Training

As a companion to the CA-PMF, a training program has been developed to help Project Managers and other participants learn more about this resource and how it can add value to their projects and help strengthen their organizations.

Classroom Training

The following CA-PMF classes have been developed for project management practitioners:

For class schedule and registration information, visit the Office of Professional Development at: http://www.cio.ca.gov/opd/

CA-PMF Introduction to Project Management

Description: Participants will be given the tools necessary to successfully manage an IT project. The primary resource for this course is CA-PMF, utilizing instruments focused on project management industry best practices to build and lead an effective project team, quality projects, and advancing innovation and excellence for a successful project outcome. Exercises include practicum exercises focused at practicing new concepts presented in the course. This class is a combination of lecture, in class exercises, discussion, and computer-based exercises.

Duration: 4 days

Target Audience: This four-day course is designed for new project managers. One will learn the necessary skills to be a project manager and receive basic concepts on managing State Information Technology (IT) projects.

Objectives:

  • Gain essential skills in managing a State IT project using the California Project Management Framework (CA-PMF) - a collection of project management best practices and scalable resources, tools, and templates for project management practitioners to effectively plan and manage projects. The CA-PMF is based on the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge’s (PMBOK’s), and project management lessons learned for the State of California.
  • The CA-PMF will assist one in becoming familiar with recommended practices, key roles, processes, activities, tools, and outputs produced during the project management lifecycle. Specifically, one  will learn  how to:
    • Develop the project concept
    • Initiate the project
    • Plan the project
    • Execute the project plan
    • Continuously monitor and assess project activities
    • Close out the project
  • Recognize what makes a project successful and where projects struggle. Learn basic navigation of templates and guides and practice completing CA-PMF templates.
  • Practice new concepts using a sample project and CA-PMF tools.
  • Study general knowledge of the California Department of Technology (CDT) organization, and its processes including services. Topics include an overview of division responsibilities for IT Project Oversight, California Project Management Office, Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL), and Statewide Technology Procurement Division.
  • Overview of State of California career opportunities for project managers (CalHR links and PMI certification information).

CA-PMF Resources & Tools

Description: Participants will receive an overview of project management concepts but will focus on exploring the new CA-PMF’s guidance, tools, templates, and checklists through discussion and practicum. Participants will use tools in the CA-PMF to manage components of a sample project. The course will identify resources available for project managers as they complete key project management activities, including learning to build and lead an effective project team, instill quality in their projects, and advancing innovation and excellence for a successful project outcome. This course is a combination of lecture, in class exercises, facilitated discussion, and computer-based exercises.

Duration: 3 days

Target Audience: This three-day course is is designed for knowledgeable Project Managers or participants with an understanding of project management.

Objectives:

  • Increase practical concepts using the California Project Management Framework (CA-PMF) - utilizing an assortment of project management best practices, tools, and templates for project management practitioners to effectively plan and manage projects. The CA-PMF is based on the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge’s (PMBOK’s), and project management past practices.
  • Employing the CA-PMF will assist one in becoming familiar with recommended practices, key roles, processes, activities, tools, and outputs during the project management lifecycle. Specifically, one will learn how to use PMF assistance and tools to:
    • Develop the project concept
    • Initiate the project
    • Plan the project
    • Execute the project plan
    • Continuously monitor and assess project activities
    • Close out the project
  • Apply CA-PMF guidance and tools to a sample project.
  • Explore the leading areas where projects struggle and learn how to avoid those mistakes.
  • Obtain general knowledge of the California Department of Technology (CDT) organization, processes, and oversight responsibilities. Topics include an overview of CDT divisions; IT Project Oversight, California Project Management Office, Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL), and Statewide Technology Procurement Division.
  • Discuss the CA-PMF Sample Library tool.

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