Project Management

Course Description

Projects are how organizations restructure processes to improve their productivity. As middle management positions are reduced, project managers fill the gap. The trend towards outsourcing, project-based contracts and leaner organizations has highlighted the growing need for Project Management. It's now used virtually in all industries such as telecommunications, banking and finance, government as well as in education. Expertise in project management is a source of security, prosperity and power to these survivors.

Hence, the UP National Engineering Center deemed it necessary to design a training program that will educate will-be and current project managers on their future endeavors and activities.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participants are expected to:

1. Identify the key elements of the project management framework and the phases in the project life cycle

2. Understand importance of top management commitment to a project's success

3. Describe the project selection process and prepare a good Project Plan

4. Construct Work Breakdown Structures and use Gantt Charts for schedule planning and tracking

5. Understand and use critical path analysis

6. Describe several techniques for shortening project schedules

7. Describe the resource planning, cost estimating, cost budgeting and cost control processes

8. Describe what is involved in quality planning, quality assurance and quality control in projects

9. Identify project teams and roles of each person

10. Identify common sources of risk and strategies for reducing them

11. Perform project control with earned value analysis

12. Identify project closure processes and output

Course Outline

 I.        The Fundamentals of Project Management 
 a.        Introduction to Project Management
 b.       Strategic Alignment of Projects
 II.       Project Initiation and Definitions
 a.        Project Initiation 
 b.       Scope Definition 
 c.        Project Leadership  
 d.       Project Teams 
 III.      Project Planning
 a.        Resource Planning and Cost Estimation
 b.       Project Scheduling and Resource Management
 c.        Project Risk and Risk Management 
 IV.     Project Execution and Control  
 a.       Project Cost Budgeting and Control 
 b.       Project Monitoring and Tracking 
 c.        Quality Assurance and Control
 V.       Project Close
 a.        Project Audit
 b.       Project Closure

Target Participants

The course is designed for people new to projects and for experienced project leaders who need to reassess or strengthen their methods.