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Project Management Overview



Learn about the best practices of project management and discover what project management can do for your organization in this one-day overview of our Project Management Essentials course, winner of the 2006 PMI® Professional Development Product of the Year award. This seminar uses the structured project management framework of initiation, planning, execution, control, and formal closing, teaching you the steps that ensure project success. The course focuses on practical tools and techniques you can use immediately back on the job.

Students pursuing a university-recognized and/or accredited certificate in Canada or continuing education units in the US must attend at least 90% of class time, participate in class exercises and section-knowledge checks, and score at least 70% on an end-of-class, multiple-choice assessment.


  • Life cycle of projects
  • Essential project management terminology
  • How to effectively manage all phases of a project


  1. Project Management Framework
    • The Project Management Institute
      • Five Process Groups
      • Nine Knowledge Areas
      • Life Cycles
    • Project Management Terminology
  2. Initiating
    • Five Steps of Project Initiation
    • The Project Charter
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Project Roles and Responsibilities and the RAM
    • Sign-Off
  3. Planning
    • Overview of Communication Management
    • Overview of Risk Management
    • Overview of Change Management
    • WBS Basics
      • Decomposition
      • Sticky Note Technique
    • Scheduling Basics
    • Dependency Analysis and Network Diagramming
    • Critical Path Analysis
    • Resource Allocation and Leveling
    • Schedule Compression Techniques
  4. Controlling and Closing
    • Project Controls
    • Managing Expectations
  5. Closing
    • Administrative Closure
    • Contract Closure
    • Lessons Learned


  • Project Management Terminology
  • Developing the WBS
  • Network Diagramming and Critical Path
  • Lessons Learned




Anyone interested in learning and applying the concepts covered in PMI®’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013.


Follow-On Courses

  • Project Management Fundamentals (Course 2868)
  • IT Project Management (Course 2819)
  • Applied Project Management (Course 2807)





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