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PMP Exam Prep in 3 Weeks Part 1

Topic: Business
Samuel Parri

Just like a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) validates expertise for accountants, the Project Management Professional (PMP), established by the Project Management Institute (PMI), recognizes your ability to manage projects. To pass the certification exam, you’ll need the necessary project management knowledge and experience. But even if you’re not working toward the PMP right now, it’s a given that you’ll have to manage a project at some point in your personal life or professional life. Success depends on careful management and attention to a wide range of considerations, such as people, time, resources, and money—the skills covered by the PMP. So whether you’re building the next Golden Gate Bridge or organizing your twins' birthday party, the core considerations highlighted by the PMP will get you far.

Join expert Samuel Parri for a series of courses that will take you through these considerations in detail, in a practical, easy-to-follow manner. Over three sessions, you’ll learn how to confidently initiate a project, follow it along its lifecycle, and successfully close it out. Each session in the series is grounded in the certification criteria, policies, and procedures established by PMI. And each highlights real-life experiences, project examples, and practical considerations along with multiple Q&As and hands-on exercises. Regardless of whether you're working to become a certified PMP, this series will give you the skills you need to bring a project to a successful completion.

Although you can attend any of the sessions individually, we recommend that you pursue the entire series.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • What a project is and what it isn’t
  • How to determine what the project is expected to accomplish and what people and resources are needed
  • The key principles required to achieve success
  • How to communicate progress (when and to whom)
  • How to lead and motivate those involved
  • What to do when a project is completed

And you’ll be able to:

  • Identify key project management phases and knowledge areas along with terminology associated with managing a project
  • Describe the various aspects of project scope, project planning, and work breakdown structure
  • Describe the various aspects of project leadership, quality, communications, and risk

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to take and pass the PMP exam.
  • You’re an engineer assigned to manage projects but have little to no project management experience.
  • You work with cross-functional teams and subject matter experts.
  • You want to become a project manager.

Prerequisites

  • A basic understanding of business
  • Relevant experience in project management (useful but not required)

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Samuel Parri is a certified a Project Management Professional (PMP); he also holds an advanced master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University as well as certifications in customer success management, Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3.0. Samuel started his career as an engineer and held subsequent roles in research, engineering, development, and product marketing. As his interests expanded to sales, services, and customer support, he realized that he enjoyed working with and helping customers manage their strategic projects and came to understand that no matter your role or position, leveraging fundamental project management principles helps to achieve project success. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degrees in business administration and telecommunications.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Week 1: Overview of PMI Phases and Knowledge Areas

Key project management fundamentals (55 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Key project management terminology; overview of project management phases and knowledge areas; What is a project?; where it applies; project expectations and benefits; role and attributes of a project manager; comparison to a program manager; project benefits
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Key project management elements (55 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Stakeholders; project plan; resources; people; process; products (tools); scope; requirements; schedule; costs; procurement; purchasing; communication; quality; risk; integration; change control; ethics; culture; politics; governance; closeout; lessons learned; key reasons why projects fail; scope creep
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Project challenge (30 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise and discussion: Describe a challenge you previously encountered or a challenge you anticipate in a future project; identify the tools or techniques you could apply to help resolve it
  • Group discussion: Paste your thoughts into the group chat; as a class, review and collaborate on a few chosen challenges

Project management career path (20 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise: Open Q&A discussion and collaboration sharing on how project management overall can assist you in your current position and a possible springboard to help get you on a project management career path you desire to achieve
  • Group discussion: Paste your questions into the group chat; as a class, review and collaborate on a few chosen challenges
  • Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)

Week 2: Project Scope, Project Planning, Work Breakdown Structure, and a Case Study on Metrics

Project scope (60 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Key project management terminology and review; elements of project scope process; project charter; stakeholder register; statement of work (SoW); scope management; scope statement; scope uncertainty and creep; scope requirements collection and validation
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Write a scope statement (15 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise: Write a simple scope statement based on the presentation material
  • Group discussion: Paste your thoughts into the group chat; review and collaborate on a few chosen scope statements

Project planning (45 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Review of all five project phases (initiate, planning, execution, closure, and monitor and control); project kickoff; planning summary
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Work breakdown structure (WBS) (25 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Review of key elements and comparison to project plan; how to create a WBS; WBS dictionary
  • Q&A

Case study on metrics (15 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise: Review and collaborate on an actual case study on how metrics were gathered to achieve a successful project
  • Group discussion: Paste your thoughts into the group chat based on the exercise review
  • Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)

Week 3: Project Leadership, Quality, Effective Communications, and Risk

Project leadership (55 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: The need for project leaders; leader as a manager; manager as a leader; leadership competencies and styles; setting project direction and aligning, motivating, and inspiring people; leading effective teams; definition of a team; challenges and considerations to leading a project team; types of teams; myths and facts about team size; strategies to optimize team size; collocation of teams (virtual and global); stages of team development; building and strengthening team relationships
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Effective communications (35 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Background and process; creating a communication plan; identifying communication requirements and challenges; four-step communications
  • Q&A

Case study on effective communications (15 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise: Review and collaborate on an actual case study on how effective communications enabled a successful project
  • Group discussion: Paste your thoughts into the group chat based on the exercise review
  • Break (5 minutes)

Project quality (20 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Definition and considerations; three-key quality processes and concepts; quality metrics and planning tool; continuous improvement analysis and charts
  • Q&A

Project risk (20 minutes)

  • Presentation and group discussion: Levels of interest; risk register example; risk in an uncertain world; building blocks of risk; causes and levels of risk; common project risks; risk management framework
  • Q&A

Case study on project risk (15 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise: Review an actual case study on how risk was a key factor of consideration in the completion of a successful project
  • Group discussion: Paste your thoughts into the group chat based on the exercise review
  • Q&A

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)