Duration - 2 Days
Initiating Projects Effectively

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Audience This course is designed for:
  • Newly appointed project managers
  • Project managers with limited experience
  • Functional managers who support project managers
  • Professionals who desire a career in Project Management
Prerequisites "Successful Techniques of  Project Management"
Equivalent project management knowledge and experience
Description This course is divided into the following modules:
  • Module 1: Project Initiation: An Overview introduces the importance of early successes in starting projects
  • Module 2: Getting Projects Started reviews some of the ways projects get started on the wrong foot. This module establishes a foundation for avoiding these pitfalls.
  • Module 3: The Project Kick-Off Workshop provides an in-depth review of one of the most successful techniques to start a project: the Kick-Off Workshop. This module details a step-by-step approach to conducting this very important workshop.
  • Module 4: Initiation Deliverables defines the deliverables of the Kick-Off Workshop and reinforces the success that must occur.
  • Module 5: Managing Change: Setting Up the Process Early addresses the one common element of every project: Change. Techniques for handling change are reviewed and the five elements required for every change process are reviewed.
Specific Topics Covered Specific topics include:

Module 1: Project Initiation: An Overview

  • Initiation – Why is it important?
  • The Importance of Early Successes

Module 2: Getting Projects Started

  • The Wrong Way and The Right Way
  • 5 Tips for Success

Module 3: Effective Techniques for Successful Startup

  • When You Don’t Have Much Time
  • When You Don’t Have Cooperation
  • When You Can’t Do it the Right Way

Module 4:The Project Initiation Workshop

  • Bonding at the Start
  • Timing is Everything
  • Preparing for Success
  • Setting the Vision
  • Defining Success
  • Identifying the Work: The Deliverables and the WBS
  • Developing a Strategic Schedule
  • Assessing Risks
  • Ensuring Quality from the Start

Module 5: Initiation Deliverables

  • Reviewing and Refining the Major Products
  • Getting Approvals: The Sponsor, Team, and Stakeholders

Module 6: Managing Change: Setting up the Process Early

  • Get Over It: Change Will Happen
  • Ways to Handle Change
  • Change Control Processes: From Simple to Complex
  • Change Control Board: Should You Have One?
  • Putting the Team in Charge of Change
Performance Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Develop and link project objectives into measurable and quantifiable deliverables of stakeholder requirements.
  • Set up and conduct a planning workshop.
  • Develop a project charter.
  • Create a solid Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Establish and implement a project change management process.
PMBOK Guide® Areas Covered


This course covers the following Project Management Knowledge Areas:
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications
  • Project Procurement Management