PMI® Houston Chapter, Inc.
    Course Syllabus - Project Management Framework

    Course Objective
    This Project Management course examines project management in theory and practice and the roles and responsibilities of the project manager. The course offers a practical approach to managing projects, focusing on organizing, planning, and controlling the efforts of the project. Students participate in structured workshops where simulated project plans are designed and implemented. The course is based on the best and most current thinking in the field, particularly the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) approach described in A Guide to the Project(PMBOK® Guide). Case studies, active participation in team exercises, and practical information reinforce learning. At the end of the course, attendees will understand why project management requires a high degree of professionalism, and how to achieve that end in future projects.

    Who Should Attend
    The course is intended for first time or new project managers, business managers and project team members with little or no formal project management training. It is also appropriate for experienced project managers, or managers of project managers, who lack knowledge of the structured processes outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

    Course Benefits

    Senior Executives

    • Establish measures of success
    • Enable customer focus and alignment
    • Quantify value commensurate with cost
    • Optimize use of organizational resources
    • Incorporate quality principles
    • Put strategic plans into practice
    • Ensure fast time-to-market Project Managers
    • Reduced cost to deliver solutions
    • Lower risk of slipping schedule
    • Repeatable successes on projects
    • Crisis prevention
    • Early problem identification and risk mitigation
    • Structured approach to Project Management
    • More predictable results
    • Improved resource productivity and satisfaction
    • Project success that builds business success 

    Course Schedule  

    DAY 1


    • Participant introductions
    • What is management? What is project management?
    • Where do projects come from? What are they? How good are we at them?
    • The challenges faced by the project manager
    Project Management Framework
    • Lifecycles. Standards. Methodologies
    • The difference between the business and technical management of the project process.
    • PMI®, the PMBOK® Guide, and the ANSI Standard
    • Phases, Process Groups, and Knowledge Areas
    • Project Initiation
    • PM Process Flow. The Management components: Organize, Plan, Control Framework for managing projects.

    Project Organization

    • The project management organization model
    • The Project Board and the project manager
    • The PMO (Program Management Office). PMO models, what each does
    • The project team.
    • Organizational causes of failure
    • Workshop 1 - organizing for the case study project

    Project Planning Introduction

    • Why plan? Planning and its linkage to failure.
    • Types of plans. Product oriented planning versus project management planning
    • Product/technical oriented plans: Scope, Time, Cost, and Quality plans
    • Project management plans: Risk, Communications, Procurement, and Organization and Project Technical Planning
    • Scope planning and definition
      * Product decomposition
      * The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Workshop 2 - The case study WBS

    DAY 2

    Project Technical Planning (continued)

    • Time planning:
      * Activity definition. The activity list
      * Activity sequencing
      * Duration estimating
      * Scheduling - resource planning, schedule development
      * The critical path
    • Cost estimating. Budgeting
    • Quality planning
    • Workshop 3 - The case study technical plan 

    Project Management Planning - the subsidiary plans
    • Risk Management Plan
      * Identifying risks and triggers
      * Risk response plan
      * Managing project issues
    • Human Resource Management Plan
      * Identifying specific resources
      * Resource calendars
      * Acquiring resources
    • Procurement Management Plan
      * Planning and executing a procurement plan
      * Going outside for people
    • Communication Management Plan
      * Identifying key stakeholders
      * Defining information needs and mechanisms
    • Workshop 4 - the case study subsidiary plans

    DAY 3

    Project Planning (conclusion)

    • Pulling the plans together
    • The Project Plan
    • Integrated Change Control
    • Workshop 5 - pull together the project plan

    Executing the Project

    • Team development
    • Procure outside resources
    • Quality Assurance
    • Information distribution

    Controlling the Project

    • What is control?
    • Life cycles - end stage assessments - Controlling the big picture
    • Levels of responsibility for control - Business and product quality controls
    • Integrated change control during the life of the project
    • Performance reporting - monitoring and control
    • Exceptions - technical and management
      * Technical:
          -Scope verification and deviation from specification - acceptance
          -Change requests and scope change control
          -Errors (defects) and quality control
    • Business:
      * Schedule control
      * Cost control
      * Earned Value analysis
    • Risk monitoring and control, including issues
    • Project failures related to controls
    • Workshop 6 - case study exception evaluation for potential action .

    Closing the Project

    • Contract close-out
    • Administrative close-out
    • Lessons learned
    • Archiving project information

    Course Wrap-up

    • Workshop 7 - Lessons learned in the case study

    Course Instructors

    • Practicing project managers and/or project management consultants with years of experience and recognized teaching skills
    • Certified (PMP®) Project Management Professional Availability 

    Introduction to Project Management is offered bi-monthly by PMI® Houston. See the PMI® Houston
    Calendar of courses for dates of offerings at .