Project Management: Skills for Success (PMSS)

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Course Overview

Through a real-life simulation case study, this project management training course provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to leverage key project management concepts, implement effective project management processes, and develop leadership skills needed for successfully planning, managing, and delivering projects of any size and scope.

Course Objectives

  • Apply best practices to plan a project using a proven five-step process
  • Estimate and schedule task work, duration, and costs
  • Implement risk management techniques and mitigation strategies
  • Lead a project team and monitor project progress

Detailed Course Outline


  • Building a project navigation system
  • Defining the project management process
  • Identifying key documents, deliverables, and approvals
  • Negotiating realistic constraints for project success
  • Applying project management standards

Launching Your Project

Building an appropriate governance structure

  • Ensuring project sponsorship and business ownership
  • Gaining the support of subject matter experts
  • Clarifying the role of other managers and third parties

Defining the project

  • Validating business drivers and goals
  • Determining project objectives and deliverables
  • Tracking and managing project issues

Authorising the project

  • Writing the project business case
  • Developing the project charter
  • Securing project approval

The Five-Step Planning Process

Identifying and estimating the work

  • Working with project stakeholders
  • Defining scope with Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Driving the plan down to manageable tasks
  • Building high-confidence estimates
  • Leveraging three-point estimating to refine accuracy

Scheduling and budgeting the work

  • Converting the WBS to precedence networks
  • Determining the critical path tasks
  • Calculating project duration
  • Building and analysing Gantt charts
  • Using float effectively in the schedule

Building and leading the project team

  • Identifying and securing project resources
  • Optimising the use of project resources
  • Preparing and agreeing on task contracts
  • Developing and motivating the project team
  • Managing virtual and matrix teams

Managing project risks

  • Identifying project risks and assumptions
  • Creating a Risk Breakdown Structure (RBS)
  • Assessing risk probabilities and impacts
  • Planning appropriate responses and actions
  • Using a Risk Registerand Risk Distribution Graph

Baselining the project plan

  • Developing the project change control plan
  • Validating essential supporting processes
  • Conducting the project health check
  • Creating the project baseline
  • Securing authorisation to run the project

Running the Project

Employing the four-step project control cycle

  • Avoiding the common causes of project failure
  • Building a real-time feedback loop
  • Managing stakeholder expectations

Tracking and monitoring task performance

  • Clarifying key metrics and data collection methods
  • Utilising the two kinds of monitoring
  • Avoiding the 90%-complete trap

Analysing progress against the baseline

  • Tracking planned vs. actual task performance
  • Projecting the impact of variation to the baseline
  • Performing root cause analysis

Correcting the project plan

  • Implementing, correcting and optimising strategies
  • Fast-tracking the project schedule
  • Crashing the critical path tasks

Reporting project status

  • Communicating status to stakeholders
  • Creating milestone reports
  • Using project scorecards and dashboards

Successful Project Closure

  • Conducting a post-project review
  • Brainstorming lessons learned
  • Closing out the project
  • Celebrating your project success

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Upcoming Events

Wed 25

Project Management: Skills for Success (PMSS)

23 April @ 8:30 am - 27 April @ 2:00 pm
United Arab Emirates
Wed 25

Complex Project Management (CPM)

23 April @ 9:00 am - 27 April @ 2:00 pm
İstanbul Levent
Mon 30

Project Management: Skills for Success (PMSS)

30 April @ 8:30 am - 4 May @ 2:00 pm
United Arab Emirates
Mon 30

Complex Project Management (CPM)

30 April @ 9:00 am - 4 May @ 2:00 pm
İstanbul Levent
May 07

Project Management: Skills for Success (PMSS)

7 May @ 8:30 am - 11 May @ 2:00 pm
United Arab Emirates
May 07

Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND2)

7 May @ 9:00 am - 11 May @ 2:00 pm
Ortahisar Center Trabzon
May 07

Risk Management for Projects, Programmes and Operations (RMPPO)

7 May @ 9:00 am - 11 May @ 2:00 pm
İstanbul Levent
May 07

Complex Project Management (CPM)

7 May @ 9:00 am - 11 May @ 2:00 pm
İstanbul Levent
May 14

Project Management: Skills for Success (PMSS)

14 May @ 8:30 am - 18 May @ 2:00 pm
United Arab Emirates
May 14

Complex Project Management (CPM)

14 May @ 9:00 am - 18 May @ 2:00 pm
İstanbul Levent
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