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Project Management Certification


Managing Information Technology Projects
A Practical Approach To Using Microsoft Project™ 2000
Project Management Overview


Managing Information Technology Projects - 3-5 days (return to top)

Information technology projects are concerned with bringing about change in an organization. To be successful it requires the integration of technical and non-technical resources in the planning, execution and the migration to production of the project. This seminar uses case studies and real world examples to develop an understanding of how to develop an effective project management plan.

Knowledge areas covered

The knowledge of how to define the role of the project manager in balancing the expectations of the different project stakeholders and manage the customer relationship.
The know-how to apply different project management methodologies based on degree of project complexity, team structure and risk assessment requirements
The know-how to develop a dynamic project Model that will be used to continuously optimize your project delivery process
The ability to involve the end user (customer) in your planning and management activities through out the project's life cycle, to manage project priorities and control scope changes
The knowledge of how to structure the project data at the planning stage, to communicate effectively critical information at the right level within the IT and customer organization
Integrating Project Management tools and techniques With The Project Delivery Methodology - how to incorporate I.T. SDM and application development methodologies with proven project management methods and techniques to manage scope changes and stakeholder expectations.
Effective Techniques for Risk Management - how to identify the different types of Risk Factors, evaluate their impact, and design a risk mitigation plan to be incorporated in your project plan.
Dynamic Scheduling Techniques For Staying On Track - a variety of project scheduling techniques (scalable) such as Milestones, Timelines and Dependency Driven Activity Diagrams to plan and control your projects.
Incorporating External Resources Into Your Project Plan - how to manage consultants, vendors and contract resources.
Practical Project Progress Measurement Techniques - how to apply proven and practical techniques for statusing the project and realistically managing change and forecasting your completion requirements.

A Practical Approach To Using Microsoft Project™ 2002 - 2 days (return to top)

In today's dynamically changing business environment the focus for the project manager is the planning and forecasting of resource requirements in addition to the management of project deadlines and schedule. To use automated project management systems effectively the system has to be tailored to fit the specific enterprise project management process and operational requirements.

Microsoft Project 2002™ offers its users the capability to customize its layout to dynamically plan, track and communicate project status and variance analysis to all project stakeholders. Taught by industry project management practitioners the seminar attendees will be exposed to how different corporations are taking advantage of the latest project management systems technology and apply it to their current projects immediately!

What You Will Achieve

The knowledge of how to structure Microsoft Project 2002™ to conduct task schedule, resource capacity planning across single and multiple projects in your organization.
The know-how to develop a dynamic project Model that will be used to continuously optimize your business development process.
The ability to extract specific project information and report it to all parties involved in the project. Utilizing Internet and Intranet capabilities.
The know-how to apply different project planning methodologies to the use of Microsoft Project 2002™
The knowledge of how macros can enhance the software's capability and increase the user's efficiency in using the system.

What You Will Learn

Customizing Project Task & Resource Planning Views.
Customizing Filters and Data Sorts To Manage The Project Database.
Creating Project Baseline Versus Current Status And Variance Analysis Views.
Creating Reports For The Project Executive, Project Manager and Team members.
Managing Deliverables and Dependencies between multiple or complex large projects.
Planning and Managing Resources & Cost Across Multiple Projects.
Using the Web To Capture and Communicate Project Status.

Project Management Overview - Support Staff - 1 day (return to top)

This seminar will offer an overview of proven project management tools, techniques and procedures that should be utilized in managing projects. It is designed to offer resources an in depth analysis of their role in contributing to and benefiting from the planning, reviewing, and controlling of projects in their organization.
This seminar is designed for project resources, team members and support staff who are assigned to project tasks while working in a dynamic and changing environment.

What You Will Learn

What is the concept of "managing by projects"?
You will learn the principles of managing by projects as it affects the way resources work in executing tasks and produce deliverables on a project.
How to quantify and prioritize project variables?
You will learn how to assess and prioritize project variables and incorporate your work planning as part of the project planning process.
What are the different time & effort task estimating techniques?
You will learn how to utilize proven task duration and effort estimating techniques necessary to optimize the efficiency in resource allocation and work execution management.
What planning methodology you should use to manage the project development process?
You will discuss and evaluate the different planning methodologies and evaluate each approach in relation to the type of project at hand.
The project management communication process.
You will learn how to setup a communication plan depicting types of information necessary for tracking and communicating project progress?

By the End of This Course You Will

Have gained an understanding of the process of analyzing and understanding the project environment.
Be able to use a project management terminology consistent with that used by your project manager, functional manager and senior management in managing projects.
Be able to participate and benefit from a structured planning process that is the first step in integrating the project management methodology with your project/product development process.
Be able to use the project management system as a decision support system and be able to read and analyze the different system generated project management reports.
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