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Project Management Tools and Techniques

Discover the secrets of projects and project management. PMI terminology. PMBOK. Earn PDUs.
Instructor:
Luc de Ceuster, MSc, PMP
616 students enrolled
English
Understand the basics of Project Management and the terminology
Work on projects independently and in teams
Know how to create a project charter
Develop a project plan
Build a precedence diagram and calculate Early Start, Early Finish, Late Start, Late Finish and the Slack or Float of the Activities
Determine the Critical Path of the project
Use ProjectLibre to enter a Project, Create the Gantt and allocate Resources

The course “Project Management Tools and Techniques”, introduces the participants to the “Art of Project Management”. It provides the participants with the necessary vocabulary, definitions and terms and terminology. The course guides the participants through a project in 10 easy to implement steps combining theory and practical applications. After completing the course, the participants will be able to apply their freshly obtained knowledge in their day-to-day jobs.

Project Management has become a need for any company to survive in these fast changing times. Successful projects drive companies and determine their success over other companies.

This course follows the PMI standards and terminology. It is a practical application of how project should be run to be successful. Training has been defined as a major contributor towards project success of projects. This training will provide you all you have to do in a logical and step by step approach.

The Project Management Tools and Techniques course starts with evaluating where projects come from and how projects are selected. This is followed by definitions of important terminology every project manager should know about and after the introduction of the project management process and life cycle, the projects is divided in 10 logical steps that will help you to make your projects a success.

Projects and the Project Management environment change constantly. Project Managers have to adjust to these changes constantly. Since the industry went “lean”, the lean revolution also influenced projects and project management. Lean principles have changed the way projects are done today. Project Management was typically done in a deterministic way, using waterfall, and that lead to problems in many projects. A deterministic approach is NOT flexible and changes are discouraged, complex and even avoided even when they would be necessary. The deterministic approach has lead to project disasters in a specific type of projects. In an adaptive approach, lean approach, projects are managed differently, there is more freedom to manage changes.

In Project Management Tools and Techniques, both waterfall, agile and kanban are discussed and compared. You will understand how to apply these principles in your projects to increase success. The tools and techniques presented in the course can be used in waterfall and agile environments.

After completing the course, you will have reviewed more than 80% of the tools and techniques that are described in the PMBOK, sixth edition. Taking this course will prepare you for your future certification exams and of course for you new job as Project Manager. The practical and logic approach of this course will give a head start over your colleagues and competitors for promotions and jobs.

The course Project Management Tools and Techniques is based on PMI terminology and follows the PMBOK, sixth edition. You can use the certificate of the course to claim the training hours for your certification application or for claiming PDUs when you are PMI certified. The course contains about 14.5 hours of video materials, additional tests after each section and a final test at the end of the course, in total 7 hours of time for tests. During the course, you will have the opportunity to complete practical exercises that will give you even more practical training time.

Those of you who want to claim the training time or PDUs for certification at the PMI, can claim the total course time of 21.5 hours. In case you are audited, you can contact us to give you the certification to proof your participation in this course.

When you claim PDUs or use the course to specify your formal training you can use the following information to complete the application related to the talent triangle:

Provider: De Ceuster Academy @ APraCom, s.r.o.

Technical: 13
Strategic & Business: 3.5
Leadership: 5

Content

–       Introducing Project Management Definitions, Terms and Terminologies

–       The Project Management Process and Life cycle

–       Define the project

–       Generate Tasks

–       Determine Resources, Roles and Responsibilities and Develop estimates

–       Define Task Interdependencies and Analyze Critical Path

–       Develop Schedule

–       Perform Resource Loading and Leveling

–       Generate Project Budget

–       Uncertainty and Risks in Projects

–       Develop Risk Management Plan

–       Project Execution, Follow up and Reporting

–       Project Close-Out Phase and lessons learned

–       Case studies/Exercises

–       Final Test

–       Certificate of Completion

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Define and describe what a project is and what the major steps are to define, plan, execute, monitor & control and close out a project

  • Paraphrase the main terminology related to projects according to the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition, 2017

  • List the main steps in the project life cycle: define, plan, execute, monitor and control and close out

  • Decompose a project and create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and identify tasks to complete

