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W. Frank Barton School of Business - Wichita State University
Project Management Essentials

Project Management Essentials

Hays, KS - Project Management Essentials

Seminar Date: September 23 & 24, 2014

Location: Sternberg Museum
Expeditions Room (main floor)
3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, Kansas

Time: 9:00am-4:00 pm
Led by: Ms. DeAnn Sullivan, PMP

Price: $795.00 

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    This class is a cooperative partnership between CMD and the Management Development Center at FHSU.  The class will be held in Hays Kansas.
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As a project manager you understand the need for tools to help coordinate, plan, execute and complete projects on-time and on-budget.  This program will give you hands-on experience and real-life applications for many of the widely recognized project management methods in business, including: *Work Breakdown Structure, network diagramming, critical path technique and Earned Value Management.  Materials in this class are based on the Project Management Institute, Inc., (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013

Key process steps are practiced through team exercises, allowing students to understand how, when and why they should be used.  This allows the project manager to create and manage a project plan more efficiently and effectively.  You are sure to come away from this seminar better prepared to confidently manage projects from small to large using the most effective techniques available.


Project Management Essentials is designed for business professionals faced with getting projects done on-time, within budget and to the customer's satisfaction.  It provides hands-on, interactive training that will benefit both first-time and experienced project leaders through effective, step-by-step processes to organize, define, plan, track, and complete any project and skills necessary to be successful.


  • An overview of the knowledge areas and process groups in the PMBOK® Guide                  NOTE: This class will reflect the 5th Edition of the  PMBOK® Guide 
  • Roles and expectations for project managers, sponsors and team members
  • How competing projects demands may require tradeoffs
  • The importance of a change control process
  • How to create a project charter
  • The process for stakeholder analysis 
  • How to create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • How to create a network diagram
  • How to use the critical path technique to identify critical path and float
  • The importance of a resource assignment matrix
  • Creation and analysis of a project schedule
  • Creation of a time-phased budget
  • Earned Value Management terms, formulas and analysis
  • Quality processes, principles and tools
  • Risk identification and analysis and contingency reserves
  • Procurement processes and risks
  • Project reporting and meeting guidelines
  • Developing and managing the project team


Anyone involved with projects - both experienced and new project managers will benefit greatly from this course - as will supervisors, managers, directors, bankers, health professionals, scientists, project engineers, program staffers and anyone else who administers projects.

"Really beneficial information that could be applied to areas beyond project management.  I was provided with activities, techniques and other tools that I could take into the training environment or into meetings and immediately put into practice.  Thanks!"
                            Kelli Hartman 
                            Training & Curriculum Development Specialist
                            Emprise Bank 

"A very informative class! DeAnn Sullivan did a very good job presenting an overall view of project management.  The class opens the door to what you need to understand the basics and anxious to learn more."
                           Julie Gretz     Sunflower Electric Cooperative


  1. *Overview and Framework
    1. What is Project Management and why do it?
    2. Projects and strategic planning
    3. Roles and expectations
    4. Skills and knowledge needed
    5. Project Management Institute, Inc., (PMI)® project management process groups & knowledge areas
  2. *Getting Started
    1. Managing competing demands of project requirements 
    2. Creating a project charter
  3. *Managing Scope
    1. Writing a scope statement 
    2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  4. *Managing Time
    1. Defining activities required
    2. Sequencing tasks
    3. Estimating resources and durations
    4. Critical Path Method (CPM)
    5. Schedule development
  5. *Managing Cost
    1. Creating a time-phased budget
    2. Earned Value Management
  6. *Managing Quality
    1. Standards/performance criteria
  7. *Managing Risk
    1. Risk identification
    2. Qualitative and quantitative analysis
    3. Risk response planning
    4. Risk register
  8. *Procurement Management
    1. Planning and executing
    2. Impact on the competing demands
  9. *Project Communications
    1. Project reporting
    2. Meeting guidelines
    3. Managing stakeholders
  10. *Human Resource Skills for Project Managers
    1. Team development
    2. Conflict management
    3. Situational leadership
  11. *Integration
    1. Putting it all together
    2. What to put in the project plan
    3. Executing, monitoring and controlling
    4. Managing changes
  12. *Closing a Project
    1. Post project review
    2. Lessons learned

*A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013

PMI, PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Did you know?
You can choose the Project Management Essentials course to fulfill a requirement for The Master Certificate in Project Management 


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