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"This course gave me valuable insight into key
PMBOK areas that I haven't considered since
I received my PMP certification in 2012.
Great course!"
– Dan Bischoff

Every attendee receives a copy of the book Deeply Practical Project Management, providing in-depth coverage of the PM best practices.  All attendees also receive free access to more than 200 videos walking through the entire PM process covered in the book, that you can refer to anywhere, at any time, to help you manage your projects and further your career.

The live course covers the most important concepts, with an emphasis on those subjects desired by the attendees.  A complete listing of the topics covered by the book and video library is provided below.

1. Project Management Overview

1.1 Project Management Basics

  • What Is Project Management?
  • Who Can Use Project Management?
  • Application To Small Projects
  • Where Projects Come From
  • Why Processes Are Useful

1.2 The Project Management Institute Framework

  • The Project Management Institute
  • PMP & CAPM Certifications
  • Project Definition
  • Program Definition
  • The Five PM Stages
  • The PM Knowledge Areas
  • Project Players

1.3 Techniques & Tools

  • Two Basic Project Management Techniques
  • Project Management Tools

1.4 Strategic Plan

  • The Link To The Strategic Plan

1.5 Triple Constraint

  • The Triple Constraint

1.6 Keys To Success

  • The Standish Group Chaos Report
  • The Top 3 Drivers Of Project Success

1.7 The Project Manager

  • The Role Of The Project Manager
  • Project Manager Requirements
  • Communications Essentials
  • Team Formation
  • Team Foundations
  • Team Dynamics
  • Negotiation Essentials
  • Leadership Essentials

1.8 Chapter Summary

2. Initiation

2.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Initiation
  • The Project Manager Role

2.2 Sponsor & Customer

  • The Sponsor & Customer

2.3 Stakeholders

  • The Project Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Analysis

2.4 Scope

  • The Project Objective
  • Objective Process
  • Assumptions & Constraints
  • The Conceptual Solution

2.5 Business Case

  • The Business Case
  • The Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
  • Example – Business Case BCR & ROI

2.6 Project Manager & Mandate

  • The Project Manager & Mandate

2.7 Charter

  • The Project Charter

2.8 Chapter Summary

3. Planning

3.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Planning
  • Planning Process Flowchart
  • The Core Project Team

3.2 Requirements

  • From Objective To Requirements
  • Requirements – A Long Time Challenge
  • Example – Health System
  • Importance Of Requirements
  • Gathering Requirements
  • Requirements Attributes
  • Requirements Key Points
  • Requirements Document & Approval
  • Example – Buying Chairs

3.3 Solution

  • The Solution Definition

3.4 Deliverables

  • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Example – An Aircraft
  • Example – Shed
  • Example – Supper
  • Example – Standards Development
  • Example – Process Improvement
  • WBS Process
  • WBS Key Points
  • WBS Hierarchical Decomposition
  • WBS Phasing & Combined Methods
  • Example – Hierarchical Decomposition
  • Example – Project Phasing
  • Breaking Down By Responsibility
  • Breaking Out Waiting Time
  • Breaking Out Interim Deliveries
  • Breaking Down By Duration
  • Relationship Of WBS & Requirements
  • The WBS Dictionary
  • Deliverables - Work Packages - Activities
  • WBS Drawing Tools

3.5 Logic

  • The Precedence Diagram
  • Kinds of Precedence Links
  • Leads & Lags
  • Example – Generic
  • Example – Shed
  • Example – Supper
  • Example – Standards Development
  • Example – Process Improvement
  • Precedence Diagram Process
  • Precedence Diagram Patterns
  • Precedence Diagram Tools

3.6 Estimating

  • Estimating Methods
  • The Statistical Power Of Multiple Estimates
  • Activity Breakdown
  • Fine Tuning
  • Factoring For Productivity & Availability
  • An Estimating Spreadsheet
  • PERT & Straight 3-Point Techniques
  • Example – PERT & 3-Point
  • The Delphi Technique
  • Handling Estimating Error

3.7 Schedule

  • The Gantt Chart
  • Example – Gantt Chart
  • Gantt Chart With Work Packages
  • Gantt Chart With Activities
  • The Critical Path
  • Critical Path Process
  • Example – Critical Path Process
  • Example – Forward Pass
  • Example – Backward Pass
  • Example – Critical Path With Float
  • The Schedule Milestones

3.8 Resources

  • Resource Leveling
  • Resource Planning

3.9 Cost

  • Estimating Cost
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Cost Accounts
  • The Project Cost Baseline

3.10 Procurement

  • Deciding To Build Or Buy
  • Procurement Documents
  • Contract Types
  • Selecting The Winner

3.11 Risks

  • Risk Management
  • Risk Management Process
  • Risk Management Planning
  • Risk Identification
  • Standard Risk Statement Form
  • Risk Qualification
  • Risk Quantification
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Other Risk Elements
  • The Risk Register
  • Critical Chain Management
  • Risk Buffer Allocation
  • Risk Reserve & Management Reserve
  • Opportunity Risks
  • Opportunity Planning

3.12 Communications

  • Communications Planning

3.13 Project Management Plan

  • The Project Management Plan
  • Final Project Plan Review

3.14 Chapter Summary

4. Execution

4.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Execution

4.2 Project Team

  • Building The Project Team
  • Project Team Key Points
  • Functional Organizations
  • Projectized Organizations
  • Matrix Organizations
  • Management Of Matrix Organizations
  • Matrix Personnel Allocation
  • Delegation
  • Team Motivation
  • Managing People Conflict

4.3 Communications

  • Communication Modes

4.4 First Steps

  • Kickoff Meetings
  • Project Requirements Review (PRR)

4.5 Design & Build

  • Design Before Build

4.6 Problem Identification

  • Finding Root Causes

4.7 Chapter Summary

5. Monitoring & Control

5.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Monitoring And Control
  • Managing Expectations

5.2 Weekly Heartbeat

  • The Weekly Status Meeting

5.3 Scope

  • Managing Scope Change
  • Change Impact Analysis
  • Change Approval

5.4 Time

  • Schedule Statusing
  • Managing Schedule
  • Crashing & Fast-Tracking

5.5 Cost

  • Cost Statusing
  • Managing Cost

5.6 Risk

  • Managing Risk

5.7 Earned Value Management (EVM)

  • EVM Overview
  • EVM Metrics
  • EVM Cost Projections
  • EVM Schedule Projections
  • EVM Meaning
  • Example – EVM

5.8 Quality

  • Managing Quality
  • Peer Reviews
  • User Reviews
  • User Review Management Tool

5.9 Problem Resolution

  • Solution Options
  • Persuasion Techniques

5.10 Monthly Heartbeat

  • Monthly Project Statusing
  • One Page Monthly Report
  • The Monthly Review

5.11 Chapter Summary

6. Closing

6.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Closing

6.2 Procurement

  • Contract Closure

6.3 Acceptance

  • Change Management
  • Scope Verification
  • Scenario Based Scope Verification
  • Practical Delivery Criteria
  • Transition To Operations

6.4 Lessons Learned

  • The Lessons Learned Process

6.5 Team Closure

  • People Transition
  • The Project Celebration

6.6 Final Report

  • The Project Final Report

6.7 Chapter Summary


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