Project Management

Project Management Fundamentals

Training Specs




Project management is being increasingly recognized as a vital skill-set for many management positions, not just those with the title of “project manager”. This course provides in-depth, practical, project management fundamentals training. You will discuss projects from your own organization, and review tools and templates we use every day to manage real projects.


Who should take this Project Management Fundamentals course?


This course is for existing project managers who are interested in learning more about formal project management techniques, and anyone who is interested in becoming a project manager.


Where is this course offered?


The Project Management Fundamentals course is offered on an open-enrollment basis at our Project Management Education Center in Bellevue/Seattle, WA, (which also serves Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Everett, Federal Way, and Tacoma), as well as at our Project Management Education Center in Tucson, AZ (which also serves the Greater Phoenix area, Oro Valley, and Sierra Vista / Fort Huachuca), and other select locations such as Grand Cayman.  We also provide it on an on-site basis anywhere in the world, and online using live instructors.


Project Management Fundamentals Course Objectives


By the end of the course you will be able to :

  • Understand the language and structure of the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge.

  • Discuss the advantages of different life cycle approaches.

  • Understand the value of project charter documents.

  • Identify and engage stakeholders more effectively.

  • Consider the impact of the environment or context in which your projects occur on your planning processes.

  • Develop work breakdown structures to better define your project and reduce the likelihood of missed scope.

  • Develop network diagrams that model how your project will be executed.

  • Schedule your project and identify the critical path.

  • Use various tools and reports to improve project communications.

  • Add resource and cost information to your plans.

  • Run better project status meetings.

  • Better estimate your project costs and durations.

  • Identify, prioritize, respond to, and manage, project risks.

  • Track issues and action items in a more systematic manner.

  • Update your project plans on a regular basis.

  • Measure how your project is progressing.

  • Work with schedule delays and modify your project plan appropriately to minimize their impact.


Fundamentals of Project Management Course Details


  • Length: 24 hours.

  • Style: Instructor-led, using PowerPoint presentations, facilitated discussions, individual and group exercises.

  • Texts: Participants receive a copy of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide, and a course participant’s manual/binder.

  • Format: Classroom.  No computers required for in-person classroom training.

  • Prerequisites:  None.


Project Management Fundamentals Course Content


Day One

  • What is a Project?

  • What is Project Management?

  • What’s Driving the Need for Project Management?

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

  • The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®)

  • The Ten Knowledge Areas

  • The Five Process Groups

  • Predictive Project Life Cycles

  • Adaptive (Agile) Life Cycles

  • Tailoring

  • The Role of the Project Manager

  • Project Balance

  • Organizational Considerations

  • The Project Management Office

  • The Role of Project Sponsors

  • A Simplified Project Management Process

  • Project Charters


Day Two

  • Progressive Elaboration

  • Stakeholders

  • Identify Stakeholders

  • Power-Interest Grid

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Phase Gate Reviews

  • Define Project Scope

  • Work Breakdown Structures

  • Rolling Wave Planning

  • WBS Checklist

  • Project Resource Management

  • Assignment Matrix

  • Network Diagrams

  • Estimating Durations

  • Analogous Estimating

  • Parameter Estimating

  • 3-Point Estimating

  • Develop Schedule

  • Critical Path Scheduling

  • The Importance of Total Float

  • Schedule Optimization

  • Reporting the Project Schedule

  • Gantt Charts

  • Estimate Costs

  • Common Estimating Themes

  • Types of Costs

  • Contingency Reserves

  • Accuracy of Estimates

  • Why do Plans Fail?


Day Three

  • Management Plans

  • Baselines

  • Project Management Plan

  • Successful Status Review Meetings

  • Status Meeting Agenda

  • Meeting Notes

  • Tracking Issues and Action Items

  • Control Schedule

  • Collecting “Actuals”

  • “Actuals” Collection Strategies

  • Control Costs

  • Cost Tracking

  • PMI’s Approach to Quality

  • Customer Satisfaction

  • Prevention over Inspection

  • Management Responsibility

  • Quality Management Plan

  • What is a Risk ?

  • Identify Risks

  • Qualitative Risk Analysis

  • Plan Risk Responses

  • Contingency Plans

  • Risk Register

  • Monitor Risks

  • Change Management

  • Project Communication Management

  • Close Project or Phase

  • Portfolio Management

  • Next Steps

  • (Read more…


Advanced Project Management
Application Lifecycle Management
Basic Project Management
Best Practices
Budgeting and Forecasting
Business Analysis
Conflict Management
Consulting Skills
Contracts and Vendor Management
Cultural Change Management
Portfolio Management
Problem Solving
Process Management
Program Management
Project Accounting
Quality Management
Requirements Management
Risk Management
Team Building
Virtual Team Management


Certification: APMC (International Institute for Learning)
Certification: CAPM (Project Management Institute)
Certification: CBAP (International Institute of Business Analysis)
Certification: Certified Project Management Associate (International Project Management Association)
Certification: Certified Project Manager (International Project Management Association)
Certification: Certified Projects Director (International Project Management Association)
Certification: Certified SCRUM Master (The SCRUM Alliance)
Certification: Certified SCRUM Practitioner (The SCRUM Alliance)
Certification: Certified Senior Project Manager (International Project Management Association)
Certification: CPM (Intl. Association of Project & Program Mgmt)
Certification: FAPM (Association for Project Management (UK))
Certification: ITIL Foundation Certification
Certification: ITIL Practitioner Certification
Certification: Lean Six Sigma Certification
Certification: MAPM (Association for Project Management (UK))
Certification: MPM (American Academy of Project Managers)
Certification: PgMP (Project Management Institute)
Certification: PMP (Project Management Institute)
Certification: PRINCE2 Foundation (PRINCE2)
Certification: PRINCE2 Practitioner (PRINCE2)
Certification: ACP (Project Management Institute)
Degree: Associates in Project Management
Degree: Bachelors in Project Management
Degree: Certificate in Project Management
Degree: Masters In Project Management
Skill Development: Defined Skills
Skill Development: Soft Skills
Tool-specific: MS Project
Tool-specific: Other

Delivery Methods

Group at your location
Online Interactive
Scheduled at vendor location


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