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Project Management

All courses in the Project Management program including an introduction, the ten knowledge area, and exam preparation courses.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam Preparation

Review the 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups defined in the PMBOK© Guide. Develop individual study plans and prep strategies while utilizing online exams to reinforce material. Pair with Intro to PM class to satisfy CAPM education requirement.

In this intensive course, students will prepare to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Instruction in this course is focused on the Knowledge Areas and Process Groups defined in the PMBOK® Guide.

Students are expected to gain the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for and pass the CAPM exam through a combination of team exercises, quizzes, and practice exams. Successfully completing this course will satisfy 16 of the 23 hours of project management education required to sit for the CAPM exam.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Identify the CAPM exam components and their distribution on the exam
  • Develop an individualized study plan and preparation strategy with the instructor's assistance
  • Analyze the process utilized in project management
  • Explain the terms and definitions used in the PMBOK Guide
  • Distinguish the 10 Knowledge Areas and the five Process Groups defined in the PMBOK Guide
  • Describe how project management processes align with Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
  • Describe the common Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs of each of the Process Groups
  • Demonstrate comprehension by successfully completing online practice exams

Recommendations:
  • Plan to take the CAPM exam within 90 days of the course ending
  • Use the online practice tests included with the course
  • Gain confidence in the material using study aids and targeted study strategies
  • Spend at least 40 hours after the course reviewing material and learning independently

Students are required to purchase the following book(s) for this course.
  1. CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK: PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition
  2. CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK: CAPM® Exam Prep – Fourth Edition by Rita Mulcahy


Introduction to Project Management

Project Management plays a critical role in companies today. In this introductory overview of project management, students will explore industry standard methodology and concepts to approach future projects with more knowledge and confidence.

Employees with essential Project Management skills are currently in high demand -- research has shown that having these project management standards in place will significantly improve the probability of a project being successfully completed; however, when these protocols are absent, the probability of failure increases. As a result, companies now realize that project management plays a critical role in both the delivery of projects as well as the success of the overall organization. In this introductory overview of project management, students will explore a sample PM methodology as well as the industry standard concepts and body of knowledge to approach future projects with more knowledge and confidence.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe the basic concepts, techniques, and knowledge areas of project management
  • Describe a sample project management methodology and how to apply it within an organization
  • Describe the key activities and tasks, which support this sample PM approach
  • Identify key tools and templates used in managing projects

Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation

Review the 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups defined in the PMBOK© Guide. Develop individual study plans and prep strategies while utilizing online exams to reinforce material. Completion satisfies 35-hour education requirement to sit for PMP exam.

In this intensive five-day course, experienced Project Managers will prepare to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Instruction in this course is focused on the Knowledge Areas and Process Groups defined in the PMBOK® Guide.

Students are expected to gain the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for and pass the PMP exam through a combination of team exercises, quizzes, and practice exams. Successfully completing this course will satisfy the 35 hours of project management education required to sit for the PMP exam.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Identify the PMP exam components and their distribution on the exam
  • Develop an individualized study plan and preparation strategy with the instructor's assistance
  • State the differences and relationships among Projects, Programs and Portfolios
  • Identify organizational influences and different project lifecycle methodologies
  • Analyze the processes utilized in project management
  • Explain the terms and definitions used in the PMBOK Guide
  • Distinguish the 10 Knowledge Areas and the five Process Groups defined in the PMBOK Guide
  • Describe how project management processes align with Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
  • Describe the common Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs of each of the Process Groups
  • Apply formulas such as Earned Value and Schedule Variance commonly found on the PMP Exam
  • Demonstrate comprehension by successfully completing online practice exams
Recommendations:
  • Plan to take the PMP exam within 90 days of the course ending
  • Use the online practice tests included with the course
  • Gain confidence in the material using study aids and targeted study strategies
  • Spend at least 40 hours after the course reviewing material and learning independently

Project Management: Communications Tools & Techniques

Effective, timely, and appropriate communication helps set and maintain expectations and increase the likelihood of a project's success. Learn tools and techniques via role play, lecture, and exercises to communicate effectively in a project environment.

