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Introduction to Project Management

business analyst project managers

Overview

Introduction to Project Management covers a more focused range of project management topics than the Project Management Foundations course and focuses on fundamental methods and techniques needed to effectively plan, execute, and control projects.  Students explore building a project schedule based on the scope outlined in the project charter, basics of building a project budget, estimation techniques and sequencing tasks for a project schedule.  Hands-on workshops provide opportunities for applying tools learned in class to address challenges throughout the project life cycle, regardless of the size and nature of the project.

Approach

Our goal at Bob the BA is to help you think, learn and work differently so you can make an impact back on the job. If you always do what you have always done, you will end up right where you were before you were trained right? So at Bob the BA, we take a different approach because we know we learn best by doing and not through lecture. Our courses are always hands-on, practicing through exercises, activities, facilitated discussions, case studies, role play, workshops, printed materials and presentations.

Who Should Take This Course?

Business Analysts and project team members who are looking for an introduction to project management and how to manage small projects effectively.

Course Length

1-Days

Objectives

  • Understand project management concepts 
  • Project scope planning, monitoring, and execution 
  • Identification, qualification, and quantification of project risks
  • Understanding how to plan, monitor and control project risks 
  • Planning and developing a project schedule, controlling it and measuring performance against a schedule
  • Project tracking and status reporting
  • Managing changes to a projects scope, cost, budget, team resources, risk and schedule   

Course Topics

  • Understand the framework and key knowledge areas for project management
  • Understanding projects versus products
  • The project charter – the rationale and importance of a project charter 
  • Setting Expectations and project success factors in the project charter
  • Project planning tasks and approaches
  • Manage stakeholder communication expectations
  • Risk management planning
  • Risk identification & quantification
  • Creating and managing a risk log
  • Phase-based estimating – rough order to detailed
  • Estimation techniques & contingency
  • Understanding the scheduling process – building a project schedule key tasks
  • Activity and task granularity
  • Understanding how tasks create deliverables and outcomes
  • Sequencing tasks – putting a task into a chain of connected tasks that can be sequentially or simultaneously executed, understanding the task dependency types
  • Understanding the critical path and its importance to project tracking
  • Scheduling contingency in scheduling, costs, risks, and scope
  • Resource alignment with tasks
  • Understanding the Gantt chart
  • Establishing schedule baselines to determine schedule and cost deviation