PM Crash Course™

Learn the Fundamentals of Project Management—1 Day, 8 Hours

Every year, thousands of people are thrust into projects or project management roles at their companies. In fact, many project managers are assigned to or even placed in charge of high-profile projects, potentially worth millions of dollars to their organizations—with no tools, no direction, and little structured training. If you've recently been propelled into a project management role at your company, RMC can help!

This 1-day course in real-world project management is perfect for people who are looking to get projects back on track, find easy-to-use tools that can make an immediate impact, or too busy to learn the fundamentals of project management. If you feel like you're winging it, running out of time or losing control, you need this one day of training to start managing your projects the RIGHT way!

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By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Define and Describe the Project Initiating Process.
  2. Define and Describe the Project Planning Process.
  3. Define and Describe the Project Executing and Controlling Processes.
  4. Define and Describe the Project Closing Process.
  5. Identify and Use Techniques for the Following:
    • Figuring Out What To Do While the Project Work Is Being Done
    • Finding Out How Your Project Is Going
    • Controlling the Project Once It Is in Motion
    • Managing the Execution of the Project
  • Introduction
    • The Key Concepts Necessary to Prevent Project Failure
  • Starting Your Project on the Right Foot
    • Preventing Problems BEFORE You Start
    • Finalizing What Is Asked of You
    • Ensuring You Have Agreement on Project Scope
  • Organizing Your Project to Prevent Problems
    • Learning the Steps in the Planning Process
    • Finalizing Project Objectives
    • Getting and Keeping Resources
    • Breaking Projects Down into Manageable Pieces
    • Preventing Scope Creep
    • Acquiring Reliable Estimates
    • Proving How Long the Project Will Take
    • Preventing the #1 Problem on Projects
    • Focusing on Problem Prevention Instead of Reaction
    • Coming Up with a Realistic Plan
    • Finalizing How You Will Manage the Project
    • Developing the Final Management Plan and Getting It Approved
    • Making Sure Everyone is on the Same Page
  • Getting the Work Done
    • Staying Focused and Not Wasting Time
    • The Top Actions People Miss
    • Tips for Hosting Great Meetings
    • Forms That Can Save You Tons of Time
    • Reports… Do You REALLY Need Them More Than Once per Month?
    • The Secret Art of Asking Questions to Learn What is REALLY Going On
    • Measuring Performance-Know How Your Project is Really Doing
    • Using Rewards and Team Building to Retain Cooperation (Advanced Techniques)
    • Updating Plans to Ensure the Project Stays on Track
    • Why Percent Complete Doesn't Tell You Anything
  • Proving Your Success
    • Confirming the Work is Done to Requirements
    • Gaining Formal Sign-off from the Sponsor
    • Issuing Your Final Report
    • Releasing Your Resources
    • Proving-and Celebrating-Your Success!
  • Conclusion-Other Important Issues
    • Handling Unrealistic Schedules
    • Gaining Support from Your Boss
    • Boosting Your Knowledge of Risk Management
    • Defining Roles and Responsibilities
    • Eliminating Status Meetings
    • Proving Your Worth as a Project Manager

Students will receive the following materials with the course attendance:

  • PM Crash Course™ Workbook
  • PM Crash Course™ Book

BOOK: PM Crash Course, Second Edition
by Rita Mulcahy et. al.

This compact resource guide quickly and clearly communicates project-related concepts like project charters, stakeholder management, requirements definition, estimating, scheduling, budgeting, quality management, risk management and more.

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WHITE PAPER: Tailoring Scope by Project—Why One Doesn't Fit All by Barbara A. Carkenord

This whitepaper recommends that scoping should be tailored to the type of project and product being undertaken, rather than trying to design a standard scope statement or statement of work (SOW) for all projects.

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FREE RECORDED WEBINAR: Overcoming Politics on Projects
by Rick A. Morris

This one-hour Webinar dives into the topics of gaining buy-in from upper management, accurately estimating time and cost, controlling project communication, managing within corporate culture, taking care of your team, and more.

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TEMPLATE: Free Sample Project Charter

Having trouble creating a project charter for your upcoming initiative? Use this free sample from RMC as a guideline, and complete your charter quickly and easily.

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For Corporate Pricing or to Schedule a Training Needs Assessment, Please Contact:

Ken Mulcahy • Onsite Training Specialist • (952) 846-4484

* Discounts Available for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

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Type: Core PM Training
Audience: PMs, Functional Business Analysts, Senior Managers, Team Members, Sales People
Duration: 1 Day – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Contact Hours/PDUs: 8
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