Georgia Tech Professional Education

Fundamentals of Successful Projects – PMI

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About the course

Start your preparation for the Project Management Professionals exam with this course. Whether you work in changeable, adaptive projects or more traditional waterfall projects, success depends upon following a consistent and repeatable approach. This course introduces you to the principles and practices of structured project management. You will gain a comprehensive overview of the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to effectively manage projects. Together with your workgroup, you’ll build key project planning deliverables including a project charter, a stakeholder communications plan, and a risk response strategy. Class discussion and group exercises will reveal best practices from both the Project Management Institute (PMI) framework and the "School of Hard Knocks." Learn all 10 areas and five process groups of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge® (Current Edition), established by the Project Management Institute as the industry standard for project-management instruction. Download our Project Management Information Kit.

What You Will Learn

  • Project-planning deliverables
  • Predictive versus adaptive project environments
  • Stakeholder communication
  • Project scope
  • Risk management
  • Resource allocation

How You Will Benefit

  • Anticipate and manage the special challenges of projects.
  • Recognize real-world constraints and the dynamics in a project environment.
  • Identify the 10 aspects of a project that must be managed.
  • Describe the many roles of the project manager.
  • Develop a project charter and use the charter as a key political tool.
  • Recognize the components of a complete project plan.
  • Facilitate a breakdown of the work to be done and build a meaningful schedule.
  • Identify, analyze and prioritize response strategies for project risks.
  • Determine the critical path for a project from its network diagram.
  • Communicate project progress through project variances and corrective action plans.


Benefits of a Structured Approach

  • How Projects are different
  • The 3 P’S (Projects, Programs, and Portfolios)
  • The Triple Constraints
  • The PMI Framework

Knowing Your Project Environment

  • Environmental Factors and Organizational Assets
  • Predictive vs Agile Methods
  • Development Life Cycles

Role of the Project Manager

  • Power vs Influence
  • What Does a PM Do?

Getting a Good Start

  • Why use a Charter
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Understanding Project Scope

What Can Go Wrong: Managing Risk

  • Identifying Threats
  • Implementing Responses to Threats

Building Effective Schedules

  • Network Diagrams
  • Estimating Durations
  • Sequencing Activities
  • Critical Path Method

Getting the Work Done

  • Groups vs Teams
  • Successful Communications
  • Barriers to Communications

Getting to Success

  • Monitoring Outputs
  • Keeping the project in control

Declaring Success

  • Closing the Project
  • Validating Scope
  • Getting Signoff



  • Notebook of slides with notes, exercises and project management tools and templates
  • Textbook: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition (PMBOK® Guide), Project Management Institute, Inc.
  • Textbook: Agile Practice Guide, Project Management Institute, Inc.

Who should attend

This course is designed for project managers, professionals preparing to transition into a new career in project management, business analysts working with project managers and project teams, technical team leaders, and managers.

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