Project Management Fundamentals
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General Information

Length and Learning Modes: In person classes: 3 days; Discounts available for teams and for private offerings.

Project Management Fundamentals covers the range of fundamental methods and techniques project managers need to effectively initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects.  Students explore approaches to developing partnerships and managing the expectations of various stakeholders, including business and technical partners, management, and team members.  Hands-on workshops provide opportunities for applying tools learned in class to address challenges throughout the project life cycle, regardless of the size and nature of the project.

Throughout the course, students are invited to consider and discuss the implications of the concepts taught for their organizations and project environments.  A range of learning techniques provides a safe learning environment, including lecture, facilitated discussion, group work, individual exercises, and role play.  The highly interactive nature of the course exposes students to team-building strategies and gives them practical project team experience.

This course provides a structured approach to managing projects that allows for flexibility in order to earn stakeholder trust and achieve project success.  Concepts, tools, and terms used are consistent with industry best practices and are aligned with the processes described in the Project Management Institute® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).  The practical application of those best practices and standards makes Project Management Fundamentals certain to enhance any project professional’s ability to positively influence project outcomes.


Special Offer
We are dedicated to the skill development of our customers. To support your growth, we encourage you to retake this class as a refresher at no charge (space permitting and travel not included). You are responsible for all materials for any retakes; depending on the time elapsed between classes, it may mean purchasing new materials at a small cost. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a retake.



Skill Level: Basic

This course is designed for any project professional involved in projects who stands to benefit from hands-on practice of project management best practices, including project managers, business analysts, subject matter experts, business customers, managers, and team members.  Those looking for robust discussion of real-world experiences, as well as application of all of the tools learned will find this three-day format particularly helpful.  Although designed with project professionals new to project management in mind, experienced professionals are guaranteed to find value in confirmations and reminders of best practices. 

Development Units:
PDUs: 21
CEUs: 2.1
Certificate Programs:
  • Associate Certificate in Project Management
  • Masters Certificate in Business Analysis
  • Masters Certificate in Project Management

To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and group exercises throughout the course.  A lively role-play and case study help reinforce concepts learned. Students will need to be prepared for a high level of participation.  Each participant will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with examples and workshop solutions.


Project Management Concepts and Framework

Distinguish between projects and products

Discussion:  Biggest project management challenges

How project get initiated and project charters

What is included in the PM Plan?

Templates: Charter and PM Plan

Defining project success

Discussion: What contributes to project success or 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

Discussion: What are stakeholders and how are they related to projects

Stakeholder exercise

Common project stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities

How to create and use a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM)

Defining key stakeholders on projects

Getting commitment: ownership and buy-in

Partnerships and trust

Stakeholder workshop and Introduction to case study

Defining project scope

Discussion: Asking questions

Scope statement considerations

Linking projects to business vision

Scope statement essentials

How the Statement of Business Need is instrumental in getting buy-in and ownership

Team exercise: Developing a good problem statement

Defining project objective, actions, and deliverables

Key Scope Statement components

Team workshop:  Role play and developing scope statement for the case study

Risk Management

Defining project risk

Things we know and things we don’t know

Project risks over time

Role and responsibilities of key stakeholders regarding project risk

Assessing identified risks

Developing responses to identified risks

Components of a good risk register

Risk management and baseline commitment best practice

Assumptions and constraints

Team workshop: Creating a risk register for the case study

Estimating and Scheduling

Class exercise: challenges in estimating and scheduling

Why bother planning?

Progression of estimates

Providing estimates to others and getting estimates from others

Estimating techniques (analogous, parametric, bottom-up and rolling wave)

Decomposition: best practices for estimating

Developing a deliverable-based and task-based work breakdown structure (WBS)

The distinction between effort and duration and how they are used

Sequencing tasks: dependencies, logical relationships and using project network diagrams

CPM techniques and concepts: forward pass, backward pass, critical path and float

Team workshop: Decompose deliverable, estimate activities, develop schedule


Discussion: tracking versus micromanagement

Why track?

Tracking as Big Brother or Big Helper

Tool-independent tracking

Top 10 tracking tips

Communications Management

Class exercise: role play and observation

Communications model

Complexity of communications and implications for project

Communications and culture

Implications of culture for project management practices

Communication barriers on projects

Requirements for effective project communications

Non-verbal communications

Media choices

Analyzing stakeholders and project communications planning

Template: Communications Plan

Closing phases and projects checklist

Lessons learned best practices

Team workshop: Creating a communication plan for the case study

Quality Management 

Defining quality

Project and product quality

Costs of quality

The three quality processes and their role in project management

Team Workshop: Creating a quality plan for the case study

Managing Scope Changes

Scope management vs. “scope creep”

Why “scope creep” occurs

Strategies for avoiding scope creep

Team workshop: Develop a process for handling change requests for the case study project

Team Development

Team development considerations

Leading versus managing the project team

Understanding how teams develop

Strategies for resolving conflict on project teams

Forms of power and when to use them

Celebrating successes

Best practices for recognizing team members

Celebrations that work!

Final workshop

Finalize group project

Present project to class



Scope Statement Solution

Risk Management Plan Solution

Communication Plan Solution

Oven Activity Lists

Oven Deliverable

Key Project Management Steps and Deliverables Laminate


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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