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Managing Small Projects

Catch Phrase:  Better, Faster, Cheaper

Course Objectives

•Describe basic project management concepts and terms
•Identify small and simple project characteristics
•Explain practical management tools & techniques for small projects
–Describe processes and process guides
–Identify key templates and their uses
–Discuss how to apply instructions and prepare outputs

Part I. Project Management Discipline

1. Introduction to Project Management

2. Concerns for Small  Projects

3. Managing and Leading Small Projects

4. How Does a Project Get Started?

Key Terms and Concepts

•Project
•Small project criteria
•Simple project criteria
•Project management
•Project manager
•Stakeholder
•Deliverable
Part II. PM Success for Small Projects

5. Process Overview

6. Initiating

7. Planning for Small Projects

8. Planning for Simple Projects

9. Controlling

10. Closing

Key Terms and Concepts

•Generic Project Life Cycle
•Deliverable Types
•Project Mgmt. Process for Small Projects
•PALM Principle
•Leadership Connection
•Keys for Process Success
SSPM – Four Phases

–Initiating Process  (Ch. 6)
•Process Summary
•Charter
•Charter Lite
•Roles & Responsibilities
•Leadership Connection
•Process Guide
•Exercise
–Planning Process (Ch. 7-8)
•Process Summary (10 steps)
•10-step Process
•Leadership Connection
•Keys for Success
•Process Guide
•Exercise
–Controlling Process (Ch. 9)
•Process Summary
•Activities (6)
•Action Items
•Leadership Connection
•Keys for Success
•Process Guide
•Exercise
–Closing Process (Ch. 10)
•Process Summary (5 steps)
•Leadership Connection
•Keys for Success
•Process Guide
Templates:
Multi-Project Summary
Project Inputs/Outputs
1.4 Small Project Request
Project Charter Lite
Small Project Charter and Tracking Template

Resources:
•Project Management for Small Projects, Sandra F. Rowe, 2007
•A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition, Project Management Institute, 2004 (PMBOK)*
* “PMI”, “PMBOK”, “CAPM” and “PMP” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. James Callan permalink
    February 1, 2010 1:03 pm

    Wow. You have done a ton of great work here, Margaret. Thank you so much for making this available – there are some great resources (and of course, brilliant commentary…goes without saying!)

    See you this evening in session 1 of Small Teams.

    ATB –
    James

  2. February 1, 2010 1:31 pm

    James,
    Thanks for the feedback. Looking forward to seeing you in class. Hope all is well.
    Margaret

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