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Receive a solid foundation in project management in three days

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  • Understand the roles and functions of the project manager
  • Lessons applicable to numerous fields
  • 3-day in-person course — August 9-11 in Lewes — CANCELED
  • Discounts, scholarships available

On-site participation guidelines — This on-site program follows UD health protocols designated for UD events, no matter the location on or off campus. Full vaccination continues to be encouraged for all participants. Guidelines are subject to change in accordance with UD health guidelines in effect at the time of this program’s start date. For details, visit

The 3-Day Project Management Boot Camp is designed to provide a solid foundation for participants who seek to further their education in the field of project management. The delivery of subject matter is supported by the global standards of the Project Management Institute® and PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. To ensure a collaborative project environment, participants will work in teams to enhance effective organizational leadership and change skills for managing projects and engaging stakeholders. Through the fostering of critical thinking and analytical decision making skills, participants will be able to apply the integration of the project life cycle processes and knowledge areas for the effective management of projects.

To effectively teach these skills, a combination of classroom lecture, participant exercises, group activities and discussion are used to reinforce the learning and main objectives.

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Program details

button: register now3-Day Project Management Boot Camp – Short Course
LOCATION: College of Earth, Ocean and Environment – Hugh R. Sharp Campus, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, Delaware
SCHEDULE: August 9-11, 2022 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – CANCELED
PRICE: $1,595. Potential discounts available, including: Early registration, Military, UD student or alum, 2 or more (group).

Who should participate in this program?

  • Newly appointed or aspiring project managers
  • Experienced project leaders who want to take their management skills to the next level
  • Managers who want to apply the discipline of project management to make their organizations more effective and more competitive
  • Business and management professionals who want to enhance their planning and resource management knowledge
  • Project managers seeking an entry into the Project Management Institute’s PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification process

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Richard McGuigan is retired from a career as a business analyst and principle leader for a large, global, provider of technology-enabled solutions and information technology services. With over 35 years of technical and project management experience and credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), McGuigan has managed large, multi-year, systems integration projects for U.S. government clients, including the Navy and Air Force. He has been the quality lead and program manager for continuous service improvement of a large, global, commercial outsourcing account, conducting the Six Sigma Quality Council and overseeing all active Lean Six Sigma projects. McGuigan is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (2004) and was a member of his employer’s Global Lean Six Sigma Governance Board.


Barbara Cullis is a faculty program director of technology projects and an instructor of management information systems (MIS) for the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Along with leading the MIS senior capstone program and the Global Enterprise Technology (GET) Immersion Internship experience, Cullis teaches undergraduate, graduate and professional development courses and workshops in IT project management and enterprise architecture. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in 2016, she was the director of information technology for Lerner.

A reviewer of two IT project management textbooks, her IT career has spanned 25 years in both the public and private sectors. In industry, she served as vice president of central engineering within the IT Managed Services Division of SunGard Availability and IT director of CCOR, a global telecommunications manufacturer in the cable network space. Providing strategic leadership on global enterprise resource planning, supply chain, data center builds and recovery projects, Cullis demonstrated a track record of successful implementations. In addition to having presented project successes at major conferences, such as Oracle Apps World and EDUCAUSE, she has led university-wide projects at Penn State University and successfully implemented new cutting-edge technology projects for Lerner.

In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, Cullis brought IBM’s Master the Mainframe (MtM) contest to UD in 2019. The global competition is designed to teach students mainframe skills. At the conclusion of UD’s first semester of participating in MtM, three of its students finished in the top tier and earned mainframe internships at JPMorgan Chase.

Cullis received her B.S. in business administration from Marymount Manhattan College and graduated from the inaugural class of the executive MBA program at Penn State. A self-proclaimed IT project management geek, she became a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in 1996, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) in 2000, a certified Scrum Master in 2007 and a certified PMI® Authorized Training Partner in 2020. Cullis also serves on the PMI-Delaware Valley Chapter Academic Outreach Council raising awareness among college students about the benefits of both project management skills and project management as a career path.

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Course outline

Module 1: Project Management Framework and Planning
This module provides an introduction to project management concepts and the terminology. Further, it describes the constraints and benefits of project management and presents an overview of project management standards and related disciplines.

After forming project teams, students look at various organizational structures and begin to create a past or present project within an organization in which a problem or opportunity that needs to be solved will be identified. This will lead to the process of selecting and prioritizing projects and ultimately obtaining approval for a project through the development of a project charter.

Topics include:

  • Introductions and Course Overview
  • Standards for Project Management
  • Identifying the Constraints and Success of Projects
  • Project Management Processes and Life cycles
  • Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Defining Organizational Structures
  • Initiating a Project
  • Analyzing a Business Case
  • Developing a Project Charter
    • Project Purpose and Justification
    • High Level Requirements and Risk
  • Stakeholder Identification and Analysis
    • Power/Interest and Influence

Module 2: Planning and Executing a Project
Having developed a project summary and project charter, the project teams begin the process of planning a project by developing a project management plan through the scope, cost, time and secondary constraints of the project.

Topics include:

  • Developing a Project Management Plan
    • Establishing Schedule Cost and Performance Baselines
  • Scope Management and Requirements
    • Defining Project and Product Scope 
  • Developing a Communication Plan
  • Project Roles and Responsibilities
  • Responsibility Charting (RACI)
  • Risk Management
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis
    • Probability and Impact
    • Decision Tree Analysis
    • Strategies and Responses
    • Contingency Reserves
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Defining Activities
  • Estimating Techniques
  • Schedule Management
    • Activity Sequencing and Dependencies
    • Critical Path Methodology

Module 3: Monitoring, Controlling and Closing a Project

Progress is tracked and performance is measured against the baselines so that corrective action can be taken, when necessary, to meet the project objectives. Closing the project formalizes acceptance of the product, service or result and brings the project or a project phase to an orderly end. The capstone project is presented.

Topics include:  

  • Earned Value Analysis and Forecasting
    • Variance Analysis
  • Managing Project Changes
  • Quality Management
    • Assurance and Control, Cause and Effects
    • Quality Theorist
  • Leadership and Team Management
    • Motivational Theories
    • Team Development
    • Conflict Management
  • Procurement Management
    • Elements of a Contract
    • Contract Types and Risk
  • Closing the Project or Phase
    • Administrative Procedures
    • Project Transitions   
    • Lessons Learned
  • Capstone Project Presentation

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About PMP® and PMI®

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates one has the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. The PMP® credential is offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This program is an excellent starting place to attain the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation, which remains the global standard for professional project managers.

The Project Management Institute was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for project managers, and continues to be one of the world’s largest professional membership associations. With half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries, it seeks to advance the project management profession through globally recognized standards and certifications, collaborative communities, an extensive research program, and professional development opportunities.

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Technology requirements

  • A laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac) is required to participate in this class.

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  • There are no academic prerequisites for this program. Project managers can come from virtually any educational or experience background.
  • Project managers have to be able to understand and communicate both the technical and business cases for a project.
  • Access to a computer (PC or MAC) with internet access is required for this course. A laptop is preferred.

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