Project Management Fundamentals Course


Project management is being increasingly recognized as a vital skill-set for many management positions, not just those with the title of “project manager”. This course provides in-depth, practical, project management fundamentals training. You will discuss projects from your own organization, and review tools and templates we use every day to manage real projects.

Who should take this Project Management Fundamentals course?

This course is for existing project managers who are interested in learning more about formal project management techniques, and anyone who is interested in becoming a project manager.

Where is this course offered?

The Project Management Fundamentals course is offered on an open-enrollment basis at our Project Management Education Center in Bellevue/Seattle, WA, (which also serves Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Everett, Federal Way, and Tacoma), as well as at our Project Management Education Center in Tucson, AZ (which also serves the Greater Phoenix area, Oro Valley, and Sierra Vista / Fort Huachuca), and other select locations such as Grand Cayman. We also provide it on an on-site basis anywhere in the world, and online using live instructors.

Project Management Fundamentals Course Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to :

Understand the language and structure of the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge.
Discuss the advantages of different life cycle approaches.
Understand the value of project charter documents.
Identify and engage stakeholders more effectively.
Consider the impact of the environment or context in which your projects occur on your planning processes.
Develop work breakdown structures to better define your project and reduce the likelihood of missed scope.
Develop network diagrams that model how your project will be executed.
Schedule your project and identify the critical path.
Use various tools and reports to improve project communications.
Add resource and cost information to your plans.
Run better project status meetings.
Better estimate your project costs and durations.
Identify, prioritize, respond to, and manage, project risks.
Track issues and action items in a more systematic manner.
Update your project plans on a regular basis.
Measure how your project is progressing.
Work with schedule delays and modify your project plan appropriately to minimize their impact.

Fundamentals of Project Management Course Details

Length: 24 hours.
Style: Instructor-led, using PowerPoint presentations, facilitated discussions, individual and group exercises.
Texts: Participants receive a copy of PMI’s PMBOK® Guide, and a course participant’s manual/binder.
Format: Classroom. No computers required for in-person classroom training.
Prerequisites: None.

Project Management Fundamentals Course Content

Day One
What is a Project?
What is Project Management?
What’s Driving the Need for Project Management?
Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®)
The Ten Knowledge Areas
The Five Process Groups
Predictive Project Life Cycles
Adaptive (Agile) Life Cycles
The Role of the Project Manager
Project Balance
Organizational Considerations
The Project Management Office
The Role of Project Sponsors
A Simplified Project Management Process
Project Charters

Day Two
Progressive Elaboration
Identify Stakeholders
Power-Interest Grid
Stakeholder Management
Phase Gate Reviews
Define Project Scope
Work Breakdown Structures
Rolling Wave Planning
WBS Checklist
Project Resource Management
Assignment Matrix
Network Diagrams
Estimating Durations
Analogous Estimating
Parameter Estimating
3-Point Estimating
Develop Schedule
Critical Path Scheduling
The Importance of Total Float
Schedule Optimization
Reporting the Project Schedule
Gantt Charts
Estimate Costs
Common Estimating Themes
Types of Costs
Contingency Reserves
Accuracy of Estimates
Why do Plans Fail?

Day Three
Management Plans
Project Management Plan
Successful Status Review Meetings
Status Meeting Agenda
Meeting Notes
Tracking Issues and Action Items
Control Schedule
Collecting “Actuals”
“Actuals” Collection Strategies
Control Costs
Cost Tracking
PMI’s Approach to Quality
Customer Satisfaction
Prevention over Inspection
Management Responsibility
Quality Management Plan
What is a Risk ?
Identify Risks
Qualitative Risk Analysis
Plan Risk Responses
Contingency Plans
Risk Register
Monitor Risks
Change Management
Project Communication Management
Close Project or Phase
Portfolio Management
Next Steps

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This course is presented live online in an interactive format over 3 consecutive days.

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310 S. Williams Blvd
Tucson , AZ 85711


Key Consulting Project Management Education Center


May 1, 2023
May 5, 2023


8 am to 5 pm daily