Project Communications is one of the most important fundamental activities in successful project execution. Effective and appropriate project stakeholders’ communications is a critical success factor for project managers in meeting goals and objectives. Utilizing standard communication skills, tools and techniques to set and maintain expectations provides a cohesive project environment and a better chance for success.

In this class, students will learn how to communicate effectively in a project environment. Through a combination of role play, lecture, and exercises, participants will hone their communication skills and learn best practices to successfully manage projects.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Plan appropriate communications on a Project
  • Apply common Tools and Techniques to manage project communications
  • Implement best practices to control communications throughout the project lifecycle

Project Management: Cost Tools & Techniques

Properly estimating, measuring, and communicating project costs are critical project management skills. Determine budgets and control spending using generally accepted estimating techniques and tools for capturing, measuring, and forecasting expenses.

Project costs are one of the factors that are typically used to measure a project’s success. Being able to properly estimate, measure and effectively communicate project costs is a critical success factor for a Project Manager. Cost management includes the policies, processes and procedures and utilizing them to effectively manage this important project component.

In this course, participants will learn the generally accepted industry estimating techniques and tools for capturing, measuring and forecasting project costs.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Estimate project costs
  • Apply techniques to measure costs
  • Respond appropriately to cost variances
  • Utilize methods to control project costs

Project Management: Risk Tools & Techniques

Learn where to look for risk and how to assess impact and probability by performing quantitative risk analysis -- then use that information to create and maintain effective risk management plans to respond to and control variables.

Risk is a future event and the project manager has some luxury of time to plan and prepare for its potential eventuality. Risk can also have either a positive or negative impact on a project’s execution and proper planning is critical to properly manage risk. In this class, participants will learn where to look for risk, how to assess the impact and probability and to use that information to create and maintain an effective Risk Management Plan.

After completing this class, participants will be able to:
  • Utilize techniques to identify project Risks
  • Determine probability and impact of project Risks from qualitative and quantitative perspectives
  • Plan appropriate Risk response techniques
  • Utilize processes to monitor risks throughout a project

Project Management: Scheduling Tools & Techniques

Scheduling requires breaking down a project into manageable activities so the project manager can develop and control project timelines. Build effective schedules and respond to the inevitable changes or required modifications during project completion.

Harnessing scheduling tools and techniques to optimize your project schedule can be challenging. In this course, participants will learn how to build reliable schedules and how to respond to the inevitable changes and required modifications which occur throughout the life of the project.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Create a Schedule from the Project Definition
  • Estimate Durations and Resources
  • Identify and Manage the Critical Path
  • Develop Efficient Resource Plan
  • Apply the appropriate techniques to manage schedule slips and changes

Project Management: Scope Tools & Techniques

Well-defined projects scopes help ensure the execution of other project elements—cost, time, and quality. Learn how to develop a clear and concise scope, define the work required, validate the deliverables, and control the scope throughout the project.

Proper scope definition is critical to ensuring success in all areas of a project. Without a well-defined scope the development and definition of all of the other project elements are left to chance (e.g. Cost, Time, Quality). During the course of the project when change occurs, scope must be maintained to ensure appropriate project integration. The Scope Management processes and procedures must also be well-defined to prevent scope creep, cost overruns and missing schedule deadlines.

In this course, participants will learn techniques to more clearly define scope and create manageable scope management processes. Also, to be able to understand the importance of working closely with project integration and change control processes.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Develop a clear and concise scope statement
  • Define the work required to complete the project scope
  • Apply techniques to validate scope deliverables
  • Use the appropriate tools to control Scope throughout a project

Organizational Change Management

Comprehensive organizational change management plans include proper stakeholder analysis, effective communication/training, and successful transition strategies. We'll discuss industry best practices and related processes from the PMI® PMBOK® Guide. Tuition: $395.

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Projects often significantly influence an organization’s culture through change, and demonstrating a clear understanding of how this culture change impacts project development and execution is critical. Creating a comprehensive organizational change management plan includes proper stakeholder analysis, effective communication/training, and successful transition strategies. Course content will include industry best practices and related processes from the PMI® PMBOK® Guide to help ensure positive project results via organizational value and benefits.

    After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain organizational culture change
  • Perform Stakeholder Analysis
  • Develop appropriate strategies for organizational change management
  • Create a viable communication and training plan
  • Execute organizational change management