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Analyzing Project Management Indicators

Do you receive reports on your project, but are uncertain how to use them? Do you feel you don't receive the information you need to manage your project? This three-day course teaches managers and practitioners how to use measurement as the foundation for making informed decisions about projects. Participants learn to use measurement to analyze project performance, manage schedules and resources, and communicate project status and changes. Instructors emphasize the role of metrics in planning technical work, integrating related business goals, and addressing stakeholder issues in an overall project plan. The first half of this course focuses on the use of measures to monitor performance, support decisions, and manage supplier agreements. The second half of this course covers problem diagnosis and response. In addition to data-driven planning and tracking, participants learn how to establish quantitative objectives for performance and quality and align them with their business objectives.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for questions and discussions. The course also makes extensive use of the concepts in The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), published by the Project Management Institute.


  • project managers
  • individuals supporting managers of software-intensive systems development, maintenance, and acquisition


Successful completion of this course will enable participants to

  • identify key areas of concern and uses of measurement for project management
  • define indicators based on what a project manager would want to know
  • use measurement to support decision making
  • understand where measurement is used from the perspective of a generic management process (ISO 12207)
  • use measurement data to communicate more clearly to all project stakeholders


  • benefits of measurement
  • management issues and indicators
  • performance analysis
  • using metrics in project planning
  • analyzing earned value
  • representing data in the form of charts and graphs


Students will receive a course notebook that contains copies of the presentation materials, class exercises, templates, references, URLs, and other useful materials discussed in class.


Before registering for this course, participants must have experience or training in managing the development, maintenance, or acquisition of software-intensive systems.

We suggest that participants have a basic understanding of project management (such as the knowledge gained in an introductory project management course or one to two years of experience).

Course Fees [USD]

  • U.S. Industry: $1,750.00
  • U.S. Govt/Academic: $1,400.00
  • International: $3,500.00


This three-day course meets at the following times:

Days 1-2, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites. For details, please email or telephone at +1 412-268-1817.

Course Questions?

Phone: 412-268-7388
FAX: 412-268-7401

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials. For more information about SEI training courses, see Registration Terms and Conditions and Confidentiality of Course Records.