Project Management for IS Projects and ISEB Foundation Examination

3 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code CPA

This course has been retired. Please view currently available Project Management Skills Training Courses.


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Projects and Project Work (6 topics)

  • Projects and Project Management
  • System and project life cycles
  • Implementation strategies
  • Purpose and content of business case reports
  • The use and significance of discounted cash flows
  • Post implementation review

Project Planning (7 topics)

  • Project deliverables and intermediate products
  • Work and product breakdowns
  • Product definitions
  • Check points and milestones
  • Activity networks
  • Resource allocation, smoothing and leveling, including the use of resource histograms
  • Work schedules and Gantt charts

Monitoring and Control (9 topics)

  • The project control life cycle
  • Collecting progress information
  • Presenting progress information
  • Content of progress reports
  • Use of earned value analysis
  • The reporting cycle
  • Reporting structures in projects
  • Tolerance and contingency
  • Exception reports and plans

Change Control and Configuration management (5 topics)

  • Reasons for change and configuration management
  • Change control procedures
  • Role of change control boards
  • Configuration management
  • Configuration items and product baselines

Quality (6 topics)

  • Quality control versus quality assurance
  • Detection of defects during the project life cycle
  • Quality procedures
  • Types of testing
  • The inspection process, peer reviews
  • Principles of IS0 9001:2000 quality management systems

Estimating (6 topics)

  • Effects of over and under-estimating
  • Effort versus duration; relationship between effort and cost
  • Use of expert judgement
  • The Delphi approach
  • Top-down and bottom up approaches to estimating
  • Use of analogy in estimating

Risk (6 topics)

  • Definitions
  • The risk management process
  • Risk responses and actions
  • Typical risks associated with information systems development
  • Assessment of the costs/benefits of risk reduction activities
  • Maintenance of risk registers and risk logs

Project Communications and Project Organisation (9 topics)

  • Identifying stakeholders and their concerns
  • The project sponsor
  • Establishment of the project authority
  • Reporting structures and responsibilities
  • Desirable characteristics of project manager
  • Role of the project support office
  • The project team and matrix management
  • Management styles and communication
  • Team building and team dynamics

Review of ISEB Syllabus (1 topic)

  • Examination Technique and Sample Examination


There are no formal entry requirements for the course or the examination, but it is assumed that delegates will have a basic level of knowledge of IT.

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