Managing Project Work

2 Days

Description

For "accidental project managers" or entry-level project staff: Real-world tools for any project. Master practical basics and earn your Associate's Certificate in project management from the John Cook School of Business.

Project management skills aren't just for "official" project managers.
In recent years, work traditionally associated with project managers and PMPs is being required by other types of professional. As projects become more complex and work in general becomes more project-based, these skills are critical at every level of the team. "Project manager" may not be your job title, and you may not have chosen the profession of project management, but you are performing project management if you are responsible for:

  • Estimating tasks and deliverables
  • Vendor management
  • Reporting
  • Stakeholder communication
  • Issue logging
  • Contract administration
  • Risk management
  • Monitoring scope
  • Leading teams

Quickly learn the essential tools and skills to manage and perform project-related work.
Whether you are an "accidental" project manager or a member of a team who shares project-related duties, this course provides the critical real-world skills and tools you need to be successful with basic project management. Learn to maximize and combine human skills — such as informal authority and communication — with quantitative tools such as three-point estimation, work breakdown structures, Delphi analysis and many others. This toolkit will give you the skills to keep project work coordinated, on schedule, on budget, and within scope.

Leave class ready to receive your associate certificate from the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.
Many de facto project managers don't yet have the extensive experience required for a credential such as the PMP®. However, professionals and employers still need to prove qualifications with a respected credential. We have partnered with Saint Louis University's fully accredited John Cook School of Business to provide the Associate's Certificate in Project Management. Once you complete the class, you will have the training and resources you need to immediately submit your application to JCSB and earn your associate's certificate in project management essentials.

About the PM Associate Certificate
After class, you will be provided with access to the "Managing Project Work" online skills assessment and a survey asking about your work experience on projects. After you take the assessment and complete the survey, you will submit this info to JCSB with proof of course completion and be awarded your PM Associate Certificate in project management.

We provide easy step-by-step instructions for you to follow after class, as well as all the materials you need for obtaining our certificate from JCSB.

Who Should Attend Managing Projects Training

Anyone involved in project work will benefit from this class, regardless of whether they hold the title of project manager. This training is invaluable for:

  • Product Managers
  • Analysts
  • Contracting Professionals
  • Operations Professionals
  • Project Manager or Team Leader
  • Systems Architect or Designer
  • IT Manager/Director
  • Systems or Application Developer
  • QA Professional
  • Systems Tester
  • Systems Analyst
  • Anyone wishing to improve their practical project management capability

No Upcoming Public Classes

There are currently no public events available for this course. However, you can submit a request for a new date and we will try our best to get you into a Managing Project Work class.

Private Training Available
No date scheduled, don’t see a date that works for you or looking for a private training event, please call 651-905-3729 or submit a request for further information here.
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Course Overview