  • Create a project schedule using the Precedence Diagramming Method, calculate and interpret the critical path

  • Allocate resources to Activities and calculate duration and cost of individual tasks

  • Calculate the time phased and cumulative budget and S-curve

  • Determine the critical path position of the project

  • Identify, Qualify and Quantify Project Risks

  • Create a risk management plan

  • List advantages and disadvantages of projects

  • Apply the tools and techniques on an in-class project and projects in their company

Introduction

1
Opening address to the participants
2
Learning Outcomes of the Course
3
Overview of the Course Content
4
Project Management and the PMI
5
Reference Documents
6
Practical Arrangements
7
Recapitulation of Section 1

Introduction to Project Management. Terminology & Definitions

1
Introduction of the section
2
Learning Outcomes of Section 2
3
Examples of Projects
4
Defining a Project
5
Projects, Processes and Programs
6
Managing Projects
7
Functions of the Project Manager
8
Project Management Process
9
Project Management Definition
10
Skillset of the Project Manager
11
Benefits of the Project Manager
12
Scope Traingle
13
Creep, Gold Plating and the Pain Curve
14
Organizational Structures
15
Power of the Project Manager
16
test

For this quiz, you have 30 minutes to complete all the questions.

17
Recapitulation of Section 2

Project Management Process and Life Cycle

1
Introduction to Section 3
2
Learning Outcomes of Section 3
3
Where do Projects come from?
4
Evaluation of different Solutions, Project Selection
5
The Project Management Process
6
Progressive Elaboration and Rolling Wave
7
Application of Lean Principles in Projects
8
Other Project Environments
9
The Project in 10 Steps
10
Project Management Knowledge Areas
11
Quiz 2

For this Quiz you have 30 minutes to complete all questions

12
Request for Feedback
13
Recapitulation of Section 3

Project Definition and Initiation

1
Introduction to Section 4
2
Learning Objectives
3
Identification and Analysis of Stakeholders
4
Parameters for Project Identification
5
Using of Words in the Charter
6
Defining Project Success
7
Project Definition Process
8
Project Definition Step 1
9
Project Definition Step 2
10
Project Definition Step 3 and Content of the Charter
11
Model Project Charter
12
Case Study - The Lexus Case
13
Quiz 3

For this Quiz you have 30 minutes to complete all questions

14
Recapitulation of Section 4

Define Requirements and Scope. Build Work Breakdown Structure

1
Introduction to Section 5
2
Learning Outcomes of Section 5
3
Requirements
4
Project Scope
5
Decomposition of a Project
6
Building a WBS in Tree and Table Format
7
Completing the WBS and the WBS Dictionary
8
Examples of WBS
9
Decomposing up to Activity Level
10
Uses of the WBS
11
Quiz 8

For this Quiz you have 30 minutes to complete all questions

12
Recapitulation of Section 5

Roles and Responsibilities. Estimates

1
Introduction to Section 6
2
Learning Outcomes of Section 6
3
Identification of Resource Needs to complete Activities
4
Assigning Resources to Activities
5
Estimating Duration of Activities
6
Types of Activities
7
Calculating Activity Duration using PERT
8
Effect of Stakeholders on Activity Duration
9
Quiz

For this Quiz you have 30 minutes to complete all questions

10
Recapitulation of Section 6

Define Dependencies and Critical Path

1
Introduction to Section 7
2
Learning Outcomes of Section 7
3
Chronological Order of Activities
4
Diagramming Methods
5
Precedences, Lead and Lags
6
Developing the Precedence Diagram using PDM
7
Precedence Diagramming - Example
8
Identifying Paths through the Network
9
The Critical Path Method - The Precedence Diagram
10
The Critical Path Method - Forward Pass - Calculate ES an EF
11
The Critical Path Method - Backward Pass - Calculate LS and LF
12
The Critical Path Method - Calculate Slack or Float, Identify the Critical Path
13
Define the Critical Path and Alternative Calculation
14
Project Duration Reduction
15
Quiz 6

For this Quiz you have 30 minutes to complete all questions

16
Recapitulation of Section 7

Develop the Project Schedule

1
Introduction to Section 8
2
Learning Outcomes of Section 8
3
How to make a Gantt or Harmonogram?
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