IT Project Initialization and Integration

Management Concepts

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  • 3 days
  • online, in person

What are the topics?

Management Concepts

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Who should attend

This course is intended for entry and intermediate level IT Program and Project managers.

About the course

Initiation of an IT project is one of the first steps in successfully managing the project. Business case development, project charter creation, estimation techniques, communications development, and stakeholder management are critical to this step. You will learn about the initialization and integration activities to ensure correct alignment between scope, time, cost, quality, and risk. You will gain the skills to accurately estimate resources using various techniques, create a communications plan, and demonstrate how to analyze and manage stakeholders.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the steps necessary to initialize an IT project to improve the chances of success
  • Explain how to ensure that a project has the correct alignment among the primary constraints of scope, time, cost, quality, and risk
  • Demonstrate how to accurately and completely estimate the needed resources using analogous, expert judgement, and parametric techniques
  • Create an effective communication plan for an IT project
  • Demonstrate how to analyze and manage stakeholders effectively

Course Topics

Project Initialization

  • Start-Up Exercise
  • Your Thoughts?
  • Starting Your Project Off Right
  • Business Case Development
  • Use of Business Cases
  • Initial Business Case Selection Analysis
  • Presenting the Business Case
  • Project Charter
  • SOW/SOO
  • Defining Project Deliverables
  • Achievement Exercise
  • Application Checkpoint

Project Integration

  • Start-Up Exercise
  • Integration of Project Deliverables and Constraints
  • Project Integration Management
  • Understanding Project Balance and Center of Gravity
  • Direct Impact on Constraints
  • Knowledge Check
  • The Project Integration Construct (PIC)
  • Developing Acceptance Criteria for Your Deliverables
  • Working with Key Stakeholders
  • Knowledge Check
  • Balancing Deliverables with Acceptance Criteria
  • Knowledge Check
  • Achievement Exercise
  • Knowledge Check
  • Using Your Integration Construct to Maintain Project Balance
  • Application Checkpoint
  • In Conclusion

Project Estimation Techniques

  • Introduction
  • Start-Up Exercise
  • Project Constraint Estimating
  • Proximity Analysis
  • Knowledge Check
  • Analogous Estimating
  • Knowledge Check
  • Expert Judgment (SME) Estimating
  • Parametric Estimating
  • Analytical Estimating
  • Knowledge Check
  • Three-Point Estimating
  • Linear Regression Analysis (LRA) Model
  • Other Analytical Estimation Models
  • An Estimation Checklist
  • Improving Your Project Estimation Skills
  • Knowledge Check
  • Applying Estimation Techniques to Your Project
  • Presenting Estimates
  • Achievement Exercise
  • Application Checkpoint

Project Communications Management

  • Start-Up Exercise
  • Your Thoughts?
  • Effective Project Communication
  • Knowledge Check
  • Features of Communication
  • Features of Communication
  • Knowledge Check
  • New Communication Technologies
  • Adaptive Project Communication
  • Your Thoughts?
  • Difference Between Predictive and Adaptive Communication
  • Communicating Project Status Efficiently
  • Characteristics of Effective Project Status Information
  • Project Reporting
  • Characteristics of Sound Reporting
  • Effective Project Meetings
  • Communications Management Plan
  • Communication Matrix
  • Achievement Exercise
  • Exercise: Improving Your Communication Matrix
  • Exercise: Improving Your Communication Matrix
  • Application Checkpoint

Project Stakeholder Management

  • Start-Up Exercise
  • Managing Project Stakeholders
  • The Stakeholder Management Plan
  • Stakeholder Identification
  • Stakeholder Interaction Management
  • The Stakeholder Register
  • Managing Stakeholder Groups
  • Working with Key Stakeholders
  • The RACI Chart
  • Effective Stakeholder Management on an IT Project
  • Your Thoughts?
  • Conflict Identification
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Your Thoughts?
  • Achievement Exercise
  • Application Checkpoint

IT Project Initialization and Integration at Management Concepts

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