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46169 Westlake Drive
Suite 240
Sterling, VA 20165
ph: 703-260-6716

info@tmgi.net

An Introduction to Project Management
Description: Imagine trying to control the unexpected and unpredictable through processes in such a
way that you meet the cost, quality, and time expectations of all invested parties in order to
accomplish a temporary endeavor. This is the mission of project management.  Challenging?  Yes.  
Impossible?  No.  All industries employ project managers to implement processes as a way to control
business.  In fact, the field of project management is rapidly expanding, as more companies become
project-based organizations.  However, not all organizations and industries manage projects well.  
Some continue to waste time, money, and resources even after establishing procedures and
protocols.  A 1995 Standish Group survey showed that only 16 percent of software development
projects finished on time and under budget, 31 percent were canceled, and the remaining 53 percent
overran by an average of 189 percent on cost and 222 percent on schedule.  This predicament is a
source of frustration for many organizations.  It's not impossible to fulfill the mission of project
management.  Some companies are even good at it.  With standards and best practices to follow
and the know-how to incorporate these, organizations can offer "world class" project management.  
In this course, learners will be given an overview of the project management discipline.  They'll be
introduced to best practices outlined in the 2004 revised Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK®) Guide published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  Specifically, learners will be
introduced to the characteristics of a project, learn to distinguish between projects and operations,
and define progressive elaboration.  They'll identify key project management concepts and terms, be
introduced to the PMBOK® Knowledge Areas, and be given information about the variables that can
influence project outcomes.  This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most
up-to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work at their
own organizations.  This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMBOK® certification
exam.  This course is aligned with "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge"
(PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Inc., 2004.  
Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the
permission of PMI®.
Duration=2.5

Creating and Defining a Project
Description: To discuss the basics of project management and to begin creating a new project using
Project Professional 2003.
Target Audience=Business managers, project managers, planners, and team members who want to
track and manage project tasks, costs, and resources; candidates for Microsoft User Specialist
certification; anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Project Professional
2003; end users seeking competence in Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003.
Duration=04:00

Creating and Designing a Project
Description: In the corporate world, the project is a fundamental building block.  Each project in
which a company engages is unique, and fulfills an individual or corporate goal.  And each project
comprises a series of related tasks that culminate in a project deliverable.  Microsoft Office Project
2007 is a comprehensive tool for project managers responsible for the overall design of projects,
enabling them to engage in task assignment and management, resource allocation, costs, and
budget control in an easy and intuitive way.  Microsoft Office Project 2007 also enables the collection
and sharing of project progress information with a project's team members and stakeholders.  This
course outlines the basics of project management, and shows how to create - and manage - a new
project using Microsoft Office Project 2007.
Target Audience=Business managers, project managers, planners, and team members who want to
track and manage project tasks, costs, and resources; candidates for Microsoft User Specialist
certification; anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Project 2007; end
users seeking competence in Microsoft Office Project 2007.
Duration=3.5 hours

Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing a Project
Description: After initiating and planning for a project, it's time to get down to the actual nitty gritty
of carrying out the project.  The Executing and Monitoring and Controlling Process Groups might be
likened to the act of juggling--keeping multiple activities going simultaneously, while responding to
unforeseen changes in the project environment.  While executing processes focus more on
accomplishing project objectives, the monitoring and controlling processes are focused on
anticipating problems and recommending actions.  The Closing Process Group involves bringing the
project to closure; the decision to finalize the project and its phases or cancel the project will depend
upon the situation.  The three Process Groups covered in this course entail many processes that are
designed to manage progress, measure performance, take corrective action if need be, and
document lessons learned.  Competent project managers understand that project success can
actually be a dangerous thing.  To keep a project team from becoming complacent in response to
project success, everyone involved must use the processes from the three Process Groups to keep
things on track.  Using information from "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge"
(PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition, learners will identify the purposes of the Executing, Monitoring and
Controlling, and Closing Process Groups.  They will be introduced to all of the associated processes
and be able to describe the processes.  The goal of the course is to provide learners with up-to-date
knowledge that can either assist in preparing them for the PMI® Project Management Professional
(PMP) certification exam or prepare them to be more effective, hands-on project managers.  This
course is aligned with "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide) -
Third Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Inc., 2004.  Copyright and all
rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.
Duration=1.5

Initiating and Planning a Project
Description: Initiating and Planning are crucial phases in developing and executing any successful
project.  Companies that are embarking on a new project initiative must assign people to gather
facts and decide what exactly they want to produce and how they are going to produce it.  This
course examines which factors should weigh in during the project selection process and how to
effectively plan a project from beginning to end.
Target Audience=This course is targeted toward a diverse range of managers and staff members
who wish to acquire the necessary skills to successfully manage small to medium sized projects.
Duration=2.0 hours

