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Project management for IT students

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Course description
The 3-day (24 hours, 18 PDU) course provides a detailed training on hierarchical project management in IT. The training is based on the world standards and best practices by:
– PMI® PMBOK® (Project management institute Project management Body of Knowledge) Extension for software projects,
– IEEE® SWEBOK (Software Body of Knowledge).
Students will learn and make practical exercises in:
– gathering demands and requirements,
– identifying project and product constraints,
-communications in project team and with customers and users,
-project planning, including WBS (work breakdown structure), PND (project network diagram),
– Resource planning,
– Quality and risk management,
– Product transfer to production and project closure.
At our training students work in teams and each team works on its own project plan. By the end of the training students get not only training materials, but also their own package of project planning documents.
The training is an excellent start point to prepare for the world-known professional certifications as CAPM®, PMP® and offers* 18 PDUs (Professional development units) for PMI® (CAPM, PMP, PgMP, and others) certifications.
*- PDUs are granted on special conditions: additional accredited training materials and additional fee for these materials.

Course audience
– IT professionals: engineers, system administrators, programmers, who wishes to become more effective in their work and improve career,
– High school and university students, studying IT: programming, engineering, etc. The course helps them to start their professional development and receive a good job;
– Project managers and team leads in IT projects, who wishes to accelerate their career success and start preparing for prestigious international certifications or willing to get PDUs for existing PMP® certification status.

About the trainer

PMP (Project management professional) certified specialist with 25 years IT experience, proved by a number of Microsoft and EXIN certifications.

Course program (Modules and schedule)
Day 1.
Module 1. Introduction. 2 h.
Welcome to the training
What is a project?
Why does an organization start a project?
The Iron triangle
Hierarchical vs Agile project management
Project management process groups and knowledge areas

Module2. Project initiation. 2 h.
Goals of the Project Initiation phase
SMART goals
What is estimation
Estimating product and project scope, budget, time, risks.
Project sponsor
Project Charter: go/no go decision
Practice in teams. Create and present your project charter.

Module 3. Stakeholder management. 2 h.
Stakeholder definition
Stakeholder register
Why is it important to identify as many stakeholders and their demands as possible
Collaboration techniques: Brainstorming, Delphi
“Good” and “bad” bosses: how to work with

Practice in teams: Identify stakeholders and their requirements

Module 4. Project Scope management. 2 h.
Define product scope
Feasibility research: platforms, frameworks, vendors, analogues
Feasibility plan
Define the project scope: create Work Breakdown structure (WBS) and Dictionary
Project planning models: Waterfall, running wave, iterative, adaptive (agile)

Day 2.
Practice in teams. Feasibility research and WBS

Module 5. Schedule and resource planning. 6 h.
Project time management
Types of tasks relations. Their influence on project “iron triangle” constraints.
Develop Project network diagram (PND).
What is critical path?
Assigning resources to tasks.
Balancing resources and optimizing a project schedule
Optimizing schedule tools: fast tracking, crashing, scope reduction
Practice in teams. Create and optimize PND

Module 6. Project cost management 2 h.
Budget estimation at the initiation phase
Budget estimation tools: top-down and bottom-up methods.
Developing project financial plan. S-diagram

Day 3.
Module 7. Risk management. 3 h.
What is risk? Types of risks
Why is it important to manage risks through the project lifecycle? Risk management plan.
Risk lifecycle:
• Risk identification
• Risk qualitative and quantitative analysis
• Risk response strategy
Modify WBS and PND based on Risk matrix.
Practice in teams. Create Risk matrix, modify WBS and PND based on critical quality points of your project.

Module 8. Quality management. Project monitoring and control. 3 h.
What does “quality” mean?
Quality of a product and quality of a process.
Quality management plan
Quality assurance: use all plans as QA tools
Quality control tools.
EMV method.

Module 9. Project Closure. 2 h.
Why last tasks are so important?
Product transition to production (customer). Signing the “Act of transition”
Project closure status: success or failure
Lessons learned. Updating knowledge database.
Certificates for participants.
Q&As session
Individual recommendations for each student

Course format: class training with a certified trainer, PMP(r)

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