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Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success

Build a solid foundation of project management knowledge, techniques and tools in this hands-on workshop that covers the entire project life cycle.

As the business world grows more competitive, organizations find it necessary to take on an increasing number of projects. Unfortunately, these same organizations often don’t have skilled project managers to handle the work. In this seminar, you will learn and practice the critical tools and techniques that have been proven necessary for project management success. In lectures, discussions and exercises, you’ll cover the essential aspect of managing projects. While aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) framework, this course is specifically designed to focus on the practical application of concepts. You’ll return to work with the knowledge and tools you need to get your projects started right and completed successfully.  

Seminar Number: 06503

4.8
(1597 reviews)
  • In-Person
  • Live Online
  • At Your Company Location

Course Scheduling & Pricing

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who are new to project management
  • “Accidental” project managers (professionals for whom PM is a secondary part of their jobs)
  • Business analysts; subject-matter experts from any field who contribute to projects; managers responsible for projects; and experienced project managers looking to review current tools, techniques and processes

  •   In-Person3 Day(s)
    1.8 CEU, 18 CLP, 21 CPE, 18 PDCs, 18 PDU, 18 PHR, 18 PMU, 18 SPHR
  •   Live Online3 Day(s)
    1.8 CEU, 18 CLP, 21 CPE, 18 PDCs, 18 PDU, 18 PHR, 18 PMU, 18 SPHR
 

As the business world grows more competitive, organizations find it necessary to take on an increasing number of projects. Unfortunately, these same organizations often don’t have skilled project managers to handle the work. In this seminar, you will learn and practice the critical tools and techniques that have been proven necessary for project management success. In lectures, discussions and exercises, you’ll cover the essential aspect of managing projects.

While aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) framework, this course is specifically designed to focus on the practical application of concepts. You’ll return to work with the knowledge and tools you need to get your projects started right and completed successfully.

 

  • Ensure that your projects are set-up for success from the start
  • Learn the basics for effectively gathering and documenting requirements
  • Understand the role of the project manager, business analyst, and others in managing projects
  • Develop an integrated project plan including realistic scope, schedules, budgets, and risks—and turn that plan into successful action
  • Learn how to effectively track and report on project progress
  • Gain the respect of your project team and build credibility with top management

Seminar Frequently Asked Questions

Is AMA a PMI approved institution?

Yes, AMA is an approved provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Participants in this seminar can earn up to 18 PDUs for completing the course.

How far in advance can I purchase a seminar?

You have the ability to purchase a seminar seat as far as 6-12 months in advance. We do recommend scheduling seminars within 3 months of the purchase date. The number of classroom sessions may also vary from the online availability.

Are there any additional fees associated with my purchase?

You will not be required to pay any additional fees for your seminar seat. Once you purchase and schedule your seminar you won't incur any additional cost.

Do you provide any pretraining material or resources?

All the necessary course material will be provided the first day of your seminar. You are welcome to visit our resource section and study some of the material found there. We have several articles, pdfs, and readings that can benefit project managers.

What should attendees bring to their seminar?

Bring a willingness to learn in a collaborative environment. Other than that, attendees should bring a photo ID to ensure they can enter the building.

How long does it take to get PMI certified?

The time it takes to become PMI certified can vary depending where you are in the prerequisite process. Some of those requirements include 4,500 hours leading projects and some sort of secondary education degree

An Overview of Key Project Management Concept

Discussion of key concepts, terminology, and roles, including:

  • The project triangle
  • The definition of the "project"
  • The five core PM process groups

Initiating the Project

  • Creating a project charter and tying it to the business case
  • Gathering and documenting requirements
  • Setting customer, sponsor, and team member expectations

Identifying the Work

  • Creating the work breakdown structure (WBS) based on the charter and product requirements
  • Assigning ownership to tasks

Estimating the Work

  • Discussing industry best practices for creating realistic estimates

Scheduling the Work

  • Creating precedence (network logic) diagrams to show task dependencies
  • Producing Gantt charts to graph project timelines
  • Determining the critical path and calculating float

Creating the Budget

  • Estimating and tracking personnel and (out of pocket) expenses

Special Feature

AMA Blended Learning combines instructor-led training with online pre- and post-seminar assessments, tune-up courses and other resources to maximize your training goals. Through a blend of proven instructor-led seminars and powerful online technology, AMA Blended Learning provides a compelling and more comprehensive experience for the learner—producing a greater return-on-investment for the employer and the seminar participant.

