Principles of Project Management Workshop

Principles of Project Management classes are delivered live and online, instructor led.


Public Instructor-led Online Live Class  

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Course Date: Dec 8 - 9, 2020

Course hours: 7am – 3pm PST / 10am – 6pm EST

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Principles of Project Management On-Site and Live Online Learning Options
  • Workshop: Apply course concepts to your projects in class at your location – 3 days
  • Online: Customize the content for your audience. Delivered online at a pace that works for your audience.

Course Description

Principles of Project Management presents the proven techniques of project management. Our practical framework makes project management easy to understand and apply to today’s project-driven workplace.

You'll learn specific techniques such as Work Breakdown Structure and Resource Leveling and you'll have opportunities to practice each technique. We emphasize how to perform the technique and explain why using these techniques make you a better leader. It’s the knowledge every project manager needs to succeed.

As project management applies to all industries, the material presented is relevant to every practitioner. Training in project management techniques is placed in the context of your projects in your industry. In addition, real world project challenges presented in class offer hands-on opportunities for participants to identify specific project management tools to help solve each problem.

While this is not a traditional leadership course, it acknowledges that project managers are in leadership roles, and accordingly emphasizes the leadership aspect of each technique. By teaching participants how the project management tool set enables them to satisfy all their stakeholders – sponsors, management, customers and the project team – this course allows the project manager to achieve success on many levels.


  • Create realistic project schedules.
  • Build a cohesive, consistent understanding of the project's goals among all stakeholders.
  • Create effective project plans with clear responsibilities and milestones.
  • Identify problems when they are still small enough to solve.
  • Transform ambiguous projects into focused, productive projects with tangible results.

Each participant receives a copy of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, the most popular project management handbook for working professionals.

Project management training is vitally important for all team members to promote success on projects. Definition, planning, control, and leadership are all aspects emphasized and promoted through proven techniques in Versatile's courses.  Our classes present opportunities for students to get involved and practice each technique, so they can better apply the learning to their own unique projects.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how project management can increase productivity, improve communication and cut development costs.
  • Understand how to consistently achieve the Five Project Success Factors using the discipline of project management.
  • Systematically apply the proven techniques of project management to define, plan and control a project.
  • Create a project plan using standard project management techniques.
  • Use the project plan to manage the team, customers, management and project sponsors.
  • Understand the relationship between the science of project management and the art of leadership.


Anyone associated with projects benefits from understanding the tools of project management. Project managers and team leaders, managers with multiple projects, and team members with special assignments will get the greatest benefit from this practical project management training.

Course Outline

I.          Why Project Management?                             

A.         Project Success Factors

B.         What is Project Management?

C.         A Successful Project Delivers Value

D.         Project Life Cycle and Product Life Cycle

Workshop: Selecting projects for the workshop   

II.         Project Definition                                            

A.         Assign the Sponsor and Project Manager

B.         Write a Project Charter

C.         Project Manager Authority

Workshop: Develop a Project Charter

III.        Project Planning

A.         The Purpose of Planning                      

B.         Break the Project Into Manageable Units of Work                    

Workshop: Developing the Task List                                  

C.         Network Diagrams Help Visualize the Sequence of Events                                

D.         Task Estimating Guidelines                                  

Workshop: Build the Network & Visualize the Schedule                             

E.         Resource Level the Project Schedule

Workshop: Completion of the project plan          

F.         Estimating Guidelines

G.         Match the Planning Steps to Project Management Software

IV.        Project Control

A.         Stakeholder Engagement                      

B.         Plan Communication

Workshop: Identify Stakeholders                        

C.         Change Management

D.         Project Team Kickoff

E.         Monitor Schedule, Risks, and Issues                 

Workshop: Identify Risks

F.         Project Close Out

V.         Course Summary: Project Leadership            

A.         Project Manager Skills

B.         Art Based on Science