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Project Management

Project Management

Applying the PMBOK to Achieve Project Management Success


Leverage the world-class value of the PMBOK in an easy to follow project implementation format that establishes a step-by-step process on how to successfully structure a project to achieve the desired project results in an efficient and expedited manner.

Project Managers, candidates for the PMP examination and organizational leaders and achievers equally benefit from learning the tools, techniques, network diagrams, WBS’s, project lifecycles, project management office (PMO) governance structures, and chronological steps needed to successfully plan and implement a world-class project.


Current PMBOK courses tend to focus on the structure of the project management methodology, and cover the ten Knowledge Areas, forty-seven Project Management Processes, and the five Project Management Process Groups.  The enormity of the material covered in the typical PMBOK-focused course, with the methodology structure, inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs, as well as the first three introductory chapters that cover the context of project management, leave very little time to cover the steps necessary to actually apply the material to successfully complete a project.


The “Applying the PMBOK to Achieve Project Success” course provides a PMBOK-based, step by step approach to actually initiating, planning and achieving the goals/scope of a project. Great value is attained as re-usable templates are provided for use with each key activity for each phase of the project lifecycle. The final result is maximized as all of this project work is done within the context of Project Management Office (PMO) structure!

The “Applying the PMBOK to Achieve Project Success” course concludes with the participant given the opportunity to:

  1. Follow a set step-by-step process to complete a project with the PMBOK methodology.
  2. Be trained on project management templates that they can keep and re-use on their job.
  3. Apply the key PMBOK tools and techniques to project management activities in a detailed and more realistic manner that is not available in other project management courses.
  4. Integrated all of their project management activities within the context of a Project Management Office (PMO). They will learn how to set up a PMO and leverage its value.
  5. Project management collaboration tools will be discussed, including SharePoint, and how they can better manage virtual teams.


The following topics will be covered in this five-day, thirty-five hour, thirty topic course. In-class case studies, workshops and team exercises will all contribute to the dynamic classroom experience that this hands-on course achieves.

PMBOK Tools:

  1. Current State of Organizational Performance
  2. Transformational Change and Improved Performance Results through Integrated and Applied Project Management (Changing the way that future organizations will structured, managed and operated to compete in competitive, global environment.)
  3. PMBOK Tools
  4. PMBOK Techniques
  5. Introduction to Leveraging a Project Management Office (PMO)
  6. Business Case
  7. Strategy / Prioritization
  8. Project Charter
  9. Stakeholder Register
  10. Project Plan
  11. Requirements Matrix
  12. Scope Statement
  13. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  14. Network Diagrams
  15. Project Schedule
  16. Cost Estimating
  17. Project Budget
  18. Quality Plan
  19. Human Resource Plan
  20. Communication Plan
  21. Risk Matrix
  22. Procurement Planning
  23. Performance Control
  24. Integrated Change Control
  25. Validation
  26. Implementation
  27. Operational Readiness
  28. Project Closure
  29. PMOs and Collaboration Tools
  30. Managing Virtual Teams

5. Project Management Tools and Templates Provided by the Course

The following templates, checklists and tools will be provided to all course participants for use in the course and to keep for using in successfully managing their actual projects.

PMBOK Tools:

  1. Business Case Template
  2. Strategy Development and Extrapolation Template
  3. Prioritization Calculation Template
  4. Pareto Diagram Prioritization Spreadsheet and Chart
  5. Project Charter Template
  6. Stakeholder Register Template
  7. PMO Structure Diagram
  8. Project Plan Template
  9. Requirements Matrix Template
  10. Scope Statement Template
  11. WBS Development Tool, Template, and in-class Workshop
  12. Network Diagramming Exercise and MS Project Tool
  13. Project Schedule Template (MS Project) / Based on PMO Deliverables
  14. Cost Estimating Spreadsheet Template
  15. Project Budget Spreadsheet Template
  16. Quality Plan Template / Checklist
  17. Human Resource Plan Template
  18. Communication Plan Template
  19. Risk Matrix Spreadsheet Template
  20. Procurement Planning Checklist Template
  21. Performance Control Structure and Alignment Checklist Template
  22. Integrated Change Control Process and Template
  23. Validation Checklist
  24. Implementation Checklist
  25. Operational Readiness Checklist
  26. Project and Phase Closure Checklist
  27. Collaboration Tools Schema
  28. Managing Virtual Teams Best Practices Checklist

6. Learning Outcomes from the Applying the PMBOK to Achieve Project Success Course

Course participants will have the opportunity to learn how to leverage the value of the PMBOK in a structured, chronological manner to achieve their project goals in an efficient, high quality, expedited, and repeatable manner. All key templates to manage an enterprise-level project will be provided for them to keep. They will also learn how to function within the context of a PMO and leverage its value. Collaboration approaches and technology will be covered within the context of both a PMO and with virtual teams.