Advanced Project Management (18 PDUs)

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This course gives seasoned project managers the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage increasingly complex project issues to meet desired goals and objectives. Assuming a mastery of project planning, this course 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 course content is approved by the Project Management Institute and is eligible for 18 Professional Development Units (PDU’s).

Intended Audience

Experienced project managers seeking tools and techniques for dealing with the challenges found in executing, controlling, and closing processes.

At Completion

  • Initiate a project by identifying key stakeholders, assess project feasibility, and solicit authorization
  • Execute a project by communicating tasks scheduled for completion with a focus on critical tasks
  • Update plan components and mange team and stakeholder expectations
  • Communicate progress and status reports consistently and predictably
  • Manage project risk and maintain a schedule and budget with consistent predictive power
  • Control and manage cost, scope, time, risk, quality, and project change
  • Influence future project activities to meet project goals
  • Close using project metrics and process documentation to manage and analyze projects


Students should have completed Project Management Fundamentals and have experience working as a project manager.A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is also required.

Exams & Certifications


Course Outline


Examine the principles of advanced project management

Project Selection and Initiation

Define the project life cycle; examine key considerations for initiating a project.

Project Execution Methodology

Examine project execution methodology; ensure a successful start to project work; gain stakeholder commitment and team resources; examine inhibitors to future success; communicate work expectations; communicate progress, status and forecasting.    

Project Variance and Control

Conduct a performance review; identify variances; uncover root contributors to variance; create a framework for performance reporting; use variance and trend analysis metrics; use earned value measurement (EVM); measure projects and generate metrics reports; use a trend report; use a spot report; interpret project metrics; use EVM forecasting to-complete performance index (TCPI); understand the cause of variance; take corrective action to overcome variance; manage change, quality and risk; respond to the dynamic nature of projects; use process to create transparency; execute change control to keep project on track; use change control templates and logs; examine quality control; examine quality assurance; execute risk monitoring and control processes

Project Closure and Learning

Examine the closing process; identify the challenges of project closure; examine when and how to learn from projects; describe techniques for initial project sizing; conduct detailed estimating; avoid unforeseen events; examine project closure reporting and archiving processes; obtain formal acceptance of closure; examine how to shut down the work engine; analyze metrics and baseline data; evaluate processes and documentation; document project events and circumstances; generate lessons learned; finalize and share the project closure report; celebrate the end of the project; archive the project records; conduct follow-up surveys as negotiated.

Appendix A: Managing a Better Project with Process

Examine intent and ownership of processes; understand process as a tool for success in project management; differentiate between project management and product development; conduct overviews of methodologies; examine the value of a project management methodology; creating a methodology.

Appendix B – "Special Situations" (That Happen All the Time)

Manage several projects simultaneously; set priority process and workflow; examine strategies for taking over ongoing projects; establish credibility and project visibility; inventory the project to find leverage points; examine ways of “threading” your methodology to an ongoing project; respond to stakeholder change; assess the impact of stakeholder change on your project; scale project management to meet the project needs; identify factors in scaling project management; identify and protect the core project management processes.

*As a PMI R.E.P., Springhouse may update or change content or course material as standards require.



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