What is Project Management? More specifically, what is a project? It's a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.
A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading professional organization to standardize and codify this knowledge through PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and other tools, including certifications such as the PMP exam. PMI is in the process of updating the PMBOK standards, and as they state: “Expect shifts in format and content that serve practitioners’ needs for flexibility in delivering outcomes and value to their organizations.” PMBOK7 is scheduled for release in August 2021.
We are updating our programs as the practice of project management evolves and we will continue to serve those communities that benefit from practical, hands-on learning styles.
NEW for Fall 2021 - Foundations of Project Management (20 hours)
Our Foundations course is based upon the Predictive methodology that has been part of PMI education through PMBOK, Version 6. It is also how most construction, healthcare, finance, and other traditional institutions approach project management. PMI is embellishing their content with PMBOK7 to include Agile and Hybrid models to meet the needs of the software and technology development fields.
This 20-hour course provides a comprehensive overview toward successful project implementations. The course is highly interactive and energetic and will include a combination of lecture, Q&A, group exercises, and assessments to evaluate knowledge transfer. Key tenets of the project management practice are excellent communication, empowering leadership, strong people skills, a firm and consistent management style, combined with experience and wisdom.
Understand project management terminology, processes, tools and techniques.
Become familiar with the different project management methodologies.
Learn how to apply the tools and templates to make a project seamless.
Identify how to approach and resolve team challenges.
Prepare project health reports and dashboards.
Apply real project case studies that can be applied immediately in the workplace.
PM Overview and the Role of the Project Manager
Creating a Schedule and Establishing a Cadence
Stakeholder and Communications Management
Managing Risk and Maintaining Engagement
Ethics and Professional Conduct and Class Project Presentations
Who would benefit from this program?
Those with at least one year of project experience responsible for the planning, scheduling, controlling, resourcing, and motivating a team of people engaged in accomplishing a set of predefined goals.
Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to plan, schedule, and control a project including the acquisition of staff and their motivation. The skills acquired are not restricted to just the project management role but in other aspects of professional and personal life. These skills include creating and maintaining a budget, recognizing and mitigating risk, monitoring and assessing progress in achieving a goal, developing and communicating a strategy and making professional, public presentations.
Will this class prepare me to take the PMP test?
The content and topics covered in this program are taken from the Project Management Body of Knowledge, version 6 (PMBOK6). The PMBOK houses the content from which the Project Management Institute (PMI) draws the questions for the test. However, this is not a PMP test preparation course. This course is designed to teach the practical application of project management. Course hours are applicable towards the 35 hours of project management education required to take the PMP. You will receive a Certificate of Completion with successful completion of the 20-hour course.
Why should I take your class instead of another?
Programs specific to test preparation will teach you the material specific to the test, however, they may not teach you the benefits of engaging in certain management practices described in the PMBOK. This class addresses what to do, why and when you should do it, and what the pros/cons, risks/benefits of using a particular method are. You will have access to the tools that help you become an effective Project Manager. Multiple methods are discussed, as well as how and when to select the appropriate ones in practical application.
Is the Foundations course current with the PMBOK?
The information is based upon the waterfall methodology as presented through PMBOK, version 6. PMBOK, version 7 will be available Q3 2021 and usher in new methodologies that may not be how some organizations or industries operate. We will offer additional courses based upon PMBOK7 later this academic year.
What else do I need to know about this class?
During this class, you will learn criteria on when to use what and, in the handout notes, reference material on details as well as citations to books and papers that detail the methods even further. You will work with a team to develop a project using the project management skills you are learning. Then your team will present your project at the last session.