Project Management Planning Training

Project Management Planning Training

Having the right project plan matters

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“The project management planning training program was extremely helpful to me as a manager in order to be more strategic during a time of explosive growth and change.

It was fully customized to our industry and our needs, and everyone came out of it with a solid direction of next steps. It could not have gone any better.

We are excited to take the next steps in a way that works for our unique culture.”
Karen M. Inzilla | Director, Sales Operations | Blackhawk Network

Project management planning takes both time and money. The payback? Increased awareness of risks, clarity of responsibility, greater visibility of resource requirements, and higher probability of project success.

Effective project planning and control starts with proper project definition.

Project Planning involves having the skills, knowledge, and practices for project work breakdown structures, project network diagrams, project work package estimates, project scheduling, project Gantt Charts, project resource leveling, project management software, and estimating.

Project Control entails project monitoring, project communication, closing out a project, and project corrective action.


  • Create realistic project schedules.
  • Get the most from project management software using the 5 steps of project planning.
  • Create effective project plans with clear responsibilities and milestones.
  • Identify problems when they are still small enough to solve.
  • Transform ambiguous projects into focused, productive projects with tangible results.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how project management can increase productivity, improve communication and cut development costs.
  • Systematically apply the proven techniques of project management to define, plan and control a project.
  • Create a project plan using standard project management techniques.
  • Use the project plan to manage the team, customers, management and project sponsors.
  • Understand the relationship between the science of project management and the art of leadership.

Course Outline

1. Successful Projects

  • Why project management?
  • Project success factors
  • What is a project?
  • The goal of project management
  • Project management responsibilities
  • Project life cycle
  • Product development life cycles

2. Project Definition

  • Project definition: Establishing the rules of the game
  • Identify project stakeholders
  • Create a statement of work
  • Develop a Project Responsibility matrix
  • Publish a project charter

3. Project Planning

  • The project plan
  • Step one: The work breakdown structure
  • Step two: Define task relationships
  • Step three: Make work package estimates
  • Step four: Determine the initial schedule
  • Step five: Assign and level resources
  • Accurate project estimating
  • Project estimating techniques

4. Project Control

  • Monitoring project cost and project schedule
  • Planning for Project Quality
  • Project Change control
  • Project communication
  • Project close out
  • Project Corrective action

5. Project Leadership

  • Project manager skills
  • Project art based on project science
  • Using project postmortems before during and after projects

6. Lessons Learned

Target Audience:
Project managers and project team leaders, project managers with multiple projects, and project team members with special assignments will get the greatest benefit from this course.

To speak with an LSA Expert and learn about Project Management Planning Training program customization and delivery options onsite at your company, please contact us.

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LSA’s Project Management facilitator is one of the best I have ever worked with. His efforts and work in teaching complex and intensive Project Management principles across all levels and backgrounds within our organization have been of the highest value.

Leslie Guzman
Learning and Development


We hired LSA to design and deliver a Project Post Mortem for sixty five key people on a mission critical project with a very tight turnaround. LSA’s ability to identify the key trends, leverage points, and next steps was remarkable.

They really got to the heart of the issues in a constructive and unbiased manner that exceeded our expectations.

It was not an easy task with so many skeptical people with different agendas, styles, experience, and perspectives.  But they nailed it.  Thank you!

Darrell Gallagher
Head of Studio

Crystal Dynamics

LSA’s ability to do an effective project postmortem and then help us to use those insights to define and plan our next strategic project were invaluable.  Their practical approach and built-for-purpose project kickoff and definition methodology have definitely taken our project definition, project planning, and project management skills to the next level.

I bet they helped us to move 4 times faster than we would have without their help.

Elizabeth Smith, PMP
Senior Project & Portfolio Manager

LSA Global Applegate Consumer Product Client

The project management training program was fantastic. It could not have gone any better.  It was extremely helpful to me as a manager to be strategic during a time of explosive growth and change. It was fully customized to our industry and our needs, everyone came out of it with a solid direction of next steps.  We are excited to take the next steps with LSA Global and to implement the project management best practices in a way that works for our unique culture.

Karen M. Inzilla
Director, Sales Operations

Blackhawk Network

We turned to LSA Global to help us take our project risk management practices to the next level. As we continue to grow and our projects are increasing significantly in complexity, it is imperative that we incorporate risk management best practices deeper into our Delivery and Project Management methodologies to continue to increase productivity, efficiency, and client satisfaction. I am really happy with the results and would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take project risk management to the next level.

Scott Wassmer
US Director of Production


We recently designed and implemented two high value Project Management Workshops with LSA. The goal was to improve the fundamental project management skills for less experienced project managers and team members and to prepare our experienced project managers to become PMP certified. The programs were very well received and additional sessions have been requested. Both facilitators were excellent, building strong rapport with our scientists and taking time to encourage & answer questions. Based upon the results and the feedback around the company, the next workshops are already full. I highly recommend LSA to any company looking to take their project management skills to the next level.

Stacey Porter
Senior Manager Learning & Development


We have found LSA to be highly responsive to meeting our unique project management training program needs. Their passion for high levels of customer satisfaction and quality align very closely with our core values.  

Kudos to LSA Global for the program that they provided my team. It was exactly what I wanted, and your team did a great job of engaging our group and providing the solid Project Management skills that we need.

Laura McHugh


LSA’s Customized Project Management workshop exceeded our expectations. The facilitator was a true expert in both the content and our industry. They really understood our priorities and helped us learn not only the best practices in Project Management, but how to apply them to our specific environment. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to create the foundation for successful projects and project teams.

Dave Musolf
Director Program Management


LSA did a great job. The project management solution was really well done from both a content and approach perspective. Overall a very positive experience that provided a lot of value. They really understood the art and science of project management and the specifics of our industry.

Laxmi Peri
VP Technology & Product Development


Thanks for a great and valuable session. The Project Management expertise and methodology that you brought to the table was perfectly targeted to our needs and our company. You definitely helped us launch an important step in driving best practice company standards around project management. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to improve project management skills and methodologies.

Bill Thayer
VP Field Operations


LSA recently designed and delivered a project post mortem for a highly strategic project with a group of 25 team members from engineering, design, marketing, product management, sales, manufacturing, purchasing, business development, research, and finance. The pre-workshop diagnostic, interviews, and experiential session greatly exceeded our expectations.

We were able to honestly and effectively get everything out on the table, agree upon key lessons, and create a targeted action plan that made sense for our unique situation, team, and culture. The whole process made a very complex and potentially political situation a big success. We could not have done the retrospective without LSA.

Eric Vernon
Director of Operations


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