Project Management Training Course One
The Project Planning and Program Control Processes – Part 1
New and innovative principles of project planning and program control, taught using practical application problems. This course is available in a convenient online video format. This project management course begins at an introductory level and works up through the disciplines and processes of building proper project models.
Workshop Objectives; managing processes; where is the value of planning; where is the Return-On-Investment (ROI); the project management legacy and why it is so.
Defining the 2 essential skills of a project manager: interpersonal (leadership, team building, etc.) and mechanical (planning, estimating, resource acquisition, etc.).
Reviewing the important aspects of why planning is essential in the successful management of projects, which ties in with problem identification and management. The characteristics of problems: best to identify as early as possible, cannot hide problems, solve as low as possible, analyze all options; proactive versus reactive management; the problem resolution methodology and its relationship to PM.
Definition and characteristics of a project and how it differs from other forms of endeavor; the 3 dimensions of project objectives; the “Key Drivers” of a project; the “4 Project Management Steps”; top-down defined versus bottom-up planning philosophy; finding the right combination of factors; the typical parameters used to measure a project are not the right parameters to manage it.
Establishing the project technical, cost, and schedule objectives in the beginning; Project Management Mechanisms; the project Charter; Sources of objectives – customers vs. stakeholders; needs assessment; measuring / validating accomplishment; constraints, exclusions, and assumptions; validating deliverables to objectives; milestones (Objective + Schedule).
Definition of Workscope; how to identify and define detail work effort; principles of Work Decomposition; work definition methodology – Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) – the methodology, its principles and disciplines; organizational structures (OBS) and the importance of integrating the work and organizational structures.
Bottom-up planning; how to properly define each project activity – outputs / products, duration, inter-dependency / relationships, responsibility; how to properly define and then manage project relationships; how to properly define and the use of project events / milestones.
Methodologies of interaction analysis – Timelining versus Modeling; what is Timelining: how does it work, when should it be used, what are its limitations; what is Project Modeling: how does it work, when should it be used, what are its limitations; model elements; activities, relationships, and events (milestones); project models: series of paths, right-to-left and left-to-right planning, relativistic tool, appropriate level of detail to base model.
Defining project calendars; CPM – its purpose, capabilities and myths: forward pass process: basics, starts, the proper use of date constraints, multiple predecessor relationships, “stretch” versus “no-stretch”; backward pass process: basics, finishes, the proper use of date constraints, multiple successor relationships, “stretch” versus “no-stretch”; total float (TF): definition, positive versus negative, relationship to CPM, who owns TF, characteristics of TF, how to use TF effectively and practically, improper modeling techniques and software anomalies; events and milestones: basics, apparent date disparity, ‘collector nodes’, how to properly use and model events
"Thank you again for the wealth of knowledge afforded in your program. I look forward to subsequent programs to follow."− Curtis Wilson Posey
"It was especially helpful to have the problem solutions included. This allowed me to verify the problem solution I worked with and compare results."− Lisa Smith
"The course was a great deal of fun to complete. It was informative, educational, and enjoyable to complete."− Lawrence Streiff