BCS Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management
The IS Project Management Foundation Certificate provides an understanding of the principles of project management, including those that relate to project planning, monitoring and control, change control and configuration management, effort estimation, quality and risk management and communication between project stakeholders.
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The Foundation Certificate is designed for anyone involved in or affected by IT projects: this extends to users, buyers and directors. Delegates will learn the principles of project management, including planning, monitoring and control, change management, risk management and communication between all involved. No prior experience of project work is required.
This certificate is appropriate for anyone involved in or affected by IT projects. This course is a suitable addition for individuals who already hold the Prince qualification.
At a high level, PRINCE2 provides a framework for projects in terms of what needs to be done, by whom and by when. The Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management provides a range of techniques of how those things can be done. An example would be that in PRINCE2, a critical step of creating a plan is estimating, but it does not say how estimating should be done as this would depend on the project type and context. The Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management provides an explanation and analysis of various estimating techniques that are available so that a Project Manager or Business Analyst can decide which would be most suitable to use.
Delegates will acquire knowledge of:
- Projects and Project Work
- Project Planning
- Monitoring and Control
- Change Control and Configuration Management
- Quality (including procedures and processes)
- Project Communications and Project Organisation
Attendees should gain a good appreciation of the advantages to using a method such as that advocated here by BCS. They will appreciate the vagaries of estimating a project, how to approach planning and also how to manage risk in a project.
The course will give you an insight into the world of Project Management, you will become familiar with an approach to plan, monitor and control a project. The course will also prepare you for the BCS Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management examination.
The definition of projects
The purpose of project planning and control
Programmes and projects
Types of planning documents
Purpose and content of business case
System and Project development life-cycles
Variations of project life cycles
Post implementation review
Identifying stakeholders and their concerns
Roles and responsibilities in the project.
The project team and matrix management
Reporting structures and responsibilities
Management styles and communication
Team building and team dynamics
The reporting cycle and structures
Corrective action, Tolerance and contingency
Definitions of the term ‘quality’
Quality control versus quality assurance
Detection of defects and removal processes
Types of testing, inspection process, reviews
Principles of IS0 9001:2000
Project deliverables and intermediate products
Work and product breakdowns
Relationship between products and activities
Check points and milestones
Lapsed time and effort required for activities
Critical Path Analysis
Work schedules and Gantt charts
Effort versus duration
Use of expert judgement and Delphi
Top-down and Bottom-up estimating
Identification of size drivers and productivity.
Estimation of effort.
Use of analogy in estimating
Definition of the term ‘risk’
Identification and prioritisation of risk
Assessment of risk exposure
Risk responses and actions
Assessment of risk reduction activities
Maintenance of risk registers and risk logs
The project control life cycle Information collection
Team progress meetings
Presenting progress information
Use of earned value analysis
Exception reports and plans
Reasons for change and configuration management
Change control procedures and boards
Configuration management Purpose and procedures
There are no formal entry requirements for the course or examination, but it is assumed that all delegates will have a basic knowledge of IT.
Some pre-course preparation work is required, along with some evening work during the course. Pre-course material will be sent 4-6 weeks before the course starts.