Introduction to Project Process Groups and Initiating a Project
Description: In a relay race, the baton handoff from one runner to the next has a dual purpose.  For
the first runner, the handoff represents the end of his phase of the race.  For the second runner, the
handoff represents the beginning.  The baton handoff is both a result and an input.  In any project,
there are many baton "handoffs" that must happen, making the whole project highly interactive.  
During this interactive experience--called a project--there are interrelated processes that must
occur.  These processes can be grouped into five Process Groups.  The art of project management is
to understand which processes are involved in which process group and how they are
interdependent.  In this course, learners will identify the five Process Groups--Initiating, Planning,
Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing--outlined in the Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  Learners will
receive an overview of how the Process Groups work together, how the Process Groups and
Knowledge Areas relate, and be introduced to the processes that occur within each process group.  
Learners will delve more deeply into the activities of the first process group--Initiating--to discover
how a project is started.  All of the concepts and information presented in this course reflect the
PMBOK® Guide - Third Edition. By completing this course, learners will gain valuable and cutting-edge
information about the field of project management.  This course will assist in preparing the learner
for the PMBOK® certification exam.  This course is aligned with "A Guide to Project Management Body
of Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition, published by the Project Management Institute
(PMI®), Inc., 2004.  Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been
reproduced with the permission of PMI®.
Duration=1.5

Managing a Project
Description: The factors of a successful project almost always end up depending on how much money
and time is needed to create a product worthy of the customer.  This course will help you manage
the constraints of time, money, and schedules, and how they relate to the overall quality of your
project and product.
Target Audience=This course is targeted toward a diverse range of managers and staff members
who wish to acquire the necessary skills to successfully manage small- to medium-sized projects.
Duration=2.5 hours

Project Data Management and Performance with MS Project 2007
Description: Project managers often share Project 2007 data with other applications, such as
Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook.  When importing and exporting information in this way, the
information must first be sorted, filtered, and grouped to customize the information's appearance.  
Information also needs to be timely – actual work performed, actual start and finish dates, and
actual costs must all be updated.  This course outlines the basics of importing and exporting, sorting,
filtering, and grouping information to meet a project's needs.  It also discusses creating and sharing
resource pools in a multi-project environment, how to manage the efficient use of limited resources
to keep multiple projects on schedule, and how to create task dependencies across multiple projects.
Target Audience=Business managers, project managers, planners, and team members who want to
track and manage project tasks, costs, and resources; candidates for Microsoft User Specialist
certification; anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Project Professional
2007; end users seeking competence in Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007.
Duration=03:30

Project Life Cycles and Stakeholders
Description: Every project has a beginning and an end, but what happens in between is less
predictable.  The project life cycle will most likely involve uncertainties, and it's how these
uncertainties are handled that determines the outcomes of the project.  The more familiar one is with
project phases and stakeholders, the more easily one can keep the project on track and on budget.  
Organizations might "fast track" projects by overlapping phases, or "single track" projects by having
set criteria to be met and deliverables to be handed off before moving forward.  The choice of how to
handle the project life cycle will depend on the type of project, particular industry, and specific
deliverables.  To make these project management choices, individuals must understand what a
project life cycle is and what factors can influence it.  In this course, learners will be introduced to
concepts and information about project lifecycles.  They'll have the opportunity to define project
phases and recognize the differences between project and product life cycles.  Additionally, learners
will begin to identify, and factor in, how project stakeholders can affect projects.  Whether learners
are experienced or first-time project managers, this course will have relevant and up-to-date best
practices for them to follow.  The course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMBOK
certification exam. This course is aligned with "A Guide to the Project Management Body of
Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®),
Inc., 2004.  Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced
with the permission of PMI®.
Duration=2.0

Project Management Essentials Simulation
Description: For the duration of this simulation, you will step into the role of project manager for a
project management firm, Kesseler Project Design and Management (KPDM).  KPDM is a Chicago-
based firm that works with corporate and municipal organizations to develop, manage, and complete
project plans.  While KPDM is equipped to provide the full spectrum of PM oversight and management
(from drafting a project charter to bringing a task through to completion and delivery), they also
handle isolated aspects of projects to meet their clients' particular needs.  The simulation is based on
the SkillSoft series "Project Management Essentials (PMBOK® Guide - Third Edition aligned)."
Duration=0.5

Project Management for Non-project Managers Simulation
Description: The likelihood an employee will be elevated to a position of authority within a project
team increases as the employee gains experience and tenure.  Yet experience alone is seldom
sufficient to guarantee a smooth transition.  Success is dependent upon a number of management
and leadership skills that potential project managers must quickly come to master if they hope to
fulfill upper management's expectations.  The simulation Project Management for Non-project
Managers is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to practice project management
skills in a secure, virtual environment before facing the challenge of an actual, real-world project.  
Over the course of the simulation, participants will be tested on the objectives of transitioning to
project manager, managing an imposed project team, demonstrating effective leadership, monitoring
project activities and quality, maintaining control of a project, and problem solving and recovering.  
The simulation Project Management for Non-project Managers comprises three scenarios and is
based on the SkillSoft Series "Project Management for Non-project Managers."   
Duration=0.5

