Project Management (with Test Preparation) Overview and Outline

The Project Management program will help you master the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques for a broad range of activities, from scheduling to communication, from time management to closing a project. In each module, you will review key concepts from the Project Management Body of Knowledge version 4.0 (PMBOK)® and explore how those concepts apply to the management of projects. The objective is to make you a better project manager, so you can better lead your project team from start to finish. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to meet the key objectives related to scope, quality, time and cost, to the satisfaction of all those with a stake in the project. Also included is a Test Preparation course. (See the description of the Test Preparation portion of the program below.)

Project Management Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply concepts from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) version 4.0 to projects
  • Explain the processes that would be applied during the project life cycle
  • Describe the importance of scope control for projects and different tools that can be used to manage project scope
  • Explain the challenges associated with delivering projects on time
  • Differentiate between different techniques for managing the project schedule
  • Explain several maturity models and how they can be applied to improve project quality
  • Explain various approaches for team building and communicating on projects
  • Discuss different sources of project risk and how to manage them

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Project Management
Module 2: Project Integration Management Processes for Projects
Module 3: Key Project Scope Management Concepts
Module 4: Time Management Processes
Module 5: Project Cost Management Processes
Module 6: Project Quality Management Processes
Module 7: Human Resources Management
Module 8: Project Communication Management Processes
Module 9: Project Risk Management
Module 10: Project Procurement Management
Module 11: Practice Examination and Exam Strategy Self Assessment

Project Management Test Preparation Course

This part of the program is designed to help you review the PMBOK® Guide so you can get the best score possible on the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Each module will help you understand the various processes involved in project management. There are also 2 practice exams to further prepare you for the exam.

The program has a second purpose of expanding on the ideas presented in the PMBOK® Guide to help you understand how the PMI body of knowledge might be used in practice. Each module has a Best Practices section that explains how the content in that module can be used to improve your project management practices. These sections will ensure that you are able to answer the situational-type questions on the PMP exam. These best practices will also give you new ideas to help you better lead your project team from start to finish, meeting your key objectives to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Test Preparation Course Objectives

After completing the Test Prep course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how enterprise environmental factors and organizational process assets affect how projects can be managed
  • Explain the five stages of a project life cycle and understand how these stages can overlap in time
  • Understand how to create a project management plan with subsidiary plans for each of the knowledge areas and explain how progressive elaboration and integrated change management can keep these documents effective and relevant
  • Understand the overlapping nature of project activities and practice Project Integration Management to coordinate the various project management processes
  • Understand how a project's various baselines (including scope, cost, schedule, quality, risk, procurement, and others) are determined, planned for, and managed
  • Understand how to effectively manage human resources and communicate with all stakeholders
  • Understand the key methods used to estimate project schedule and cost at the beginning of a project and to forecast cost and schedule variances at any time during the project
  • Understand how the project management knowledge contained in the PMBOK® Guide can be used in practice
  • Review the PMBOK® Guide so you can get the best score possible on the PMP certification exam

Test Preparation Course Outline:

Module 1: Understanding the big picture: stakeholders, Project Management Office (PMO), phases, best practices

Module #2: Process Groups, Project Management Knowledge Areas, Project Charter, Executing, Monitoring and Closing Projects, Handling the kick-off meeting

Module #3: Project Scope Management, Creating Work Breakdown Structures, Verifying Scope, Updating Stakeholders

Module #4: Project Time Management , Defining Activities, Sequencing Activities, Estimating Activity Resources and Durations, Estimating PERT Calculations, Developing Schedules, and Critical Path Development

Module #5 Determine Budget and the Cost Performance Baseline, Evaluating Project Status, Cost Estimating, and Budgeting

Module #6 Project Quality Management : Planning Tools and Techniques Flowcharts Perform Quality Assurance and Perform Quality Control, Choosing the Correct Tool, Improving Public Improvements

Module #7: Acquire Project Team Manage Project Team Conflict Management ,The Cycle Time Improvement Project , Gathering Input for Decision-Making

Module #8: Identify Stakeholders, Plan Communications and Distribute Information, Manage Stakeholder Expectations, Report Performance, Confronting Communication Challenges

Module #9: Project Risk Management, Plan Risk Management, Identify Risks Perform Qualitative Risk Management , Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis, Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis Plan, Risk Responses, Monitor and Control Risks

Module #10: Project Procurement Management, Plan Procurements, Administer Procurements and Close Procurements Pinpointing the Procurement Process, Contract Negotiation

Module #11: Practice Examination, PMBOK® Guide Knowledge, PMP Exam Strategies, Introduction to the PMP Exam, PMP Code of Professional Conduct, Tips for PMP Exam Test Taking.

Practice Exam #1
Practice Exam #2
Exam Strategy Self Assessment

PC Requirements/Materials

Minimum requirements: Windows XP Service Pack 2/Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 2.0. Recommended: Windows Vista/Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox 2.0. This course can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. There are no specific computer requirements other than a high speed Internet connection (DSL or Cable) and email capabilities. Students will need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader which are available via free downloads.

The required text for the course is A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge version 4.0 (PMBOK® Guide), Fourth Edition. It is included in the price of the program.

Instructor Bio

Jim Hannon has an MBA from Framingham State College and a BS in Economics from Suffolk University. He has also completed the Six Sigma and Black Belt Certificates from Villanova University. Jim has a PMP certification and also holds the Prince 2 certification, which is the defacto project management standard for the British government He has taught project management at the college level online for over three years. With over 15 years experience in the financial and software industries, Jim has managed a multitude of domestic and international projects. Jim has spoken at numerous industry events on project management and its applications. He is an expert at applying the sometimes abstract theories in project management to real world scenarios.

PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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