• Director of the Institute for the Management for IT, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Furman University
  • ken.abernethy@furman.edu

Dr. Ken Abernethy is Herman N. Hipp Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Computer Science at Furman University. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in consulting and professional development education in the fields of project management, systems and business analysis, and management and leadership. He is co-author of 8 books, and more than 60 refereed publications in the field of computer science.

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Successful Techniques in Project Management

This course explores all nine areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK GUIDE). Learn about all phases of the project life cycle, from defining project requirements to successfully closing out the project. Sound techniques for planning, estimating, tracking and controlling projects are taught.

Resource Planning and Management for Managers

In this course, you will learn to distinguish the various roles a manager assumes in organizing and planning work in a matrix organization. The focus will be on techniques that help the manager plan and organize work teams, monitor project status, balance resources allocation against competing demands, and optimize communications with both stakeholders and team members. Techniques for planning and prioritizing resource assignments and resource leveling will be emphasized.

Initiating Projects and Managing Scope

The focus in this course is on the project management concepts and techniques required in the early stages of the project life cycle. Learn to develop and link project objectives into measurable and quantifiable deliverables, set up a planning workshop, develop a project charter, create a work breakdown structure, and manage project change.

Managing Communications

Learn to communicate timely, accurate and effective project status information. You will learn how to be more effective in leading meetings by incorporating proven facilitation skills and techniques, and learn to develop an effective communications plan that becomes the framework for communications with team members and stakeholders.

Estimating and Managing Time and Cost

This course focuses on the tools and techniques needed to estimate and track project activity duration and cost. You will learn to build network precedence diagrams, calculate schedules using PERT/CPM, and evaluate progress using earned value analysis.

Leading Teams and Managing Human Resources

Learn to form a productive project team by creating a team vision and purpose, establishing team values, and identifying roles and responsibilities for each team member. Learn how to increase productivity by applying motivational techniques and conflict resolution methods.

Negotiating and Managing Contracts

Identify the most common mistakes made in negotiating and learn to avoid them. Learn the components, purpose and application of the various types of contracts and how to apply the principles of contract solicitation, selection and administration.

Assessing and Managing Risks

This course focuses on developing a risk management process by identifying and quantifying project risk. Learn to reduce your exposure by using risk analysis tools and simulators to identify possible risks and their consequences.

Ensuring Quality in Projects

Quality in project deliverables is ensured through the application of quality assurance and quality control inspections and techniques. Learn how to implement the principles and techniques of continuous process improvement using proven quality tools.

Project Simulation Workshop

This workshop reinforces learning by an interactive simulation that takes you through the complete life cycle of a project and guides you in creating all project management deliverables. This workshop provides an effective integration of all project management concepts and techniques.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam

In this course, participants are given a review of the major topics and concepts from the Project Management Institute (PMI) to prepare them for the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification examination. Eligibility for PMP certification includes specific education and experience requirements and agreeing to adhere to a code of professional conduct. The final step in becoming a PMP is passing a multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure project management knowledge. This course includes assessments and practice questions in addition to a review of relevant material for the PMP examination.

Executive Overview of Project Management Concepts

Learn the basic concepts and techniques of project management. This course provides an overview of concepts, techniques, and tools presented in more detail in the Project Management Certification Program (PMCP) based on the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The main objective of the course will be to ensure that participants understand the basic processes used in good project management, the rationale for employing these processes, and the language used to describe them.

Foundations of Systems Analysis

This course covers the major concepts, techniques and processes of systems analysis. Assumed audience includes programmers/software developers and business analysts with a minimum of two years experience. Training material will be liberally interspersed with case studies and class exercises. The primary objective is to give an overview of the field and an introduction (with exercises where appropriate) to industry-standard techniques and methodologies.

Successful Techniques for Defining Business and System Requirements

This course provides in-depth coverage of successful techniques for articulating and defining business requirements for a system, and then mapping these business requirements into rigorous structured system requirements documents. The importance of communication with customers and among project team members is emphasized as absolutely necessary to ensure accurate and complete requirements.

Techniques for Analysis Modeling

This course provides in-depth coverage and practice of the most successful methodologies and techniques in systems development. Emphasis is on the practical application of modeling techniques, including how to adapt techniques and methods appropriately to the constraints of the project and environment. Structured analysis and design techniques are emphasized

Knowledge Management

This course focuses on techniques and tools for integrating knowledge management into the organization, emphasizing the importance of an organization's knowledge assets and better ways of sharing ideas and information. Participants will learn how to use knowledge manage - ment to ensure that key decisions are fully informed, building on an organization's technology and project management investments. They will learn how to build a foundation of knowledge management that can evolve through results-driven incremental steps, how to align knowledge management with business strategy, and how to avoid key knowledge management pitfalls such as excessive formalization and over reliance on technology.

Trends in Technology

Emerging information and communications technologies will have profound impact on business organizations, enabling new business applications while marginalizing or making others obsolete. Areas such as knowledge management, new IT infrastructure, e-commerce, the Internet and intranets, data warehousing, data mining, knowledge discovery and others have potential uses in almost any organization. This course will explore trends in technology and discuss possible uses and implications of these for business. Particular subject matter will change frequently as new technologies and trends are identified. The course web site will allow participants to keep current after their course concludes.

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