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Eli Broad College of Business

Essentials of Project Management Four-Day Bootcamp

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Project management skills are in demand more than ever. They are ranked #4 by Investopedia, #8 by CIO Magazine, and #3 by Computerworld as the most important job skills for 2016. Openings for project managers have increased by almost 5%.

Why is an “old” skill so critical? Because advances in IT and increases in the speed of business have made business management more complex than ever…for executives and line managers as well as project professionals. The disciplines of project management enable your company to deliver value more consistently to its customers – and for you to be a more valuable asset for your employer.

The truth is there is much more to successful project management than using GANTT and PERT charts. You need effective techniques to:

  • Align with Strategic Objectives

    • The first step to achieving meaningful business result
  • Organize and Plan

    • “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”
  • Manage Tasks and People

    • Gain buy-in and make the most of your project team’s capabilities
  • Control Risks and Costs

    • Stay within budget and avoid costly failures

To help you achieve these goals, Michigan State University has created the Essentials of Project Management Boot Camp. This comprehensive, four-day seminar delivers a critical subset of skills from the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK®. It focuses on the day-to-day tools and techniques you need to manage projects that deliver good business results on time and on budget, regardless of project size or nature.

Program benefits

You will learn how to:

  • Select high impact projects and abandon low-return projects
  • Apply tools and techniques to thoroughly plan a project
  • Identify and track quality and project metrics
  • Deliver business results on time and on budget
  • Establish yourself as a leader of high-performing project teams
  • Create a cost management plan
  • Analyze risks qualitatively and quantitatively

Program Outline


  • Projects and Business Strategy
    • What Drives Success?
    • The PMO
  • Project Initiation
    • Selection and strategic alignment
    • Statement of Work (SOW)


  • Project Planning
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Tools for work and resource evaluation
  • Risk Management
    • Identification and analysis
    • Response planning and project audits
  • Managing and Controlling Projects
    • Change management
    • Monitor and Control
  • Closing Projects
    • Validating completion
    • Leveraging efforts and results


  • Project Cost Management
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Budgeting and control
    • Earned Value Analysis
  • Communication Planning
    • Building the Communications Plan
  • Behavioral Styles
    • Behavior Styles Profile Workshop
    • Generational differences and project management


  • HR Management
    • Project organization structure
    • Staff and skills management plans
  • Developing the Project Team
    • Development phases
    • Conflict management
    • Managing the Virtual Team
  • Putting It All Together
    • Measuring success
    • Practical applications
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