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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Fundamentals of Project Management for Aerospace Professionals

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Course Schedule

April 25-28, 2017, Seattle, Washington

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You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


Designed to give aerospace professionals familiarity with current project management techniques. It includes selecting the project team, identifying the functions of a project team and management team; the integration of project management; work breakdown structures, interfaces, communications and transfers; estimating, planning, risk and challenges of the project manager; alternative organizational structures and control and planning of time, money and technical resources. Course attendees are asked to bring a current project management problem from your team or organization. During class you will work on developing a reasonable solution and a project plan to accomplish it.

The course includes instruction, a course notebook, Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling by Harold Kerzner, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


  • Understanding the five phases of project management
  • Project definition and distinguishing characteristics and how they are related
  • Strategic issues to include how this project is significant for the organization
  • Internal project planning or how to wear many hats simultaneously
  • Work breakdown structure taken to the appropriate level and not just the lowest level
  • Time estimating, as well as “guesstimating” and scheduling techniques
  • Network diagrams and how to determine the most efficient and expedient options
  • Cost estimating for the top down and bottom up perspective
  • Contingency and risk for every phase of the project
  • Project team selection, training, mentoring, team building and dealing with special people
  • Project cost reporting during the course of each phase and calculating the end cost

Who Should Attend?

Designed for engineers and other technical professionals at all levels, and new project managers responsible for small as well as large and long duration projects. This course is best suited to people who are new to project management and current project managers who want to hone their management skills.

Times / CEUs

28.00 classroom hours
2.800 CEUs

Learning Objectives

  • How to organize a project planning team for a successful project
  • How to maintain team motivation during a long duration project
  • How to manage the systems and methods of project execution to achieve schedule
  • How to use PERT development to gain insight as to what is truly at risk in this project
  • How to identify risk and develop an action plan to mitigate project risk
  • How to train team to improve 24/7 communication and information retention
  • How to be for warned of negative cost trends
  • How to lead a team through project phases and transitions
  • How to keep management in the loop and still have time to lead the team and manage the project
  • How to incent reluctant team participants
  • How to keep the original project plan updated and correct
  • How to develop a strategic line of sight for team members to maintain high productivity

Course Outline

Day One

  • Understanding project management, leadership, obstacles to successful projects, definition of teams
  • Project definition and distinguishing characteristics, resources, project management process, typical problems, the triple constraint, obstacles, project outcomes, use of project teams
  • Strategic issues, proposals, starting successful projects, contract negotiation, international projects and the true benefits of teamwork

Day Two

  • Internal project planning, issues, working with the customer, use of software, team decision making, planning hazards
  • Work breakdown structure, statement of work, choosing team players
  • Time estimating and scheduling, other planning methods, graphical tools, time estimating, productive meetings, meeting record keeping, goals of meetings

Day Three

  • Network diagrams, team improvement activities, designate project teams
  • Cost estimating, project cost system, resources, time vs. cost trade off
  • Contingency, risk, cost/schedule control, project organization, informal organization, organizational forms, team strategies, team development and traditional management

Day Four

  • Project team, sources of people, compromise, control, support team, coordination, interaction, subcontractors, team dynamics, team success, team development and traditional management role of internal project manager, theories of motivation, stimulating creativity, working through group problems
  • Project cost reporting, computers, project changes, handling changes, team building exercises
  • Project or program plans presented by participants; projects evaluated and rated
  • Final observations and wrap up

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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