Fast Start in Project Management Training in Toronto, Canada

Enroll in or hire us to teach our Fast Start in Project Management class in Toronto, Canada by calling us @303.377.6176. Like all HSG classes, Fast Start in Project Management may be offered either onsite or via instructor led virtual training. Consider looking at our public training schedule to see if it is scheduled: Public Training Classes
Provided there are enough attendees, Fast Start in Project Management may be taught at one of our local training facilities.
We offer private customized training for groups of 3 or more attendees.

Course Description

This highly interactive workshop is designed to give participants a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques of formal project management. While introductory in nature, this course is extremely comprehensive, covering the five key process groups and 38 core competencies associated with effective and efficient project management practice. Participants not only acquire technique-based proficiencies, but also explore and practice essential people skills and teamwork. The concepts and methods learned are immediately usable in the workplace, leading to a greater retention of newly acquired skills, measurable project improvements, and the achievement of desired project results.
Course Length: 3 Days
Course Tuition: $1190 (US)



Course Outline


1.  Introduction

Workshop Logistics

Workshop Materials

How to Get the Most out of This Workshop

Workshop Objectives

Workshop Content


2.  Project Management Concepts

Project Management in the Enterprise



Projects and Sub-Projects


Project Management Offices (PMOs)

So What is Project Management?

Project Management Process

Project Phases

Project Life Cycle

Rolling Wave Planning

What Defines a Successful Project?

The Project Management Triangle

Critical Success Factors

The Project Manager’s Skills and Knowledge

The Project Manager’s Role

The Project Participants

The Project Sponsor

The Stakeholders

The Project Team

The Project Environment

Culture and Style


Project Management System

3.  The People Side of Project Management

The People Side

The Social Style Model

Behavioral Dimensions


The Social Style

Social Style Characteristics

Social Styles, Strengths and


Social Style and Backup Behavior


Working With Others

Analytical Social Style

Driving Social Style

Working With Others

Expressive Social Style

Amiable Social Style

Building on Your Strengths

Classification Ethics

The Communication Process

Virtual Communications

4.  Initiating the Project

Project Initiation

Defining Need

Defining Feasibility

Demonstrating Need and Feasibility

Identify Stakeholders

Project Charter

Project Description

Project Purpose

Project Objectives

Project Requirements

Triangle Flexibility

5.  Planning the Project

Why Do You Plan

Developing the Project Management Plan

Components of the Project Management Plan

Project Scope

Project Scope Statement

Project Deliverables





Plan Procurements

Characteristic of an Effective Project Plan

The Investment of Planning

6.  Decomposition Using a Work

Breakdown Structure

Project Decomposition

Benefits of Decomposition

Decomposition Using a Work

Breakdown Structure

Benefits of the Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure Hierarchy

Work Breakdown Structure Format

Work Package

Work Breakdown Structure Template

Work Breakdown Structure Graphic Conventions

Work Breakdown Structure

Diagramming Rules

Demonstration: Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure List Conventions

Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary

Activity Definition


Skills Matrix

Scope Baseline

7.  Estimating

Estimating Accuracy

Effort, Duration, and Cost

Effort vs. Duration

Methods for Estimating Effort

Weighted Average

Expert Judgment, Delphi, and

Parametric Estimating

Analogous and Computerized Tools

Analogous Estimating

Computerized Tools

Function Point Estimating

Function Point Analysis

Estimating Variables

Estimating Cost

Cost Budgeting

Cost Performance Baseline

8.  Sequencing and Scheduling

Determining Sequence and Schedule

The Network Diagram

Diagramming Network Activity

Precedence Diagramming

Arrow Diagramming



Establishing the Network Diagram

Precedence Logic

Estimating Resources

Estimating Duration



Apply the Calendar

Network Terms

Critical Path

Determine the Critical Path – Forward Pass

Calculating Float – Backward Pass

Gantt and Bar Charts

Time/Cost Target 

9.  Organizing and Acquiring Staff

Human Resource Planning

Acquire the Project Team

Responsibility Assignment Matrix Constraints

Resource Histograms

Resource Leveling

Develop the Project Team

Team Website

10.  Control Plans

Planning for Control

Quality Management Plan

Quality Planning

Quality Assurance

Quality Control

Communications Management Plan

Developing the Communication Plan

Change Control

Reasons for Change

A Typical Change Control Procedure

11.  Risk Management

What is Risk?

Elements of Risk Management

Risk Management Planning

Risk Identification

Qualitative Risk Analysis

Risk Response Planning

Responses for Negative Risk

Responses for Positive Risk and Opportunity

The Risk Response Register

Contingencies and Reserves

Risk Management Method

Risk Management Worksheet

12.  Executing the Project

Project Execution

Guidelines for Executing a Project Phase

Tools and Techniques for Executing the

Project Plan

Project Kickoff

Work Results

Tracking Progress via Status Reports

Assessing Project Status via

Status Meetings

Pitfalls of Project Execution

13.  Monitoring and Controlling the Project

Project Control

Key Control Activities

Planning vs. Monitor and Control

Prerequisites for Effective

Monitoring and Control

Performance Monitoring and Reporting

Performance Reports

Current State Report

Original Baseline Report

Trend Report

Narrative Overview Report

Trend Analysis

Interpreting Trends

Example of Trend Analysis

Questions to Ask Yourself

Taking Corrective Action

To Manage Quality

To Shorten the Project Duration

To Reduce Costs

To Accommodate Increasing Scope

Monitoring and Controlling

Project Risks

Tracking and Logging Changes

Requested Modifications

Corrective Actions

Guidelines for Monitoring and Controlling a Project Phase

Pitfalls to Project Control

14.  Closing the Project


Administrative Closure Activities

Lessons Learned

15.  Summary and Conclusion

Critical Success Factors

Project Management Functions


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