Project Management Fundamentals [3 days]

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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 Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.
  • Better prioritize your projects.
  • Understand the value of project charter documents.
  • 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 projects.
  • Develop network diagrams that model how your project will be executed.
  • Schedule your project and identify the critical path for your project.
  • Use various tools and reports in improve project communications.
  • Build resource information and cost information on top of your project plans.
  • Run better project status meetings.
  • Better estimate your project costs and durations.
  • Identify, prioritize, 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 the 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 ?
  • Where did Project Management Come From ?
  • What’s Driving the Need for Project Management ?
  • The Project Manager
  • The Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • The Ten Knowledge Areas
  • Project Management Phases
  • Project Balance
  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • A Simplified Project Management Process
  • Assemble Team
  • Define Project Scope
  • Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Develop an Initial Plan
  • Network Diagrams / Precedence Diagrams
  • Add Resources, Costs, Risks Etc.
  • Obtain Stakeholder Buy-In
  • Publish The Plan
  • Collect Progress Information
  • Analyze Current Status
  • Adjust The Plan, and Manage Project Change
  • Close Project
  • Organizational Considerations
  • The Project Office
  • Functional Manager’s Role
  • The Role of Project Sponsors


Day Two

  • Project Repository
  • Project Initiation
  • Project Charters
  • Planning Concepts
  • Planning Processes
  • Planning Considerations
  • Project Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Phase-exit Reviews
  • Project Scope
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Rolling Wave Planning
  • WBS Checklist
  • Advantages of Developing a WBS
  • Organizational Planning
  • Roles and Responsibility Assignments
  • Network Diagrams
  • Activity Relationships
  • Network Diagram Principles
  • Milestones
  • Network Templates
  • Estimating Durations
  • Project Review and Evaluation Technique (PERT)
  • Estimating Resource Requirements
  • Schedule Development
  • The Importance of Total Float
  • Duration Compression – Crashing and Fast Tracking
  • Reporting the Project Schedule
  • Gantt Charts
  • Cost Estimating Techniques
  • Accuracy of Estimates


Day Three

  • Project Plans
  • Status Review Meetings
  • Status Meeting Agendas
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Project Reviews
  • Phase-exit Reviews
  • Tracking Issues and Action Items
  • Issue Resolution
  • Project Control Processes
  • Baselines
  • Schedule Control
  • Collecting “Actuals”
  • “Actuals” Collection Strategies
  • Corrective Action
  • Resource Leveling
  • Cost Budgeting
  • S-Curves
  • Earned Value
  • Cost Control
  • Cost Tracking
  • Quality Planning
  • Project Quality Management
  • PMI’s Approach to Quality
  • What is a Risk?
  • Risk Identification
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Probability-Impact Matrix
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Change Management
  • Work Authorization System
  • Communication Planning
  • Communication Management Plan
  • Example Reports


Project Management Fundamentals PDF Course Description


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


Additional information


Bellevue, WA, Tucson, AZ, Grand Cayman

Start Date

January 28th, 2019, March 11th, 2019, March 18th, 2019, April 8th, 2019, May 13th, 2019, July 15th, 2019, September 9th, 2019, September 16th, 2019, November 4th, 2019, November 12th, 2019

23 reviews for Project Management Fundamentals [3 days]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dana L:

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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kari S:

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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily C:

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

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie L:

    Thanks. Great pace and included working activities.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbey T:

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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina D:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nami A:


  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephen B:

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

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason B:

    Kevin was fabulous!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle F:

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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nico S:

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

  14. 5 out of 5

    Felix W:

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

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark B:

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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy S:

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

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jerome D:

    Thanks! A job well done!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard G:

    Very informative

  19. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo G:


  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrew K:

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carl T:

    Hourly breaks were perfect. Great job.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eric Z:

    Pace could have been faster at times.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jordan S:

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

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