The PM^2

As PM², the European Commission’s project management methodology becomes the new standard, an increasing number of programmes either require or recommend the use of it. Therefore, the demand for PM² trained and certified professionals continues to increase.

At European Academy, we have worked with authors of the methodology to design a unique 2-day training course focusing on the implementation of the PM² in collaborative projects.

The completion of the “Management & Coordination of E.C. funded Projects; The PM² Methodology” training course leads to the PM² Basic Certification, enabling participants to start their PM² Certification journey through a fast and effortless process.

Short Course Agenda:

Day 1
Projects and Project Management
• About EU funded projects
• Projects, Programs, Portfolios and PM Methodologies
• The project objectives and the triple constraint
• Defining project success (vs failure)
• About project stakeholders
• Project deliverables vs project management deliverables
• Outputs, outcomes and business implementation

Introduction to the PM² Methodology
• About Open PM²
• The PM² lifecycle and the EU funded project lifecycle
• The PM² activities and artefacts landscape
• Project management documentation: The PM² templates

Initiating & Planning a Project
• Initiating and Planning activities and artefacts
• The Business Case: justifying the project
• Critical Success Criteria (CSC)
• Phase kick-off meetings
• Project Stakeholder Matrix
• Project Charter: defining the project
• The Project (Management) Handbook
• Critical Success Factors (CSFs)
• Deliverables Acceptance
• Transition and Business Implementation

Day 2
Project Planning
• The Project Work Plan
– Work breakdown
– Effort and duration estimates – Schedule and Budget
• Overview of project management tools & techniques

Project Governance
• The PM² Governance Model
• Assigning Roles & Responsibilities: The RASCI model
• Stakeholders analysis and the Stakeholders Matrix
• The Communications Management Plan

Monitoring and Controlling the Project
• Coordination and communication
• Manage project change
• Manage risks and issues
• Managing the project logs
• Using the PM² checklists
• Quality assurance and control
• Monitoring project performance
• Control schedule and costs
• Project reporting and information distribution

Closing Phase
• Project-end review meeting
• Lessons learned and post-project recommendations
• Formal project acceptance
• Administrative closure