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PMP Prep/PM-SM™ Certification – 5/20/2024

May 20 @ 8:00 am 10:00 am

    Program Title:         PMP Prep/PM-SM™ Certification

    Duration:                  35 hours

    Program Description

    This course combines the USA’s most successful PMP prep class with a new credential, William George Associates’ PM-SM™ (Project Manager-Scrum Master™). This course updates waterfall project management concepts in the tradition of PMI, with Agile/Scum, thus creating an improved and unified set of better practices. The development and release of this course results from observation of market trends where relatively few organizations have dedicated Scrum Masters but DO have full-time Project Managers. The responsibilities of the Project Manager and Scrum Master have overlapped since the advent of Agile in the 1990’s, so it makes sense to certify professionals in this dual role. This increases the efficiency, value, and adoption of Scrum without forcing new titles. The delivery of this course is Hybrid meaning it is a combination of live instruction and online lectures.

    Who should take this course?

    Anyone wanting to prepare for the PMP Exam while also attaining a new powerful and relevant credential – the PM-SM™. Anyone interested in becoming a leader of teams and projects with all the required human skills. The PMP credential is still highly valued in the industry and the knowledge, skills, and techniques taught in class not only prepare participants for the exams but learns and applies new skills in a significant class project

    Project Management Class Syllabus

    Introduction and PMP Exam overview

    Learning objective:

    • Learn about the PMI application process.
    • Overview the PMP Exam details.
    • Learn exam-taking tools and techniques.
    • How to enroll in the PMP Exam.
    • Identify exam preparation key methodologies.

    Students take Baseline Assessment test (one hour)

    The Project Management Framework

    Learning objective:

    • Define what a project is and what project management is.
    • Understand the 9 project management knowledge areas.
    • Define a project life cycle.
    • Identify and define project stakeholders.
    • Specify influences of organizational structures on project management.
    • Highlight the skills required for a project manager.
    • Define the Project Manager’s responsibilities.
    • Identify social-economic environmental influences to projects.
    • Define the 5 process groups of project management.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Integration Management

    Learning objective:

    • Define the project manager’s role as integrator.
    • Control “gold plating” through work authorization.
    • Understand the value of documenting lessons learned.
    • Create a project plan.
    • Define the Execution of the project plan.
    • Know the use of baselines to monitor the progress of the project.
    • Define integrated change control.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Scope Management

    Learning objective:

    • Highlight methods for project selection.
    • Define the elements and importance of the project charter.
    • Identify project constraints.
    • Development of a scope management plan.
    • Development of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
    • Implementing scope verification.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Summary of concepts and approaches to questions for the PMP Exam

    Project Simulation: Case Study

    Project Time Management (Scheduling)

    Learning objective:

    • Methods for developing a schedule.
    • Developing network diagrams (PERT, CPM and PDM charts).
    • Using dependencies.
    • Calculating the critical path(s) for the project.
    • Calculating slack.
    • Crashing and fast tracking a project.
    • Resource leveling.
    • Developing a schedule management plan.
    • Use of CPM, PERT and Monte Carlo to estimate the duration of the project.
    • Schedule Control.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Simulation: Case Study

    Project Cost Management

    Learning objective:

    • Resource Planning.
    • Cost estimating through analogous estimating, bottom up estimating, parametric estimating and computerized estimating tools.
    • Earned value analysis.
    • Order of Magnitude, Budget and Definitive estimates.
    • Calculating Present Value, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Payback Period, Benefit Cost Ratio and Opportunity Cost.
    • Variable Cost, Fixed Costs, Direct Cost and Indirect Cost.
    • Project Life Cycle Costing.
    • Value Analysis.
    • Cost control.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Simulation: Case Study

    Project Quality Management

    Learning objective:

    • Responsibility for quality.
    • Impacts of poor quality.
    • Tools used for Quality Management Planning.
    • Developing a Quality Management Plan.
    • Implementing Quality Assurance.
    • Quality Control through Fishbone Diagram, Pareto Diagram, and Control Chart.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Simulation: Case Study

    Project Resource Management

    Learning objective:

    • Roles and responsibilities for project manager, team members, project sponsor and management.
    • Organizational planning.
    • Staff acquisition.
    • Developing a responsibility chart.
    • Team building.
    • Leadership skills.
    • Human resource constraints.
    • Conflict management and resolution.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Team Building Class Exercise

    Project Communication Management

    Learning objective:

    • Developing a communications plan.
    • Communication methods.
    • Communication blockers.
    • Performance reporting.
    • Administrative closure.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Communication Skill Building Exercise

    Project Risk Management

    Learning objective:

    • Developing a risk management plan.
    • Techniques for identifying risks.
    • Categorizing risks.
    • Qualitative risk analysis.
    • Quantitative risk analysis.
    • Using a decision tree.
    • Developing a risk response plan.
    • Risk response strategies.
    • Risk monitoring and control.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Procurement Management

    Learning objective:

    • Procurement planning.
    • Advantages and disadvantages of contract type selection.
    • Solicitation planning.
    • Solicitation.
    • Source selection.
    • Negotiation.
    • Contract administration.
    • Contract change control.
    • Contract close-out.

    Chapter Practice Questions and Solutions Class Discussion

    Project Management Ethical Responsibility and Code of Conduct

    Students take Verification Assessment Test

    Agile Product Development/Project Management

    Learning objective:

    • Introduction to Agile/Scrum
    • Team building activity review
    • Scrum Team Roles
    • Team Formation
    • Understanding Vision
    • User Story creation
    • Backlog Grooming
    • Release Planning
    • Sprint Planning
    • Scrum Day to Day operations
    • Retrospectives – making them productive
    • Scrum Tools
    • Reporting/Velocity
    • Goals and Milestones
    • Scalability- The Spotify model
    • Class project
      • Create vision statement
      • Create business plan
      • Document requirements
      • Identify all Features for Release 1 (MVP)
      • Write User Stories
      • Detailed sprint planning session to determine tasks, effort and duration for the sprint
    • Role plays for daily stand-ups
    • Course retrospective
    • Certification Exam
    • Graduation

    Training materials

    • Baseline Test™ and Verification Test™
    • PMP®/Agile Practice Questions
    • WGA Training Manual
    • WGA Student workbook
    • Class project simulation materials
    • Project Templates.