Project Management Fundamentals

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Individual Online Instruction; Learn Project Management Fundamentals

  • Individual, customized training from an expert project manager
    • Unlimited Personal 1-on-1 Coaching
    • Private conferences when you wish
    • Review Assignments with instructor in an online video conference
  • You control the schedule and pace, not the instructor
    • Do assignments whenever you want
    • Get feedback within 24 hours
  • 100% on line. Finish in a month or take a year
  • Practice Live Meetings & Presentations with your instructor
    • Lead meetings to develop scope, requirements & estimates
    • Present your plan, status reports & correct  actiion and get approval
  • In your live meetings and presentations, your instructor plays the role of the managers in the project case study
    • He asks the kind of questions project managers must answer
    • Will “call timeout” if you get off track, coach you and let you do it again
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Interactive Case Studies: Live Real World Situations


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Project Management Fundamentals: What you will learn and how you practice

Skills & Techniques in Reading & Lectures Practice in Live Meetings & Presentations
1. Define Scope – Learn to ask the right questions of the owner to unearth the project scope and the major deliverables. Learn how to use a strong scope statement to avoid scope creep. Learn to uncover the major constraints on cost and schedule. Lead a live project planning session with your instructor who plays the role of the customer. Ask questions of the customer to define a clear scope for the construction project that will solve their problems. Then gain their approval of the scope.
2. Gather Requirements– Learn how to ask the right questions and to link requirements to project goals. Learn how to use this information to handle change requests. Uncover all the requirements so you can address them early in the project. Learn to document requirements and the associated project goals. Run a live requirements meeting with each department head (played by your instructor) Gather their requirements and define the achievements each department must produce using those requirements.
3. Build Project Plan – Learn to design a plan covering deliverables, resources, rough cost estimates and project risks. Make initial estimates of time and cost.  Then identify risks and plan how to avoid them. Build a Power Point slide show of your construction  project plan. Present your plan & slides to the department managers (role-played by your instructor). Answer their questions about your plan and gain their approval and support.
4. Create a Work Breakdown & Schedule – Learn how to sequence and estimate your tasks using project management software. Learn to build a construction WBS detailing all the deliverables your crew will produce. Break down your high-level deliverables into individual assignments for your crews and subs. Create clear performance expectations for each assignment. Review your schedule with your instructor when you complete the WBS, predecessors, estimates of work and time in a live meetings. Discuss the schedule’s strengths and weaknesses and make improvements after each review.
5. Tradeoffs & Critical Path -Learn to develop alternative ways of doing the project by changing the scope, duration, costs and resources. Optimize your schedule to minimize cost and duration and develop trade-offs between them for the customer to evaluate. In a live presentation to the customer (role played by your instructor), discuss trade-offs between scope, duration and cost to give the customer options for the construction project.
6. Conflict Management – Learn five strategies for resolving conflicts plus how and when to apply them. Learn techniques to minimize the impact of conflicts on your project schedule and budget. View a video of a conflict between two team members. Select the correct technique to manage the conflict and discuss it with your instructor.
7. Tracking & Status – Learn to give the customer accurate forecasts of the completion date and final cost. Identify problems and model solutions using the software. Update your project schedule to reflect actual results to-date and forecast final dates and costs. Using status date from your team and vendors, update your schedule, spot problems and develop solutions. Present the status to the customer (played by your instructor) using Power Point slides. Answer the customer’s questions.

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  • We have been training project managers for 30 years\
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  • Our staff is composed of experienced project managers who have worked more than a decade in various industries.

Essentials of Project Management #101

This is the premier online instructor-led Project Basics course available anywhere. You will learn to plan, schedule, budget and track projects and use project management software. You will also learn how to confidently lead planning meetings and deliver status reports to the boss or customer. Meet with your instructor in private video conferences as often as you need.

