Foundations in Project Management Course

21 Jan 2023 - 8:30am
Foundations in Project Management

Are you new to project management and want to ramp up your skills in a hurry?

PMI Westchester is partnering with the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter to make the PMI-DVC Foundations in Project Management course available to PMIW members at the PMI-DVC member price!

(To get the discounted price, PMIW members must use the link at the bottom of this page to register.)

In this 28-hour on-line course via Zoom, you will learn a good bit about everything project management. The course starts with why and how projects get started, then goes into the planning basics of scope schedule and budget and how to create a project plan. You will also see how to manage a project team and manage risk.

The course provides an in-depth review of project management principles and provides a proven and sound foundation of project management basics, with practical examples and exercises to mimic real life. This course will help students increase their knowledge and confidence to be successful in managing projects of all sizes and complexities; students will be able to immediately apply what they learn on the job.

The instructors are all PMP-certified practitioners with experience in a variety of professions and who possess numerous academic credentials.

The course also aligns with the current PMP Exam Content Outline. The hours that you spend taking this course can be applied to the 35-hour education requirement needed to sit for the PMP Exam.

Course Details:

Dates: Four Saturdays - 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 04 Feb and 11 Feb 2023, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each Saturday


Topic 1 - Modern Project Management

  • What is a Project
  • Agile Project Management
  • Current Drivers of Project Management

Topic 2 - Organization Strategy and Project Selection

  • Why PMs Need to Understand Strategy
  • The Strategic Management Process
  • The Need for a Project Priority System
  • Project Classification
  • Phase Gate Model
  • Selection Criteria
  • Applying a Selection Model
  • Managing the Portfolio System

Topic 3 - Structure & Culture

  • PM Structures
  • Project Management Office (PMO)
  • What is the Right PM Structure?
  • Organizational Culture
  • Implications of Organizational Culture for Organizing Projects

Topic 4 - Defining the Project

  • Defining the Project Scope
  • Establishing Project Priorities
  • Creating the WBS
  • Responsibility Matrices
  • Project Communication Plan

Topic 5 - Estimating Project Times & Costs

  • Factors Influencing the Quality of Estimates
  • Estimating Guidelines for Times, Costs, and Resources
  • Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Estimating
  • Methods for Estimating Project Times & Costs
  • Level of Detail
  • Types of Costs
  • Refining Estimates

Topic 6 - Developing a Project Schedule

  • Developing the Project Network
  • From Work Package to Network
  • Constructing a Network
  • Activity-on-Node Fundamentals
  • Network Computation process
  • Using the Forward & Backward Pass Info
  • Level of Detail for Activities
  • Practical Considerations
  • Extended Techniques to Come Closer to Reality

Topic 7 - Managing Risk

  • Risk Management Process:

o   Step 1 - Risk Identification
o   Step 2 - Risk Assessment (Probability Analysis)
o   Step 3 - Risk Response Development

  • Contingency Planning
  • Opportunity Management
  • Contingency Funding & Time Buffers

o   Step 4 - Risk Response Control
Topic 8 - Scheduling Resources & Costs

  • Overview of the Resource Scheduling Problem
  • Types of Resource Constraints
  • Classification of a Scheduling Problem
  • Resource Allocation Methods
  • Benefits of Scheduling Resources
  • Assigning Project Work
  • Multi-project Resource Schedules
  • Using the Resource Schedule to Develop a Project Cost Baseline

Topic 9 - Reducing Project Duration

  • Rationale for Reducing Project Duration
  • Options for Accelerating Project Completion
  • Project Cost-Duration Graph
  • Constructing a Cost-Duration Graph
  • Practical Considerations
  • What if Cost, Not Time, Is the Issue?

Topic 10 - Being an Effective Project Manager

  • Managing vs Leading a Project
  • Engaging Project Stakeholders
  • Influence as an Exchange
  • Social Network Building
  • Ethics and Project Management
  • Building Trust: The Key to Exercising Influence
  • Qualities of an Effective Project Manager

Topic 11 - Managing Project Teams

  • The Five-Stage Team Development Model
  • Situational Factors Affecting Team Development
  • Building High-Performance Project Teams
  • Managing Virtual Project Teams
  • Project Team Pitfalls

Topic 12 - Outsourcing: Managing Interorganizational Relations

  • Outsourcing Project Work
  • Request for Proposal
  • Best Practices in Outsourcing Project Work
  • The Art of Negotiating

Topic 13 - Progress and Performance Measurement and Evaluation

  • Structure of a Project Monitoring Information System
  • The Project Control Process
  • Monitoring Time Performance
  • Earned Value Management
  • Developing a Status Report
  • Indexes to Monitor Progress
  • Forecasting Final Project Cost
  • Other Control Issues

Topic 14 - Project Closure

  • Types of Project Closure
  • Wrap-up Closure Activities
  • Project Audits
  • Project Audits - the Big Picture
  • Post-Implementation Evaluation

Topic 15 - Agile Project Management

  • Traditional vs. Agile Methods
  • Agile PM
  • Agile PM in Action: Scrum
  • Extreme programming and Kanban
  • Applying Agile PM to Large Projects
  • Limitations & Concerns
  • Hybrid Models

Topic 16 - International Projects

  • Environmental Factors
  • Project Site Selection
  • Cross-Cultural Considerations
  • Selection and Training for International Projects
Event Fees: 

PMIW Members = $875 / Non-Members = $1,120
(Fees include all course materials)

To obtain the discount price, Chapter members MUST use this link:
(If you navigate away from that page before registering, make sure you use this link again to get to the registration page with our discount!)


Virtual (Zoom)