Course: Project Management Practical Application

This course moves beyond the abstract theory of Project Management and addresses real-world application in the workplace. In this program, you will solve project management problems and practice the powerful tools that will be immediately useful in your work. Working with your classmates , you will tackle a real project, generate solutions, execute your plan, and get immediate feedback from your peers and instructors. These hands-on learning experiences with real business challenges will challenge you and equip you to apply what you learn at work .

Program Outline
The methodologies and tools will help you manage complex, cross-functional projects and programs by introducing the student to the concepts of project management and focusing on best practices for the practical application of the project management processes: Project Integration, Scope Management, Schedule Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Resource Management, Communications Management, Risk Management, Procurement Management and Stakeholder Management. Additionally, this course goes into detail with Scope Change Control, Earned Value Analysis, Precedence Diagramming, Critical Path Analysis and Management, Team Development, and Risk Response Planning .
  • Project Management Introduction
    • Examine the role of project management within the organization
    • Know the reasons why organizations initiate projects
    • Explain the project management processes and be able to define unique PM terms
    • Explain the project life cycle concept
    • Identify process groups within the project life cycle
    • Discuss project selection methods
  • Project Scope Management
    • Understand the importance of project scope management
    • Define and apply Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Develop a WBS
  • Project Schedule Management
    • Understand the importance of project time management
    • Recognize project scheduling methods and techniques
    • Examine and apply durations
    • Examine and apply precedence relations
    • Explain and apply Gantt charts, milestones, and deliverables
    • Review the schedule management capabilities of typical project management software
  • Project Cost Management
    • Understand the importance of project cost management
    • Compare and contrast types of cost estimates
    • Examine and apply resource estimation and assignment
    • Describe resource constraints and utilization
    • Explain the concept and techniques of resource-leveling
    • Describe project budgeting techniques
    • Explain how to develop the project baseline
    • Identify cost performance analysis methods
  • Project Quality Management
    • Understand the importance of project quality management
    • Review quality planning, assurance, and control
    • Identify common quality tools and their applications
  • Project Resources Management
    • Understand the importance of project human resources management
    • Explain the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of the project manager
    • Estimate resource activities
    • Examine organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development
    • Explain the qualifications, roles, and responsibilities of the project team members
  • Project Communication Management
    • Recognize project communication and documentation requirements
    • Explain project communications planning
  • Project Risk Management
    • Understand the importance of project risk management
    • Examine risk management planning, risk identification, quantification, qualitative risk planning, response development and control
  • Project Procurement Management
    • Understand the importance of project procurement
    • Examine project contract types and risk associated with each
    • Comprehend conducting and controlling procurement activities
  • Project Stakeholder Management
    • Identify stakeholder groups and potential impacts on projects
    • Understand stakeholder communication requirements
    • Examine approaches to evaluate and manage stakeholder engagement
  • Project Integration Management
    • Integrate project plan development with change control
    • Discuss project execution issues
    • Explain how project changes are identified, implemented, and managed
How your organization benefits
Projects are 2˝ times more successful when proven project management practices are used. Send team members through training to establish shared knowledge, language and processes - setting the foundation for project success .

How you will benefit
Boost Your Resume. Research indicates that employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027. This means skilled project managers are in high demand.

Build Your Network. Program participants come from a variety of industries and professional backgrounds. You will learn from one another's experiences and be able to take that knowledge and utilize it in your organization's projects.

Get the Tools You Need. From worksheets to process documents, you will have access to various templates and tools that will make managing the projects in your life easier.

Who should attend
The target audience for this course is project managers, functional managers in a project environment, and project team members that need to apply project management concepts, tools and techniques in a project environment to effectively manage a project and project team.

The University of Louisville's project management courses are taught by certified Project Management Professionals® who practice project management on a daily basis. Their decades of real-world experience means you learn from world-class instructors with a depth of practical knowledge and tools.

"The program is laid out so that when you complete your certificate, you will have tools you can use on a daily basis."

"It was incredibly valuable to be taught something, try it out, and the next week to come in and say 'that worked' or 'that didn't work' and to have real time to discuss and learn about it instead of just getting a certification and figuring it out as you go."

Course Pre-requisites
(required) Fundamentals of Project Management

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