Project Management Fundamentals, 1 day

The seminar focuses on the standard project management terms and processes associated with initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing a project in a one day format.


The Fundamentals of Project Management is a one-day, instructor-facilitated, session designed to provide an introductory overview of the project management discipline.

The seminar structure effectively combines introductory lecture and discussion with hands-on application of the most basic project management principles.

Topics areas include:

•        Project Management Terminology •        Project Organizations
•        Project Selection and Prioritization •        Initiating a Project
•        Scope Definition •        Project Planning and Scheduling
•        Resource Identification and Assignment •        Project Budgeting
•        Project Reporting •        Risk Management
•        Scope and Change Control •        Project Closure


This session will benefit project managers, team members, functional managers, senior managers, and other key project stakeholders in any industry.


1 day


The primary objectives of this session include learning how:

  • To define and recognize the fundamental terminology of the project management discipline
  • To identify all process groups of the project management life-cycle
  • To prioritize the primary project constraints of a project
  • To identify and assess the relative importance of key project stakeholders
  • To identify key project deliverables and decompose them to build a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • To formulate an activities list required to produce the project’s deliverables and work packages
  • To build a project schedule, identify its critical path, and determine relative float/slack for activities
  • To identify pertinent roles and responsibilities required to complete the project activities
  • To formulate a budget estimate for the project
  • To identify key communication elements of a project
  • To assess key project risks and formulate action plans to minimize their exposure to the project

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Project Management
    1. Definition of a Project
    2. Projects vs. Programs
    3. Project Management Life Cycle
    4. Project Management Terminology
    5. Triple Constraints of Project Management
  2. Initiating a Project
    1. Project Initiation
    2. Evaluation, Selection, and Prioritization
    3. Stakeholder Analysis
    4. Project Charter
    5. Project Management Organization Types
  3. Planning a Project
    1. Scope Planning and Decomposition
    2. Time Management and Scheduling
    3. Resource Planning
    4. Cost Estimating and Budgeting
  4. Executing and Controlling a Project
    1. Project Communications and Reporting
    2. Project Risk Management
    3. Project Change Control
    4. Project Quality Management
  5. Closing a Project
    1. Administrative Closure and Contract Closeout
    2. Lessons Learned
    3. Final ReportingParticipants will further expand their knowledge and experience through applied exercises.  Using a selected organizational case study approach, participants will manage a sample project from initiation to closing through the following exercises:
      • Stakeholder Assessment
      • Work Breakdown Structure
      • Risk Identification, Analysis, and Response Planning
      • Final Project Reporting and Lessons Learned