Project Management Training: Understanding Project Management

2 days

Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. Today, in addition to regular job duties, people are often expected to take on extra assignments and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time.

This workshop is not intended to take participants from a supervisory or administrative position to that of a project manager. However, these three days will familiarize them with the most common terms and the most current thinking about projects.

In this workshop, you will walk participants through the nuts and bolts of project management, from setting priorities to controlling expenses and reporting on the results. They may still have to cope with the unexpected, but they’ll be better prepared.

This two-day workshop will help you teach participants how to:

  • Understand what is meant by a project.
  • Recognize what steps must be taken to complete projects on time and on budget.
  • Sell ideas and make presentations.
  • Use simple techniques and tools for planning and tracking a project.
  • Use methods for keeping the team focused and motivated.


Some on-the-job experience in participating in managed projects would be preferable.


Course Outline

Session One: Course Overview

Session Two: What is a Project?

Session Three: Project Management Basics

Session Four: Assignment Review

Session Five: How Can Projects Help Me?

  • The Benefits of Projects
  • Case Study: Mary Marvelous

Session Six: A Project’s Life Cycle

Session Seven: Selling a Project

  • Tom Peters
  • The Priority Matrix

Session Eight: Preparing Your Project

Session Nine: The Role of a Project Manager

  • A Project Manager’s Skills
  • Key Skills

Session Ten: Project Goals

Session Eleven: Laying Out the Project

  • The Statement of Work
  • Individual SOW
  • Project Planning Worksheet
  • Writing Reports

Session Twelve: Project Risks

  • Risk Tolerance
  • About Risks
  • Reducing Risks

Session Thirteen: Contingency Planning

Session Fourteen: What Really Needs To Be Done?

  • Beginning to Plan
  • Preparing a Basic Schedule
  • Other Scheduling Factors
  • Scheduling My Project

Session Fifteen: The Work Breakdown Structure

Session Sixteen: Planning Tools

  • Two Basic Tools
  • PERT
  • Gantt Charts
  • The Network Diagram
  • The Flow Chart

Session Seventeen: Budgets

Session Eighteen: Teamwork

  • Why is Teamwork Important?
  • Building a Winning Team

Session Nineteen: Developing Teams

  • Four Issues to Address with Project Teams
  • Team Development

Session Twenty: Aspirinia

  • Decision Information
  • Individual Action Steps

Session Twenty-One: Communication Tips

Session Twenty-Two: Closing Out a Project

Session Twenty-Three: Team Meetings

Session Twenty-Five: Project Presentations


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