Introduction to Project Management

A course presented over two days

presented by Mr. Ian Hirst

Introduction to Project Management Course Introduction

The Introduction to Project Management course is a 2-day introduction to project management with a focus on Information Technology and Software Development projects. It approaches project management from a holistic perspective and covers pre-project activities and stakeholder contributions to projects. It includes consideration of how programs and portfolios relate to projects.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course is designed for people who have a need to understand projects and how to manage them. The course is suitable for:

  • new project managers
  • people who are working or may work on projects
  • people wishing to understand the contents of the PMBOK
  • people who may have project stakeholder or governance roles
  • project team members seeking an understanding of projects and project management

Training Method and Materials

The delivery approach for PPI's Introduction to Project Management 2-Day training includes a mixture of stand-up instruction, guided discussions and exercises which are used to deliver a very practically-oriented learning outcome.

Each attendee will be provided with:

  • a copy of the presentation slides
  • a copy of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5 Edition - the PMBOK® Guide
  • copies of course handouts and reference material

Introduction to Project Management Objective

This course is intended to raise awareness of leading project management approaches, frameworks and standards. At the conclusion of this particular training you will be aware of:

  • how technology oriented projects are conceived, proposed, approved and implemented
  • IT systems and software development life cycles
  • project management approaches and frameworks
  • the contents of the Guide to the Project Management Body of knowledge (PMBOK) 5th Edition
  • how to use the project management processes and techniques described in the Guide to the Project Management Body of knowledge (PMBOK)

Introduction to Project Management Outline

1. Introduction

  • course objectives
  • course structure
  • project management concepts and definitions
  • an introduction to the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) 5th Edition, 2012
  • an introduction to PRINCE2® Project Management 2009
  • other IT related project management approaches
  • agile project management

2. Projects in Context

  • projects, programs and portfolios
  • projects and strategic planning
  • organisational influences
  • business value/benefits
  • project objectives
  • investment life cycle
  • the business case
  • project constraints
  • project governance
  • the project management office
  • project management and operations management

3. Stakeholder Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • identifying stakeholders
  • planning stakeholder management
  • managing stakeholder engagement
  • managing conflict
  • controlling stakeholder engagement

4. ICT Systems Development Life cycles

  • definitions
  • life cycle models
  • waterfall life cycle
  • iterative/incremental life cycle
  • evolutionary life cycle
  • spiral life cycle
  • agile life cycle
  • life cycle model selection

5. Project Management Processes

  • project processes
  • PMBOK® project management process groups
  • common project management process interactions
  • initiating process group
  • planning process group
  • executing process group
  • monitoring and controlling process group
  • closing process group

6. Project Integration Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • project integration management
  • project charter
  • project management plan
  • PMBOK® project management plan
  • PRINCE2® project plan
  • common planning errors
  • direct and manage project execution
  • monitor and control project work
  • close project or phase
  • simplified planning process

7. Scope Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • collecting requirements
  • define project scope
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • work packages
  • effort estimating
  • WBS development mistakes
  • scope verification
  • controlling scope
  • Product Breakdown Structure (PBS)

8. Schedule Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • schedule drivers
  • activity definition
  • activity sequencing
  • product flow chart
  • resource estimation
  • duration estimation
  • schedule analysis
  • schedule development
  • schedule analysis techniques
  • schedule control

9. Cost Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • cost drivers
  • cost estimation
  • budgeting
  • cost control
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)

10. Quality Management

  • what is quality?
  • when to evaluate quality
  • the cost of quality
  • quality control
  • quality assurance
  • ISO 9001 quality management principles
  • Plan Do Check Act cycle (PDCA)
  • PMBOK® processes
  • PMBOK® quality management techniques
  • software quality characteristics

11. Human Resource Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • human resource issues
  • human resources planning
  • resource calendars
  • acquire project team
  • develop project team
  • manage project team

12. Communications Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • communications issues
  • communications orientations and types
  • communications skills
  • communications stakeholders
  • plan communications
  • distribute information
  • report performance

13. Procurement Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • procurement management
  • procurement activities
  • plan procurements
  • conduct procurements
  • control procurements
  • close procurements

14. Risk Management

  • PMBOK® processes
  • risk definitions
  • the nature of risk
  • components of risk
  • the Australian Risk Management Standard (AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009)
  • communicating and consulting
  • establishing the context
  • identifying risks
  • analysing risks
  • evaluating risks
  • treating risks
  • monitoring and reviewing risks
  • risk management plans

15. Leadership and Teamwork

  • why are people so important?
  • motivation
  • emotional intelligence
  • teamwork
  • leading a team
  • coaching a team
  • highly effective teams

About the Course Presenter

Mr. Ian Hirst

Ian Hirst is a certified Project Management Professional (PMBOK/PMI) and a highly experienced Project Management and Governance Specialist who has been involved in the IT industry for over 30 years specializing in governance, management, acquisition, development, deployment, operation, and maintenance of information and communications technology, software intensive military embedded systems and government and business enterprise applications and systems.

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