Project Management Fundamentals
Description: The evolution of business strategies has increased the importance of management
having a thorough understanding of the products they produce.  More and more employees are
getting promoted from within to become project managers as they fully understand what they are
trying to produce and how best to meet the quality and quantity requirements set forth by upper
management.  Project management, as a process, is the supervision and control of the work
required to complete the project deliverable.  Using established project management processes,
coupled with the experience and skills of experienced workers, has allowed employers to adjust their
mind-set when developing management and leadership skills from within.  This course will enable
someone who is not a professional project manager to learn the fundamentals of project
management so he will be able to manage projects related to his area of responsibility within the
organization.
Target Audience=This course is targeted toward a diverse range of managers and staff members
who wish to acquire the necessary skills to successfully manage small to medium sized projects.
Duration=2.5 hours

Project Planning
Description: In the early planning phases, project managers and team members have the most
potential influence on the outcomes of a project.  Yet, lots of planning does not guarantee successful
planning.  Just as project success can be planned, project disasters can be predestined if team
members are not careful about the assumptions they make.  A project management team that can
balance the need for predictability with the inevitability of change will be the most prepared.  
According to the PMBOK® Guide - Third Edition, the Planning Process Group consists of the most
processes--21 to be exact.  The range of processes includes everything from developing a Project
Management Plan, defining scope, and developing the schedule to planning for quality and
identifying risks.  All of these processes need to be skillfully handled with the understanding that the
outcomes are not set in stone and that planning is an ongoing activity.  Experienced project
managers learn that meeting customer expectations is ultimately more important than having a
project go "according to plan."  In this course, learners will be introduced to the purpose of the
Planning Process Group and its associated processes.  They will learn how to answer such questions
as, "what must be done, how should it be done, who will do it, how much will it cost, and how good
does it have to be?"  Each planning process will be briefly described so that the learner has a global
understanding of the depth and breadth of this process group. With the knowledge gained from this
course, learners can develop a repertoire of planning best practices to be used on the job.  This
course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP)
certification exam.  This course is aligned with "A Guide to the Project Management Body of
Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®),
Inc., 2004.  Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced
with the permission of PMI®.
Duration=2.5

Specifying and Assigning Resources
Description: To define how resources are assigned, adjusted, and administered.
Target Audience=Business managers, project managers, planners, and team members who want to
track and manage project tasks, costs, and resources; candidates for Microsoft User Specialist
certification; anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Project Professional
2003; end users seeking competence in Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003.
Duration=02:40

Specifying and Assigning Resources in Project 2007
Description: In Microsoft Office Project 2007, people, equipment, and materials are collectively
referred to as 'resources.'  A large part of a project manager's responsibilities is managing these
resources, whether that be assigning resource work times, leveling resources that are overallocated,
and overseeing the budgeting and costs of resources.  This course provides an overview of resource
management for projects, and will help you get to grips with Microsoft Office Project 2007's robust
resource management tools.
Target Audience=Business managers, project managers, planners, and team members who want to
track and manage project tasks, costs, and resources; candidates for Microsoft User Specialist
certification; anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Project 2007; end
users seeking competence in Microsoft Office Project 2007.
Duration=2.5 hours

Tracking and Reporting Progress
Description: Project stakeholders have a vested interest in the project's progress so information
needs to be tracked, recorded, and reported. A project manager needs to decide on the information
to be tracked, and how to track it.  Microsoft Office Project 2007 helps a project manager by making
this process easy.  Baselines and interim plans, for example, create benchmarks for a project's
progress.  Built-in views and reports helps a project manager to assess a project's progress.  Project
managers also have the option to customize a new view or report.  This course explores these
features of Microsoft Office Project 2007 and how a project manager can use them to address a
project's tracking and reporting needs.
Target Audience=Business managers, project managers, planners, and team members who want to
track and manage project tasks, costs, and resources; candidates for Microsoft User Specialist
certification; anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Project 2007; end
users seeking competence in Microsoft Office Project 2007.
Duration=3.0 hours

Transitioning into a Project Management Role
Description: Many people find themselves thrust into a project management role with no formal
training or experience.  When this occurs, it is important to be prepared to deal with the significant
changes in your role.  Your responsibilities broaden from managing yourself to managing others, from
short-term to long-term goals, and from tangible to intangible issues.  Time and experience will
develop and refine your project management skills, but this course will prime you for the process of
transitioning into a project management role.  It will discuss the changes a new project manager
may face, including the development of a successful project team.
Target Audience=This path is targeted toward a diverse range of managers and staff members who
wish to acquire the necessary skills to successfully manage small to medium sized projects.
Duration=3.0 hours

Troubleshooting and Closing the Project
Description: The factors that can affect a project are numerous and often hard to pinpoint.  
Conducting meetings and using advanced tools, such as formulas and graphs, allow the project
manager to properly define the health or status of the project.  This course outlines how to conduct
effective meetings and presents some troubleshooting tools that can be used during the project life
cycle.  It also presents the information required to close the project, which is the last stage in project
management.
Target Audience=This path is targeted toward a diverse range of managers and staff members who
wish to acquire the necessary skills to successfully manage small- to medium-sized projects.
Duration=2.0 hours
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