Course 151:
Introduction to Project Management Essentials in a Remote World

(2 days)


Course Description

A project is a temporary group of related tasks that create a specific product or service that solves a problem. This course relates the processes as described by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Seventh Edition, in a way that allows the creation of an organizational methodology for delivering successful project results in your company. ROI’s expert instructors will lead participants through 20+ hands-on virtual exercises to demonstrate how a Project Manager could plan, manage, monitor, and control a project in a remote environment. Virtual exercises will be customized to your organization, including ongoing project work.

The PDUs earned from taking this course can be used to satisfy The Project Management Institute (PMI)®’s PDU requirement.

Learning Objectives

  • How to plan and manage a project in a dynamic organization based on the principles of the PMBOK® Guide
  • How to apply these principles with remote teams and stakeholders
  • How to manage with just enough control, measurement, and monitoring
  • How to gain a handle on project size by using estimating methods
  • How to use project risk evaluation methods
  • How to identify the mechanics of structuring a project for success

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to master running remote stakeholder projects including project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, product managers, program managers, project team members, stakeholders, and senior managers.

Course Outline

Unit 1: The Project in Context

  • Project Overview
    • Why Projects Fail
    • What Is Management?
    • What Is a Project?
    • Competing Demands
  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • What Is Project Management?
    • Definitions
      • Integrated Project Management
    • Project Management Processes
      • Project Processes
      • Project Groups
      • Interactions
    • Management Skills

Unit 2: Managing Remote Teams and Stakeholders

  • Communication Plans in a Remote Project World
  • Building Trust
  • Setting Expectations and Norms
  • Mastering Technology and How to Use It Effectively
    • Paying Attention to Non-Verbal Communication
  • Checking In
    • Project Reporting, Scrum Meetings, Etc.
  • Build in Time for Social Connection
  • Project Management Considerations
    • Requirements Gathering in a Remote World
    • Modified Brainstorming Methods (WBS, Risk Assessment, Etc.)
    • Managing Remote Stakeholders

Unit 3: Analyzing the Project Environment

  • Project Initiation Process
    • Who Is Involved in the Project?
      • Project Stakeholders
      • Organizational Influences
    • When Will the Project Take Place?
    • Why Is the Project Being Done?
      • The Objectives Document
      • The Objectives Meeting
      • The Project Charter
    • External Influences
  • Structuring the Project
    • The Project Phases
    • Project Life Cycle
    • Define Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Project Integration Management
    • Project Plan Development
    • Initiation
    • Producing the Project Charter with Remote Stakeholders

Unit 4: Project Planning with Remote Teams

  • Project Plan Development
    • Effective Project Plans
    • Attributes of Project Plans
  • Project Scope Management
    • Scope Definition
    • Scope Baseline
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Scope Verification
    • Scope Change Control
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Creating a WBS
    • Activities and Tasks

Unit 5: Project Time and Cost Estimating and Creating the Schedule

  • Project Time Management
    • Creating the Schedule or Gantt Chart
  • Project Cost Management
    • Resource Estimating
    • Effort and Duration Estimates
    • Levels of Estimates
    • Common Estimating Techniques
    • Creating the Project Budget

Unit 6: Project Risk Management

  • Risk Management
    • Risk Management Planning
      • Risk Identification
      • Risk Triggers
    • Analyzing Risk
      • Qualitative Analysis
      • Quantitative Analysis
  • Risk Response Planning
    • Handling Risk
    • Risk Registers
    • Contingency Plans
    • Risk Response
  • Risk Monitoring and Control
    • Risk Window and Metrics
    • Establishing Controls
    • Workarounds and Corrective Actions

Unit 7: Completing the Project Plan

  • Quality Management
    • Quality Planning
    • Standards and Acceptance Criteria
    • External Vendors
  • Human Resources Plans
    • Responsibility Matrix
    • Manage Stakeholder Engagement
    • Manage Expectations
  • Reviewing the Plan
    • Validating the Process

Unit 8: Project Monitoring and Controlling with Remote Stakeholders

  • Project Execution
    • Executing Process Group
    • Team Building
  • Monitoring the Project by Looking for Variance
    • Monitoring
      • Performance Reporting
      • Progress Reporting
    • Analyzing
    • Correcting
  • Controlling the Project to Bring It Back on Track
    • Analyzing
    • Correcting
  • Change Control and Management
    • Integrated Change Control
    • Change Request Categories
    • Scope Verification
  • Project Close
    • Completion
      • Administrative Closure
      • Contract Closure
  • Evaluation

Unit 9: The Bottom Line

  • Project Management Best Practices
  • Where to Go for More Information

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