Project Management Crash Course

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General Information

Length and Learning Modes: In-person classes – 1 day / Virtual (Live online) – 1 day

This course effectively captures the essence of project management in a short amount of time for those just getting started in managing projects.  Small workshops provide opportunities for working with the key tools and techniques in planning, executing, controlling, and closing projects.   

 Through brief, facilitated exercises that are aligned with the Project Management Institute® A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), students learn basic project management techniques to define critical success factors necessary for managing project of any type or size. Effective communications in order to develop partnerships with stakeholders is highlighted as a key to achieving project success.



Skill Level: Basic

This course is intended for anyone involved in projects who are seeking a fast-paced introduction to project management best practices, including project managers, executives, team members and business customers.

Development Units:
PDUs: 7
CEUs: 0.7

To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of brief individual and group exercises throughout the day.  Each participant will receive a student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions.


Project Management Framework

What is a project and project management?

Challenges exercise

Role play

Distinguish between projects and products

The project management plan

Key to project success and failure

What PMs do and what PMs need to know

Project approaches: Waterfall, Incremental, Agile

Plan-driven versus change-driven projects

Choosing the best project approach – tailoring the project

Managing Stakeholders Relationships

Defining stakeholders

Relationships between projects and stakeholders



Common project stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities

Introduction to case study

Role play and workshop

Defining project scope

Project scope statement essentials

Importance of problem statements

Problem statement exercise

Project Objectives, Actions, and Deliverables

Scope statement workshop

Risk Management

Risk definition

Opportunities and threats

Stakeholder involvement in risk management

Risk identification challenges

Analyzing identified risks

Calculating risk scores

Risk registers

Risk workshop

Estimating and Scheduling

Estimating techniques

Developing a deliverable-based work breakdown structure (WBS)

Developing a task-based WBS

Estimating workshop

Communication Management

Communications complexity

Exercise: Barriers to effective project communications

Requirements for effective communications


Discussion: Communications on virtual teams

Planning project communications

Closing phases and projects

Lessons learned

Communications workshop


Why celebrating can be the most difficult project task

Recognition considerations

Celebrations that work!


Watermark Learning constantly improves its course offerings to ensure the best training possible and to keep you abreast of the latest industry trends. As a result, this outline is subject to change.

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