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Project Management is the discipline of keeping projects on schedule, on budget, while also achieving all the projects objectives originally intended. It does this by detecting defects early when they are least costly to fix. For projects with a technology (ITS) component, there is a lot of overlap between project management and systems engineering. The course covers all the key elements of analytical project management as well as identifying the human qualities and skills necessary for project leadership.

Why Online?

  • Earn 16 Professional Development Hours
  • Expert training by experienced developers of ITS architectures and standards who also developed the course.
  • Full access to learning materials and session recordings
  • Small classrooms & scheduled One-on-One sessions with instructors
  • Break-out groups practice managing an example project through the initiation and planning phases of PM to reinforce lecture content. Individual exercises reinforce the concepts of project monitoring and control.
  • Receive IRF Certification


  • Online course: four 4-hour days on Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Lectures are integrated with breakout session group exercises to illustrate and reinforce the taught analytical concepts.
  • Upon completion of the training program, the IRF will administer an on-line or live knowledge test. Participants with a score of 80% of the exam will be awarded a certificate verifying their successful completion of the course.

Learning Objectives

This introductory course covers the five phases of project management (initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and close-out) and project management leadership.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major components of a well-defined project
  • Explain the functionality of each phase of the project lifecycle and associated deliverables
  • Create a Project Management Plan (PMP), including a Statement of Work (SOW) and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Cost Budget, Schedule, and Risk Management Plan.
  • Identify methods to obtain reasonable project estimates to develop a realistic project budget and schedule
  • Use Earned Value to monitor, control and report a projects status and evaluate the impact of potential changes on the PMP
  • Recognize the relationship between leadership and teamwork development, as well as the importance of communicating to all stakeholders

Target Audience

The course is appropriate for professionals new to project management as well as a refresher for more experienced project management staff.

Dr. Rob Jaffe

Dr. Rob Jaffe is an experienced project manager in the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry since 1993. He was Project Manager for the IBM Team that originally developed the US National ITS Architecture from 1993 – 1996 and continues on that project as senior systems engineer. In 1996 he started Consensus Systems Technologies (“ConSysTec”) which he led from 1996 until 2020, and where he is now a Principal. At IBM and now at ConSysTec he has been project manager for dozens of client ITS projects. He developed this Project Management course in 2011 for the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University, and has taught this course dozens of times, and has periodically updated it. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (“CSEP”). He currently serves as Chair of the IRF ITS Committee and serves on the IRF BOD and Executive Committee.

Computer Requirements

Operating System
Windows 7 - Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), macOS Catalina (10.15), Linux, Google Chrome OS, Android OS 5 (Lollipop) - Android 9 (Pie), iOS 10 - iOS 12, Windows Phone 8+, Windows 8RT+

Web browser
Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)
Mozilla Firefox (most recent 2 versions)
Internet Explorer v11 (with Adobe Flash if running Windows 7)
Apple Safari (most recent 2 versions)
Microsoft Edge (most recent 2 versions)

Internet connection
1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended)

2GB of RAM (minimum), 4GB or more of RAM (recommended)
Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended)


October 4
October 13
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IFIs, US State DOTs & City Officials

$1,400 ((Groups of 3 or more)

16 Professional Development Hours

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