Project Management: Competencies and Structure—An Application of the PMBOK® Guide with Bradley Malone

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to: 

  • Define project manager/project sponsor/functional manager/team member roles and responsibilities, and understand the impact of different organizational structures and reward/recognition strategies.
  • Identify activities, establish logical relationships, estimate durations, and determine critical path activities to ensure efficient scheduling.
  • Describe identification, qualitative. and quantification methods, response development strategies. and risk control techniques.
  • Explain the various types of communications and methods for gathering and disseminating project information and for fostering effective communications and feedback among team members and other stakeholders.

Description

Are you a newly assigned project manager or a project manager who has never attended formal training? If so, this training is for you! Get the practical and insightful knowledge, tools, and collaborative techniques you need to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close a project successfully—purposefully achieving the documented benefits.

Your abilities as a project manager depend on understanding and applying the competencies and structure of project management—especially the interrelationships between scope, time, cost, quality, and risk—and are critical to managing the needs and expectations of key stakeholders throughout the project’s life cycle. Through discussion, facilitation, group interactions, and practical exercises, you will understand how to integrate and apply A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) processes to structure and communicate your project(s) in a meaningful way to influence decision-makers in a proactive versus reactive manner.

In this training, you will understand the importance of and how to create and use the primary project documents: project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure (WBS), quality standards, activity listing, critical path network schedule, risk register, project reviews, and lessons learned.

AGENDA

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    • Understand the definitions of a project and project management 
    • Identify the key project elements, their interrelationship and prioritization
    • Understand the distinction between projects and operations
    • Understand the common behaviors associated with resistance to change
    • Understand and own the role of the project manager, along with the delineation of roles, responsibilities, and authority of other project stakeholders—project sponsor, functional manager, team member, customer, etc.
    • Understand the overall flow and project management deliverables of a typical project life cycle
    • Establish norms and ground rules for effective team communication
    • Understand how projects are initiated and the primary deliverables
    • Distinguish between project- and result-based stakeholders
    • Define the key aspects of a project charter
    • Create assumptions, project element prioritization, constraints, and exclusions
    • Understand how to generate project requirements and determine the operational success criteria to be achieved by the project’s outcome
    • Understand and identify the distinction between product scope and project scope
    • Create a notional project work breakdown structure (WBS) 
    • Understand the importance of quality standards and gain the ability to define performance, functional, and form specifications 
    • Distinguish the critical interrelationship between the statement of work (requirements), WBS, and specifications
    • Understand the relationships among the different roles responsible for: the WBS, the documentation and training of the activities necessary to deliver the product or process deliverables, and the actual accomplishment of the activities
    • Understand the importance of proper scheduling: estimating durations, establishing relationships and logic, and determining critical path activities
    • Design a project schedule with activities, estimates for effort and durations, and interdependencies
    • Understand the different types of costs and how projects are impacted by the type of cost structure used on the project
    • Understand the different estimating methodologies and techniques for resource loading and budgeting
    • Understand the ramifications that different resource allocation methods have on development and achievement of a schedule baseline
    • Distinguish between opportunities and risks and how different people have different perspectives and tolerances regarding each
    • Understand risk identification and quantification methods, response development strategies, and risk control techniques
    • Identify and quantify the project’s risks and develop resolution strategies
    • Understand the process of determining risk mitigating activities and assigning contingency and management reserves to the project
    • Calculate the critical path of a schedule and determine alternative strategies to meeting the preferred milestone date
    • Understand the role the procurement organization plays in the successful completion of a project—and the project manager’s responsibilities
    • Understand the different methods of statusing a schedule and communicating variance 
    • Understand the use of risk and issue management and the use of contingency and management reserve
    • Understand the distinction between quality assurance and quality control
    • Perform a quality audit on a project and determine improvement opportunities
    • Understand the importance of well-managed meetings and learn a process to plan and execute effective meetings
    • Understand different motivation strategies and their application and methods to motivate team performance through the application of rewards and recognition
    • Understand the importance of ethical standards on a project team
    • Learn how to create a high-performing project team focused on customer satisfaction
    • Understand the importance of and apply a constructive feedback process
    • Identify the key elements of effective communication
    • Understand the process for managing changes to the project’s scope, time, cost, and quality baselines
    • Determine the appropriate project metrics to identify, capture, measure, and analyze
    • Perform a quality control exercise and assess its value—reactive versus prevention and planning
    • Understand the types of contracts and the responsibilities of procurement
    • Understand how to close a project and the importance of lessons learned
    • Develop individual and organizational action plans to improve how projects are currently being managed

I learned a great deal. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and had a good style of teaching. The pacing was reasonable. He provided so many helpful templates, exercises and the slides provided the information concisely. He encouraged questions/comments and helped the group to connect with each other.

It was very valuable to have this broad overview of project management, especially for someone who has not had formal PM training in the past. It was also helpful to get into the nitty gritty. I've walked away with things I can immediately implement into my projects and utilize the templates provided.

Great instructor! Brad clearly walks through topics, provides helpful templates and frames of reference to easily understand. He sets you up for success in understanding applying concepts of project management and providing guidance on open questions.

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 20 8 0 28.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 8 0 8.00
PMI-SP® 4 8 0 12.00
PMI-RMP® 4 8 0 12.00
PfMP® 0 8 0 8.00
PMI-PBA® 4 8 0 12.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle

Instructor(s)

Bradley

Bradley Malone PMP

Bradley A. Malone, president of Twin Star Consulting Company, a project management and corporate transformation consulting company, has managed numerous large hardware, software development, and integration projects. He has directed many project management process implementation, and improvement efforts for major corporations. He develops and instructs training courses in basic and advanced project management skills, team building, and facilitation skills. He leads project management audit teams for commercial and government clients, and consults with a wide variety of customers on project and quality management implementation issues. Mr. Malone holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from Project Management Institute and is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming[tm].

Training Information

PDUs
28
Level
Core
Dates
20 - 23 May 2024
Length
4 Days

Price

Member Price
US$3045.00
(US$2745.00 before 8 April)
Nonmember Price
US$3270.00
(US$2945.00 before 8 April)
Government Price
US$2745.00
Student Price
US$1359.00

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