Project Planning, Analysis and Control

Elective Project Management Courses

You will learn to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of project managers across the project life cycle
  • Define and develop the foundations of a project plan, including the project requirements document, work breakdown structure, schedule, resources, and other cost estimates
  • Describe project risk identification, risk assessment, and risk miti­gation strategies
  • Control the project by managing against the baseline
  • Close out a project effectively

Course Synopsis

This course gives intensive instruction in project management fundamentals across the entire project life cycle. It provides proven strategies and practical tools for planning, executing, and control­ling a variety of projects. It also offers detailed and sophisticated instruction in the critical areas of scheduling key events, control­ling costs, and managing risks.

Participants will improve their ability to define the scope of a product development project and manage within that definition. They will learn how to identify and sequence tasks, estimate durations of tasks, schedule events and activities, plan for delays, control variances, manage costs, and utilise resources. Participants will also learn qualitative and quantitative techniques for iden­tifying, analysing, and mitigating risk, as well as the best ways and times to apply these techniques to the project environment.

Participants will be introduced to key theories, concepts, and practices, then put this knowledge to work in the classroom through a comprehensive case study activities revolving around a central scenario. Function-specified case study scenarios are available to provide a more realistic experience for participants.

Course Topics

Introduction to Project Management
  • Definition of a project
  • Definition of project management
  • The Project Constraints
  • Influences on a Project
  • Organisational structures and their influence on projects
  • External Influences on a Project
  • Project manager roles and responsibilities
  • Project Life Cycle Key Documentation
Project Initiation
  • Initiating a project
  • Project selection and tools
  • The Right Start
  • Stakeholders
  • Inherent risk
  • Assessing needs
  • Formulating Good Objectives
  • Requirements and Specifications
  • Requirements Tools and Alignment
  • Project charter
  • Project requirements document (PRD)
  • From Initiation to Planning
Project Planning
  • Planning's Foundation:Scope and requirements
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Resource planning and tools
  • Good Estimating, tools and practices
  • Schedule planning common tools
  • Network diagramming
  • Critical path
  • Determining Float
  • Lag and Lead
  • Gantt charts
  • Ways to Speed Up Schedules
  • Cost planning
  • Baseline costs plus reserve
  • Resource planning and tools
  • Communication planning and other Essential Planning Processes
  • Elements of a Project Management Plan
Risk Management
  • Risk management: elements and characteristics
  • Risk management — A full project life-cycle responsibility
  • ESI’s risk management model
  • Step 1: risk management planning
  • Step 2: identify risks
  • Risk identification guidelines
  • Idea-generation techniques and tools
  • Step 3: analyse risks
  • Presenting probability and impact
  • Probability assessment: combining qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Expected value
  • Decision tree
  • Step 4: prioritise risks
  • Risk prioritisation tools and techniques
  • Step 5: risk response planning
  • Response strategies for threats and opportunities
  • Risk response Development
  • Allocating Risk Reserves
  • Risk monitoring and control
  • Step 6: execute risk strategy
  • Step 7: evaluate results
  • Evaluation Guidelines
  • Step 8: document risk management results
  • Risk Documentation
Project Implementation
  • Project control Considerations
  • Responsibilities in Project Control
  • Tools and Techniques for Project Control
  • Project Monitoring Processes
  • Managing the Triple Constraint
  • Earned value management (EVM)
  • Schedule and Cost Variance
  • Interpreting EVM Calculations
  • Percent complete and percent spent
  • The 50-50 rule
  • Change Control and Change Management
  • Configuration Management
Project Closeout
  • Typical closeout steps
  • Final WBS Review
  • Measure outcomes (success criteria)
  • Fulfill contract obligations
  • Reaffirm Relationships
  • Administrative Closeout
  • Assess lessons learned
  • Celebrate success
  • Assess management performance
  • Final project evaluation

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Open enrolment course information

Professional Development Units (PDUs): 28.00

Technical Project Management (PDUs): 28.00

Leadership (PDUs): 0.00

Strategic & Business Management (PDUs): 0.00

Duration: 4 days

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