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Every student receives a copy of the Deeply Practical Project Management book, providing comprehensive coverage of the PM best practices they can use to apply the processes to their projects of any size, in any domain, long after the course is over.  Each course covers the most important topics in the time available, with a focus on areas requested by the class.  A complete topics listing is provided below.

1. Project Management Overview

1.1 Project Management Basics

  • What Is Project Management?
  • Who Can Use Project Management?
  • Application To Small Projects
  • Where Projects Come From
  • Why Processes Are Useful

1.2 The Project Management Institute Framework

  • The Project Management Institute
  • PMP & CAPM Certifications
  • Project Definition
  • Program Definition
  • The Five PM Stages
  • The PM Knowledge Areas
  • Project Players
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Project Players

1.3 Techniques & Tools

  • Two Basic Project Management Techniques
  • Project Management Tools

1.4 Strategic Plan

  • The Link To The Strategic Plan
  • Exercise: Link To Your Strategic Plan

1.5 Triple Constraint

  • The Triple Constraint

1.6 Keys To Success

  • Exercise: Project Success & Failure
  • The Standish Group Chaos Report
  • The Top 3 Drivers Of Project Success

1.7 The Project Manager

  • The Role Of The Project Manager
  • Project Manager Requirements
  • Communications Essentials
  • Team Formation
  • Team Foundations
  • Team Dynamics
  • Negotiation Essentials
  • Leadership Essentials
  • Exercise: Your Project Manager Development

1.8 Chapter Summary

2. Initiation

2.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Initiation
  • The Project Manager Role

2.2 Sponsor & Customer

  • The Sponsor & Customer

2.3 Stakeholders

  • The Project Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Stakeholders

2.4 Scope

  • The Project Objective
  • Objective Process
  • Assumptions & Constraints
  • The Conceptual Solution
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Initiation Scope

2.5 Business Case

  • The Business Case
  • The Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
  • Example – Business Case BCR & ROI
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Business Case

2.6 Project Manager & Mandate

  • The Project Manager & Mandate

2.7 Charter

  • The Project Charter
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Project Charter

2.8 Chapter Summary

3. Planning

3.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Planning
  • Planning Process Flowchart
  • The Core Project Team
  • Exercise: Gather Your Core Project Team

3.2 Requirements

  • From Objective To Requirements
  • Requirements – A Long Time Challenge
  • Example – Health System
  • Importance Of Requirements
  • Gathering Requirements
  • Requirements Attributes
  • Requirements Key Points
  • Requirements Document & Approval
  • Example – Buying Chairs
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Project Requirements

3.3 Solution

  • The Solution Definition
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Project Solution Definition

3.4 Deliverables

  • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Example – An Aircraft
  • Example – Shed
  • Example – Supper
  • Example – Standards Development
  • Example – Process Improvement
  • WBS Process
  • WBS Key Points
  • WBS Hierarchical Decomposition
  • WBS Phasing & Combined Methods
  • Example – Hierarchical Decomposition
  • Example – Project Phasing
  • Breaking Down By Responsibility
  • Breaking Out Waiting Time
  • Breaking Out Interim Deliveries
  • Breaking Down By Duration
  • Relationship Of WBS & Requirements
  • The WBS Dictionary
  • Deliverables - Work Packages - Activities
  • WBS Drawing Tools
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Project WBS

3.5 Logic

  • The Precedence Diagram
  • Kinds of Precedence Links
  • Leads & Lags
  • Example – Generic
  • Example – Shed
  • Example – Supper
  • Example – Standards Development
  • Example – Process Improvement
  • Precedence Diagram Process
  • Precedence Diagram Patterns
  • Precedence Diagram Tools
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Precedence Diagram

3.6 Estimating

  • Exercise: The Power Of Estimation
  • Estimating Methods
  • The Statistical Power Of Multiple Estimates
  • Activity Breakdown
  • Fine Tuning
  • Factoring For Productivity & Availability
  • An Estimating Spreadsheet
  • PERT & Straight 3-Point Techniques
  • Example – PERT & 3-Point
  • The Delphi Technique
  • Handling Estimating Error
  • Exercise: Estimate Your Project

