Project Management Skills for Success Course (Live Online)


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 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 Skills for Success 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 Skills course is offered on an open-enrollment basis at our Project Management Education Center in Bellevue, WA, (which also serves Seattle, 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.

Project Management Skills Course Details

Length: 40 hours.
Style: Instructor-led, using PowerPoint presentations, facilitated discussions, individual and group exercises.
Texts: Participants receive a copy of Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide, and a course participant’s manual/binder.
Format: Classroom. No computers required.
Prerequisites: None.

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.
Document procurement options and contract types.
Work with schedule delays and modify your project plan appropriately to minimize their impact.

Course Content – Day One

Approach to Course
The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®)
What is a Project?
Project Creation
What is Project Management?
Collections of Projects
What’s Driving the Need for Project Management?
The Project Management Institute
Predictive Project Life Cycles
Phase Gates
Iterative/Incremental Life Cycles
Adaptive Life Cycles
Project Management Process Groups
Progressive Elaboration
PM Knowledge Areas
The Project Manager
Organization Structures
Project Management Office (PMO)
Project Sponsors
A Basic Approach the Project Management
Why Some Organizations Struggle to Implement Project Management
Business Cases
Project Benefits Management Plan
Project Charter

Course Content – Day Two

Organizational Process Assets
Enterprise Environmental Factors
Project Stakeholders
Project Team
Project Management Team
Program Manager
Portfolio Manager
Project Manager Competencies
Strategic/Business Management
Leadership and Management
Politics and Power
Project Integration Management
Assumption Log
Project Management Plan
Performance Measurement Baseline
Develop Project Management Plan
Project Documents
Issue Log
Manage Project Knowledge
Explicit Knowledge
Lessons Learned
Tacit Knowledge
Knowledge Management
Information Management
Monitor & Control Project Work
Variance Analysis
Change Management Plan
Four Types of Change Requests
Configuration Management Plan
Perform Integrated Change Control
Change Management Process
Change Control Boards
Close Project or Phase
Final Report
Project Stakeholder Management
Identify Stakeholders
Stakeholder Register
Stakeholder Stake
Stakeholder Analysis
Power/Interest Grid
Stakeholder Cube
Salience Model
Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Active Listening

Course Content – Day Three

Project Scope Management
Product/Project Scope
Plan Scope Management
Collect Requirements
Requirements Documentation
Traceability Matrix
Define Scope
Project Scope Statement
Create WBS
WBS: Rolling Wave Planning
WBS: Checklist
WBS: The 100% Rule
WBS: Control Accounts
WBS: Planning Packages
WBS Dictionary
WBS Templates
Scope Baseline
Control Scope
Variance Analysis
Validate Scope
Adaptive/Agile Lifecycles
Project Schedule Management
Plan Schedule Management
Time-Boxed Period
Kanban Board
Sequence Activities
Precedence Networks
Schedule Network Templates
Internal versus External
Mandatory versus Discretionary
Leads and Lags
Estimate Activity Resources
Resource Requirements
Project Management
Information System (PMIS)
Estimate Activity Durations
Common Estimating Themes
Parkinson’s Law
Analogous Estimating
Parametric Estimating
Three-Point Estimating
Reserve Analysis
Contingency Reserves
Management Reserves
Develop Schedule
CPM Scheduling
The Importance of Total Float
Schedule Constraints
Positive Total Float
Negative Total Float
CPM: Different Kinds of Float
CPM: Near Critical
Resource Optimization
Resource Leveling
Schedule Compression
Agile Release Planning
Schedule Baseline
Project Schedule
Milestone Charts
Bar Charts
Control Schedule
Control Schedule: Agile
Work Performance Data
Collecting Actuals
Progress Collection Considerations
“Actuals” Collection Strategies
50/50 Progress Reporting Rule
Keys to a Successful Status Meeting
Status Meeting Agenda
Typical Status Meeting Topics
Meeting Notes

Course Content – Day Four

Earned Value Management
Planned Value (PV)
Earned Value (EV)
Actual Cost (AC)
Performance Indices
Project Cost Management
Plan Cost Management
Estimate Costs
Analogous Estimating
Parametric Estimating
Reserve Analysis
Cost Estimating Software
Activity Cost Estimates
Determine Budget
Project Funding Requirements
Common Budgeting Problems
Control Costs
Cost Tracking
Project Quality Management
Customer Satisfaction
Prevention over Inspection
Continuous Improvement
Management Responsibility
Cost of Quality (COQ)
Mutually Beneficial Partnerships
Quality versus Grade
Precision versus Accuracy
Quality and the 12 Agile Principles
Gold Plating
Plan Quality Management
Quality Metrics
Manage Quality
Quality Checklists
Process Analysis
Cause and Effect Diagrams
Control Quality
Project Resource Management
Agile/Adaptive Teams
Plan Resource Management
Recognition Plan
Team Charter
Organization Breakdown Structure
Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS)
Assignment Matrix
Acquire Resources
Virtual Teams
Develop Team
Team Development Stages
Conflict Resolution Techniques
Motivational Theories
Team Building
Personnel Assessment Tools
Team Performance Assessments
Manage Team
Control Resources
Plan Communications Management
Communication Technology
Communication Blockers
Communication Methods
Communications and Agile
Manage Communications
Nonverbal Communications
Project Reporting
Monitor Communications

Course Content – Day Five

Project Risk Management
Overall Project Risk
Stakeholders and Risk
Risk and Agile
Plan Risk Management
Risk Categories
Risk Breakdown Structure
Identify Risks
Assumption and Constraints Analysis
SWOT Analysis
Document Analysis
Prompt Lists
Risk Register and Risk Report
Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
Probability and Impact Assessment
Impact Rating Table
Assessment of Other Risk Parameters
Plan Risk Responses
Contingent Response Strategies
Strategies for Overall Project Risk
Contingency Reserve Calculation
Implement Risk Responses
Monitor Risks
Risk Reviews
Project Procurement Management
Contract Life Cycles
Buyers and Sellers
Organizational Influences
Contracts and Contracting Terms
Agreements and Risk
The Procurement Process
Procurement and Agile
Plan Procurement Management
Fixed Price Contracts
Cost Reimbursable
Time and Material (T&M)
Contract Types and Risk
Make-or-Buy Analysis
Source Selection Analysis
Procurement Management Plan
Procurement Strategy
Delivery Methods
Bid Documents
Statements of Work (SOW)
Terms of Reference (TOR)
Contractual Terms and Conditions
Independent Cost Estimates
Conduct Procurements
Bidder Conferences
Selected Sellers
Screening System
Control Procurements
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Closed Procurements
Early Contract Termination
Seller Performance Evaluation Documentation
Next Steps
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This course is presented live online in an interactive format over five consecutive days.

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310 S. Williams Blvd
Suite 160
Tucson , AZ 85711


Key Consulting Project Management Education Center


April 14, 2022
March 18, 2022


8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily