) based on attendance and participation.


Topic Key Takeaways Activities

The Project Management Method:
Unique features of a project; Six basic functions of project management, Project charter and stakeholders; The necessary elements in a project based company.

Effective Project Planning:
Basic project planning elements, defining project objectives for stakeholder agreement, Developing work breakdown structures (WBS) and task control, Project organizations, accountability and ownership.

How to define a project. Essentials of project-based companies. The broad role of a Project Manager. Defining project charters, sponsors, and the project manager’s authority.

The importance of planning, how to do it effectively and good behaviors of a team.

SMART project objectives including stakeholder requirements.

Different types of WBS, their strengths and weaknesses.

Team Workshops:
Identifying stakeholders and requirements.

Determining and defining the project scope.

Topic Key Takeaways Activities

Structuring and Organizing Projects:
Describe scope of projects with a work breakdown structure and functional, project, matrix organizations.

Scheduling and Budgeting:
Developing realistic schedules for communication.

Decomposing the work into controllable tasks in participation with the team.

How a WBS and good network logic help develop effective schedules. Critical Path and ADM or PDM network analysis and scheduling slack or float.

Performance baseline and variance development.

Time and cost estimating and creating a baseline.

Team Workshops:
Structuring & organizing workshop.

Developing work breakdown structures (WBS) for “task control.”

Project organizations, “accountability/ownership.”

Developing network diagrams, scheduling, budgeting.

Topic Key Takeaways Activities

Project Control Techniques:
Principles of progress monitoring, controlling quality, schedules and budget, activity based performance measurement, earned value, types of reports and displaying progress.

Project Risk Management:
What do we mean by “risk”, what is the process, risk identification, analysis approaches and how to handle risk.

Basic requirements of project control. Techniques to control quality, schedule and budget. Earned value metrics to control tasks.

What is risk and the risk management process, policies and methodologies.

Correlation of the project management method and the risk management process.

Sources of risk and risk identification methods such as cause/effect, FMEA and Ishikawa diagrams.

Qualitative vs quantitative risk assessment and use of a risk matrix. Risk mitigation and writing of contingency plans.

Team Workshops:
Controlling, Reporting and Risk management of a project, including forecasting completion times and costs.

Individual Assessment:
Our renowned, “Assessment Inventory of Project Management Skills” provides a gap analysis and Career Action plan.

Topic Key Takeaways Activities

Techniques for the Project Leader/Manager:
The basics of leadership and a leadership model for continuous improvement.

Creating and Building the High Performing Project Team:
Developing the effective cross-functional project team, team decision-making, delegation and consensus, the effect of culture on team performance, the effect of problem solving styles on team performance and creativity.

Understand how leadership is defined and approaches (e.g. traits, styles, situations, functions) to improving one’s leadership skills.

Learn what motivates different people and hot to motivate as project manager.

Learn the Herzberg Motivators and how to deal with researchers and other creative people.

The difference between teams and groups. How to create teams, make team decisions, reach consensus and solve problems.

Contrasting and complementary teams leading to enhanced/reduced team performance.

Individual Assessment:
Our exclusive, “Project Management Problem Solving Styles” A Project Manager’s cognitive tool for self assessment based on Jung’s cognitive styles.

Team Workshop:
The Project Planning Situation™: How problem solving styles affect project planning outcomes. Participants for teams and experience contrasting and similar problem solving styles.

Topic Key Takeaways Activities

Interpersonal Skills and Communication:
The basics of leadership and a leadership model for continuous improvement.

Motivation and Empowerment:
Techniques to motivate individual team members. Dealing with difficult people.

Leadership Skills:
Dimensions of leadership styles.

Learn how to conduct effective meetings, use agendas, action items and minutes.

Improving communications through feedback, contact, e-mail, meetings, memos, records and other techniques.

Effective leadership styles, situational leadership.

Adapting your management style to the demands of particular situations.

Individual Assessment:
Lead Self (What is your style?)

Team Workshop:
Determine the most appropriate leadership styles for various project situations.

In groups, participants use their new skills to evaluate project situations and determine the most appropriate leadership style and compare and discuss their assessments with those of experts.


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