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Foundation in Project Management

Foundation in Project Management delivers practical, hands-on training in essential project management concepts and techniques that every project manager must know. The course provides participants with a comprehensive range of project management principles and techniques, extending PMBOK® concepts with field-proven best practices that are effective in any project setting. Course topics include how to:
  • Use a project charter to build a strong project foundation
  • Identify and manage key stakeholders
  • Develop a well-defined scope and requirements
  • Build a comprehensive schedule and budget
  • Maintain the integrity of project baselines with change control and proactive risk management
  • Manage the project team
  • Deliver meaningful status reports
  • Manage stakeholder engagement and expectations
  • Forecast project outcomes
  • Engineer a successful deployment
  • Manage the entire project to optimize realization of post-project business value
Who should attend
This course is of special value to project managers and team leads who want a solid, guiding PM methodology; experienced project managers who want to add to their toolkit of tools and techniques; functional managers with project responsibility who want a deeper understanding of project management principles; and Project Management Office staff.


This course assumes some prior experience with project management, either as project manager or team lead.

Course Outline

I. Project Structure
  • Sources of project success and failure
  • Impact of the project environment
  • Essential PM Concepts
  • Project and product lifecycles
  • Project roles
  • Optimizing project value
II. Project Initiation
  • Value of viewing the project as an investment
  • The project selection process
  • The Business Case and Project Charter
  • Defining project and business objectives
  • Importance of establishing preliminary scope boundaries
  • Keeping scope, time, and cost in balance
  • Identifying, analyzing and managing stakeholders
  • Importance of stakeholder participation
  • Creating useful estimates of time and cost
  • Building a strong project foundation
III. Project Planning
  • Defining Scope: WBS and the Scope Statement
  • The requirements engagement: Developing correct and complete requirements
  • Scheduling and the Critical Path
  • Resource planning: choosing the right team; ensuring stakeholder engagement
  • Developing and tracking an effective, time-phased budget
  • Procurement and contracts; avoiding procurement pitfalls
  • Quality planning; the test plan; quality audits
  • The Communication Plan; effective meetings
  • Proactive management of Threats and Opportunities
  • Recognizing when Organizational Adoption is needed
  • Setting project baselines
  • Planning for long-term project value
IV. Execution and Control
  • Building deliverables; monitoring project work
  • Managing the team; team building; team success factors
  • Managing stakeholder engagement and expectations
  • Testing project deliverables
  • Delivering useful status reports
  • Forecasting with Earned Value Management
  • Preventing scope creep: Tools and methods of change control
  • Managing project baselines
  • Transition planning: preparing for deployment to the customer
  • Executing the Transition Plan
V. Successful Conclusion
  • Executing the Business Value plan
  • Ensuring effective utilization of deliverables
  • Measuring project success
  • Contract and administrative closure
  • Lessons Learned and continual improvement
  • Celebration
This course includes over 30 hands-on exercises and facilitated discussions. Course material is fully PMBOK® and BABOK® compliant.

Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material.
  • You have the option of using your own, ongoing project as the focus of class exercises. As a result, not only do you gain experience with the tools, but you also learn more about your project.
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in future projects.
  • If you have modest project management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Participant Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • This course confirms the importance of keeping focus on the realization of Business Value throughout the project.
  • You have the option of using your own, ongoing project as the focus of class exercises. As a result, not only do you gain experience with the tools, but you also learn more about your project.
  • If you are new to project management, the exercises in this course will give you hands on experience with all of the primary techniques required to manage a project.
  • Experienced project managers will obtain a vocabulary and framework that lends structure and perspective to the wealth of experience they already have.
  • All participants take home a set of tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of project planning and execution.
  • Take this course and learn how to avoid the problems that project managers most often encounter.
Related Courses For a more in-depth study of critical Project Management concepts see: Licensing

Use this courseware to teach your students! This course is available under license to qualified Training Providers. Courseware materials include:
  • Instructor slides
  • Instructor manual with timing guide
  • Printed participant guide
  • Train the Trainer instruction
  • Written for classroom or virtual delivery
For more information, see   Courseware-On-Demand or Contact Us

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We can deliver the training program you need onsite and at an attractive discount. Call us toll free in the US at 1.800.877.8129, or +1.919.495.7371 International.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 2030
Duration: 5 days
Delivery: Virtual or onsite
Class size: 6 - 24
· PMP® certified instructor
· Participant Guide
· PM templates
· Certificate of Participation
· 35 PDUs
  Tech:24 Lead:7 Strat:4

Download this course description as a printable PDF document.

Pricing Information
On-site discounts are available.

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