Course: Mastering Projects – Advanced Topics, Tools and Techniques
Audience: Executives, managers, project managers, supervisors
Method: In-person Instructor-led or Online
Duration: 2 days
Credit hours: 1.5
Course 2 of 2 in the “Project Management Mastering Projects” Badge.
Part 1 is: “Mastering Projects: Real World Agile in Practice”
In this course, participants will build upon the fundamentals covered in the “Mastering Projects” courses by applying knowledge, tools and techniques to scenarios and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning exercises both individually and in teams and explore specific topics in greater detail, including: interpersonal skills, identifying opportunities and threats, requirements gathering, critical path and critical chain methods, project performance management, and procurement/contracting.
This course is aligned with the PMI®, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the leading project management standard worldwide today. This course is intended to engage participants and inspire them to develop a pragmatic approach for managing projects by combining their experience (both classroom and career) and knowledge with industry standards and good practice. Students are encouraged to continue building a project management “toolbox” by adding additional components acquired from the course as well as through discoveries made in class from other students, through work experiences, via in-class experiential activities and through research.
Advanced topics and specific project management tools, techniques and methods are introduced in this course, and additional time is spent exploring the 10 knowledge areas and five process groups outlined in the PMBOK® Guide.
If you are a Creighton employee and wish to utilize tuition remission for this course, please complete the application found here.
This course is designed to examine fundamental project management concepts in greater depth; explore advanced project management topics related to project performance measurement, interpersonal skills, and leadership; and apply various methods, tools, and techniques to case studies and business scenarios.
In this course, students will:
- Review and further explore fundamental concepts first introduced in the “Mastering Projects” courses
- Examine the importance of effective interpersonal skills in project management through role playing and scenario assessment
- Assess requirements-gathering techniques including prioritization methodologies
- Review techniques for identifying opportunities and threats in a project
- Develop a tree diagram to assess the Expected Monetary Value (EMV) of project alternatives based upon probability and outcomes
- Compare and contrast the Critical Path Method (CPM) and Critical Chain Method (CCM) to sequence project activities
- Evaluate project health and performance using Earned Value Management (EVM) including Earned Value Analysis (EVA) metrics
- Examine procurement management including a “make or buy” analysis and types of contracts
- Examine a pragmatic approach for managing projects and develop an individualized project management “toolbox” based upon the five progress groups and ten knowledge areas as defined in the PMBOK® Guide
- Examine project management issues, questions, and scenarios to apply knowledge, tools, and techniques to business situations