Projects are the mechanism through which organizations realize their planned benefits, and they also act as a vehicle to generate value. Project management, on the other hand, applies project knowledge and techniques to make projects more successful. It’s a profession, which offers a set of tools and techniques that anyone can apply to achieve business goals and manage project work more effectively. Project management can be used to guide small, simple projects as well as complex enterprise-wide initiatives.
In this course we will share comprehensive project management knowledge with copious examples and illustrations of how it is conducted to ensure project success. We will explain the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, monitoring the project, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, we will provide tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
The PMP delivers value far into your career. CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification because it proves you have the specific skills and experience employers seek. Certified PMPs report earning up to 25% more than non-certified project management professionals.
Project management, foundational concepts, and terminology
- Realizing organizational benefits and generating value through projects
- Why organizations do projects (project triggers)
- Defining the components and context of a project
- Understanding the project lifecycle and project phases
- Actors and roles in project management
- Constituting project teams
- Types of project management
- What it takes to be a project manager (management and technical skills)
Initiating a project
- Requirements to officially start a project
- Identifying, classifying, and assessing stakeholders
Planning a project
- Developing a project plan
- Identifying requirements and deliverables (work to be done during the project)
- Building a project schedule and understanding the critical path
- Determining the cost of the project
- Determining required resources and assigning these resources to tasks
- Planning other project areas: risks; quality; communications; resource management; procurement, and stakeholder engagement
Executing a project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing and responding to project risks
- Managing teams and engaging stakeholders
Monitoring and controlling a project
- Establishing the basis of monitoring and controlling a project
- Monitoring project performance
Closing a project
- Why we should close a project
- Requirements for closing a project
- Closing a project
Project management tools
- Using project management software, for instance, Microsoft Project
To be eligible for the PMP certification, you must first meet specific education and experience requirements. The PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp satisfies the requirements for contact hours of instruction. The final step in gaining certification is passing a multiple-choice, psychometric-based examination designed to objectively assess and measure your project management knowledge. It is recommended that you have achieved the experience requirements prior to taking this course.
- Anyone who is involved in, or affected by, projects or change management within an organization, including project managers, in all industry sectors, project coordinators, team leaders, product managers, program managers, project team members, subject matter experts, analysts, stakeholders, and senior managers who want to get more out of their project teams
- Anyone in a leadership role who will benefit from an introduction to the art and science of project management
- You should not take this course if you have taken IT Project Management or Applied Project Management. The knowledge areas covered are the same.