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Successful Project Management
Mainframe Training Overview

This course addresses the Main Goals of a Successful Project (Successful Project Manager) - "to deliver a quality product, on time, within budget."

A series of short lectures, discussions, and workshop exercises provide the tools, techniques and approaches for counteracting cost overruns, late deliverables, and low quality.

The Whos, Whats, Whys, Wheres, Whens, and Hows of a successful project are covered for each of the major topic areas of -

        - Planning tools and techniques

        - Organizing a project

        - Leading a team

        - Controlling and tracking project activities

        - Using a Project Development Life Cycle as a road map

        - Delivering the Major products of each phase.

Other important areas presented are project charter, statement of work, work breakdown structure, network diagram, estimates, schedules, management reporting tools, change management, risk analysis, and independent auditing.

Mainframe Training Learning Objectives

As a result of this class, the student will be able to -

  • Define the project management process
  • Define project management skills
  • Develop a project charter, statement of work, work breakdown structure, network diagram, estimates, and schedules
  • Identify project manager functions and responsibilities
  • Discuss the importance of developing project alternatives
  • Develop Change management procedures
  • List the tools and techniques that lead to project success.
Mainframe Training Audience

This course is intended for senior analysts, project team leaders, and project managers who need to build and/or sharpen their Project Management skills and to run successful projects.

Mainframe Training Prerequisites

Previous project experience is recommended.

Mainframe Training Course duration

4 days

Mainframe Training Course outline

Day 1
 
        1. Introduction

        2. Project Management - Overview

                Context of Project Management

                System Development Life Cycle

                Project Management Activities

                Exercise - WHY DO PROJECTS FAIL ?

        3. Management Background

                Duties

                Why Projects Fail

                Basic Management Skills

                Exercise - What do Project Managers do wrong ?

        4. Starting a Project

                Exercise - Productivity - WHAT HURTS A worker's PRODUCTIVITY ?

                Project Charter

                Statement of Work

                Exercise - WHAT GETS IN OUR WAY OF PLANNING CORRECTLY ?

        5. Work Breakdown Structure

                Phase, Product, Task Breakdown

                Exercise -

        6. Building a Network

                Early/Late Start/Finish, Slack, Critical Path

                Exercise - Build a NETWORK DIAGRAM from your previous WBS

                         Calculate ES, EF, LS, LF, slack

                Identify the critical path

Day 2
 
        7. Estimating

                Techniques

                Exercise - Build 3-point ESTIMATES FOR YOUR PREVIOUS NETWORK DIAGRAM

        8. Scheduling

                GANTT Chart

                Exercise

                Build a gantt chart from your previous ESTIMATES

        9. Project Evaluation - Technical, Schedule, Budget

                Exercise - Build a list of the top 5 or 6 tools that you feel will help you evaluate and                 make changes early enough to be effective.

        10. Changing the Project

                List 3 - 5 actions to bring a project back on schedule?

                List 3 - 5 actions to bring a project back on budget ?

                List 3 - 5 actions to bring a project back on quality ?

        11. Termination

                Write a post-project report extolling the virtues of your team's suberb work on the project in this                 class.

        12. Automated Tools - Timeline, MicroSoft Project - Overview

Day 3 and Day 4
 
        13. Case Study


 
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