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BCS Foundation Certification in IS Project Management

PASS : 95% (38/40)


Classroom Based Training (3 Days)
14-16 October 2013
The Knowledge Academy

Course Syllabus

Project Environment

Characteristics of a project

The ‘triple constraint’ of time/cost/quality and the importance of safety

Project and operational responsibilities

Special features of computer projects

Role of the Project Manager

Project success and failure

Development lifecycles

Project initiation

Stakeholder analysis and management

Defining the objectives and scope of the project

The role of the Client and their responsibilities

Project constraints and resources

Project Initiation Document

Project planning

The importance of breaking work down

Product breakdown structures

Project and User deliverables

Standard deliverable sets and templates

Product flows and work packages

The concept of dependencies

Estimating deliverables

Key concepts in estimating

Estimating difficulties

Estimating by analogy

Parametric estimating

Effort and elapsed time estimates

Schedule compression

Planning networks and charts

Precedence diagrams and project networks

The critical path and its implications

Gantt charts and resource histograms

Planning at an appropriate level

The use and abuse of planning software

Working in teams

The elements of a good team

Team composition

Team roles

Motivation and management style

The roots of motivation at work

Approaches to motivation (Maslow, Herzberg)

The effect of management style

Project risk management

Purpose of risk management

Risk management process

Identifying and assessing risks

Introduction to quantitative risk assessment

Project quality plans

Principles of quality management

The contents of a quality plan

Quality Management

Configuration management

The project plan

Elements of a project plan (schedule, quality, risk)

Contents and structure of a project plan

Project monitoring, reporting and control

The importance of monitoring and control

Allocating personal deliverables

Progress measurement

Time recording

Introduction to earned value analysis

Dealing with non-delivery

Slippage and re-planning – corrective actions

Change control, scope creep and over-engineering

Reporting structures

Project completion

Project sign-off and the need for a controlled close

Post-project reviews

The project manager

The project manager’s role revisited

Qualities and characteristics of effective project managers


Examination for the BCS Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management