Project Management Introduction: Fundamentals of Successful Projects

Course Description

Projects live in an ever-changing world. Success depends upon adapting the project to your organizational environment and allowing success to emerge from known practices. This course introduces you to the principles and practices of disciplined project management. Discover in a stimulating exercise just what it’s like to be a Project Manager. Together with your workgroup, build key project planning deliverables including a Project Charter, a Stakeholder Management Strategy, and a Risk Response Strategy. Class discussion and group exercises present best practices from both the PMI Framework but also from the world of hard knocks. Gain a comprehensive overview of the skills, knowledge and tools needed to effectively manage projects. Learn all ten knowledge areas and five process groups of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK, Current Edition) established by the Project Management Institute as the industry standard for project management. Identify emerging trends and how to tailor projects to the organizational environment. Start your preparation for the PMP Exam with this course.

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Course ID: COMP 6300P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

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Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Aug 14, 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235 18178
Section Details Sep 18, 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235 18179
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14332 Aug 19, 2014 Aug 20, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,050
15279 Feb 17, 2015 Feb 18, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
15477 Mar 5, 2015 Mar 6, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
15281 Mar 10, 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
15652 Jun 8, 2015 Jun 9, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
15530 Oct 5, 2015 Oct 6, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
16395 Jan 21, 2016 Jan 22, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
16396 Feb 17, 2016 Feb 18, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
16401 May 19, 2016 May 20, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235
16404 Aug 9, 2016 Aug 10, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,235

Special Discounts

Are you planning on earning a Georgia Tech Project Management Certificate? If so, you can register for all five courses at once and save 15%. Simply register for the following five certificate courses at once and get a 15% discount:

  • COMP 6300P - Project Management Introduction: Fundamentals of Successful Projects
  • COMP 6310P - Project Management: Managing Risk and Procurements
  • COMP 6320P - Project Management: Communicating Within Teams
  • COMP 6330P - Project Management: Delivering the Triple Constraints
  • COMP 6340P - Project Management: Case Study Workshop

You will need a coupon code to use when you register in order to receive your discount. To prequalify and obtain your code, please click here.

Who Should Attend

Project managers who must be able to complete projects on time and on budget without sacrificing project quality, professionals preparing to transition into a new career in project management, professionals without formal training who charged with managing large, complex projects or smaller, more tactical projects, seasoned project managers interested in refreshing their skills while earning PMI-approved PDUs, business analysts working with project managers and project teams in challenging environments, technical team leaders, managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Work with a project team to establish a successful project environment
  • Manage key stakeholders that influence the success of your project
  • Manage known and unknown project risks
  • Bring your projects in on time, within budget, and with value to your stakeholders
  • Anticipate and manage the special challenges of projects


Benefits of a Structured Approach

  • How Projects are different
  • The 3 P’S (Projects, Programs, and Portfolios)
  • The Triple Constraints
  • The PMI Framework

Knowing Your Project Environment

  • Environmental Factors and Organizational Assets
  • Predictive vs Agile Methods
  • Development Life Cycles

Role of the Project Manager

  • Power vs Influence
  • What Does a PM Do?

Getting a Good Start

  • Why use a Charter
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Understanding Project Scope

What Can Go Wrong: Managing Risk

  • Identifying Threats
  • Implementing Responses to Threats

Building Effective Schedules

  • Network Diagrams
  • Estimating Durations
  • Sequencing Activities
  • Critical Path Method

Getting the Work Done

  • Groups vs Teams
  • Successful Communications
  • Barriers to Communications

Getting to Success

  • Monitoring Outputs
  • Keeping the project in control

Declaring Success

  • Closing the Project
  • Validating Scope
  • Getting Signoff



  • Notebook of slides with notes, exercises and project management tools and templates
  • Textbook: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition (PMBOK® Guide), Project Management Institute, Inc.
  • Textbook: Agile Practice Guide, Project Management Institute, Inc.

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Jim Consuegra