Practical Application of Project Management for Experienced Project Managers
Practical Application of Project Management for Experienced Project Managers is a course that is designed as the “next step” of development for a project manager who has taken a basic course in project management and is seeking to reinforce or further the skills they have already built.
The course is designed to step beyond the mere teaching of the PMBOK® Guide and compare the processes of the host organization with the PMBOK® Guide and the ISO project standard (21500).
Basic courses usually teach the concept of Precedence Diagramming Method with the most accessible of task relationships, the Finish-to-Start relationship. This course takes this a couple steps beyond, introducing and practicing additional task relationships (Finish-to-Finish, Start-to-Start, and Start-to-Finish) along with “near-critical path” management and hammock tasks added to make for a more real-world, practical understanding.
Basic courses teach Earned Value Management with calculations of the Estimate at Completion (EAC) of the budget with current progress. This advanced course teaches alternate methods of calculating EAC given different assumptions and also teaches a practice, Earned Schedule Management (ESM), which was just added to the 6th edition of the PMBOK® Guide. ESM allows for the calculation of a predicted end date of a project (the Independent Estimate At Completion – IEACtime) given current performance. Completing this course, students will be able to more accurately predict the outcomes of project in cost and time dimensions given current performance.
Overview of PMI and ISO Project Methodologies
- Comparison of models
- Company maturity against the methodologies
- Initial perspective on improving the company methodology
The day is devoted to exploring the concepts of project maturity and how to improve the outcomes of projects
Integrated Planning and Estimating
- Working with your sponsor on critical issues and stakeholder management
- Managing senior stakeholders to achieve project support
- Working with the sponsor to prepare operations for project deliverables
This day is focused on achieving support for the project from the key stakeholders including the sponsor
Advanced Business Risk Analysis
- Working with the sponsor on risk mitigation strategies
- Working with the sponsor on cross-functional mitigation strategies
- Applying advanced techniques for managing vendor risks
This day is designed to take risk strategies to the next level by involving the sponsor in taking actions required to mitigate business and organizational risks
- Compare Earned Value Management and Earned Schedule Management to better estimate completion time
- Apply advanced quality assurance and controls ensure positive outcomes
- Synthesizing the concepts from the week to begin developing an improvement plan
This day will focus on how to manage the control the project using the latest metrics available.
Project Implementation and Improvement Plans
- Presentations from each participant regarding their personal application of the concepts from the course
- Feedback and encouragement from participants to implement their plans
- Overall review of the week and evaluation
The presentations will allow experienced project managers to share what they have learned and how they plan to apply the techniques from the course.
The course is designed to step beyond the mere teaching of the fundamentals of project management and utilize the processes of the PMBOK® Guide and the ISO project standard (21500).
Minimum of 3 years of project management experience and attendance in a Fundamentals of Project Management course. PMP certification preferred