Project Management Fundamentals [3 days]

4.94 out of 5 based on 36 customer ratings
(36 customer reviews)


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Project Management Fundamentals Course


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 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, WA, (which also serves Seattle, 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.


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.
  • 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


Project Management Fundamentals PDF Course Description


Project Management Fundamentals course outline, suitable for saving or printing.


Additional information


Online, Bellevue, WA, Tucson, AZ, Grand Cayman

Start Date

January 27th, 2020, February 24th, 2020, April 6th, 2020, April 20th, 2020, April 27th, 2020, June 8th, 2020, June 15th, 2020, August 17th, 2020, August 19th, 2020, October 19th, 2020, November 2nd, 2020, December 14th, 2020, December 16th, 2020

36 reviews for Project Management Fundamentals [3 days]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole M:

    Very informative – nice mix of hands on activity and lecture. Good intro course. Information timed out nicely to not be overwhelming.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shelley F:

    Great class for a beginner. Lots of information and practical uses that I can take back and implement immediately.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dubadah B:

    Loved the class and motivated to become a project manager.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark B:

    Everything was great!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tanesha S:

    Great course I would recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brittany M:

    Great course with very useful, practical information and tools.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sonya S:

    Loved every moment of the class. Very informative

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gordon G:

    One word – Excellent

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marco M:

    The information was very useful. I learned a lot of things that will help me improve my work performance and enhance my communication skills and help me support the PM department more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Greg H:

    Michele was awesome and very helpful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sean D:

    Michele was very knowledgeable as well as practical in her delivery. Great facility.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John G:

    Michele was great! This was a good concise program. I liked the one day of theory and then more engaging days thereafter.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gaven H:

    Excellent course. Answered lots of the questions I had. Made the information super easy to digest. Many thanks!! I feel much more confident and ready to do projects now, and act as a portfolio manager.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dana L:

    Ralph was fantastic and able to tailor the content to my specific challenges. He was a great instructor!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kari S:

    Will be implementing frameworks learned in this class in current job – very useful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily C:

    Thanks you Ralph! Your examples (real life) were very helpful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie L:

    Thanks. Great pace and included working activities.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abbey T:

    The class was very useful and less dry than I imagined. Thank you!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christina D:

    This course was very helpful and I have already recommended it to my colleagues.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leon M:

    Ralph did an excellent job covering the materials and made it very interesting. I will recommend it for anyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jordan G:

    This is beneficial even though I am not currently a project manager. Helped me develop tools for now and want to explore PM in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nami A:


  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen B:

    Great course serves as good revision after the Skills course a few years ago. Exam prep next.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason B:

    Kevin was fabulous!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kyle F:

    Various useful elements, some of which can be used immediately.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nico S:

    Useful stuff to be used in an organisation. Very insightful!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Felix W:

    Useful and excellent presentation, appropriate to my role as Project Officer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark B:

    Kevin was well informed, and a very nice gentleman. I look forward to future dealings with his organization.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy S:

    Thanks Kevin. Look forward to doing more seminars in the future!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jerome D:

    Thanks! A job well done!

  31. 5 out of 5

    Richard G:

    Very informative

  32. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo G:


  33. 5 out of 5

    Andrew K:

    Well designed and useful course. A lot of info in a short time, but it flows well.

  34. 5 out of 5

    Carl T:

    Hourly breaks were perfect. Great job.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Eric Z:

    Pace could have been faster at times.

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jordan S:

    More courses/locations would be great. Getting/reading content in advance would be useful.

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