Project Management Capstone
Before taking this program, registrants should complete all other Master's Certificate courses.
In this last program of the Project Management series, the intensive lab experience will allow you to work on a complex project from beginning to end in a team environment. You’ll use all of the skills first introduced in the previous series courses to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a simulated project—from developing key deliverables to facilitating meetings to justifying decisions for the benefit of key stakeholders.
Under the guidance of a senior project manager, you will be given direct feedback and learn techniques to increase efficiency and effectiveness on the job. You will also learn how to use project management software to help provide the needed artifacts that are commonly used in any large scale project.
Continuing Education Units
This course provides 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
How You Will Benefit
- Use the design-build-test-deploy approach within other waterfall project management methodologies
- Identify gaps common in many project charters
- Define the functional requirements that address business needs
- Use software to build the WBS and project schedule
- Manage the effects of change on multiple projects
- Assign and resolve resource constraints using resource leveling
- Use software to build dynamic Gantt charts with critical path identified
- Present and report project status to stakeholders
Day 1 - Case Introduction, Project Initiation, and Intro to Microsoft Project
- Project initiation: reviewing business case for project, meeting with project sponsor and key stakeholders, developing a project charter, defining the project scope with a scope statement.
Day 2 - Project Planning, Project execution, and Advanced Microsoft Project
- Project planning: writing a statement of work (SOW), constructing the work breakdown structure (WBS), planning a project using MS Project, building time and cost estimates, developing the project schedule (network diagram), assigning resources, cost and schedule optimization, presenting estimates and plan to project sponsors, baselining the project.
- Project execution and control: updating the plan with actuals, managing change requests, determining impacts to other projects.
Day 3 - Project Control, Project Close, and Developing Schedule Options Using Microsoft Project
- Project execution and control (continued): updating the plan with actuals, managing change requests, determining impacts to other projects.
- Project closure: completion and submission of all project deliverables, conducting post-project reviews, capturing lessons learned, instructor evaluation and feedback.
Tom has experience in project management, product development, enterprise project management, organizational management, IT training, and IT systems implementation.
He founded and served as CEO of Project Solutions Group, a project management and training consultancy. His clients have included Microsoft, Amica, Bausch & Lomb, CSC, L-3 Communications, General Dynamics, Pitney Bowes, the State of Rhode Island, TJX, Yankee Candle Co., St. Francis College, and the Architect of the Capitol.
Tom also served as director of staff development for Akibia. Before joining Akibia, Tom worked as a consultant and project manager for Cambridge Technology Partners, where he managed large-scale system and application rollout projects for companies such as Lucent Technologies, ADP, and Mutual of New York.
Tom attended Brooklyn College and MIT, and he is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a certified project management professional (PMP).
Program: 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lunch and Breaks are Included with Program Registration
Program Check-In will be 7:30-8:15 a.m. on the first day of the program.