Advanced Project Management Skills and Tools

Targeted to Government Program & Project Managers
3 Days – 24 CLPs

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or

About this course

The Advanced Project Management for Government training gives experienced project managers the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage increasingly complex project issues to meet desired goals and objectives. This Advanced Project Management class extends skills to the remaining project management processes covering areas such as avoiding mistakes when executing and controlling a project, dealing with evolving stakeholder expectations, using trend analysis to measure project performance and improving project outcomes.


This class counts toward the FAC-COR or FAC-P/PM Certification. This training workshop is recommended for 40 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) toward DAWIA, FAC-C and FAC-P/PM requirements. This workshop meets OMBs Blueprint for COR Training. The course is also eligible for XXXXX

Project Selection and Initiation

  • Initiating Projects
  • When Do Projects Start? Defining the Project Life Cycle
  • Tips for Defining the Start of a Project
  • Considerations for Initiating Projects
  • Strategic Planning
  • Prioritizing Projects
  • Selecting Projects
  • Key Elements of the Initiating Process
  • Guidelines for Project Initiation
  • Traps to avoid
  • Most common mistakes – and how to avoid them

Project Execution Methodology

  • Project Execution Methodology
  • Starting Project Work
  • The Value of a Good Start
  • Ensuring a Successful Start to Project Work
  • Stakeholder Commitment and Team Resources
  • Inhibitors to Future Success and How to Deal with Them
  • The Process for Commencing Project Work
  • Getting Work Done
  • Facilitating Project Work
  • Communicating Work Expectations
  • Managing Issues and Action Items
  • Key Learning Points
  • Progress, Status, and Forecasting
  • Capturing Progress
  • Updating the Schedule
  • Forecasting - Predicting Future Project Work
  • Recognize Process Groups

Project Variance and Control

  • Project Variance and Control
  • Performance Metrics
  • A Framework for Performance Reporting
  • Understanding Different Types of Metrics
  • How Metrics Interact
  • Measuring Projects and Generating Metrics Reports
  • Interpreting Project Metrics
  • Baseline Metrics
  • The role of Earned Value in Government Projects
  • Earned Value Analysis Metrics
  • Understanding the Causes of Variance
  • Defining Project Variance
  • Understanding Different Types of Project Variance
  • Root Contributors to Variance
  • Methods for Identifying Root Contributors
  • Taking Corrective Action to Overcome Variance
  • Definition/Intention of Corrective Action
  • Understanding Points of Leverage
  • Managing Change, Quality, and Risk
  • Responding to the Dynamic Nature of Projects
  • Using Process to Create Transparency
  • Control Processes for Project Change
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Risk Monitoring and Control Process

Project Closure and Learning

  • The Closing Process
  • The Challenge of Project Closure
  • When and How to Learn from Projects
  • Initial Sizing
  • Detailed Estimating
  • Unforeseen Events
  • Project Closure Reporting and Archiving Processes
  • Closure Checklist

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