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Project Management Essentials

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Project Management Essentials

Having a common, shared model of "how" a project should progress, what tools to use, how to status progress, and how to plan for problems can literally save money and time.

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Thursday November 14 and Friday November 15, 2024

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 current  Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide).   

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 interactive training that will benefit both first-time and experienced project leaders and team members. Participants will develop skills  through hands-on exercises that allow them to practice the processes to organize, define, plan, track, and manage any project successfully.

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

The common terminology and tools from the Project Management Institute, Inc. and the PMBOK® Guide will set a course for success when everyone knows the terms, and use the tools that progress a project to successful completion.

  • An overview of the knowledge areas and process groups in the PMBOK® Guide
  • Roles and expectations for project managers, sponsors and team members
  • How competing projects demands may require trade-offs
  • 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
  • How to create and analyze a project schedule
  • How to create a time-phased budget
  • Earned Value Management terms and formulas 
  • Quality principles and tools related to project management
  • Risk identification & analysis and contingency reserves
  • Procurement processes and risks
  • Project meeting guidelines
  • Developing and managing the project team

Overview and framework

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


Getting started

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


Managing scope

  • Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Managing scope creep


Managing schedule

  • Sequencing tasks with a network diagram
  • Estimating resources and durations
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Schedule development


Managing cost

  • Creating a time-phased 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


Project resource management

  • Team development
  • Conflict management
  • Influence without authority



  • 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

“The class offers tools that can be utilized in project management. Steve does a good job of making the subject matter relatable”

Benjamin Ozbun, Tec Systems Group, Wichita, Kansas


“Great information and review as I took really good notes that will be implemented right away.”

Ashley Clifford, Administrative Support Specialist, First National Bank of Hutchinson, Hutchinson, Kansas


“This class was very digestible and was chunked out perfectly within the 2 days so that it is not overwhelming. This class was also informative without all of the fluff and exhaustion at the end of the day.”

Tassaday Strickland, Project Manager, Empowered, Wichita, Kansas


“This course was very helpful and allowed me to take back content I learned to our team. As well as this I enjoyed the teamwork and collaboration. Steve was a great instructor who is passionate about helping others apply program managements best practices.”

Brian Kruse, Communications Specialist, Textron Aviation, Wichita, Kansas

Substitutions are free and must be done prior to the start of the class or certificate program.

Cancellations or rescheduling must be received in writing and full refunds will be given up to four business days prior to the start of class.

Any cancellation or reschedule submitted with three or less business days notice is subject to a $35 charge on 1 or 2 day classes and a $75 charge on certificate programs.  

No refunds after the first day of the class or certificate program.

Bring this topic onsite to your project teams.  It can be adjusted and done as a 2-day session, a 1-day session or even a 4-hour management high-level summary class.  Contact me at Paula.Seiwert@wichita.edu to explore the possibilities.

Materials in this class are based on the most current  Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide).

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