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Managing Project Work

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ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.


NASBA continuing professional education credits (CPE) assist Certified Public Accountants in reaching their continuing education requirements.

This course offers 17.00 NASBA CPEs.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    11.00 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    11.00 PMI-PBA Technical PDUs
    2.00 PMI-RMP Technical PDUs
    2.00 PMI-SP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    2.00 PMI Leadership PDUs


Whether you are an "accidental" project manager or a member of a team who shares project-related duties, this course provides the critical real-world skills and tools you need to be successful with basic project management. Learn to maximize and combine human skills — such as informal authority and communication — with quantitative tools such as three-point estimation, work breakdown structures, Delphi analysis and many others. This toolkit will give you the skills to keep project work coordinated, on schedule, on budget, and within scope.

Leave class ready to receive your associate certificate from the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.
Many de facto project managers don't yet have the extensive experience required for a credential such as the PMP®. However, professionals and employers still need to prove qualifications with a respected credential. We have partnered with Saint Louis University's fully accredited John Cook School of Business to provide the Associate's Certificate in Project Management. Once you complete the class, you will have the training and resources you need to immediately submit your application to JCSB and earn your associate's certificate in project management essentials.

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Course Outline

1. Introduction
We'll begin with the basics. Get an industry-standard overview of project management and what constitutes project work.

  • Logistics and objectives of the course
  • What is a project?
  • What is project management?
  • Comparison to other types of work (operational, strategic, program management, others)


2. Project Management Basics
PMI is the most influential industry body in the world of project management. Without getting too deep into the world of PMI, we will look at some of the most useful concepts and tools they have provided to the industry.

  • The five process groups
  • The nine knowledge areas
  • The project management life cycle
  • What is expected of a good project manager


3. Baselines and Constraints
Successful projects begin with a clear definition of boundaries, scope, limitations, and establishing clear plans that take these factors into account.

  • The triple constraints triangle
  • The "essential eight" PM skills: SCESIRRS
  • The three baselines: scope, schedule, cost
  • Creating the baselines


4. Managing Across the Project Life Cycle
In this section we'll begin learning the practical tools that make up the majority of project management work.

  • Integration
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing


5. Different Project Management Methodologies
It's very helpful to look at the major methodologies that are used for most projects in today's world. Each has its own merits, and each has its own approach to baselines and constraints.

  • Waterfall projects
  • Agile (Adaptive) projects
  • Iterative projects


6. Starting (Initiating) Projects
We will now begin walking through how to manage virtually any project, whether small or large, using.

  • The project charter
  • Working with the three types of requirements
  • A basic business analysis toolbox
  • Analyzing requirements
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Analyzing stakeholders

Exercise – Identifying High Level Requirements

Exercise – Stakeholder Analysis


7. Planning Project Work
Planning is one of the most critical ingredients of successful project management. There are proven methods for using planning to set your project up for success. We'll show you what they are and how to use them.

  • Integrating baselines and subsidiary management plans
  • Scoping
  • Scheduling
  • Budgeting
  • Decomposing the work
  • Estimating and sequencing
  • Generating the schedule network diagram
  • Other practical estimating tools
  • Identifying, planning for, and mitigating inefficiencies

Exercise – Create a Work Breakdown Structure

Exercise – Decompose Work Packages to Activities

Real-world – Setting up a project with Microsoft Project

Real-world – Creating a Task List with Microsoft Project


8. Scheduling
Keeping projects on schedule is a key component of managing any project. We'll show you how the pros do it.

  • Integrating baselines and subsidiary management plans
  • Schedule network analysis
  • The critical path method
  • Schedule compression and crashing the schedule

Exercise – Develop a Dependency Network

Real-world – Developing Task Dependencies in Microsoft Project

Real-world – Adding Time Estimates with Microsoft Project

Real-world – Adding Resources with Microsoft Project


9. Cost
Next we'll look at how good project managers keep projects within budget and use basic tools to monitor and control costs.

  • The cost baseline
  • Using estimates and the work breakdown structure
  • Determining the budget
  • Tools and techniques


10. Subsidiary Management Plans
Your project may not always need every subsidiary plan, but many will. We will prepare you to manage other common factors that are important to project work.

  • Human Resources
  • Communication
  • Risk

Exercises – Managing risk in a project

  1. Risk Planning
  2. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
  3. Risk Probability and Impact Assessment
  4. Probability & Impact Matrix


11. Monitoring, controlling, & executing projects
Throughout a project, some basic tools can keep everything on track. We'll teach you how to use common management tools for controlling and executing your project.

  • Earned value and planned value
  • Actual cost and Cost Performance Index
  • Schedule performance index
  • Estimate at completion (EAC)
  • Forecasting
  • EAC and typical variances
  • EAC and atypical variances
  • To-complete performance index


12. Closing a Project
Project closure does not need to be complicated, but it is critical. You can use information garnered during the project for future work, and proper closure also ensures that the deliverables are accepted and correct.

  • Capturing lessons learned
  • Reviews: Scope, schedule, budget
  • Project signoff
  • Transfer of products, services, or results
Who should attend

Anyone involved in project work will benefit from this class, regardless of whether they hold the title of project manager. This training is invaluable for:

  • Product Managers
  • Analysts
  • Contracting Professionals
  • Operations Professionals
  • Project Manager or Team Leader
  • Systems Architect or Designer
  • IT Manager/Director
  • Systems or Application Developer
  • QA Professional
  • Systems Tester
  • Systems Analyst
  • Anyone wishing to improve their practical project management capability

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