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Name of Course: Effective Project Control Techniques

Course Number: 2169-JTC710

This course is a practical approach to project control with a focus on earned value management using examples, activities and discussion. It covers effective techniques to control a project consistent with PMI standard practices. Participants will be able to assess the overall status of a project, both with subjective approaches and earned value. The importance of the baseline as a foundation for control will be explored.

Target Audience:
Project managers and project participants who need project control skills.

A basic project management course (such as Managing Projects and Leading People), or equivalent knowledge.

Duration: One day

PDUs: 8 PDUs


  • Identify control processes as defined by PMI
  • Use a set of tools and techniques designed to support these processes
  • Build a baseline to support project control
  • Understand subjective control techniques
  • Review and learn earned value terminology
  • Perform earned value analysis

Instructional Methods:
Lecture, group discussions, individual practices and group activities to teach and reinforce project control techniques.

Topics Covered:


  • Review course objectives and agenda
  • Definitions of terms
  • PMI’s Control processes

Project control

  • Review different ways to report project status
  • Review subjective approach
  • Review earned value approach

Establishing baseline

  • Components of a plan
  • Budgeting and scheduling
  • Create a baseline

Earned value terminology

  • Definitions
  • Formulas
  • Practices


  • Spreadsheets
  • Graphs
  • Management status updates


  • Set the baseline
  • Evaluate status
  • Report to management


  • Lessons learned
  • How to implement in real life
  • Evaluations