Project management – On the job training

I am delighted to announce PM-OJT (on the job) training. We invite individuals and groups to this on the job learning experience.

This course is for those who want to really master professional project management as defined by PMI (Project Management Institute, USA)  , and then go for PMP certification.   The participant chooses a real project from his/her work environment, and under the guidance of the coach, applies the professional project management concepts in a real life environment.  If the participant is unable to identify a project from their work environment, they will work on a hypothetical project case provided to them.

Who should attend?

  • Team leads
  • Fresh project managers
  • Experienced project managers who want to learn project management as per the project management body of knowledge
  • Those who are preparing for the PMP certification

Course outline

Iteration#1 – Master project initiation

Iteration#2 – Master project scope definition

  • Tools and techniques for scope elaboration,base lining, estimation and tracking
    • Product breakdown structure
    • Work breakdown structure
    • Estimation of effort using the work breakdown structure
      • Analogous estimation
      • Parametric estimation
      • Three point estimation
      • Application of wide band delphi technique in estimation
  • Assignment#2

Iteration#3 – Learn to develop the schedule

  • Decomposing the work packages into activities
  • Performing bottom up estimation
  • Sequencing the activities
  • Critical path
  • Optimizing the schedule
    • Crashing
    • Fast tracking
    • Leads and lags
  • Assignment#3

Iteration#4 – Learn to develop the subsidiary plans

  • Integration management plan
  • Scope management plan
  • Schedule management plan
  • Cost management plan
  • Quality management plan
  • Human resource management plan
  • Communications management plan
  • Risk management plan
  • Procurement management plan
  • Stakeholder engagement plan
  • Assignment#4

Iteration#5 – Master Project execution

  • Acquire resources
  • Execute work
  • Manage project knowledge
  • Manage quality
  • Manage communications
  • Implement risk responses
  • Conduct procurements
  • Manage stakeholder engagement
  • Assignment#5

Iteration#6 – Learn to Monitor and control project work

  • Monitor and control project work
  • Perform integrated change control
  • Validate scope
  • Control scope
  • Control schedule
  • Control costs
  • Control quality
  • Control resources
  • Monitor communications
  • Monitor risks
  • Control procurements
  • Monitor stakeholder engagement
  • Assignment#6

Iteration#7 – Learn to formally close project / phases 

  • Close project or phase
  • Assignment#7

Interation#8 – Get an introduction to agile project management

Iteration#9 – Things we did not discuss so far which are very important for the PMP exam preparation

Iteration#10 – Exam practice

For more information, contact us 

 

 

The benefits of project chartering and project charter

If someone assigns me as the project manager of a project, the first document I will refer to understand the overall details of the project is the project charter, which is one of the key outputs of the project initiation process. If it is not available, I will work along with the sponsor (senior management representative who is in charge of the project) to define one and get his approval.

A typical project charter contains;

  1. High level scope of the project
  2. Business case of the project
  3. Key milestones with dates
  4. Major risks
  5. Major assumptions and dependencies including the flexibility matrix
  6. Key stakeholders names, roles and responsibilities towards the project
  7. Project managers name, roles and responsibilities

The project charter is approved by the sponsor. This is the formal document which appoints the project manager to the project officially. Project charter gives authority to the project manager. Any changes to the project charter must be re-approved by the sponsor.

 

Project charter brings in lot of clarity into the project, and is a good basis for planning the project.

Scrum pages – New

I have added a new page Scrum pages. This is for those who want to get an over view of agile and an in depth understanding of scrum, which is one of the most popular agile frameworks. Keep following Scrum pages to understand and master scrum. If you are willing to pay for my time, I am open for scheduled online meetings to mentor you. Knowledge of agile is inevitable for future project managers. For further details contact me

Do not become what you do not like. A weekend reflection.

I have come across many project managers (with PMP credential) and scrum masters (with CSM) with absolutely no passion for their work, hence ending up like glorified secretaries who ends up doing just what other stakeholders ask them to do. All they have is the basic knowledge of

the jargons and practice tests. Most probably, they have not taken any initiative to further their knowledge post certification. Like many, they also thought that certification is the end goal. In the process they suffer, their project suffers, project team suffers and the customer suffers, because the project manager, scrum master roles are leadership roles.

The general characteristics of this category of project managers are;

  • Their main focus is on firefighting than proactive problem prevention.
  • They are in the business of pleasing their bosses alone.
  • They always put the blame on to others.
  • They are not passionate about the area of their certification, hence not confident.
  • They negotiate only with those report to them, they are scared to negotiate with other stakeholders.
  • They always follow , never lead.
  • They do not evangelize professionalism.
  • They consider most of the good practices as theory and not practical.
  • They use the words ‘but’ and ‘they’ frequently.
  • They actively seek empathy from others.

One can improve to some extent and at the same time it is very difficult to achieve excellence without a career path correction , if you are in the wrong career.

I must also appreciate the fact that a good percentage of the project managers and scrum masters are passionate and knowledgeable about their work irrespective of the certifications they hold or do not hold. That is just passion about their work. That is the hope.

This post partially answers the question ‘After certification what is next?’