This is the final course in the certificate program and enables students to apply what they've learned from previously completed project-management courses, by developing a simulated but realistic team project. Students will be given project-management tools to facilitate the development of their project. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of project-management principles, processes, and techniques, including project control, cost management, project tracking, and project outsourcing. Students will also learn how to control project schedules, budgets, and scope, using methods that minimize or completely eliminate "scope creep." Techniques such as fast-tracking, critical-path crashing, stochastic estimating, and exploiting activity lead-lag times will enable students to develop fast, accurate project schedules. In-class exercises and case studies lead students to skills they can take back to work and immediately apply to their own projects.
- Project portfolio management techniques
- How to estimate project costs and forecast investment returns
- How to apply cybernetic-control techniques to schedules and budgets
- How to use earned-value management (EVM) to track and control projects
- How to fast-track and crash the project's critical path
- How to use stochastic techniques to ensure accurate project schedules
- How to apply project management principles in a simulated team project
Note(s): Project Management Institute--PMP Professional Development Units 30.0 hours; HRCI--PHR, SPHR and GPHR general recertification credit 27.5 hours.