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Introduction to project management

The process of delivering value and understanding constraints, risks, and uncertainty

Rick Freedman

Valuable products don’t just appear; they’re nurtured with disciplined project management. The skillset required to successfully manage projects is broad. Project managers must understand a range of project disciplines, such as estimating, budgeting, and resource management, while also exhibiting great communication, facilitation, and relationship skills. Although approaches to project management have evolved from chaos to a traditional structure to waterfall thinking and now Agile, project managers continue to face many of the same challenges, including understanding the product vision, assembling a skilled, reliable team, controlling risks, designing a solution, building and testing the resulting product, and putting the product to use.

Join expert Rick Freedman to gain a firm foundation of basic project management concepts, methods, and skills. Rick begins with an overview of the evolution to professionalized project management, paying particular attention to extreme and Agile project management techniques. He then walks you through a project manager’s common vocabulary and explores the constraints and challenges he's observed over decades of successful (and troubled) projects. You'll leave prepared to apply best project management practices within and across teams to enhance your enterprise’s value and delivery capabilities.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand: - Fundamental project management concepts, methods, and skills - How to effectively manage projects in teams - Project management soft skills, like facilitation and communication - The project skills required to avoid failed projects, deliver better products faster, and keep leaders informed

And you’ll be able to: - Better work with your teams, stakeholders, sponsors, and clients to envision, design, and deliver excellent products - Prioritize your product’s features and capabilities, in consultation with clients, to ensure high-value delivery - Determine the appropriate level of project rigor required to deliver each specific project - Apply best project management practices within and across teams to enhance your enterprise’s value and delivery capabilities

This training course is for you because...

  • You're a current or aspiring project manager, and you want to review the foundational ideas of project management and understand the context of new ideas like Agility and extreme project management.
  • You're a software team member with some project management experience, and you want to gain perspective on the broad, project level in order to elevate your game.
  • Although you're not a project manager, you have excellent relationship skills and facilitation experience and want to parlay your abilities to help your team deliver more value.


Recommended preparation: - "What Is Project Management?" (chapter 2 in Effective Project Management) - "Understanding Project Management" (chapter 1 in Successful Project Management) - "The Agile Revolution" (chapter 1 in Agile Project Management) - "The Role of a Project Manager" (chapter 1.7 in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, fifth edition)

About your instructor

  • Rick Freedman, author of "The Agile Consultant", has experienced the agile transition from the inside. He has been working as an agile coach and trainer since the beginning of the agile movement. Rick has 30 years of experience as a strategic consultant, both as an employee of large corporate organizations like Citicorp and Dun & Bradstreet, and as a Principal Consultant for Cap Gemini, NEC, and Intel. As Worldwide Project Management Leader for Intel from 2001-2005, Rick evangelized, trained, and coached Intel project managers in the US, UK, China, India, Germany, and Australia. Since leaving Intel, Rick has consulted with clients such as Microsoft, HP, Motorola, NASA, BP, Marriott, Verizon, H&R Block, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The US Dept of the Treasury, The US Army, SEGA, Bank of NY, and The People's Republic of China. Rick is also the author of 'The IT Consultant', 'Building the IT Consulting Practice', and 'The eConsultant'. He lives in Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, with his wife of 35 years and two spoiled golden retrievers.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Project management foundations (25 minutes) - Lecture: Fundamental ideas of project management: defining a project; how a project is different from operations - Hands-on exercise: Discuss a project you participated in

Project management basics (25 minutes) - Lecture: Understanding project management relationships; the core set of project management skills; the constraints of project management; an Agile approach to project management - Hands-on exercise: Discussion—If a project is delivered on time, on a scope, and on a budget, is it successful?

Break (10 minutes)

Project process skills (25 minutes) - Lecture and hands-on exercise: Understand project management through the standard template of the Project Management Institute’s Process and Knowledge Groups

Project relationship skills (25 minutes) - Lecture: Why project managers need to master the domain skills associated with running projects and exercise soft skills - Hands-on exercise: Devise your own plan for developing a simple product—a team lunch

Break (10 minutes)

A day in the life: Real-world project management (50 minutes) - Case study 1: How a PMO became a police station—the dangers of a prescriptive approach to innovative projects - Case study 2: Migrating from traditional to Agile project methods - Guided class discussion: How change works in an organization; the methodology fits the work; the enterprise view of projects, programs, and portfolios

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)