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Project Management Essentials


This class meets two consecutive daysProj-Mg-Ess-SullivanWEB
March 13 & 14, 2018



As a project manager you understand the need for tools to help coordinate, plan, execute and complete projects on-time and on-budget.  This program will give you hands-on experience and real-life applications for many of the widely recognized project management methods in business, including: *Work Breakdown Structure, network diagramming, critical path technique and Earned Value Management.  Materials in this class are based on the Project Management Institute, Inc., (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013

Key process steps are practiced through team exercises, allowing students to understand how, when and why they should be used.  This allows the project manager to create and manage a project plan more efficiently and effectively.  You are sure to come away from this seminar better prepared to confidently manage projects from small to large using the most effective techniques available.


Project Management Essentials is designed for business professionals faced with getting projects done on-time, within budget and to the customer’s satisfaction.  It provides hands-on, interactive training that will benefit both first-time and experienced project leaders through effective, step-by-step processes to organize, define, plan, track, and complete any project and skills necessary to be successful.


  • An overview of the knowledge areas and process groups in the PMBOK® Guide
  • Roles and expectations for project managers, sponsors and teammembers
  • How competing projects demands may require tradeoffs
  • The importance of a change control process
  • How to create a project charter
  • The process for stakeholder analysis
  • How to create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • How to create a network diagram
  • How to use the critical path technique to identify critical path and float
  • The importance of a resource assignment matrix
  • Creation and analysis of a project schedule
  • Creation of a time-phased budget
  • Earned Value Management terms, formulas and analysis
  • Quality processes, principles and tools
  • Risk identification & analysis and contingency reserves
  • Procurement processes and risks
  • Project reporting and meeting guidelines
  • Developing and managing the project team


Anyone involved with projects – both experienced and new project managers will benefit greatly from this course – as will supervisors, managers, directors, bankers, health professionals, scientists, project engineers, program staffers and anyone else who administers projects.

“Was overwhelmed with the complexity of Project Management. It was broken down into easy to understand concepts.  It will be very beneficial for me going forward, wish I had known about it years ago.  DeAnn is extremely knowledgeable and a dynamic presenter.  She makes things understandable and enjoyable. I can see benefit to repeating this course after using it for awhile. As there is a lot to absorb for those of us that have not been exposed to Project Management before.”    Gregg L. Haas, Foley Equipment Co., Topeka, KS


“Program was very well thought out. Had a good balance between lecture and interactive learning. Wealth of knowledge, enjoyed that she was able to provide relevant work related experience into the session.  I also appreciate that she shared what she thought would be applicable testing materials for the PMP certification exam.”  Susan Martin, Wichita State University


Overview and Framework*

  • What is Project Management and why do it?
  • Projects and strategic planning
  • Roles and expectations
  • Skills and knowledge needed
  • Project Management Institute, Inc. project management process groups & knowledge areas

Getting Started*

  • Managing competing demands of project requirements
  • Creating a project charter

Managing Scope*

  • Managing competing demands of project requirements
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Managing Time*

  • Defining activities required
  • Sequencing tasks
  • Estimating resources and duration’s
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Schedule development

Managing Cost*

  • Creating a time-lapsed budget
  • Earned Value Management

Managing Quality*

  • Standards/performance criteria

Managing Risk*

  • Risk identification
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Risk response planning
  • Risk register

Procurement Management*

  • Planning and executing
  • Impact on the competing demands

Project Communications*

  • Project reporting
  • Meeting guidelines
  • Managing stakeholders

Human Resource Skills for Project Managers*

  • Team development
  • Conflict management
  • Situational leadership


  • Putting it all together
  • What to put in the project plan
  • Executing, monitoring and controlling
  • Managing changes

Closing a Project*

  • Post project review
  • Lessons learned


*A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013
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