Project Management Associate

This course introduces the basic concepts and processes for successful project management.

Explore proven best practices for defining, planning, organizing and executing a project.
Examination of the project life cycle will highlight the need for a phased-approach to project work with stage-gate approvals to ensure strategic alignment and effective project governance.

Duration: 1 day

The learning materials and group exercises provide you with hands-on experience using the vocabulary, knowledge, and tools needed to properly define, plan, manage and successfully implement a project.
Special emphasis is given to the crucial up-front effort to clearly define, in consultation with key stakeholders, the project scope, the project’s strategic value and expected results. Throughout the course, we’ll examine and apply widely recognized project management techniques, tools and templates!

Course outline :

Unit 1: Introduction to Project Management

  • What is a Project & Project Characteristics?
  • What is Project Management?
  • Project Management bandwidth and responsibility
  • Project Context
  • Project Stakeholders and their concerns
  • Brief overview of the Project Management Processes
  • Project Integration Management
  • Issues for the Project Manager and the Project Team Appreciation of present-day project management realities
  • Describing the Management Spectrum of People, Product and Services Processes Stakeholder issues

Unit 2: The Project Management Framework

  • Definitions and jargon associated with Project Management
  • The Project Management Context
  • Project Management Processes
    Facilitating Processes
  • Project Integration Management

Unit 3: Project Scope Management

  • Project Initiation
  • Scope Planning
  • Scope Definition
  • Scope Verification
  • Scope Control

Unit 4: Project Estimation

  • Phases
  • Attributes for Size, Effort & Schedule
  • How to estimate – challenges, basis and tips
  • Overview of estimation techniques

Unit 5: Project Planning

  • The project plan as a basis of project acceptance
  • Prince II model for project planning
  • Pointers for Project Plan development
  • WBS
  • PERT/CPM Network development and usage (PDM/ADM)
  • Time & Cost Tradeoffs
  • Resource Planning
  • Planning Guidelines

Unit 6: Project Risk Management

  • Risk Management and it’s associated processes
  • Types & Categories of Risks
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Management
  • Prioritizing risk based on risk value
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Risk Reduction Strategies
  • Risk Monitoring & Control
  • Risk Case Study

Unit 7: Project Monitoring & Control

  • Purpose and importance of Project Tracking
  • Planning Vs Project Reality & Performance
  • Tracking & Control process
  • Project Review Baselines
  • Finalizing Tracking Requirements
  • Status Reports – Weekly, Monthly, Review discipline

Unit 8: Project Quality

  • Quality Planning
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance

Unit 9: Human Resource Management

  • Team Structures – Functional through Matrix types
  • Organizational Planning
  • Staff Acquisition
  • Team Development
  • Leadership and Negotiation
  • Motivation Theories & performance drivers
  • Training Planning & Tracking
  • Managing Conflict

Unit 10: Project Costing

  • Cost Estimation
  • Cost Budgeting
  • Cost Control
  • Types of Project Costs
  • Types of Project Reserves
  • Earned Value (EV) Cost &
  • Schedule Analysis

Unit 11: Project Communications Management

  • Communication Planning           
  • Information Distribution             
  • Performance Reporting              
  • Information & Document Control
  • Administrative Closure


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