FGCU’s Office of Continuing Education is offering the Professional Development course, Basics of Project Management, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at The Atrium Executive Center in Fort Myers. The course, taught by Dr. Robert Peterson, runs from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm . Enrollment is open to the public.
This one day workshop provides participants with a proven process and tools for successful management of a project or projects. The workshop is divided into two areas—the planning of a project and then the implementing and monitoring of the project plan.
Project management differs from traditional management as typically managing a project has a start and an end date. Usually the focus of the project is clearly defined through the project scope and a clear set of deliverables are known at the beginning of the project.
As part of this course participants are asked to identify either a project on which they are currently working or one on which they will be working so they can directly apply the concepts presented in this workshop.
Participants will learn how to put together the project plan to include:
- Development of the project charter
- Defining the project scope
- Establishing the project work requirements
- Preparing the Work Breakdown Structure
- Identifying the performance measurement baselines
- Estimating the costs of a project
- Preparing the project schedule and budget
- Determining what resources (equipment, facilities, personnel) are needed for the project
- Setting milestones for the project
- Deciding on the project’s organization structure
- Starting the project notebook
- Getting the proper people to sign off on the plan
Once the plan has been signed off, it is now the project manager’s job to implement, monitor and track the progress of the plan. Workshop participants will learn how to compare actual project schedule and budget with the planned project schedule and budget and determine any variances which may have occurred. From there participants will determine what actions—if any—should be taken given the variances found.
Finally, participants will learn how to close out the project and how to evaluate the overall outcomes from the project.