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Introduction to Project Management

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Having good, consistent project management practices has been directly linked to improving project performance, such as completing on time, on budget and providing the deliverables to customer needs and satisfaction.

This 1-day fundamental course introduces the concepts of project management and provides some essential tools to start the process of managing projects effectively in your organization. It also identifies the differences between projects and operational work and helps you define the additional skills required to manage work and people in a project environment.

This course can be customized to an organization’s environment by including a custom case study and/or to reflect an organization’s specific project management methodology.


By working on a prepared case study, participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Define the specific characteristics of a project
  • Identify factors contributing to project success
  • Define the project
  • Describe and identify the purpose of key project documents
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Define project roles and responsibilities
  • Recognize the skills necessary to work in a project management environment.
  • Evaluate the benefits of implementing project management processes in your organization.



The Introduction to Project Management course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Considering a career in project management
  • Being considered for a project management position
  • In an organization that is considering implementing project management processes and needs to know where to start and what to consider.



There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, exercises, and suggested solutions.


What is Project Management

  • Introductions
  • Definition of a project
  • Projects vs. Business-As-Usual
  • Workshop: Managing Expectations


Defining Project Success

  • Balance of constraints
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Workshop: Defining project success


Project Governance

  • Principles


The Project Team

  • The matrix structure
  • The project sponsor
  • The project manager
  • Workshop: Project manager responsibilities


The Project Life Cycle

  • Project initiation
  • Preparing a Project Charter
  • Defining the project scope
  • The project plan
  • The PMBOK® Guide
  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Schedule development
  • Scope, issue and risk management plans
  • Setting the project baseline
  • Project reporting
  • Project closeout
  • Lessons Learned
  • Workshops: Project Charter, Work Breakdown Structure


Project Management Processes

  • The PM process
  • Introducing PM into an organization
  • Trends in PM
  • Next steps


course info

Course ID: 1500
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 day

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 7 0 0
PgMP 7 0 0
PfMP 0 0 0
PMI-ACP 1 0 0
PMI-SP 3 0 0
PMI-RMP 1 0 0
PMI-PBA 1 0 0

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits