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IT Project Budget & Cost Management

I took this course to prep for a big interview and I found it to be an excellent, practical review of a project budget from start to finish. The course was paced really well and the presentation was excellent plus the resources will help me with the next project I run.  I'd rather have this level of content than a slick production that didn't have the depth of this course. Will def look for more courses from Daniel in the future.

Denise W.

With over 5 hours of content, this is the most comprehensive course on how to manage a million-dollar software project budget.    Please note that this course is not about construction budget management.

Gain hands-on knowledge in all the areas of managing a large project budget - from business case creation through financially closing out your project.

Information gathered is from specific past job experience - this is not a theory course but a course to teach you specific step-by-step procedures to manage your project budget.

Gain real-world knowledge of project budget management as we work through a sample project with real implications.  The sample project deals with leveraging a software development vendor to build our organization's new application on the web.

Your project management toolkit is not complete without detailed knowledge of how to manage project finances.  This online training course will give you the background to complete your toolkit.


Bonuses - Sections end with a "resources" area so that you can download bonus materials and templates based on the content of that section.

How long will it take?

With over 40 lectures and 5 hours of content, if you budget just 30 minutes a day, you can complete this course in approximately 3 weeks. 

Is it for me?

This course is for you if you want to learn step-by-step on how to manage a million-dollar budget for a software project.  Remember, this is not a "theory" course but a course to mimic as if you were managing a real-world project.  The skills you learn here can be applied to real-world projects.

What if I don't understand a topic?

As you move through the course, I will provide prompts where you can reach out to me on my website with questions or feedback.  I will PERSONALLY get back to you to answer any questions you may have.  I understand that Financial topics are sometimes tricky to understand because I was there also when I first began as a project manager.


What you’ll learn

  • How projects are initiated financially and how these finances play a major role in the project eventually being approved by executive management for execution.

  • Step-by-step estimation skills to prepare your budget for project expenses such as internal resources, contractors, hardware, software, and business travel. 

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to set up your initial project budget based on estimated expenses.

  • An examination as to how actuals are realized against your project budget.  You will also learn step-by-step how to analyze these actuals to determine if incorrect charges are appearing on your project.

  • How to use Finance performance metrics such as Earned Value (EV). Schedule Performance Index (SPI) and Cost Performance Index (CPI).  Remember, this will be based on a real-world scenario and not based on theory. 

  • Step by step procedures to do your monthly and quarterly re-forecasting for your project budget.

  • Understand the change control process so that you may make changes to your project budget whether you're over or under budget.  Also, learn step-by-step how to re-forecast once your change control is approved.

  • How to financially close out your project and give any unused funds back to the organization so that it may leverage this to fund other projects.


    Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to transition from their current job role to a career in project / program management.

  • Senior Managers who are new to managing project budgets. 

  • PMO Analysts who want to understand the financial performance of projects.

  • Executive steering committee's to understand how an execution project budget works after business case approval.

  • Anyone band new to project management to understand how managing costs and budgets work. 

  • The "accidental" project or program manager.

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