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Requirements Management: A Key to Project Success 
ESI International - Business Analysis (BA) Program 
Requirements Management is the foundation of any project, yet the number of project failures attributed to inadequate requirements development and management is staggering. As projects progress, "scope creep" often occurs due to the inability to manage constant change. This course takes the experienced project manager beyond the basics of all aspects of requirements, from concept through closeout. Participants will learn up-to-date practices for requirements management, including proper selection of tools and techniques for specific types of projects. Evaluation techniques are explored to verify requirements early in the project life cycle so as to prevent costly rework downstream. Even with a solid process for managing requirements, fallout may still result from the battle between important project stakeholders. Participants will practice methods of effective relationship management and negotiation to ensure agreement on functional requirements. This course covers: 1) applying a requirements management process to a project life cycle, 2) proper evaluation techniques to verify and gain agreement upon requirements and that meet specific business and technical objectives, 3) Identify formal and informal techniques to manage stakeholder relationships within the requirements management process and 4) implement a change management process to control scope creep. 
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Principles of Project Management 
Project Management Institute/Management Concepts Inc. 
This course covers project management fundamentals that are applicable to a number of industries, including product development, manufacturing, information systems, and service organizations. This course uses organization best practices to teach students the latest tools and techniques in project management, from project planning through closeout. Class exercises and case studies are designed to augment the lecture with real world examples. Other topics:use different estimating methodologies for calculating required resources, assess project risks and develop a risk management plan, establish baselines, handle changes in project scope throughout the project life cycle, monitor progress and update the project plan using multiple techniques, close out a project and capture lessons learned.
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Quantitative Risk Analysis
Project Management Institute/Management Concepts Inc. 
Because schedule risk has such a high leverage on project success, usually much more than cost, the course will focus on the schedule risk as the primary balance sheet risk to manage. There are three main purposes of a schedule risk analysis: determine the likelihood of overrunning the schedule, estimate the likely exposure or contingency needed to drive the remaining risk of overrun down to a level acceptable to the company, and identify the locus of the key risks in the schedule to guide risk management efforts. Quantitative schedule risk management is statistically based. The basic terms are the Triangular Distribution and the Beta distribution. The equations for mean, variance, and standard deviation for these distributions are likewise emphasised.
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Project Management Leadership and Communication Skills 
Project Management Institute/Management Concepts Inc. 
This course covers extensively the styles of leadership that are most appropriate for achieving success in various kinds of projects and within different organizational structures. This course discovers which forms of leadership and communication styles are best suited to a personality, and how to use leadership and communications techniques to manage and resolve conflict, change, and personnel issues, all within a project management framework. Methods to analyze stages of team development and team behaviors are discussed to help maximize project team effectiveness. Ways to enhance project communications skills are stressed. Assess leadership and supervisory skills. Identify and resolve conflicts by practicing communication and human resource skills. Recognize stages of team development, the pitfalls of each stage, and various mitigation strategies to deal with each stage and to set realistic expectations. Identify barriers to performance on project teams and ways to overcome them. Prepare a project communications management plan.
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Managing Project Quality 
Project Management Institute/Management Concepts Inc. 
This course provided details on what quality is and presents the quality views of Deming, Juran, and Crosby. We will also provide details on various quality models and provide proven tools and techniques for planning and implementing quality methods in a project environment. This course focuses on customer needs and measure level of customer satisfaction for products and services and applies the quality philosophies of several quality experts and determined the quality model that is most appropriate for your environment. We will also use industry best practices to implement a quality program in your organization while calculating the cost of quality using proven techniques.
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Project Management Requirements Analysis 
Project Management Institute/Management Concepts Inc. 
Requirements Analysis provides the information necessary to identify, document, track, control, and manage changes in requirements throughout a project's life cycle. This course provides the information needed to develop establish an effective environment for requirements management and to prepare a procedure for use and to discuss the key roles and responsibilities in requirements analysis and management. We will describe the importance of allocating and tracing requirements and of validation and verification and the tools and techniques to use throughout the requirements process are presented. Methods will be presented to conduct an inspection and ways to reduce risks are presented. Effective requirements analysis and management can prevent potential problems before they become serious problems that can cause schedule and cost overruns. Analyzing and managing requirements thus are cornerstone activities of a software development project.
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Project Procurement Management 
Project Management Institute/Management Concepts Inc. 
Project Procurement Management focuses on that part of the project's scope of work that will be bought from another organization, sometimes the result of company teaming arrangements, but most typically resulting from contracting or subcontracting project scope. With the pressures on companies to share their scarce resources and minimize the risks of business endeavors, the importance of project procurement management has never been greater. While internal company work may be done on a casual or informal basis, project procurements create a legal relationship and are thus non- forgiving should mistakes be made. Purchased tasks done by another firm must be well-defined and managed with great care, or disputes, claims, and project delays will arise impacting cost, schedule, and ultimately, technical performance.
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Project Management Risk Analysis 
Project Management Institute / Management Concepts Inc. 
This course offers a proven methodology for project risk management. Different approaches to identify risks, methods and tools to assess and quantify risks and determine their impacts, risk prioritization and mitigation techniques and a roaches to monitor, control, and communicate risks throughout the project life cycle e presented in the course. We will prepare a risk management plan, and identify key project risks. Incorporate principles, probability, and distribution into your risk calculation. Estimate and characterize the impacts of risks on your project. Determine appropriate risk response strategies to employ. Prepare a risk response plan. Monitor and control the risk process. Identify key roles and responsibilities in risk management.
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Project Management Earned Value Analysis 
Project Management Institute / Management Concepts Inc. 
This workshop is designed for the PM and will build a solid foundation in performance measurement skills and enhance their ability to effectively use performance data. This course employs a mixture of lecture, discussion and "hands-on" case study work. A "team concept" is applied during case studies so that participants can better exchange ideas and assimilate concepts and information. Top management will obtain the information necessary to gain the maximum value from their Performance Measurement Data.
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