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PMG100: Project Management I: Introduction

Course Summary

The Project Management I: Introduction course is one of the initial steps to a career in project management or program governance. It provides an overview of the key concepts and an opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge in project-based settings. The course is designed to prepare participants for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) exam. The cost for the exam is included with course registration.

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Delivery Methods

Hybrid | Online | Onsite

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Course Content
Course Competencies
Additional Details

Is KP’s PMG100 course right for you?

You should consider the following in making that determination…

  • • Are you interested in entering a career in project management and program governance?
  • • Are you a recent high school graduate, received your GED or career switcher?
  • • Are you a working professional interested in additional education but need a program that emphasizes work/life balance?
  • • Are you interested in project based work and feel you have a knack for coordinating programs and activities?
  • • Would you like to earn an industry recognized certification?

If your professional goals are reflected within these questions and you answered affirmatively, the Project Management I: Introduction course is a great resource to move you forward. This course is designed to educate you about the fundamentals of project management and program governance while preparing you for an entry level career as a Project Coordinator, Business Consultant, Business Analyst, IT Consultant or Associate Project Manager. Beyond providing you with the knowledge, skills and abilities requested by employers for these roles this course also provides participants with workforce development workshops and preparation to attain PMI’s CAPM industry recognized certification.

Our online and hybrid delivery model allows users to proceed at their own pace while balancing the addition of this course with their existing work-life commitments. The course is designed to refresh and build upon your existing knowledge and integrate the project management framework in a manner that makes the new concepts easy to digest. Our instructors are industry experts with substantial years of professional experience in the field and the classroom.

Course Content

Initiation: Initiation represents the very beginning of a project where an idea or concept progresses into an actual project. The goals, objectives and desired outcomes are defined along with the project scope. A project or program manager is selected and assigned to lead the effort. Several deliverables are produced during this phase: Project Charter, Business Plan, Project Framework, Business Case Justification and Milestone Reviews.

Planning: Planning happens next and during this phase the project components are identified and broken into smaller more manageable activities—this is called the work break down structure (WBS). The WBS is further broken down into the specific tasks that must be completed to deliver upon the project goals and objectives and each tasks is assigned to a specific team or team member. Identification of stakeholders, risks and implementation of communication/reporting practices are accomplished during this phase as well
Scope: Project scope is defined as the work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product, service, or result with the specified features and functions. During this phase the project or program manager is responsible for controlling and tracking the progress of the project
Schedule: The project schedule places the work break down structure and associated tasks into a timeline which also highlights interdependencies. The scheduling process is very details and allows the project manager to commit to specific milestones and deliverable dates.
Budget: The project budget reflects the total financial commitment that is required to deliver upon the project goals and objectives as identified during the initiation phase. The project or program manager is responsible for tracking the financial health of the project as a complementary activity of the scheduling process.
Quality Management: During this phase the quality standards for the program are defined and documented. Acceptable thresholds for acceptance and rejection are clearly articulated for each deliverable to be produced for the program. Controlling and managing quality standards is the responsibility of all project team members
Communication: Strong communication is critical for the success in any collaborative activity but particularly for project management. Establishing strong processes for updates at each project layer—Executive Leadership, Core Team and Project Team. The frequency of communications, mode of communications (i.e., video conferences, face to face meetings, status reports, etc) are all defined. The preparation of communication requires a commitment from all stakeholders and proper planning will ensure that the project is managed efficiently and effectively.
Risk Management: The purpose of Project Risk Management is to identify project risks and develop strategies to prevent them from occurring or minimize their impact to the project if they do occur. Project risks exist because of uncertainty. There is always the possibility that something known or unknown could impact the achievement of your project's goals. Risk management is about being prepared to handle these risks. As the project manager, there are four basics of risk management that you can use to manage your project's risks... • Identify Risks • Risk Assessment • Risk Response Development • Monitor and Control Risks
Stakeholder Engagement: Stakeholder Engagement is the heart of the change management process—identifying the impacted stakeholders, their interests / expectations of the project, desired engagement level and forum are addressed early in the process. Maintaining engagement with all stakeholders and preparing them for the coming change is closely related to the communication processes.
Procurement Management: Many projects require resources, services or products that are external to the organization—identifying these needs and accurately communicating them to potential suppliers is an important part of building the project team. Collaborating with the purchasing / acquisitions department on the process, timing and management of this activity is one of the functions that project or program managers support
Career & Workforce Development: The distinguishing factor that separates KP’s courses from other organizations is our focus on helping the participants in our program prepare for a career in industry. The program is structured to provide an opportunity for you to focus on the following skills: Presentation Skills, Leadership Skills, Customer Service, Interviewing Techniques, Dressing for Success, Business Etiquette and Career Planning

