Project Management Courses – Back to Basics

Introduction Project Management

This course will explore the project lifecycle, the organization and the role of the project team IN DETAIL.

Lesson 01: Am I Managing a Project?

Do you manage projects? How would you know? This lesson is designed to define exactly what a project is and how it fits in to the other work on your plate and your organization. You will view the previously separate activities as a project to manage is a concise way.

Lesson 02: Projects and the Organization

Projects large and small can be found in any organization. How you determine to work your project will be dictated by how your organization runs. This lesson will help you determine what type of organization for which you work and how to use that information to plan for success.

Lesson 03: The Role of the Project Team and Manager

Now that you know whether you are dealing with a project or not, it’s time to understand who’s responsible for the work. In this lesson you will learn the role of the roles that are responsible to carrying out the work of the project.

Lesson 4: Examination of Project Management Lifecycle

To move a project across the finish line is a monumental task. In this lesson you will learn how to best divide you project into manageable sections that will help to move your project from beginning to successful end.

Location: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC      
Instructor: Dr. Shere McClamb, Ph.D., PMP, PMI-ACP
Class Dates: January 2018
Class Time: Monday & Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Exploring the Project Scope

Exploring how to draw a fence around your project. In this course we will examine the scope of a project by describing, planning, understanding, and controlling the work required fence your project in.

Lesson 01: What is Project Scope? … and How do I get one?

In this lesson, you will develop a scope for your project. Scope statements are created from a collection of documents you should have gathered in the Introduction course. If you did not attend the Introduction course, fear not, you should have encountered these artifacts during the course of a previous project.

Lesson 02: Requirements Drive the Work

Elicitation and collection of requirements. In this lesson, you will explore how to properly collect requirements from the stakeholders; properly document project requirements and trace the project requirements of the project through-out the life-cycle.

Lesson 03: Work Breakdown Structure

Documenting and understanding the work that is required for a project is a foundational requirement. In this lesson you will learn how and when to decompose the activities of your project. Breaking the project work into a work-size chunks is fundamental to moving the work through the project management life-cycle.

Lesson 4: Controlling the Project’s Scope

Changes from your original project plans are inevitable! In this lesson you, you will learn in this lesson how to track the changes and compare them against the original plan. We will explore baselines, requirements traceability, and project variances.

Location: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC      
Instructor: Dr. Shere McClamb, Ph.D., PMP, PMI-ACP
Class Dates: February 2018
Class Time: Monday & Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Managing the Project Schedule

Keeping track of the activities in your project is the key to keep it on-track and on-time. In this course, we will take a deep dive into how to turn you work breakdown structure into actionable activities in your project’s plan.

Lesson 01: The Evolution of Project Activities

The schedule of activities of a project is where most of the action happens. It is very important to take a well formed list of activities and a strong idea of the order in which they should be completed. In this lesson, you will document and sequence the activities from you work break-down structure.

Lesson 02: Gathering and Documenting Project Resources

At some point in the project you will next to request resources to get the job done. In this lesson, you will explore how to go about estimating how much of the who, what, when, why based on the activities of the project.

Lesson 03: Activities Take Time

Just as documenting and understanding the work that is required for a project is important, so is putting a schedule in writing. In this lesson, you will develop your project’s schedule using the information from lesson’s 1 and 2.

Lesson 4: Controlling the Project’s Schedule

Changes from your original project plans are inevitable! In this lesson you, you will learn in this lesson how to track the changes in your projects schedule and compare them against the original schedule. We will explore duration baselines and schedule variances.

Location: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC      
Instructor: Dr. Shere McClamb, Ph.D., PMP, PMI-ACP
Class Dates: March 2018
Class Time: Monday & Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Link: Register Now

PROJECT COSTS

Determining Costs and Working with a Budget

Lesson 01: How much is the Project Going to Cost?

Determining and controlling the cost of a project often determines its success. We have all heard that the goal is bring a project in ahead of schedule and under-budget. In this lesson, you estimate the cost of the project and how you need to spend that money for best outcomes.

Lesson 02: Creating the Project Budget

Now that you have an idea of where the costs of the project lie, you now need to make a budget. In this lesson, you will you will determine how much of the total cost goes to accomplishing the project goals and determine cost baselines.

Lesson 03 Sticking to the Project Budget

Changes from your original project budget is inevitable. Determining and budgeting project costs are just the beginning of the management of Project costs. In this lesson, you will track costs and schedule as the project progresses and compare them against the projects original budget, referred to as the cost baseline.

Lesson 4: Controlling the Project’s Budget

Understanding how your costs are being consumed and using that information to drive decisions will continue throughout the life of the project. In this lesson, you will use project information to control cost, review performance, monitor variances, make forecasts. Understanding how your costs are being consumed and using that information to drive decisions will continue throughout the life of the project.

Location: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC      
Instructor: Dr. Shere McClamb, Ph.D., PMP, PMI-ACP
Class Dates: April 2018
Class Time: Monday & Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Link: Register Now

ENSURING QUALITY

The quality and continuous improvement of the work that results from your project is a direct reflection on how well the project is being managed. This course examines the importance of quality standards, how to manage quality in the project life-cycle using quality tools, how to identify and track quality and how to perform quality assurance.

Lesson 1: Understanding the Role of Quality in Projects

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Lesson 2: Using Project Quality Tools

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Lesson 3: Measuring and Analyzing Project Quality

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Lesson 4: Controlling Project Quality

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Location: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC      
Instructor: Dr. Shere McClamb, Ph.D., PMP, PMI-ACP
Class Dates: April 2018
Class Time: Monday & Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Link: Register Now

Managing Project Risk

Risk exists in every project and not all risk is detrimental to the project. Managing risk is an ongoing process throughout the project life-cycle. In this lesson you will learn how to identify, document, analyze, and respond to the risk of your project.

Lesson 1: Identifying and Documenting Risks

Gathering and Documenting Risks

Lesson 2: Analyzing Project Risks

Using analysis tools to understand risk.

Lesson 3: Responding to Project Risks

Strategies for dealing with risk.

Lesson 4: Controlling Project Risks

The process of managing project risks

Working with Project Risks

Location: Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC      
Instructor: Dr. Shere McClamb, Ph.D., PMP, PMI-ACP
Class Dates: May 2018
Class Time: Monday & Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm