Training Schedule

Mandatory Courses

  • Commonwealth Technology Portfolio for Project Managers Training

    Course Duration: 5.5 hours
    Date: Jan. 30, 2018
    Time: 9:30 - 4:00 pm
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Pat Reynolds/TBD

    The Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview Training is a prerequisite for this training.

    In the CTP for Project Managers Training, project managers will learn to:

    • Use the processes and forms in CTP from Project Initiation to Project Closeout;
    • Manage project documentation;
    • Prepare and submit Procurement Request
    • Create project status reports; and,
    • Upload key project documents

    All IT project managers must attend the training prior to managing a Commonwealth IT project or obtaining access to the CTP.

  • Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview Training

    Course Duration: 5 hours
    Date: Jan. 25, 2018
    Time: 9:30-3:30 pm
    Location: CESC
    Instructor: Patty Samuels/TBD

    Course Description: Mandatory Commonwealth IT Project Manager Orientation Training class is designed to acquaint the Project Manager with the Commonwealth Project Management (CPM) methodology, the context in which Commonwealth IT projects are governed, the specific processes and procedures associated with IT project governance and oversight, and the Project Manager qualification requirements administered under the Commonwealth IT Project Manager Development Program (PMDP).

    The Mandatory Commonwealth IT Project Manager Orientation Training class covers the following subjects:

    • IT Governance and Oversight;
    • IT Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs);
    • Project Manager Selection and Training; and
    • Commonwealth Project Management (CPM) Methodology.

Project Manager Skill Builder Courses

  • PMP 6th Edition - Preparation Overview

    Course Duration: 6.5 hours
    Date: February 27, 2018
    Time: 9:30 - 4:30
    Location: CESC
    Instructor: Patty Samuels

    PMI has published the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition on 6th September 2017 and the new PMP® Exam will be based on this version of PMBOK® Guide from 26th March 2018. As PMBOK® Guide 5 is already quite a comprehensive project management framework, the PMBOK® Guide 6 is considered an update rather than a revolution from PMBOK® Guide 5.

    The one day session will highlight PMBOK 6 and review the commitment to prepare and pass the PMP Exam - Version 6.

    What are the differences between PMBOK 5 and 6?

    Below are the key differences between PMBOK® Guide 5 and PMBOK® Guide 6:

    • Agile, adaptive and iterative project management practices are given more weights
    • The new PMI Talent Triangle (technical, leadership, strategic and business management) would be described in PMBOK® Guide 6. That is a new chapter on the role of the project manager has been added to focus on leading projects effectively - competencies, experience and skills that are all necessary.

    Project Management processes are now described according to the 5 Process Groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing)

    Name changes:

    • Project Schedule Management from Project Time Management
    • Project Resource Management from Project Human Resource Management
    • Manage Quality from Perform Quality Assurance
    • Plan Resource Management from Plan Human Resources Management
    • Monitor Communications from Control Communications
    • Plan Stakeholder Engagement from Plan Stakeholder Management
    • Monitor Stakeholder Engagement from Control Stakeholder Engagement

    New and Removed Project Management Processes:

    • Manage Project Knowledge
    • Implement Risk Responses
    • Control Resources
    • Close Procurements
    • Estimate Activities Resources

    Every Knowledge Area features four new sections:

    • Key Concepts
    • Trends and Emerging Practices
    • Tailoring Considerations (more related Agile project management)
    • Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments (more related Agile project management)
  • Organizational Change Management

    Course Duration: 3 hours
    Date: February 6, 2018
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Linda Bell-Sinclair

    Course Description: This course is designed for project managers and leads who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of organizational change management for practical application in the marketplace.

    Organizational Change Management is a structured approach to shifting individuals, teams and other entities from a current state to a desired future state. OCM incorporates people, process, tools and a number of disciplines to overcome the innate human resistance to change and facilitate successful accomplishment of a clearly defined project. At its root, OCM is focused on the “people component” of change.

