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Technical Project Management

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May 20—22
3 days
San Francisco, California, United States
USD 2445
USD 815 per day
Jun 19—21
3 days
Arlington, Washington, United States
USD 2445
USD 815 per day
Aug 26—28
3 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 2445
USD 815 per day
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Description

A best-selling seminar for managers and team members involved in IT and technical project management

In just 3 days, you'll understand the unique challenges of managing IT and technical projects and discover how applying project management methodology can give you a step-by-step approach to tackling your toughest challenges. You'll discuss the value of planning, scheduling and how to manage scope. Use tools and techniques to establish a sound estimating process. Find out how to keep projects on track and evaluate project performance. And participate in communications exercises to help successfully lead project teams.

How You Will Benefit

  • Apply WBS and network development
  • Identify potential problems and solve them using troubleshooting techniques
  • Track projects more effectively
  • Create status reports that show top management where budgeting, scheduling and manpower trends are headed
  • Cope with tight IT and technical project schedules

What You Will Cover

Overview of Essential Project Management Tools

  • Project management framework and terminology—process groups and the Nine Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK
  • Life cycles in a technical environment

Essentials for Leading Project Teams

  • Leading in an IT or technical environment

Project Planning: Beginning with Scope Management

  • Using the SMART model when writing objectives
  • Creating the detailed scope statement

Defining Project Activities

  • Creating a customized WBS
  • IT and technical project WBS examples

Developing a Dynamic Project Schedule

  • Types of network diagrams
  • Overview of critical path methodology

Establishing a sound estimating process

  • Five considerations when making estimates
  • Consideration of risks when estimating—three-point estimates

Components of Project Planning

  • The planning process group
  • Project performance baselines

Technical Project Planning Methodologies

  • Identify different approaches to planning IT and technical projects: rolling wave planning…stage gate process…critical chain project management
  • Common construction project life cycle
  • Common pharmaceutical project life cycle

Monitoring and Controlling Projects

  • Status reports… project baselines…identifying variances

Project Closure

  • Administrative closure vs. contractual closure

Special Feature

AMA Blended Learning combines instructor-led training with online pre- and post-seminar assessments, tune-up courses and other resources to maximize your training goals. Through a blend of proven instructor-led seminars and powerful online technology, AMA Blended Learning provides a compelling and more comprehensive experience for the learner—producing a greater return-on-investment for the employer and the seminar participant.

Outline

The Project Management Framework

  • Define the Basic Project Management Framework
  • Describe Key Project Management Terminology
  • Explain Project Constraints and the Project Triangle
  • Differentiate Between Operations and Projects
  • Describe Project Management in a Business Context

Initiate the Project

  • Discuss How Projects Are Initiated
  • Identify the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements
  • Describe the Purpose and Content of the Project Charter
  • Describe Two Methodologies for Developing Software—Waterfall and Iterative
  • Describe the Purpose and Content of the Product Requirements Document
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Requirements
  • Identify Information-Gathering Techniques

Identify the Work

  • Discuss the Purpose of a Kickoff Meeting
  • Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Estimate the Work

  • Discuss Guidelines for Making Better Estimates
  • Explain the Use of Three-Point Estimates
  • Demonstrate the Concept of Rolling Wave Estimating

Schedule the Work

  • Describe Task Dependencies
  • Identify the Sequence of Tasks via Precedence Diagramming
  • Develop the Project Schedule

Create the Budget

  • Determine the Personnel Costs Needed for the Success of the Project
  • Determine the Expense Costs Needed for the Success of the Project
  • Differentiate Between Bottom-Up and Top-Down Cost Budgeting, and State Which Is More Appropriate for Different Situations

Complete the Plan

  • Create the Project Communications Plan
  • Describe the Project Risk Management Processes
  • Describe the Purpose of the Project Procurement Plan
  • Discuss the Purpose of Reserves

Execute the Plan

  • Create a Project Status Report
  • Describe the Key Elements Required to Determine Project Health
  • Describe How to Run an Effective Project Status Meeting
  • Describe the Change Management Process

Close the Project

  • Identify the Elements of Both Administrative and Contractual Project Closure
  • Describe the Different Ways That Projects Can Be Terminated Explain the Importance of a Repository and Lessons Learned

Who should attend

R&D professionals, IT, analysts, developers, engineers, scientists, plant managers and anyone else who administers IT and technical projects.

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