Foundation in IS Project Management

Course information
Price: £ 1,210.00 Excl. VAT
Day(s): 3
Course Code: MPMF
GTC: 18 Incl. VAT
Delivery Method: Public Classroom

Overview

The course is highly practical and is based on experience developed in our own projects. Participants are encouraged to discuss their own problems and issues in project management and to identify how the skills taught on the course could benefit their own organisation. The course documentation provided for each participant includes a copy of the BCS/ISEB textbook Project Management for IT-Related Projects.

Content

Project environment

  • Characteristics of a project
  • The ‘triple constraint’ of time/cost/quality and the importance of safety
  • Project and operational responsibilities
  • Special features of computer projects
  • Role of the Project Manager
  • Project success and failure
  • Development lifecycles

Project initiation

  • Stakeholder analysis and management
  • Defining the objectives and scope of the project
  • The role of the Client and their responsibilities
  • Project constraints and resources
  • Project Initiation Document

Project planning

  • The importance of breaking work down
  • Product breakdown structures
  • Project and User deliverables
  • Standard deliverable sets and templates
  • Product flows and work packages
  • The concept of dependencies

Estimating deliverables

  • Key concepts in estimating
  • Estimating difficulties
  • Estimating by analogy
  • Parametric estimating
  • Effort and elapsed time estimates
  • Schedule compression

Planning networks and charts

  • Precedence diagrams and project networks
  • The critical path and its implications
  • Gantt charts and resource histograms
  • Planning at an appropriate level
  • The use and abuse of planning software

Working in teams

  • The elements of a good team
  • Team composition
  • Team roles

Motivation and management style

  • The roots of motivation at work
  • Approaches to motivation (Maslow, Herzberg)
  • The effect of management style

Project risk management

  • Purpose of risk management
  • Risk management process
  • Identifying and assessing risks
  • Introduction to quantitative risk assessment

Project quality plans

  • Principles of quality management
  • The contents of a quality plan
  • Quality Management
  • Configuration management

The project plan

  • Elements of a project plan (schedule, quality, risk)
  • Contents and structure of a project plan

Project monitoring, reporting and control

  • The importance of monitoring and control
  • Allocating personal deliverables
  • Progress measurement
  • Time recording
  • Introduction to earned value analysis
  • Dealing with non-delivery
  • Slippage and re-planning – corrective actions
  • Change control, scope creep and over-engineering
  • Reporting structures

Project completion

  • Project sign-off and the need for a controlled close
  • Post-project reviews

The project manager

  • The project manager’s role revisited
  • Qualities and characteristics of effective project managers

Objectives

This course covers the syllabus of the Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management offered by the Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB), the vocational qualification arm of the British Computer Society. The examination is a one-hour closed-book test with 40 multiple-choice questions; candidates must achieve 26 correct answers (65%) for a pass.

Public Classroom Schedule

Dates available on request. Please contact us.

Course description

Download a PDF document of the complete course description: Foundation in IS Project Management

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