A-Z of Project Management

A-Z of Project Management
A Live Course on Proven Project Management Best Practices for Engineers, Managers and other Professionals

Credit: 7.5 PDH’s (1 -Days); 0.75 CEU’s
Lead Instructor: Bobby Rauf, PE, CEM, MBA



Brief Program Description and Objectives:

This course caters to Engineers, Facilities Managers, Construction Supervisors, Energy Professionals, and Technicians, who are directly or indirectly responsible for operation of manufacturing and institutional facilities, safe execution or completion of projects involving construction, start-up and commissioning of manufacturing, commercial, and institutional facilities. In this program, the instructor shares proven best practices in the field of project management; learnt, vetted and proven over 34 years of project and program management experience in diverse industrial settings. Through this course, participants will be exposed to the A – Z of project management. The program begins with the formulation, vetting and acceptance of the project objective and takes the audience all the way to commissioning and project closure stage – navigating through all phases of project implementation or execution. All phases of typical large project – with budgets exceeding 0.5 million dollars, and schedules extending over multiple months – are outlined below. In addition to being introduced to commercially available project management programs/tools, participants will get the opportunity to learn lessons that are seldom covered in textbooks and are often acquired through experience. The program is designed to be interactive where audience is encouraged to participate and share their experiences, challenges, failures and successes; this enriches the audience’s learning.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Project Objective, Scope, Basic Assumptions and Goal Setting
  2. Project life cycle cost and basic financial analysis
  3. Project Screening/Vetting
  4. Project team organization, management approval and protocol for communications and transactions
  5. Phased Implementation of Long Multi-Segmented Projects
  6. Development of functional specifications of the system or process
  7. Project Management Tools
    • a. Project Schedule development
    • b. Project Mapping and Flow
  8. Project Performance Metrics
  9. Construction and Project Implementation Phase Best Practices
    • a. 5-P, 5-S and 5-C Processes
    • b. Safety in Construction Phase
    • c. PPE, Fire Protection, Elevated Work, SPCC, RCRA, Arc Flash, LOTO, Emergency Action Plan
    • d. Importance of Interpersonal Skills, Clear Communication and Clarification of Expectations on Projects
    • e. Professionalism, Workplace Harassment, Morale and Positive Reinforcement on Projects
  10. Factory Testing – AKA: Factory Acceptance Test.
  11. Receive equipment, material, tools, equipment and supplies for the installation phase.
  12. Pre-mobilization Transfer of Drawings, Technical Data and Important Safety Information.
  13. . Required training of installation crew and necessary communications to all concerned
    • a. Meetings and documentation
  14. On-site System Testing
  15. Project Start-up, Commissioning and Closure

Learning Objectives & Take-Aways – After Attending this Course:

  1. You will know how to clarify project objective, and how to develop project scope. You will know the value and importance of a succinct set of project basic assumptions. You will know how to develop clear, objective and actionable project goals.
  2. You will know how to perform screening and vetting of project objectives and goals if they are predefined for you.
  3. You will know how to develop project life cycle cost and how to perform basic financial analysis.
  4. You will have better appreciation of project team organization and effective protocol for communications and transactions with internal and external “customers” and team members.
  5. You will be able to develop functional specifications of the overall project, system or subsystems.
  6. You become aware of essential comprehensive project mapping and project flow.
  7. You will know the mainstream project performance metrics that, ultimately, gage your success in the implementation of the project.
  8. You will know important construction and project implementation phase best practices.
  9. You will appreciate the importance of interpersonal skills, clear communication and clarification of expectations on projects.
  10. You will know the gravity of workplace harassment, team morale and positive reinforcement.
  11. You will know what factory testing and on-site testing entails.
  12. You will know the importance of receiving and securing equipment, material, tools, equipment and supplies for the installation phase.
  13. You will know how to ensure successful and effective project start-up, commissioning and closure