  • Developing a Project Schedule and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

    Course Duration: 3 hours
    Date: March 15, 2018
    Time: 9:00 - 12:00 pm
    Location: CESC Room 1221
    Instructor: Thomas Kramer

    Overview: The Developing a Project Schedule and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) course covers creating project schedules and work breakdown structures, the individual components, and tools and techniques to develop them.

  • Cost Benefit Analysis

    Course Duration: 3 hours
    Date: March 8, 2018
    Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Pat Reynolds

    Course Description: The Cost Benefit Analysis course presents a systematic approach to estimating the strengths and weaknesses of technology alternatives that satisfy agency business requirements. The excel spreadsheet demonstrated is a useful tool to analyze the economic feasibility of a number of alternatives under consideration.


Soft Skills - Hard Results Courses

  • Project Teambuilding

    Course Duration: 3 hours
    Date: March 6, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 4:30
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Patty Samuels

    Course Description: The Project teambuilding workshop focuses on simple techniques to enhance team behavior and group dynamics, you will learn easy-to-adopt practices to improve team members’ awareness and accountability, which will result in improved decisions, efficiency and business results.

  • Risk Management

    Course Duration: 3 hours
    Date: February 15, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Patty Samuels

    Course Description: This course is designed for project managers and leads who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of project risk management for practical application in the marketplace.

  • Successful Stakeholder Management

    Course Duration: 3 hours
    Date: March 6, 2018
    Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Patty Samuels

    Course Description: A critical aspect of successful projects is successful stakeholder management. It is vitally important for project teams to identify the project stakeholders for the various project phases and their varying degrees of authority, influence and expectations. Project teams must understand the overall stakeholder community and determine the optimum level of effort to allocate to each stakeholder. While many experienced teams seem to achieve this balance intuitively, applying a proven stakeholder management method improves consistency and the probability of successful project outcomes. This course discusses how to identify, analyze and manage stakeholders throughout a project’s lifecycle phases.

  • Leadership through Influence - new

    Course Duration: 5.5 hours
    Date: March 27, 2018
    Time: 9:30 - 4:00 pm
    Location: CESC - 1221
    Instructor: Patty Samuels

    Course Description: The ability to influence others is key to the success of IT professional from the CIO to newest college intern. CIOs must work at equal footing with other C-suite executives, Project Managers must motivate and direct their dotted line resources, and individual contributors must often influence others to get the resources and information they need to complete their tasks.

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Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview training will be presented quarterly. All IT project managers and project sponsors of Commonwealth IT projects must attend the Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview training. There is no pre-qualification test for required training.

The Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview training addresses the following Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs):

  • Commonwealth Technology Management Policy

  • Commonwealth Project Management Standard

  • Commonwealth Project Management Guideline

  • Commonwealth Project Manager Selection and Training Standard

  • Commonwealth IT Investment Management (ITIM) Standard

  • Commonwealth Enterprise Architecture Standard

You can access the latest versions of these documents on the ITRM Policies, Standards and Guidelines page.

Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview training materials:

Commonwealth IT Program Management Standard training is available on an as-needed basis through the links below. The narrated presentations familiarizes the viewer with IT Program Management concepts, the IT Program Management Standard, and the purpose and value of project and program governance and oversight. It is recommended that individuals and organizations considering an IT Program review the four-part presentation, approximately one hour. There is no pre-qualification test or post-viewing test for the IT Program Management Standard training. Commonwealth IT Program Management Standard training presentations available on YouTube:

Commonwealth IT Program Management Standard training handouts / Quick Reference sheets

Commonwealth Technology Portfolio for Project Managers Training

Commonwealth Technology Portfolio (CTP) for Project Managers training will be presented quarterly (targeted for February, May, August and November.) All IT project managers must attend the training prior to managing a Commonwealth IT project. The Commonwealth IT Project Manager Overview training is a prerequisite for this training.

In the CTP for Project Managers training, project managers will learn to:

  • Use the processes and forms in CTP from Project Initiation to Project Closeout;

  • Manage project documentation;

  • Create project status reports; and,

  • Upload key project documents

Commonwealth Technology Portfolio for Project Managers training materials:

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