Project Management Fundamentals-Expanded (PMFx)

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3 Days



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Project Management Fundamentals (PMFx) is three-day expanded introductory course designed for those relatively new to project management who have been or may be assigned to a Project Manager role. PMFx builds upon the basic two-day PMF course through in depth case study analysis, exercises, and proficiency assessment.

Today’s project environment is increasingly complex given the global and interconnected nature of business and emergence of new information technologies, including applications of Artificial Intelligence to project management. Today’s Project Manager must adapt to these changes and become increasingly nimble in navigating through a myriad of constraints. No longer is a single project delivery methodology adequate and Project Managers must understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of predictive and adaptive approaches to deliver successful project results. Through a combination of presentation, class exercises, case studies, stories, and group discussion, and proficiency assessments, this course prepares participants to lead projects for their organization.

PMFx is optimally experienced in a live onsite workshop style setting with room for breakout sessions.

What You Will Learn:

Participants will initially determine a project management proficiency baseline of understanding. Following a broad exploration of the project management framework, lifecycle, principles, approaches and methodologies, participants will again be evaluated for learning effectiveness and the application of project management principles and problem solving. Throughout the course practical tools and techniques for delivering successful results in today’s rapidly changing world will be demonstrated and discussed.

Course Outline:

  Introduction, Course Objectives

  • The “Accidental” Project Manager
  • PMI PMBOK® – Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th Edition
  • Expected outcomes
  • Class logistics & dynamics
  • Group project introductions

What is Project Management?

  • Terms & Definitions
  • The “Iron Triangle” of Project Management
  • Project Management Methodologies – Traditional, Agile, Hybrid
  • Process Framework
    • Initiation
    • Planning
    • Execution
    • Monitoring & Controlling
    • Closing
  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • The role of Artificial Intelligence in Project Management practice

Project Definition

  • The Project Data Sheet – PDS
    • Issue Statement
    • Objective Statement
    • Prioritization - Flexibility Matrix
  • Developing the Project Charter
  • Developing the Project Scope
  • Is/Is Not
  • Requirements
    • Collecting, Validating, Managing
  • Defining Deliverables
  • Establishing Completion Criteria

Project Sponsorship & Governance

  • Establishing clear Project Governance
  • The Role of the Project Sponsor
  • Developing a Relationship with Your Sponsor
  • Making Project Decisions

 Engaging Stakeholders

  • Stakeholders – Who Are They?
  • Stakeholder…
    • Identification
    • Assessment
    • Mapping
    • Analysis
    • Engagement

Mastering Project Communications

  • Communication Success = Project Success
  • Basic Communication Model
  • Communication Complexity
  • Tools for Effective Project Communications
  • Managing the Message

Project Planning: Identifying the Work

  • What is a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?
  • Steps to Create a WBS
  • Subdividing Project Work
  • Organizing Project Work

Project Planning: Developing the Schedule

  • Steps for Developing the Project Schedule
  • Sequencing Activities
    • Dependencies
    • Network Logic Diagramming
  • Identifying & Estimating Resources
  • Estimating Activity Time – Effort vs. Duration
  • Project Accountability Structure & Roles/Responsibilities
  • Identifying the Project Critical Path
    • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Establishing the Schedule Baseline 

Project Execution: Managing the Project Schedule

  • High & Low Confidence Schedules
  • Identifying Constraints
  • Schedule Compression & Resource Leveling

Project Execution: Managing Project Delivery & Quality

  • Defining & Managing Project Quality
  • Establishing Project Change Control
  • Analyzing & Responding to Project Variance
  • Communicating Project Status

Project Execution: Managing Project Risk

  • The Risk Management Process
  • Identifying Project Risk
  • Developing the Risk Register
  • Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Risk Reduction Tools
  • Risk Reduction, Mitigation, and Response

Project Execution: Monitoring, Controlling, & Change

  • Measuring Progress – Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Variance Analysis – Earned Value
  • Change Management Process
  • Managing Project Escalations
  • Feedback & Corrective Action

Project Execution: Closing the Project

  • Validating Deliverables
  • Transitioning Benefits to Stakeholders
  • Sponsor/Stakeholder Approval
  • Capturing Lessons Learned
  • Releasing the Project Team

Leading the Project Team

  • Characteristics of High Performing Teams
  • Team Development Lifecycle
  • Managing Without Authority
  • Leadership Styles
  • Team Dynamics – Power & Influence
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Project Management Professional Ethics


Dave Snider is a project management consultant with 40 years of experience leading complex projects in the high technology industry. Dave thrives in discovering innovative methods to deliver business results. Beginning his career at Hewlett Packard as a Facilities Project Manager, he led R/D infrastructure projects for semiconductor process research and development. He then joined the emerging HP inkjet printer business leading a diverse portfolio of projects and programs to expand (and sometimes contract) technology and production capability in North America, Europe, and Asia. His program team opened the first high volume semiconductor wafer fab in Singapore producing inkjet components for a growing global demand. In the largest company separation in corporate history, in 2015 he co-led a global workstream tasked with separating over 600 site locations that would become the two distinct companies of HP, Inc. and the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Dave holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University and an M.S. in Management in Science & Technology from Oregon Health & Science University. He is also a certified Project (PMP) and Program (PgMP) Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.


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