Project Management Training Understanding Project Management


  • Understand what is meant by a project.
  • Recognize what steps must be taken to complete projects on time and on budget.
  • Sell ideas and make presentations.
  • Use simple techniques and tools for planning and tracking a project.
  • Use methods for keeping the team focused and motivated.



Project management isn’t just for construction engineers and military logistics experts anymore. Today, in addition to regular job duties, people are often expected to take on extra assignments and to get that additional job done well, done under budget, and done on time.

This workshop is not intended to take participants from a supervisory or administrative position to that of a project manager. However, these three days will familiarize them with the most common terms and the most current thinking about projects.

In this workshop, you will walk participants through the nuts and bolts of project management, from setting priorities to controlling expenses and reporting on the results. They may still have to cope with the unexpected, but they’ll be better prepared.

What is a Project?

  • Learn Ways in Which Projects Differ From Other Kinds of Work
  • What a Project Is and Isn’t?

Project Management Basics

  • What Is Meant By Project Management?
  • What Project Management Involves?

How Can Projects Help Me?

  • The Benefits of Projects
  • Case Study: Mary Marvelous

A Project’s Life Cycle

  • The Four Phases of  a Project’s Life Cycle
  • What Needs To Happen During Each Phase In Order To Keep a Project Going
  • Project Milestones
  • Why Some Projects Fail

Selling a Project

  • Tom Peters
  • The Priority Matrix
  • How to Present Projects In Order to Obtain the Support Necessary for its Success
  • How to Evaluate and Prioritize Ideas Using Priority Matrices

Preparing Your Project

  • How to Promote Their Project to the Management Team
  • The Best Ways to Approach Management and Obtain Support for Their Project

The Role of a Project Manager

  • A Project Manager’s Skills
    • What It Means to be a Project Manager
  • Key Skills
  • Sample Proposal Form

Project Goals

  • How To Write Clear Project Goals Using The SPIRIT Model
  • What Criteria need to be Considered for Project-Specific Goals

Laying Out the Project

  • The Statement of Work
  • Individual SOW
  • Project Planning Worksheet
  • Writing Concise and Clear Reports

Project Risks

  • The Different Kinds Of Risks the Projects Face
  • Risk Tolerance
  • About Risks
  • Reducing Risks
  • What Constraints Are and How They Differ From Risks

Contingency Planning

  • Look at Contingency Planning
  • The Components of a Contingency Plan
  • What Contingency Plans The Projects Will Require

What Really Needs to be Done?

  • Beginning to Plan
  • Preparing a Basic Schedule
  • Other Scheduling Factors
  • Scheduling My Project

The Work Breakdown Structure

  • How to Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • How to Break the Tasks Into Manageable Activities to Keep Project’s Momentum Going.

Planning Tools

  • Two Basic Tools
    • Milestone Charts
  • PERT
  • Gantt Charts
  • The Network Diagram
  • The Flow Chart


  • The Importance of Budgeting and Some Budgeting Methods
  • What They Have To Budget For
  • How to Build Own Budget


  • Why is Teamwork Important?
  • Building a Winning Team
  • How to Put Together an Effective Team
  • How to Keep Everyone Working Together and Motivated

Developing Teams

  • Four Issues to Address with Project Teams
  • Team Development
  • What the Project Manager Can Do In Order To Help The Team Succeed Together


  • Decision Information
  • Individual Action Steps

Communication Tips

  • How to Keep Communication Flowing Between Their Team, Their Manager, and Their Customers or Agents
  • The Importance of Reports in Keeping Communication Open

Closing out a Project

  • How to Plan For The End of A Project
  • How to Close a Project Smoothly and Make Sure All Loose Ends Are Wrapped Up

Team Meetings

  • How to Coordinate Group Meetings
  • What Team Meetings Need to Cover
    • The Ingredients For Effective Meeting Management

Project Presentations

  • Prepare and Present Projects
  • Provide Feedback To One Another

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