Course Competencies

Competency List
1.1 Understand the five project management process groups and the processes within each group
1.2 Recognize the relationships among project, program, portfolio, and operational management
1.3 Define a typical project lifecycle
1.4 Understand the function and importance of tailoring for different projects
Competency List
2.1 Identify the factors and assets that may impact the outcome of a project
2.2 Distinguish between organizational systems
2.3 Understand the purpose and activities of a Project Management Office
2.4 Recognize the hierarchy of projects, programs and portfolios
Competency List
3.1 State the primary functions of a project manager
3.2 Understand a project manager’s sphere of influence
3.3 Identify the major elements included in the PMI triangle
3.4 Recognize the difference between leadership and management
Competency List
4.1 Understand the seven project management processes in the project integration management knowledge area
4.2 Identify the input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the seven processes in project integration management
4.3 Understand the purpose of project integration management and the project manager’s role within it
4.4 Identify concepts and procedures related to project change management
4.5 Identify tailoring consideration in project integration management and recognize key documents
4.6 Identify methods for project integration and knowledge management
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5.1 Understand the six project management processes in the project scope management knowledge area
5.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the six processes in project scope management
5.3 Identify key concepts and tailoring consideration for project scope management, and key roles in scope management
5.4 Identify the purpose and elements of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for both Product and Project scope
5.5 Understand project scope management for agile/adaptive projects, including the use of prototypes
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6.1 Define the six project management processes in the project schedule management knowledge area
6.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the six processes in project schedule management
6.3 Solve simple network diagrams problems and perform basic scheduling calculations
6.4 Identify considerations for agile/adaptive environments in project schedule management
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7.1 Understand the four project management processes in the project cost management knowledge area
7.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the four processes in project cost management
7.3 Identify key concepts in project cost management, including tailoring and special considerations for agile/adaptive environments
7.4 Understand and apply basic forecasting and earned value methods for project cost management
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8.1 Understand the three project management processes in the project quality management knowledge area
8.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the three quality management processes
8.3 Understand the reasons for and approaches to adapting quality management in different project environments
8.4 Identify quality tools and approaches for continuous improvement
Competency List
9.1 Define the six project management processes in the project resource management knowledge area
9.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the six processes in project resource management
9.3 Identify key concepts and trends in project resource management, including tailoring and special considerations for agile/adaptive environments
9.4 Identify techniques for developing a team, managing conflict, and resolving resource-related problems
9.5 Understand the components of a resource management plan and data representation techniques for managing project resources
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10.1 Understand the three project management processes in the project communication management knowledge area
10.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the three project communication management processes
10.3 Identify key concepts and approaches in project communication management, including tailoring and special considerations for agile/adaptive environments
10.4 Recognize the dimensions of communication and components of a communications management plan
10.5 Identify communications skills and methods for project communication Management
Competency List
11.1 Understand the seven project management processes in the project risk management knowledge area
11.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in project risk management
11.3 Identify the key documents in project risk management
11.4 Perform simple risk calculations
11.5 Recognize when and how to adjust risk based on the project environment
Competency List
12.1 Understand the three processes in the project procurement management knowledge area
12.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the three project procurement processes
12.3 Identify key concepts and tailoring considerations for project procurement management, including trends and emerging practices
12.4 Identify various types of contracts, agreements, and source selection methods
Competency List
13.1 Understand the four project management processes in the project stakeholder management knowledge area
13.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the four project stakeholder management processes
13.3 Recognize key stakeholders roles and needs
13.4 Identify the key concepts and benefits of stakeholder management
Competency List
14.1 Organize document or presentation clearly in a manner that promotes understanding and meets the requirements of the assignment.
14.2 Develop coherent paragraphs or points so that each is internally unified and so that each functions as part of the whole document or presentation
14.3 Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer's ideas
14.4 Tailor communications to the audience
14.5 Use sentence structure appropriate to the task, message and audience
14.6 Follow conventions of Standard Written English
14.7 Create neat and professional looking documents appropriate for the project or presentation
14.8 Create clear oral messages
Competency List
15.1 Lead and/or participate in a diverse group to accomplish projects and assignments
15.2 Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a project, articulating clear objectives and goals for the team.
15.3 Contribute to team projects, assignments, or organizational goals as an engaged member of a team
15.4 Demonstrate diversity and inclusiveness in a team setting
Competency List
16.1 Prepare a plan to achieve a professional goal.
16.2 Communicate qualifications for a chosen profession.
16.3 Network with people employed in a target profession.

Additional Details

Timeline for Course

This course is designed to be completed within 12 weeks but can be completed in as little as 4 weeks for students that aggressively progress through each learning module. Much of the work is online and asynchronous allowing participants to engage with course content at times most convenient for your schedule. This program structure is deliberately designed to assist participants maintain their work-life balance while adding the time requirement of this course commitment to their plate.

Why take a course from KP?

KP has provided academic, social and professional development services to youth and adults since 2008. The firm’s mission is to to help all participants in our programs achieve their full potential—fully integrated into their community, engaged in a career of their choosing and living an independent life that fulfills their personal goals and desires.

Why this specific course?

The PMG100 course is designed to provide a solid foundation in the field of project and program management for career changers and young professionals. The course will prepare you to take PMI’s CAPM certification, a nationally recognized credential desired by many employers and provide you with career counseling to maximize your success as you launch your project management career.

What You Will Receive?

Participants in this course will gain a solid understanding of the field of project management, a certificate of completion and receive the CAPM certification (must successfully pass PMI’s certification test).

Target Career Occupations

The CAPM certification will prepare you for the following positions and others like them:

  • • Project Coordinator
  • • Business Consultant
  • • Business Analyst
  • • IT Consultant
  • • Associate Project Manager