EXTRAS FROM AMA

This seminar features fictional case studies that allow participants to immediately practice course concepts in group exercises. Participants will create key project documents, such as business case, charter, product requirements, project plan, status reports and lessons learned.

Participants have access to online blended learning components, including a full toolkit of integrated project management templates to download and use for getting started immediately after completing the seminar.

The Project Management Framework

  • Define the Basic Project Management Framework
  • Describe Key Project Management Terminology
  • Explain the Triple Constraints (Project Triangle)
  • Differentiate Between Operations and Projects
  • Describe Project Management in a Business Context

Initiate the Project

  • Discuss How Projects Are Initiated
  • Describe the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements
  • Describe the Purpose and Content of the Project Charter
  • Describe the Purpose and Content of the Product Requirements Document
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Requirements
  • Identify Information-Gathering Techniques

Identify the Work

  • Discuss the Purpose of a Kick-Off Meeting
  • Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Estimate the Work

  • Discuss Guidelines for Making Better Estimates
  • Explain the Use of Three-Point Estimates

Schedule the Work

  • Describe Task Dependencies
  • Sequence Tasks via Precedence Diagramming
  • Develop Project Schedule

Create the Budget

  • Determine the Personnel Costs Needed for the Success of the Project
  • Determine the Expense Costs Needed for the Success of the Project
  • Differentiate Between Bottom-Up and Top-Down Cost Budget Planning, and State Which Is More Appropriate for Different Situations

Complete the Plan

  • Create the Project Communications Plan
  • Describe the Project Risk Management Processes
  • Describe the Purpose of the Project Procurement Plan
  • Discuss the Purpose of Reserves

Execute the Plan

  • Create a Project Status Report
  • Describe the Key Elements Required to Determine Project Health
  • Describe How to Run an Effective Project Status Meeting
  • Describe the Change Management Process

Close the Project

  • Identify the Elements in the Project Closure Procedure
  • Describe Administrative and Contractual Closure
  • Describe How Projects Are Terminated
  • Explain the Importance of a Repository and Lessons Learned

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View a Sample of Our Reviews

4.8

1597 reviews

 
instructor very knowledgeable and lots of exercises allowing groups to get hands on training as to how these tools should be applied
5
   
The training was great for me because I feel confident now that I can utilize some of the tools I have acquired through the course.
4
   
The instructor was very knowledgeable, with deep practical experience. The 'hands-on' course work did more to set the information than simply reading through the course material. I highly recommend this class.
5
   
Well organized, good flow through the material. Examples really emphasized key points. The instructor kept the class moving and on time which is always appreciated.
5
   
It was a great and engaging class. Perfect for someone like myself, who is not necessarily a project manager but does take on projects in my organization of varying scales.
5
   

This course is valid for PMUs.
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Talent Triangle PDUs

16 Ways of Working [WOW] 2 Power Skills [PS]

Project Management Institute (PMI) Talent Triangle, 2015.
Reproduced with the permission of PMI. Copyright and all rights reserved

 

American Management Association is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

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Recommended CPE Credit:  21 hours/Basic
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Live/Group Internet Based
Field of Study: Technical – Management Services

In-Person Schedule

20 Sessions Available

Live Online Schedule

15 Sessions Available

  • $2,695.00 Non Members
  • $2,395.00 AMA Members
  • $2,268.00 GSA
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