“Learn By Doing” with Customized Individual Learning Online

Project Management Fundamentals

  1. You begin your Project Basics course with a video conference with your instructor. You tell him the schedule you want to follow and the way you learn best. He will customize your course based on this conversation and an assessment you take.
  2. You have 10 modules with reading, online  lectures and videos, and project case study-based assignments.
  3. Three assignments include preparing your documents and speeches for meeting with people in the case study.  You can practice running these meetings in live online sessions with your instructor if you wish. The live sessions are optional.
  4. Other assignments include using Microsoft Project software step-by-step.
  5. You get written feedback and coaching from your instructor on every assignment.
  6. After you complete all the Project Basics modules, you have an online final exam. It is open book/open notes.

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Project Basics Course Modules

What You “Learn by Doing:”

1. Create the Project Plan: You document the questions you would ask the boss/customer so you can define what they want the project to deliver. Then you get your instructor’s written feedback.

2. Develop Requirements: You send your instructor the questions you would ask to unearth the requirements of each department affected by the project.

3. Present the Plan & Rough Estimates: You prepare your speech to present the project plan to the departments. Your instructor will ask you the kind of questions these people ask the project manager about their requirements, the project manager’s authority, the resources and estimates. You have the option to practice running this meeting in a live online session with your instructor.

4. Detail All the Tasks: You build a hierarchy of all the tasks and deliverables that have to be produced (a work breakdown structure) and send it to your instructor for feedback.

5. Develop the Project Schedule, Sequence the Tasks & Make Estimates: You build a project schedule in Microsoft Project software, assign people to tasks and make estimates of the work involved. Send it to your instructor for feedback.

6. Finish as Soon as Possible: Next you fine-tune the schedule to finish as soon as possible and get your instructor’s feedback on your schedule.Project Basics

7. Handle Conflict: Every project has conflicts so you practice how to handle a conflict between team members.

8. Prepare a Status Report & Problem Solving: Using status data from vendors and your project team, you track the project’s status. Then you analyze the variances and send your instructor your plan for fixing them.

9. Present the Status Report: You prepare your speech to present the status report to the boss/customer and answer their questions about your plan to fix the problems. You have the option to practice running this meeting in a live online session with your instructor.

Project Basics Course Details & Materials

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  • Course tuition $1,995
  • 30 hours of work = 30 education hours from The Project Management Institute (PMI)®
  • You have a 100 page Project Basics textbook with detailed examples of each of the techniques.
  • You’ll watch 10 on-demand lectures & videos, available 24/7, covering all the steps, tools and techniques.
  • You learn to use Microsoft Project software step-by-step.
  • Visual learners can watch videos of project managers doing things the right way.
  • You practice managing the case study project from the initial meeting until the last deliverable is produced.
  • You have 1 year from enrollment to complete the Project Basics course.

Project Management Fundamentals

How This Individual Online Instructor-led Course Works

To learn project basics and project management best practices, you need an instructor you can talk to whenever you want, giving you individual answers and coaching on all your assignments and questions. Watch a video on how individual instruction works lesliejelp on schedule

♦ Get Advice From a Real Person- Your Project Basics instructor is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® with 15 years of experience, not a computer or an academic.

♦ Talk Privately with Your Instructor- You get personal feedback and coaching as often as you wish. You and your instructor will have private phone calls, video conferences and emails whenever you wish; there are no limits.

♦ Your Instructor Evaluates Each Assignment- They may ask you to redo it so you get it right and can do it correctly on your “real” projects at work.

♦ You get personal, private and direct answers to all your questions from your instructor. There are No Chat Rooms or Message Boards.

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Student Testimonials

Working with the mentor was great as he was able to break down and explain the parts I did not understand. The text book reading was easy and the course was broken down and well explained. David Roach, URS Corporation

Although I wish I could have done this in a shorter amount of time, [my instructor] was patient with me and allowed me to work at my own pace. This really worked well with my crazy work schedule and travel. [The presentations] worked very well with each module. Tied things together for me. Lonie Erlich, Faurecia

The movies of project managers in action made it easier, nicer, more examples in a better way. Marcia Guzman, Continental Tire

The software presentations were key in my learning Microsoft project. I used all the templates. Sharon Jacobson, SBJ Architecture

The movies helped to take a practical approach to the lessons. (The presentations) helped me see that being prepared and keeping things simple was easier. Marcellus Johnson