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Project Management for Technical Professionals

Project Management for Technical Professionals delivers practical, hands-on training in essential project management concepts and techniques that every technical professional must know. The course extends PMBOK® concepts with field-proven best practices that are effective in any project setting. The importance of planning for post-project value is emphasized throughout this course. Topics include:
  • Focus on post-project Business Value
  • Building a collaborative partnership with stakeholders
  • Developing effective estimates
  • Getting buy-in on project goals, scope and approach
  • Managing stakeholder engagement and expectations
  • Defining scope: WBS and requirements
  • Developing schedule and budget
  • Setting and managing project baselines
  • Establishing effective communication
  • Building quality into deliverables
  • Preventing Scope Creep with change control
  • Minimizing issues; maximizing opportunities
  • Status reports and forecasts
  • Planning and executing an effective implementation
  • Gaining organizational adoption
  • Administrative and contract closure
  • Lessons Learned
Who should attend
This course is of special value to project managers and team leads who want a solid, guiding PM framework; experienced project managers who want to add to their toolkit of tools and techniques; managers of project managers, and functional managers with project responsibility who want a deeper understanding of project management principles; and Project Management Office staff.

This course assumes some prior experience with project management, either as project manager or team lead.

Course Outline

I. Project Structure
  • Sources of project success and failure
  • Why technology projects are different
  • Essential PM Concepts
  • Project and product lifecycles
  • Agile and Waterfall
  • Project roles
  • Planning for post-project Business Value
II. Project Initiation
  • Every project is an investment
  • Value of the Project Charter
  • Defining project and business objectives
  • Establishing preliminary scope boundaries
  • Keeping scope, time and cost in balance
  • Identifying and analyzing stakeholders
  • Importance of stakeholder engagement
  • Creating useful estimates of time and cost
  • Building a strong project foundation
III. Project Planning
  • Defining Scope: Requirements and the WBS
  • Better requirements for greater success
  • Scheduling and the Critical Path
  • Resource planning
  • Developing an effective, time-phased budget
  • Avoiding procurement pitfalls
  • Deliverables quality: focus on customer satisfaction
  • Strategies for effective project communication
  • Proactive management of Threats and Opportunities
  • Planning for Organizational Adoption
  • Setting project baselines
  • Planning for long-term project value
IV. Execution and Control
  • Building project deliverables
  • Managing the team
  • Testing for compliance to requirements
  • Delivering useful status reports
  • Forecasting with Earned Value Management
  • Preventing scope creep with change control
  • Controlling cost and schedule
  • Transition planning: preparing for deployment
  • Executing a successful implementation
  • Defeating resistance to change
V. Successful Conclusion
  • Executing the Business Value plan
  • Contract and administrative closure
  • Measuring project success
  • Lessons Learned and continual improvement
This course includes over 20 hands-on exercises and facilitated discussions that reinforce learning and retention. Course material is fully PMBOK® and BABOK® compliant.

Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material.
  • You have the option of using your own, ongoing project as the focus of class exercises. As a result, not only do you gain experience with the tools, but you also learn more about your project.
  • If you have modest project management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Comprehensive Participant Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • This course establishes the importance of keeping realization of Business Value as a primary focus of the project.
  • If you are new to project management, the exercises in this course will give you hands on experience with all of the primary techniques required to manage a project.
  • Experienced project managers will obtain a vocabulary and framework that lends structure and perspective to the wealth of experience they already have.
  • All participants take home a set of tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of project planning and execution.
  • Take this course and learn how to avoid the problems that project managers most often encounter.

Use this courseware to teach your students!
This course is available under license to qualified Training Providers. Courseware materials include:
  • Instructor slides
  • Instructor manual with timing guide
  • Printed participant guide
  • Train the Trainer instruction
  • Written for classroom or virtual delivery
For more information, see   Courseware-On-Demand or Contact Us

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We offer virtual delivery of the training program you need. Call us: +1.919.495.7371.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide, and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 2025
Duration: 4 days
Delivery: Virtual
Class size: 6 - 15
· PMP® certified instructor
· Participant Guide
· Certificate of Participation
· PM templates
· 28 PDUs
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