Phoenix TS

Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

This training teaches students critical skills required of project managers and individuals involved in the project management process.

BONUS! Cyber Phoenix Subscription Included: All Phoenix TS students receive complimentary ninety (90) day access to the Cyber Phoenix learning platform, which hosts hundreds of expert asynchronous training courses in Cybersecurity, IT, Soft Skills, and Management and more!

Course Overview

Phoenix TS’ Instructor-led Project Planning, Scheduling, and Control course teaches an applications-oriented understanding of issues participants must confront within the Federal workspace. This training provides students with an understanding of:

  • Strategies for dealing effectively with team members
  • Managing and facilitating project meetings
  • Techniques for dealing with contractors
  • Guidelines for setting up a project office


Currently, there are no public classes scheduled. Please contact a Phoenix TS Training Consultant to discuss hosting a private class at 301-258-8200.


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Course Outline

Introduction to Project Management

  • What is a project?
  • What is project management?
  • How do you define success?
  • The project management system
  • Project management and ISO 9000
  • Project management and Six Sigma
  • The Lewis method of managing projects

The Project Management Institute and the PMBOK

  • Process versus knowledge areas
  • The five project processes
  • Knowledge areas

The Role of Project Manager

  • Its all about people!
  • Do you really want to manage?
  • Making your career decision

How to Achieve High-Performance Project Management

  • The High-Performance Project Management Model
  • The need for a new approach
  • Stages of development

Whole Brain Project Management

  • Thinking styles
  • Working motivation and the HBDI profile
  • Team dynamics
  • The balanced scorecard
  • Creativity and profiles

Headless-Chicken Projects and Hot to Prevent Them

  • The cold, hard facts
  • The causes
  • Mission and vision
  • Problems, problems
  • Defining closed-ended problems
  • Defining opened-ended problems
  • The fallacy of project management assumptions

Developing Project Strategy

  • What is strategy?
  • Generating and choosing the correct strategy
  • Putting it all together

Implementation Planning

  • Mistakes in planning
  • Development the work breakdown structure
  • Estimating time, cost, and resource requirements
  • Clarifying role and responsibilities
  • Gaining commitment from resource providers
  • Developing the project budget

Project Scheduling

  • The basics of scheduling
  • Software capabilities
  • Resource allocation

Managing Project Communications

  • Communication management processes

Managing Risks

  • The risk management process
  • Risk quantification

Project Control

  • Measuring progress
  • The pitfalls of reporting schedule only
  • Tracking progress using earned value analysis
  • Responding to deviations
  • Using graphs to track progress and forecast trends
  • Using spreadsheets to track progress
  • Alternatives to earned value
  • Project change control

Conducting Product Reviews

  • Reviews
  • Displaying progress
  • Process reviews
  • Conducting process or lessons-learned reviews
  • The process review report
  • Design reviews

Improving Project Processes

  • Identifying processes
  • Principles of process improvement
  • Operational definitions of problems

Managing and Facilitating Meetings

  • Meeting management guidelines
  • Marathon meetings
  • Important roles in meetings
  • Some guidelines for project meetings
  • More pointers for status meetings

Closing Out the Project

  • Administrative closure
  • The final lessons-learned review
  • Personnel issues in project closing

Managing Multiple Projects

  • Project, task, priority?
  • Personal effectiveness

Improving Your Effectiveness

  • The psychology of achievement
  • The laws that govern out lives
  • Self-concept
  • Programming your mind for success
  • Behave as-if
  • Mental rehearsal
  • Affirmation and goals
  • Relax
  • Autogenic conditioning
  • A word of caution

Working with Senior Managers

  • Helping your manager meet his needs
  • Educating managers about project management
  • Applying the HBDI profile to working with senior managers
  • Making presentations to executives
  • Understanding your manager’s point of view
  • Find a mentor
  • Final suggestion

Dealing More Effectively with People

  • Working with your project team
  • Motivation
  • Negotiating and influencing
  • Dealing with politics
  • Skill building

Trends in Project Management

  • Virtual project teams
  • Technology: for better or worse

BONUS! Cyber Phoenix Subscription Included: All Phoenix TS students receive complimentary ninety (90) day access to the Cyber Phoenix learning platform, which hosts hundreds of expert asynchronous training courses in Cybersecurity, IT, Soft Skills, and Management and more!

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