  • 1. Introduction
  • We'll begin with the basics. Get an industry-standard overview of project management and what constitutes project work.
    • Logistics and objectives of the course
    • What is a project?
    • What is project management?
    • Comparison to other types of work (operational, strategic, program management, others)
  • 2. Project Management Basics
  • PMI is the most influential industry body in the world of project management. Without getting too deep into the world of PMI, we will look at some of the most useful concepts and tools they have provided to the industry.
    • The five process groups
    • The nine knowledge areas
    • The project management life cycle
    • What is expected of a good project manager
  • 3. Baselines and Constraints
  • Successful projects begin with a clear definition of boundaries, scope, limitations, and establishing clear plans that take these factors into account.
    • The triple constraints triangle
    • The "essential eight" PM skills: SCESIRRS
    • The three baselines: scope, schedule, cost
    • Creating the baselines
  • 4. Managing Across the Project Life Cycle
  • In this section we'll begin learning the practical tools that make up the majority of project management work.
    • Integration
    • Planning
    • Executing
    • Monitoring and Controlling
    • Closing
  • 5. Different Project Management Methodologies
  • It's very helpful to look at the major methodologies that are used for most projects in today's world. Each has its own merits, and each has its own approach to baselines and constraints.
    • Waterfall projects
    • Agile (Adaptive) projects
    • Iterative projects
  • 6. Starting (Initiating) Projects
  • We will now begin walking through how to manage virtually any project, whether small or large, using.
    • The project charter
    • Working with the three types of requirements
    • A basic business analysis toolbox
    • Analyzing requirements
    • Identifying stakeholders
    • Analyzing stakeholders
    • Exercise – Identifying High Level Requirements
    • Exercise – Stakeholder Analysis
  • 7. Planning Project Work
  • Planning is one of the most critical ingredients of successful project management. There are proven methods for using planning to set your project up for success. We'll show you what they are and how to use them.
    • Integrating baselines and subsidiary management plans
    • Scoping
    • Scheduling
    • Budgeting
    • Decomposing the work
    • Estimating and sequencing
    • Generating the schedule network diagram
    • Other practical estimating tools
    • Identifying, planning for, and mitigating inefficiencies
    • Exercise – Create a Work Breakdown Structure
    • Exercise – Decompose Work Packages to Activities
    • Real-world – Setting up a project with Microsoft Project
    • Real-world – Creating a Task List with Microsoft Project
  • 8. Scheduling
  • Keeping projects on schedule is a key component of managing any project. We'll show you how the pros do it.
    • Integrating baselines and subsidiary management plans
    • Schedule network analysis
    • The critical path method
    • Schedule compression and crashing the schedule
    • Exercise – Develop a Dependency Network
    • Real-world – Developing Task Dependencies in Microsoft Project
    • Real-world – Adding Time Estimates with Microsoft Project
    • Real-world – Adding Resources with Microsoft Project
  • 9. Cost
  • Next we'll look at how good project managers keep projects within budget and use basic tools to monitor and control costs.
    • The cost baseline
    • Using estimates and the work breakdown structure
    • Determining the budget
    • Tools and techniques
  • 10. Subsidiary Management Plans
  • Your project may not always need every subsidiary plan, but many will. We will prepare you to manage other common factors that are important to project work.
    • Human Resources
    • Communication
    • Risk
  • Exercises – Managing risk in a project
    • Risk Planning
    • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
    • Risk Probability and Impact Assessment
    • Probability & Impact Matrix
  • 11. Monitoring, controlling, & executing projects
    • Throughout a project, some basic tools can keep everything on track. We'll teach you how to use common management tools for controlling and executing your project.
    • Earned value and planned value
    • Actual cost and Cost Performance Index
    • Schedule performance index
    • Estimate at completion (EAC)
    • Forecasting
    • EAC and typical variances
    • EAC and atypical variances
    • To-complete performance index
  • 12. Closing a Project
  • Project closure does not need to be complicated, but it is critical. You can use information garnered during the project for future work, and proper closure also ensures that the deliverables are accepted and correct.
    • Capturing lessons learned
    • Reviews: Scope, schedule, budget
    • Project signoff
    • Transfer of products, services, or results

No Upcoming Public Classes

There are currently no public events available for this course. However, you can submit a request for a new date and we will try our best to get you into a Managing Project Work class.

Private Training Available
No date scheduled, don’t see a date that works for you or looking for a private training event, please call 651-905-3729 or submit a request for further information here.
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Prerequisites

This class has no prerequisites

No Upcoming Public Classes

There are currently no public events available for this course. However, you can submit a request for a new date and we will try our best to get you into a Managing Project Work class.

Private Training Available
No date scheduled, don’t see a date that works for you or looking for a private training event, please call 651-905-3729 or submit a request for further information here.
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Course Comments

This class is available as a Private class 

No Upcoming Public Classes

There are currently no public events available for this course. However, you can submit a request for a new date and we will try our best to get you into a Managing Project Work class.

Private Training Available
No date scheduled, don’t see a date that works for you or looking for a private training event, please call 651-905-3729 or submit a request for further information here.
request a private session or new date