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Project Management Foundations

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Based on the project-orientation of most organizational initiatives, the ability to successfully manage projects has therefore emerged as one of the most critical capabilities that an organization must possess to remain successful. Despite the importance of solid project management skills, most project managers are forced to learn on the job, which is typically a very risky, costly, and inefficient way to learn.

Project Management Foundations is designed for participants interested in entering the field of project management or for current project managers who desire to supplement their experience with formalized education and training. This course covers the subjects that a project manager must know in order to plan, schedule, and control a project. The primary objective of this course is to help project managers develop the skills and knowledge needed to be able to successfully meet their project objectives on time and on budget. The course engages participants in activities related to traditional and agile project management methodologies, as well as project leadership skills.

After completing this course, participants will be prepared to:

  • Identify and formulate project tasks
  • Apply the triple constraint of project management
  • Create a project charter
  • Compute project time and cost
  • Create a work breakdown structure
  • Identify traits of an effective project manager
  • Apply a simple risk management model to projects
  • Identify conflict and choose an effective response mode
  • Communicate status to management and other stakeholders
  • Compare traditional and agile project management methods
Who Should Take This Course


This course is for up to 20 new hires or those new to project management.

Why You Should Take This Course

Professional Development Units

Upon completion of the course, students will be awarded 13.5 PDUs by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Course Outline


  • What is a project?
  • Common reasons for project failure
  • Critical factors for project success
  • How project management relates to project life cycle processes and activities
  • The role of the project manager
  • What are the characteristics and components of a project
  • Successful and unsuccessful common traits
Basic Functions of a Project Manager
  • Defining objectives
  • Identifying and ordering tasks
  • Establishing estimates and other measurement criteria
  • Organizing resources
  • Providing a reporting mechanism
  • Establishing a positive conflict environment
Planning / Estimating
  • Starting at the beginning
  • Defining project scope
  • What needs to be estimated
  • Planning the project
  • Creating the task list
  • The work breakdown structure
  • Creating task estimates
  • Using the PERT formula:  a proven method for improving the quality of the estimates
  • Matching resources to tasks
  • Assigning activities
  • Using a GANTT (bar) Chart
  • Using Project Management Software
Risk Analysis
  • Assessing the project’s exposure to adverse consequences
  • Components of risk
  • Using the risk analysis questionnaire
  • Communicating the results
  • Using sensitivity analysis to refine the plan
Potential Problem Analysis: The Key to Success
  • Assessing adverse consequences
  • Determining probability and seriousness
  • Adding preventive actions
  • Adding contingent actions
  • Building-in “triggering” mechanisms so you will know that something has gone wrong!
  • Agile overview
  • Living into Agile values
  • Comparing Waterfall (traditional) and Agile project management
  • Approaching innovation
  • Creating and utilizing a learning environment
  • Describing the Scrum Framework
Project Reporting
  • Reporting to Management
  • Levels of reporting
  • Determining information needs
  • What to report
  • When to report
  • Types of reports
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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