Project Management Applications

Project Management Applications

Master essential quantitative and qualitative project management applications that will increase the probability of project success. This course, taught by a Project Management Professional, provides powerful tools and techniques that experienced project managers rely on daily.
6 weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Increase your value to your employer by discovering and mastering essential quantitative and qualitative project management applications.

A successful project begins with process definition, data collection, and the scoping of project requirements. Every project ends with a motivated project team able to accomplish objectives on time and within budget. Winning projects rely on accurate cost and time estimates, identification of the critical path, and use of tracking and control tools.

In this course, an experienced Project Management Professional will teach you the same powerful tools and techniques that experienced project management professionals rely on every day.

You will increase the probability of project success by mastering the tricks of the trade: Earned Value Performance Measurement, Gantt Charts, Network Scheduling, Work Breakdown Structure, and Cost-Volume Analysis.

You will become proficient at recruiting project team members and empowering them to succeed. You will understand the stages of team development, and you will gain skills in developing and motivating team leaders. You will learn how to understand and relate to an organizational culture and the differing characteristics of its work groups.

The course also includes essential information that will help you prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exams offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Certification Magazine recently identified PMP certification as "the highest-paying certification" of the year.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: pma
Start Dates*Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12 | Mar 18
*Choose start date in cart
$85.00
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9272
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$115.00

Syllabus

In your first lesson, you will learn how to use a variety of project management data collection tools including check sheets, histograms, performance charts, and process definition tools such as work breakdown structure (WBS) and flowcharts. After you master these tools, you will be able to increase your project management effectiveness by leaps and bounds.

Estimating is a very important activity for every organization. It helps you calculate time and costs for your project. When you successfully use estimates, your actual cost of project work is very close to your projections. In this lesson, you will learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative estimating methods, such as historical analogy, the walk through and Delphi methods, expected value, and estimates under uncertainty.

Earned value is gaining in popularity in project management circles. Although some people view it as a new concept, they're often surprised to learn that it's been around for more than 30 years. This lesson will define earned value, describe its history, and discuss its benefits. You will learn about the overview of earned value and discover how to create a step-by-step earned value performance measurement (EVPM) system.

Gantt charts, along with work breakdown structure (WBS), earned value performance measurement (EVPM), and the precedence diagram method (PDM), make up the big four of project management. A Gantt chart may be the most popular tool associated with project management because it's an easy to follow timeline chart. In this lesson, you will learn about the history of Gantt charts, find out how to create one, and discover their benefits and limitations.

Network scheduling, along with earned value, represents one of the most technical aspects of project management. If you enjoy working with charts and numbers, this lesson is right up your alley! As with earned value, the precedence diagram method (PDM) includes a fair amount of terminology and a little bit of tricky math. In this lesson, you will learn the basics of networks and see how they relate to project management.

In this lesson, you will take a break from using calculators and studying elaborate models. Instead, you will learn how resource planning, work flow diagrams, and storyboards can help you create and implement an effective project plan.

This lesson introduces a few more tools to help you with your projects. You will learn about the cost-volume analysis, a tool to help you optimize choices using costs, volume, and desired profits. You will also learn how to use and apply the Monte Carlo simulation, force field analysis, and the Pareto principle.

This lesson focuses on the nature of project management software and identifying winning techniques. You will read two case studies to help you understand issues pertaining to software implementation. You will learn why some people are reluctant to use project management software and discover ways to evaluate and select a software supplier.

This lesson introduces the measures of location (median, mode, and mean), the normal curve, and measures of dispersion (range, mean absolute deviation, variance, and standard deviation). You will see how the Taguchi loss function is an alternative to traditional go/no-go inspection. You will also learn how to measure variation, use prevention, and apply statistical process control (SPC) to help you produce predictable and acceptable results.

For your project to succeed, you need a skilled project manager and committed capable project team members. This lesson will teach you how to identify essential competencies of an effective project manager, and how to establish a winning project team. You will understand what it takes to recruit, evaluate, and select project team members. And you will also learn about the concepts of a core team, extended team, and the overly important project team.

This lesson introduces work group theory. You will learn about the stages of team development, understand why change is so important for your project, and find out why people are reluctant to change. You will learn how to overcome resistance to change and empower your project team.

This final lesson focuses on fundamental organizational concepts. You will discover the purpose of an organization chart and learn why a matrix organization is a common project management organizational structure. You will understand key coordinating principles such as authority, responsibility, accountability, and power.

Requirements

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

Completion of Project Management Fundamentals (or equivalent experience).

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.

Reviews

I feel that the instructor was one of the best I ever had. I like his style of posing a question and after the answer was given he answered it with an explanation. He was Great!!

Thank you. This course gave me a good understanding of the project methodologies. The samples used provided a good perspective of how these principles are applied in the work place.

Great Course...I look forward to the next. This course made you use your brain to its fullest. Thank you very much.

If you're thinking of becoming a classmate--this instructor is fantastic and he will respond to your questions in the discussion area so make sure you use this great feature. Tony also provides excellent links in the supplementary material so check those out also. I have taken Tony's Supply Chain Management and Project Management Fundamentals course and both were terrific! Next I will be focusing on my area of expertise, distribution.

I like to thank you for giving me the great opportunity of enrolling in this class. Throughout the past couple of courses which I have taken, with the instructions of Professor Swaim, I have been able to master my project management expertise. Thank you, again.

I have absolutely no project management background, however this course has enlightened me and further increased my interest in the subject matter.

The instructor was an excellent instructor I found his lessons very useful. His way of teaching is excellent. I will be taking the next 2 PMP® Prep classes with him. I am sure it will land me my certification. I will be sitting for the exam in September. Thanks so much Mr. Swaim.

Thanks again for another interesting project management class, Tony. Very useful information that was well presented.

This was a great course! I am taking the PMP® in a week, and this course provided excellent real world information as a supplement to my studies! Thanks!

Very good course. Lots of information. The supplemental information was very interesting and helpful. I liked that the final did not mirror the quizzes and really made me think things through.