Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO
2009 PMI Fellow
PMI's Prof Development Provider of the Year (2007)
PMI's Distinguished Contribution Award (1995)

PM Principles Blended Learning: Capitalizing on Critical Skills
including weekly webinars with Lee Lambert
16 PDUs


Online Blended Learning is Here!


Learn from Lee in your pajamas with our Blended Learning! This unique approach to distance learning is a wonderful blend of online self-paced study, live webinar-based instruction and hands-on exercises. Our Instructor Led Online Blended Learning course combines scheduled face-to-face learning webinars, with individual material study. Lee will lead groups of learners (cohorts) through the course and host weekly webinars to discuss the current self-study topics. All scheduled live webinars are conducted on Saturday mornings during the 6 week session, but are recorded and can be accessed anytime if Saturday mornings do not work for you. Otherwise, all other learning is self-paced and self-directed.

This workshop is divided into 4 modules, with each module providing a 1.5 hour live webinar. In addition, there will be a one-hour webinar to kick off the entire workshop and a one-hour webinar to conclude the workshop. All webinars will be conducted on consecutive Saturdays at 8:00am throughout the session. ALL live webinars are recorded in their entirety and available immediately following the live webinar, so the dates/times that you watch the webinar can be determined by you. Each of the 4 sections will also require at least one hour of self study prior to each webinar. Throughout the workshop, there are 10 total exercises to be completed by the students, time for each exercise varies from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, but total time for all exercises is 4 hours.

Upon completion of this course, students will be required to pass a “Knowledge Assessment” based on the material. Once understanding of the material is proven, 16 PDUs will be awarded.

“PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES”
Instructor Led Online Blended Learning Agenda


**all times are in EST**
START DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 8:00am – 9:00am INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR

MODULE ONE: Self Study, May 23 - May 29, 2015 ; Webinar, May 30, 2015, 8:00am - 9:30am
**If you cannot attend the live webinars, a recording will be available immediately following the live webinar, for you to download and watch at your leisure **

Project Management

  • Interpreting and Applying the PMBOK to Government/Private Sector Projects

  • Understanding Politics and Paradigms—Factors in Success

  • Defining the role of Project Manager/Project Leader

  • Understanding the Importance of Project Followers

  • Using a disciplined approach/process is key to success



Project Selection/Initiation Methodologies



  • Projects are the conduit for movement from existing state to desired states

  • Understanding Project Objectives---Why are we doing the Project

  • How to determine Benefit-to-Cost Ratio(BCR) for a Project—Establish Metrics

  • Responding/reacting to Unanticipated Projects—Regulatory or Other

  • Exercise 1-1: Project Selection Criteria — Prioritizing Multiple Projects



Understanding the Importance of Stakeholderss



  • Defining Stakeholders and their Stakes

  • Creating a Stakeholder Hierarchy Framework

  • Building a Stakeholder Analysis Template

  • Developing a Communication Plan for each Stakeholder

  • Exercise 1-2: Stakeholder Identification Exercise



Confirming Organizational Strategic Alignment



  • Identifying Project Relevance to Organizational Objectives

  • Quantifying Potential Impact of Project Challenges—Scope/Time/Cost

  • How Strategic Thinking translates to Tactical Planning

  • Creating the basis for Macro Performance Measurement



Creating a Framework for Project Closeout/Record Retention



  • Providing the basis for Project Lessons Learned capture

  • Knowing What You want to measure (Performance Metrics)

  • Establishing a Living Lesson’s Learned repository

  • Communicating to Future Project Managers/Leaders





MODULE TWO: Self Study, May 30 - June 5, 2015; Webinar, June 6, 8:00am – 9:30am


Project Scope/Requirements Definition/Clarification



  • Recognizing the Difference between WANTS and NEEDS

  • Conduct a Wants/Needs/Currencies Analysis

  • Creating and Expanding a Hierarchical Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  • Deciding How Low You Go—Crossing the Line of Diminishing Return

  • Building the Template for Project Resource Allocation, Time and Cost Estimating

  • Creating a Basis for “In-Scope/Out of Scope” Decisions

  • Exercise 2-3: Project WBS Development


Considering Business Risk vs Project Risk



  • Project Managers/Leaders don’t do Business Risk

  • Using the WBS as the basis for Risk Event Identification/Quantification

  • Assessing Risk Event Probability and Impact

  • Factoring in the Domino Effect—Examining Risk Relationships

  • Deciding on the most beneficial Risk Handling Technique

  • Quantifying Project Contingency Reserve AND Management Reserve

  • Watching the Project “Dashboard”—Early Warning Triggers

  • Exercise 2-4: Project Risk Management: Determining the Impact of Uncertainty





MODULE THREE: Self Study, June 6 – June 12; Webinar, June 13, 8:00am – 9:30am


Estimating Project Time/Cost Estimates—Establishing the Triple Constraint



  • Matching Personnel Skills with Work Content Requirements—it’s more than FTEs

  • Understanding the Difference between Work Effort and Work Duration

  • Converting Labor Time, facilities, equipment to Project Budget

  • Estimating the Cost PMB using multiple components

  • Exercise 3-5: Project Time/Cost Estimating: The Impact of “Bait & Switch”



Preparing an Integrated Project Execution Schedule



  • Variations in Scheduling Approaches—Deterministic/Probabilistic

  • Establishing Work Package Dependencies—Input/Output

  • Calculating the Project Duration, Critical Path/Float Paths

  • Methods for Compressing the Project Duration—Fast Track, Add Resources, Modify Dependent Relationships

  • Selecting Schedule based Project Progress Milestones

  • Converting the Precedence Diagram to a working Gantt Chart

  • Exercise 3-6: Networking Exercise

  • Exercise 3-7: Resource Re-Allocation Exercise: Quantifying the Impact of Resource Allocation

  • Exercise 3-8: Project Schedule Preparation Exercise: Getting Mr. Jones to Work



Documenting/Using the Project Performance Measurement Baseline



  • Syncing Time and Cost Planning to create an integrated data set

  • When to “freeze” the PMB—Implementing Change Control

  • Creating Graphics to Display Plan vs. Actual Project Status

  • When and How to Gather Project/Milestone progress information

  • Using a “work around plan” without changing the PMB





MODULE FOUR: Self Study, June 13 - June 19; Webinar, June 20, 8:00am – 9:30am



Quantifying Actual vs Expectation Variations—Finding and Reporting the Truth



  • Using multiple Data Points to determine realistic status

  • Comparing three “time slices” to assess Short term/Long term conditions

  • Using the Graphical Plots of Data as a conduit for generating “information”

  • Establishing Acceptable Variance Tolerance Bands—Control Charts

  • Conducting “root cause” analysis, looking beyond the data

  • Exercise 4-9: Variance Data Interpretation, Analysis and Corrective Action Planning Exercise



Extrapolating the Past—Forecasting the Future



  • Utilizing Projections Founded in History

  • Knowing when to confirm a trend and its potential impacts

  • Knowing when (in time and/or budget) to reliably predict the future

  • Remembering “Whatever happened in the past will continue to happen in the future—unless someone does something about it”



Consideration of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Approach



  • Modifying a Traditional PM Approach to EVMS—Taking Baby Step

  • Selecting the Critical EV Claiming Techniques—Labor (direct and sub-contract), Materials and Equipment

  • Understanding EVMS Reporting Requirements

  • Exercise 4-10: EVMS Data Utilization/Interpretation: Using Earned Value Data to Support the Decision Process





END DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 27, 8:00am – 9:00am CONCLUDING WEBINAR



FINAL KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT MUST BE COMPLETED/PASSED BY JULY 11, 2015
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