Project Management for Information Systems
Private Training

Course Summary

This 3-day, highly interactive workshop is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques of formal project management. While introductory in nature, this course is extremely comprehensive, covering the five key process groups and 38 core competencies associated with effective and efficient project management practice. Participants not only acquire technique-based proficiencies, but also explore and practice essential people skills and teamwork. The concepts and methods learned are immediately usable in the workplace, leading to a greater retention of newly acquired skills, measurable project improvements, and the achievement of desired project results.

Those who want to understand basic project management skills and concepts.
Course Length
3 Days


Build a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

Use a network diagram to display a Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) chart.

Use the Critical Path Method (CPM) in the network diagram to ensure the correct project duration.

Estimate and schedule project tasks.

Apply resources to a project plan.

Explore different personality types and learn how they affect project management.

Detailed Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Workshop Logistics
    • Workshop Materials
    • Workshop Objectives
    • Workshop Contents
    • PMBOK Guide
  2. Property Management Concepts
    • Project Management in the Enterprise Environment
    • Programs
    • Portfolios
    • Project Management Offices (PMOs)
    • Project Management Activities
    • The Project Management Process
    • Project Phases
    • Project Life Cycle
    • What Defines a Successful Project?
    • The Project Participants
    • The Stakeholders
    • The Project Environment
  3. The People Side of Project Management
    • Understanding people
    • Learn the use style models
    • Flexing your style
    • Understanding differences
    • Communicating
  4. Initiating the Project
    • The components of the plan
    • Introduction to the case study
    • The project charter
    • The work plan
    • The control plans
    • The functions of a good project plan
  5. Planning the Project
    • The components of the plan
    • Introduction to the case study
    • The project charter
    • The work plan
    • The control plans
    • The functions of a good project plan
  6. Decomposition Using a Work Breakdown Structure
    • Defining the work to be done
    • Creating the WBS — demonstration of technique
    • The Work Package
    • The Activity List
    • Methods of subdivision
    • Uses of the WBS
  7. Estimating
    • Estimating accuracy
    • Estimating concepts and methods
    • Task-based estimation
    • Effort, productivity factors, influence factors
  8. Sequencing and Scheduling
    • Schedule concepts and methods
    • Network diagrams
    • Precedence logic
    • Estimate duration
    • Create a network diagram — demonstration of technique PERT/CPM
    • Allocation of resources
    • Gantt charts/histograms
  9. Organizing and Acquiring Staff
    • Human Resource Planning
    • Acquire the Project Team
    • Responsibility Assignment
    • Constraints
    • Resource Histograms
    • Develop the Project Team
    • Team Website
  10. Control Plans
    • Planning for Control
    • Quality Planning
    • Communications Management Plan
    • Developing the Plan
    • Change Control
    • Reasons for Change
  11. Risk Management
    • Evaluation of risk
    • Identification, assessment, quantification, and contingency planning
    • Risk consequences and contingencies
    • A technique for planning for risk
    • Cost/benefit/risk considerations
  12. Executing the Project
    • Project Execution
    • Guideline for Executing a Project Phase
    • Project Kickoff
    • Work Results
    • Tracking Progress via Status
    • Pitfalls of Project Execution
  13. Monitoring and Controlling the Project
    • Project Control
    • Prerequisites for Effective Monitoring and Control
    • Performance Reports
    • Current State Report
    • Trend Report
    • Trend Analysis
    • Questions to Ask Yourself
    • Taking Corrective Action
    • Monitoring and Controlling Project Risks
    • Tracking and Logging Changes
  14. Closing the Project
    • Closing
    • Administrative Closure Activities
    • Lessons Learned
    • Close Out Report
  15. Summary and Conclusion
    • Critical Success Factors
    • Project Management Functions
  16. System Development Life Cycle
    • Purpose of an SDLC
    • Interaction of Project Management with Phases
    • Spiral Life Cycle
    • The Basic Stages
    • Requirements
    • Systems Design
    • Technical Design
    • Conversation
    • Evaluation
    • Rapid Prototyping Cycle