Project Process Agreement Training

Course Name: CMS Project Process Agreement (PPA) e-Learning Course

Course Registration: Click here to register for this course

When and Where: Available 24/7 online

Duration: Approximately three (3) hours; divided into six (6) individual lessons.

Summary Description:

This e-learning course will provide participants with foundational information about tailoring the XLC framework to accommodate the unique characteristics of each IT project. The tailoring strategy uses the PPA to justify and document the waiving or combining of particular life cycle phases, tests, deliverables and reviews while managing project risk. 

By tailoring the framework, CMS will be able to preserve a consistent and repeatable project management methodology while recognizing when certain elements of the framework are not applicable or are not cost-effective for a particular project. The Project Process Agreement (PPA) documents the tailoring strategy for each project.

Participants will receive three (3) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) upon successful completion of this course. A complete transcript for this course may be downloaded here (PDF).

The course is divided into seven lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Project Complexity Determination
  • Lesson 3: Reviews
  • Lesson 4:  Artifacts
  • Lesson 5: Testing
  • Lesson 6: Approvals
  • Lesson 7: Using the PPA in Project Planning and Contracting

Prerequisites: This is an introductory web-based training course; however, prior to taking the course, participants should be familiar with the elements of sound IT project management and Systems Development Life Cycle models. It is recommended that participants complete the XLC Basic Trainingprior to taking this course.

Testing/Certification: Participants who successfully complete all seven lessons will be awarded three (3) CLPs/PDUs to be used towards COR recertification requirements and/or continuing education requirements for other professional certifications. The course will include quizzes that check participants’ understanding and a printable certificate upon course completion.

Supplemental Resources: Download the Project Process Agreement (PPA),  XLC Detailed Description Document (PDF), and/or the XLC Overview Poster (PDF).

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