Course details

This project simulation course combines lectures, hands-on activities, and individual and team assignments to let you experience managing a project from original concept to archiving the project documents. You'll walk through a complete project management life cycle, including initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Discover and validate a full range of PMBOK®-specific project management processes from project charter through project closure.You will work individually and on a team to write objectives, conduct stakeholder analysis, and develop a work breakdown structure and risk management plan based on a case study provided by your instructor. Practice using estimating techniques, dependency analysis, and network diagramming. Use available progress information to determine the project's earned value. Consider various and competing expectations from stakeholders, including the customer, sponsor and team, as you develop and present plans to address expectations in ways that benefit the project.
Based on approval from the project sponsor (through role-play presentations to the instructor), you will then manage the project in a simulated environment through to completion, including the formation and management of the project team, project tracking in MS Project, and regular project status reports to management. In This Courseyou will provide a closing presentation to the project sponsor that includes a thorough review of the results, lessons learned, and recommendations for improvements.

Target Audience

Associate project managers, project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, project analysts, project leaders, product managers, and program managers.


  • Build a business case for a project
  • Develop the project charter and scope
  • Obtain sign-off from sponsors and buy-in from stakeholders
  • Build a successful project team
  • Learn estimating techniques
  • Create a project schedule that is realistic and manageable
  • Track your project using Microsoft Project
  • Identify, analyze, quantify, mitigate, and manage risks
  • Create project management plans for quality, communication, resources, and stakeholder management
  • Develop an integrated change management plan
  • Manage project change
  • Close a project

Hands-On Exercises

  • Develop the Project Charter
  • Build the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Create a Network Diagram
  • Identify the Critical Path
  • Develop a Resource Assignment Matrix
  • Evaluate Project Quality
  • Assess Project Risk
  • Determine Project Cost
  • Plan Project Procurement
  • Create Change Control Plans
  • Estimate the Budget
  • Prepare a Status Report for Schedule and Budget

Course Outline

Laying the Foundation

  • Project Management Institute (PMI's) framework
  • Life cycle processes
  • Knowledge areas

Defining a Project

  • Difference between projects, programs, and reoccurring activities
  • Build a business case for your project
  • Understand the significance of the triple constraints
  • Develop your project scope by using a project charter
  • Identify and manage stakeholder expectations

Creating the Schedule

  • Seven steps of successful planning
  • Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Create effective estimates
  • Diagram a project
  • Identify the critical path

Planning for Quality

  • Customer expectations
  • Develop quality plans and methods
  • Quality assurance and control

Managing the Risks

  • Identify, assess, quantify, and manage risks
  • Mitigation strategies
  • Contingency planning

Dealing with Vendors

  • Procurement planning
  • Solicit, select, and manage vendors

Managing the Project

  • Baselining your project schedule
  • Effectively track and report progress
  • Formal change control processes
  • Managing organizational change

Closing the Project

  • Best practices for formal sign-off
  • Conducting lessons-learned reviews
  • Archiving project documents

Case Studies

  • Managing cross-functional teams
  • Dealing with conflicting expectations

About Equitrain

EquiTrain –a pision of Equinox International- equips organizations with IT skills that are the lifeblood of modern corporate life, as Theyll as the professional expertise required for ensuring productivity and to remain competitive now and tomorrow.

At EquiTrain, They tailor end-to-end training solutions that incorporate both IT and business consultancy to the specific needs of each inpidual customer. They can equip yTheir IT professionals with all they need to quickly maximize yTheir new technology investments as Theyll as pushing forward absolute beginners on their road to IT proficiency.

They offer a broad range of IT and Management training cTheirses and certifications from top technology vendors with a choice of on-site or offsite, public or closed and local or abroad training. Their portfolio of cTheirses is supplemented by Their strategic training alliance with world's leading providers of learning solutions.

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