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Essential Gear for Project Managers

Individual: $89 | Corporate (Up to 20): $499 | Corporate (Unlimited): $999

Minimal Processes, Maximum Benefit

Minimal Processes. Maximum Benefit.

What does it take to deliver a project successfully—on time, on budget, exceeding expectations? If you are skipping over crucial project management processes, your project is likely to hit unanticipated roadblocks and dead ends. On the flip side, overly complex or unnecessary project management processes waste time, annoy teammates, and clog the works. So, where is the sweet spot?

Enter Essential Gear for Project Managers, a package of project management processes delivered via intuitive templates and a handbook that describes how to execute best practices and avoid pitfalls.
View the Guide to Contents of Essential Gear for Project Managers.

Essential Gear is inspired by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). But whereas the PMBOK® Guide describes 47 project management processes, Essential Gear (Level 1) includes only eight indispensable processes stripped down to the bare essentials necessary to deliver your project successfully. No more. No less.

Minimal Processes. Maximum Benefit.

Essential Gear for Project Managers

Your guide to help get you up and out of the maze and on the right path.

For many project managers, finding the path to project success can be like navigating a complex maze—full of wrong turns and dead ends. This is particularly the case for new PMs, PMs who are managing projects without guidance from an established Project Management Office (PMO), or new PMOs. Essential Gear from RefineM is your guide to help get you up and out of the maze and on the right path.

What is the Right Essential Gear Level for You?

Essential Gear Level 1Level 2 (coming soon)
  1. You typically manage 2-6 medium-sized projects
  2. Project durations typically last 4-12 months and may involve 4-8 full-time team members
  3. Your projects may total less than 200 person months
  4. Or you may manage a team of about
    16-18 team members who work on different
    projects throughout the year
  1. You typically manage 6-10 medium/large projects
  2. Project durations typically last 6-15 months and may involve
    6-10 full-time team members
  3. Your projects may total up to 600 person months
  4. Or you may manage a team of about 40-50 team members
    who work on different projects throughout the year
Level 1 includes the following processes:Level 2 (coming soon) will additionally include:
  1. Project Charter
  2. Stakeholder Analysis
  3. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  4. Resource Allocation
  5. Project Schedule
  6. Communication Plan
  7. Risk Register
  8. Performance Reporting
  1. Scope Statement
  2. Requirements Traceability Matrix
  3. Project Estimation
  4. Project Cost
  5. Quality Metrics
  6. Risk Quantitative Analysis
  7. Earned Value Management / Variance Analysis
  8. Change Management
  9. Lessons Learned
PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.