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PME Session 1 – Initiating

Catch Phrase: What is/are the next step(s)?


The Project Management Profession
Project Initiation: Start the Project
Essential Steps and Outputs  (Charter, RAM, Communication Matrix)
Other Tools: Parking Lot, Burn Down Chart
Terms & Definitions:
  • PMI
  • Project
  • Project Management
  • Portfolio
  • PMO
  • Life Cycles
  1. Product/Product Development
  2. Project
  • Process Groups
  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring & Controlling
  5. Closing
  • Knowledge Areas
  1. Integration
  2. Scope
  3. Time (Schedule)
  4. Cost
  5. Quality
  6. HR
  7. Communications
  8. Risk
  9. Procurement   (Buying & Contracting)
  • Business Case
  • Requirements
  • SMART Objectives
  • Stakeholders
  • Statement of Work
Recommended Course Materials:
The PMBOK® Guide, 4th Ed. 2008, by PMI*
The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, 3rd Ed. 2008, by Eric Verzuh
Other resources used to develop this course include:
Philip Koopman, Life Cycle Considerations, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
Alpha Engineering,
William H. Graves, Voluntary Counter-Reformation: Stepping Up to the Challenge, EDUCAUSE, July/August, 2007
Nihal Kececi, Mohammand Modarres, “SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE MODEL TO ENSURE SOFTWARE QUALITY” , 2004, Dept. of Materials and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland,
Construction Industry Institute, Project Life Cycle Matrix, 2008,
Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Office of Technology and Information Services (OTIS) PMO Toolkit page
State of North Carolina Information Resource Management Commission, Agency Security Assessments  Project, Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office (ESRMO)
U.S. National Interagency Fire Center’s (NIFC) Fire Program Analysis Site, Project Information page,
Sal J. Thompson, 2008, Scheduling Demonstration Presentation
Key Consulting, 2000, Project Change Request Form, used by permission
Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Office of Technology and Information Services (OTIS) PMO Toolkit page
North Carolina State CIO Enterprise Project Management Office Forms and Templates page Project Management Deliverable Templates page
PMI Family of Certifications


Project Charter (Verzuh)**

Communication Matrix (Verzuh)**

Responsibility Assignment Matrix RAM (Verzuh)**

Read PMBOK® Guide chapters 1-3 to p. 49
Read Verzuh – Chapter 1 and 2
Develop goal for class based on SMART Objectives SMARTER Objectives Worksheet
* “PMI”, “PMBOK”, “CAPM” and “PMP” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
**The Verzuh templates are only available to those who purchase “Fast Forward MBA In Project Management – 4th edition.

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  1. First day of PM class!

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