PM Fundamentals

Course Description

This course teaches the essential project management methods and processes to ensure quality performance through proper project initiation, effective project planning, systematic project execution, monitoring, controlling and progress reporting. It also covers processes for proper project closure, which are important though often overlooked. This course provides practical skills, concepts and principles that can be taken back to the job, along with insights to adapt them to specific project environment.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for people who are responsible for managing, leading, coordinating and working on projects who have limited experience or knowledge of practical, formal project management methodology. Those who will benefit from this course include:

  • Administrators and managers responsible for coordinating, facilitating or managing projects.
  • Technical professionals and engineers moving into project leadership and coordination.
  • Technical service and support staff.
  • Operations staff.
  • Members in process and performance improvement teams.
  • Research and development staff.
  • Business planning coordinators.
  • Marketing, training and technical writing professionals.
  • Managers and professionals responsible for projects and programs.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn how to:

  • Manage and work on projects with more confidence.
  • Describe the essential project management processes, concepts and techniques.
  • Identify the characteristics of a successful project.
  • Align project objectives with organizational objectives.
  • Identify and perform the major aspects of a project – to initiate, plan, execute, monitor & control, and close the project.
  • Develop project plans that are realistic and achievable.
  • Develop effective measures to monitor and control projects.
  • Manage and work on projects with more confidence.

Course Outline

1. The Fundamentals

  • Concepts and definitions
  • Characteristics of successful projects
  • The project life cycle
  • Project management processes

2. Initiate the Project

  • Project selection
  • Develop project charter
  • Identify key stakeholders
  • Roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders

3. Plan the Project

  • Gather requirements
  • Define project scope
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Cost planning
  • Communication plan
  • Risk management plan
  • Resource planning

4. Work the Project

  • Reasons for project control
  • Elements of project control
  • Status reporting
  • Change control
  • Earned value analysis
  • Variance analysis and corrective action

5. Close the Project

  • Scope verification and customer acceptance
  • Administrative and contractual closure
  • Post-project evaluation


Course duration 3 days
9.00am – 5.30pm daily
Pre-requisites None for this course
PMI PDU Certified PMP can claim 21 PDUs