3.7 Schedule

  • The Gantt Chart
  • Example – Gantt Chart
  • Gantt Chart With Work Packages
  • Gantt Chart With Activities
  • The Critical Path
  • Critical Path Process
  • Example – Critical Path Process
  • Example – Forward Pass
  • Example – Backward Pass
  • Example – Critical Path With Float
  • Exercise: Baselining Your Schedule
  • The Schedule Milestones
  • Exercise: Milestones

3.8 Resources

  • Resource Leveling
  • Resource Planning
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Resource Plan

3.9 Cost

  • Estimating Cost
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Cost Accounts
  • The Project Cost Baseline
  • Exercise: Cost

3.10 Procurement

  • Deciding To Build Or Buy
  • Procurement Documents
  • Contract Types
  • Selecting The Winner
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Procurement Planning

3.11 Risks

  • Risk Management
  • Risk Management Process
  • Risk Management Planning
  • Risk Identification
  • Standard Risk Statement Form
  • Risk Qualification
  • Risk Quantification
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Other Risk Elements
  • The Risk Register
  • Critical Chain Management
  • Risk Buffer Allocation
  • Risk Reserve & Management Reserve
  • Opportunity Risks
  • Opportunity Planning
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Risk Budget

3.12 Communications

  • Communications Planning
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Communications Plan

3.13 Project Management Plan

  • The Project Management Plan
  • Final Project Plan Review
  • Exercise: Baseline Your Project Plan

3.14 Chapter Summary

4. Execution

4.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Execution

4.2 Project Team

  • Building The Project Team
  • Project Team Key Points
  • Functional Organizations
  • Projectized Organizations
  • Matrix Organizations
  • Management Of Matrix Organizations
  • Matrix Personnel Allocation
  • Delegation
  • Team Motivation
  • Managing People Conflict
  • Exercise: Gather The Project Team

4.3 Communications

  • Communication Modes

4.4 First Steps

  • Kickoff Meetings
  • Project Requirements Review (PRR)
  • Exercise: Take Project First Steps

4.5 Design & Build

  • Design Before Build
  • Exercise: Design & Build Your Project

4.6 Problem Identification

  • Finding Root Causes

4.7 Chapter Summary

5. Monitoring & Control

5.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Monitoring And Control
  • Managing Expectations

5.2 Weekly Heartbeat

  • The Weekly Status Meeting
  • Exercise: Organize Your Weekly Meeting

5.3 Scope

  • Managing Scope Change
  • Change Impact Analysis
  • Change Approval
  • Exercise: Organize Your Project Change Control

5.4 Time

  • Schedule Statusing
  • Managing Schedule
  • Crashing & Fast-Tracking

5.5 Cost

  • Cost Statusing
  • Managing Cost

5.6 Risk

  • Managing Risk

5.7 Earned Value Management (EVM)

  • EVM Overview
  • EVM Metrics
  • EVM Cost Projections
  • EVM Schedule Projections
  • EVM Meaning
  • Example – EVM

5.8 Quality

  • Managing Quality
  • Peer Reviews
  • User Reviews
  • User Review Management Tool

5.9 Problem Resolution

  • Solution Options
  • Persuasion Techniques

5.10 Monthly Heartbeat

  • Monthly Project Statusing
  • One Page Monthly Report
  • The Monthly Review
  • Exercise: Organize Your Monthly Review

5.11 Chapter Summary

6. Closing

6.1 Introduction

  • The Purpose Of Closing

6.2 Procurement

  • Contract Closure

6.3 Acceptance

  • Change Management
  • Scope Verification
  • Scenario Based Scope Verification
  • Practical Delivery Criteria
  • Transition To Operations
  • Exercise: Close Your Project Scope

6.4 Lessons Learned

  • The Lessons Learned Process

6.5 Team Closure

  • People Transition
  • The Project Celebration
  • Exercise: Manage Team Closure

6.6 Final Report

  • The Project Final Report
  • Exercise: Final Report

6.7 Chapter Summary


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