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Project Management Fundamentals

Become a Project Management Leader

Individuals with Project Management skills are in increasing demand. In today's complex, fast-paced business climate, companies desperately need Project Management leaders who have the necessary skill sets, training, and experience to implement contemporary techniques in order to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget. Companies today value key personnel who can oversee and manage complex projects in order to achieve profitable organizational goals. Our 2 day workshop integrates leading-edge processes with hands-on application. This course immerses participants in the application and practice of proven project management solutions—it's built on the foundation of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOKĀ®) defined by the Project Management Institute.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for organizational members who have, or will soon have team lead or project management responsibilities and focuses on fundamental skills sets.

Course Overview

This course is founded on the PMI A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (a.k.a. the PMBOK® Guide) and the "tools and techniques" within the processes to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control and close out project phases leading to project success. Resources include:

  1. PMBOK® Guide, fifth edition (2013).
  2. TABSPM® Workbook, follows the natural progression of the PMBOK®, and focuses exercises on how to apply the tools and techniques effectively and efficiently to create invaluable project management deliverables.
  1. Why We are Here
    1. Exercise 1: What problems are you facing as a project manager?
    2. View project management as a conduit for organizational change
    3. Examining project management from the perspective of diffusion of an innovations
  2. Introduction of Project Management from an Organizational Perspective
    1. Recognize the hierarchy of strategic plan, portfolio, program, project and subproject
    2. Consider the attributes of a project versus a process
    3. Understand the concepts and core definitions of projects
    4. Illustrate progressive elaboration
    5. Define project success and understand the variables in tension: project schedule, project cost, project scope, and project quality
    6. Understand the attributes and responsibilities of the project manager
    7. Understand the key roles of various stakeholders — who is your sponsor?
  3. The Project Life Cycle
    1. Life-cycle phases and stage-gate concepts
    2. Understand the process of managing projects within organizations from a systems approach including: the importance of the external environment, the organizational environment, and the project environment
    3. Understanding the project management processes: initiating, planning, executing, monitor and controlling and closing out phases and projects
  4. Effective Project Initiation
    1. Building the project charter and its importance
    2. The reason for a preliminary scope statement — just you and the sponsor
    3. Exercise 2: Vignette on a project without project management
    4. Exercise 3: Build a project charter for a project
    5. Exercise 4: Authority needed for success
    6. Exercise 5: Knowing your stakeholders through stakeholder analysis
    7. Exercise 6: Defining requirements that can be realized
    8. Defining the project scope: planning begins with good project objectives
    9. The importance of scope definition as the basis for future project decisions
    10. Creating and effective product and work breakdown structure
    11. Exercise 7: Developing a product and work breakdown structure and work breakdown structure dictionary
  5. Setting the Project Course: Developing the Work Plan
    1. Decomposing the work breakdown structure to activities
    2. Defining and sequence activities to create the critical path
    3. Resource planning and defining the needed infrastructure
    4. Estimating activity work, duration and costs
    5. Factors affecting work, duration and cost estimates
    6. Schedule development and cost budgeting for success
    7. Contingency — it's a must
    8. Exercise 8: Develop a work plan for a phase of a project
  1. Finishing the Work Plan
    1. Infusing quality into the project plan
    2. Exercise 9: Planning quality
    3. Planning for team acquisition, roles and responsibilities and developing a team
    4. Exercise 10: Planning human resources and infrastructure for success
    5. Communication — the life blood of every project
    6. Exercise 11: Building a communication plan
    7. Planning for Risk — Murphy will visit you
    8. Exercise 12: Bullet proofing your plan
  2. Executing and Managing the Project: Keeping the Project on Course
    1. Project execution and control processes
    2. Assessing progress and status reporting
    3. Earned value
    4. Exercise 13: Calculating earned value and understanding what it means
    5. Corrective action and issue resolution
  3. Managing Change in Chaotic Times
    1. Controlling change using the change control process
    2. Steps and responsibilities in the change management process
    3. Exercise 14: Managing change
  4. Closing Out the Project with Success
    1. Steps in closing out a project
    2. Importance of lessons learned
    3. Time management within the scope of project management
Russ Purvis

Russ Purvis, PhD

Dr. Purvis has been in the Department of Management at Clemson since 1999. Prior to entering academia, he gained 12 years of business experience, with 8 years in various management roles. He earned his PhD in Information and Management Sciences from Florida State University and his MBA from Georgia State University. He has served at numerous capacities at Clemson University, including graduate coordinator of the management department, as well as multiple college and university committees. He teaches courses in the areas of information systems and technology management at the PhD, MBA and undergraduate levels.


Prices range from $850.00 to $950.00

Session Dates

Fall 2019
September 5-6, 2019

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