Principles of Project Management

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

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Principles of Project Management On-Site Learning Options
  • Traditional: Instructor led – 2 days ( 15 PDU's )
  • Workshop: Apply course concepts to your projects in class – 3 days
  • With Microsoft Project – Combine with a Microsoft Project course – 3 or 4 days ( 22.5 to 28 PDU's )
  • With additional content: Add topics that are important to your audience – 2-5 days

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 consitently 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. Success Factors
B. What is Project Management?
C. Project Life Cycle

II. Project Definition
A. Identify the Project Stakeholders
B. Project Communication
C. Statement of Work
D. Project Charter
III. Project Planning
A. The Purpose of Planning
B. Work Breakdown Structure
C. Network Diagrams
D. Work Package Estimates
E. Scheduling and Gantt Charts
F. Resource Leveling
G. Project Management Software
H. Accurate Estimating
IV. Project Control
A. Project Kickoff
B. Monitoring
C. Project Close Out
D. Corrective Action

V. Project Leadership
A. Project Manager Skills
B. Art Based on Science

On-Site Learning Options

Traditional: Instructor led – 2 days ( 15 PDU's )
Project management training from knowledgeable, engaging instructors using lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises to present course materials.

Workshop: Apply course concepts to your projects in class – 3 days
Accelerate learning! The traditional instructor-led class augmented with a planning workshop provides an opportunity for participants to plan one of their own projects in class. By applying the course topics to their own project, individuals will learn the concepts better and catch their mistakes in class. The workshop component is embedded in the course so that each lecture topic is immediately followed by the workshop component. For example, after the Work Breakdown Structure lecture, teams will create their own WBS. This is project management training that resonates deeply and is great for teaching a company-specific project management methodology!

With Microsoft Project – Combine with a Microsoft Project course – 3 or 4 days ( 22.5 to 28 PDU's )
Integrate this thorough introduction to the discipline of project management with a complete introduction to the most popular project management software. Combine either the traditional instructor-led or workshop formats with our 2-day Mastering Microsoft Project class. <Read a complete course description>

With additional content: Add topics that are important to your audience – 2-5 days
Build on this strong foundation by adding additional topics such as risk management and Earned Value. The content and duration of the class will be determined by understanding your organizational objectives and tailoring the course to fit them.