Management Concepts

Initiating and Planning Successful Projects (it PM i)

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Feb 3—5, 2020
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1649
USD 549 per day
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3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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About the course

IT and software development projects differ from other kinds of projects, from initiating to planning. You will discover ways to modify and adapt project management techniques, methods, and approaches to fit the specific needs of an IT project. After learning acquisition and procurement processes and terminology, you will learn to use the tools and techniques associated with both adaptive and predictive lifecycles. With a focus on the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) project workflow, you will understand how to manage constraints and ensure continuous improvement.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics of IT project management and the roles involved in designing, developing, and delivering IT projects
  • Describe the necessary management and control of complexity that is a part of IT projects
  • Understand how to align the needs of an organization's business; the business need; and the usefulness of IT technology, tools, and applications
  • Describe how to use different project life cycles to support an IT project
  • Understand the processes utilized to improve the IT project chances of success
  • Review the basic tools, techniques, and standard operational activities that can improve an IT project's successful outcomes
  • Recognize the importance of adequate planning required to ensure a project has the necessary information, tools, techniques, and facilities it needs to be successful
  • Describe the importance of adequate requirements management to the success of an IT project

Course Topics

IT Projects Overview

  • Exercise: Where Are You Now?
  • What is IT Project Management?
  • Sources of IT Projects
  • Types of IT Projects
  • IT Project Characteristics
  • Major IT Project Activities
  • Delivery Methods
  • Primary Team Roles and Responsibilities

Managing IT Projects

  • Project Portfolio Management (PPM)
  • Exercise: Your Worst Project
  • IT Project Failure
  • Why are IT Projects Difficult to Manage?
  • Delinquency or Inadequacy of Requirements Management
  • Project Considerations for Success

IT Project Lifecycles

  • IT Project Lifecycle Phases
  • Lifecycles: Dealing with Project Uncertainty
  • Lifecycle Model Characteristics
  • Predictive Versus Adaptive Lifecycle Models
  • Sequential Versus Iterative Lifecycle Models
  • Lifecycle Approaches
  • Key Factors for Success

IT Project Processes

  • What Is a Process?
  • Five Basic Tenets of Process Engineering
  • Project Process Model
  • Supporting Processes
  • Team-Building Processes
  • Communication Processes

IT Project Initialization

  • High-Level Business Purpose
  • Organizational Structural Continuum
  • Organizational Model for Software Projects
  • Project Team Structures
  • Understanding the Problem, Requirements, Solution, Deliverables (PRSD) Model
  • Defining Project High-Level Constraints
  • Business Case and Project Chartering
  • Stakeholder Identification and Analysis

Basic Tools and Techniques

  • IT Project Estimation Techniques
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) Cycle
  • U.S. Government Tools and Plans
  • Project Management Information System (PMIS)
  • IT Project Verification and Validation
  • Your Thoughts?

IT Project Planning: Part I

  • The Importance of Project Planning
  • Developing the IT Project Management Plan
  • Scope Management Planning
  • Time/Schedule Management Planning
  • Critical Path Scheduling
  • Schedule Compression Techniques
  • Resource Estimates and Assignments
  • Cost Management
  • Quality Management
  • Team Management

IT Project Planning: Part II

  • Communications Management
  • Risk Management
  • Configuration and Change Management
  • Procurement/Acquisition Management
  • Stakeholder Expectation Management
  • Tailoring the IT Project Management Plan
  • IT Project Baseline Management
  • IT Project Plan Maintenance and Updating

IT Project Requirements Management

  • IT Project Requirements Management
  • Performing Gap Analysis
  • Type of Requirements
  • Business Analysis Requirements Management: BABOK® Guide Approach
  • Requirements Planning
  • Project Elicitation Techniques
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Specifying and Packaging Requirements
  • Specifying and Packaging Requirements
  • Solution Assessment and Validation (SA&V)
  • Solution Assessment and Validation (SA&V)
  • Requirements Communication
  • Determine Design Constraints
  • Managing Requirements Changes
  • What Now?

Who should attend

This course is intended for entry- and intermediate-level IT program and project managers and IT team members.

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