Project Management Tricks of the Trade®

Type: Core PM Training Duration: 3 Days – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Audience: PMs, Team Members, Project Offices, Senior Managers Contact Hours/PDUs: 21
Public or Private: Both
Fee: $1,800 * Government Discounts Available
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This world-class project management course replaces the four to eight classes that other PM training companies recommend. Students learn real-world PM techniques, plus Tricks of the Trade® for dealing with issues that project managers face every day. In addition, students will share their real-world project experiences with other PMs in a variety of industries. Learn to translate the International Standards for Project Management into real-world project management technologies and real-world applications!

Project Management Tricks of the Trade® is designed for project managers, team members, project offices and senior managers looking to acquire a firm grasp of specific steps in the project management process, or of the entire process from beginning to end. In addition, because this course teaches students how to apply International PM standards in the real world, it can be taken as additional prep for people looking to earn one of a number of Internationally-recognized project management certifications.

This course is offered in both public and onsite versions. If interested in hosting an onsite course, please click here to read more about our onsite courses and complete a request form.

Course Features

Let us help you translate the International Standards for Project Management into real-world project management technologies and real-world applications.

This course is designed for project managers, team members and senior management who want to use the International Standards of Project Management to help complete projects faster, cheaper and easier. It is also an ideal course for those people who need a refresher course in project management before they take the Project Management Institute's PMP® exam or our PMP® Exam Prep course.

This course entails 21 hours of training over the course of three consecutive 7-hour days with one hour lunch breaks.

Why Take This Project Management Course?

  • To learn previously unpublished and untaught project management Tricks of the Trade® from thousands of other project managers.
  • To translate the PMBOK® Guide into real-world project management technologies and applications.
  • To save time by utilizing an accelerated learning technique that condenses two weeks of training into just three days.
  • To increase your chances of passing the PMP® exam by refining your existing project management techniques, learning new methodologies and getting your mind around the PMI® approach to project management.
  • Note that this project management course can be combined with the PMP® Exam Prep course for a total of 37 contact hours.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  1. Define and describe common project management terminology.
  2. Use a step-by-step process to manage projects faster while using fewer resources.
  3. Avoid common pitfalls and mistakes in managing projects.
  4. Apply the Tricks of the Trade® used by thousands of project managers around the world in the IT, IS, New Product Development, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical and other industries.
  5. Apply the International Project Management Standards from the Project Management Institute (the PMBOK® Guide) to real-world situations.
  6. Define their role in the global project management process.
  7. Identify what knowledge and experience is needed to pass the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification Exam.

Class Materials

Students receive a copy of the Project Management Tricks of the Trade® Workbook and a copy of RMC's best-selling book, PM Crash Course™.

Course Outline

  • Understanding Project Management
    • What is project management?
    • The project management life cycle
  • Project Initiating
    • Tricks of the Trade® for getting started
    • Providing the target – the Project Charter
    • Individual Exercise – Charter
  • Project Planning
    • Clarifying and defining project objectives – the Scope Statement
    • Tricks for obtaining a finalized scope of work
    • Tricks for determining what needs to be done – The Work Breakdown Structure
    • Group and individual exercises – Work Breakdown Structure
    • Determining who does what – Staffing the project with Responsibility Charts
    • The role of team planning
    • Determining how the project will be completed – Network Diagrams, Critical Path
    • The role of the team in planning
    • Determining how the project will be completed – Network Diagrams, Critical Path
    • Individual Exercise - Network Diagram, Critical Path
    • Determining how long it will take – Estimating (overview only)
    • The role of the project manager during estimating
    • Determining how much it will cost – Budgeting
    • Determining when each part will be done – Scheduling
    • Adjusting time and cost to any required objectives – Crashing and Fast Tracking
    • Exercise - Creating Communications Plans, Management Plans
    • Determining areas of potential problems - Risk Management (overview only, see RMC's Tricks of the Trade® for Risk Management course for more information)
    • Gaining buy-in
    • Tricks of the Trade® for preventing common project problem
  • Project Executing and Controlling
    • Tricks of the Trade® for controlling projects
    • Meeting goals, objectives and deadlines – Scope Management
    • What needs to be controlled – Project Control
    • What to watch for during executing
    • Common problems during executing
    • Rules for effective meetings
    • What should be included in a project report - Reporting
    • Preventing padding
    • Collecting task status
    • Percent Complete
    • Group Exercise – Creating a project control system
    • Tricks of the Trade® for ensuring performance
    • Improving cooperation and communication
    • Tricks of the Trade® for Change Management
    • Tricks of the Trade® for preventing common problems during executing
  • Project Closing
    • Finishing the product
    • Lessons learned
    • Creating historical records
    • Gaining final acceptance
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