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eCourse - Adaptive Project Management


In this comprehensive course, you will learn how to initiate, plan, implement, adapt and close a project that meets the needs of the beneficiaries and expectations of key stakeholders. The online course will introduce the elements of the adaptive project management cycle.  You will learn the methods for the efficient management of a project using a phased approach and the concepts and practices necessary for project management success.

In this course, an experienced Project Management Professional (PMP) will teach you the same techniques that experienced project management professionals rely on every day. You will learn how to apply the flexible adaptive management approach and learn to utilize the concepts of Monitoring, Adapting, and Continuous Improvement throughout the life of the project. This course promotes and facilitates a collaborative learning approach in an online environment. Students participate in discussions as part of the assignments and receive feedback from the course instructor. Students "learn by doing" through the class exercises while lecture points are reinforced with class discussions and videos.

The course is asynchronous; the instructor provides materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students are given a time frame during which they need to complete the assigned activities, participate in discussion forums, and submit their exercises in order to receive a grade.

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About this Course

The course has a duration of three weeks. Each week students will work on the activities and exercises required to meet the learning objectives. Participants require an average of one hour per day to complete the assigned activities. This course is specifically designed to focus on the practical application of agile/adaptive project management concepts. Key topics of focus include an overview of modern project management, the cyclical approach, developing a project plan and managing resources, monitoring progress, communicating to stakeholders, conducting effective meetings, updating project plans and managing project issues. 


This is the perfect course for those new to the role of project manager and also for team members who want to develop their knowledge of project management terminology and procedures. Course participants include:  team members, program managers, project supervisors and project managers wishing to increase their skills and knowledge to understand the tools and techniques to manage a project. Participants to our courses come from various parts of the world, and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that is shared in the course forums.


Upon successful completion of the Adaptive Project Management, online course participants will: Understand the concepts of project life cycle phases and project management techniques to manage each phase. Describe the project cycle and the management methods required to plan, implement, monitor and close a project successfully. Identify the key activities that must be managed to ensure project success. Understand all the steps involved in managing a new project, from beginning to end.


There are no requirements to take this course, although the students will benefit if they know the type of work that occurs in development organizations and development projects, or had some experience working on a project. Students should have a good internet connection, Adobe Reader in their computers as well as MS Office to work on the course assignments. Good connectivity is required to watch some of the online videos. As a convenience to our remote students, you can download most of the course material to read offline.


The course fee is due before the start of the course; you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts.  On the registration page, you can choose your preferred payment methods. We accept all major credit cards in a secure online payment system. We also accept payments via Western Unions or Money Gram. If you have any questions or require more instructions to send your payment please contact us at info@pm4dev Reference: eCourse APM. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations.

Course Registration

Registration for this course is now open. To apply please click here and complete the application form. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course. On the registration form, you will find the different payment options. If you have any questions contact us at info@pm4dev  Ref. eCourse APM.

Course Content 

Lesson  1 - Initiating Phase
The Project Charter 
Analysis of Project Proposal
Getting Project Support
Project Organization
Project Office Setup
Project Kick off 
Lesson  4 - Monitoring Phase
Monitor Project Performance
Quality Control
Monitoring Risks and Assumptions
Monitoring Team Performance
Progress Reports
Change Control


Lesson  2 - Planning Phase
Planning Approach
Development of Core Management Plans
Development of Support Management Plans
Development of M&E Plans
Integration of Plans
Approval of Plans
Lesson  5 - Adapting Phase
Variance Analysis
Change Requests
Develop a Proposal for Changes
Adapt Management Plans
Communicate Changes
Reflective Practice
Lesson  3 - Implementation Phase
Team Development
Work Assignment Matrix
Contract Administration
Quality Assurance
Communicating with stakeholders
Lesson  6 - Closing Phase
Exit Strategy
Project Evaluation
Final Project Reports
Closing Contracts
Capturing Lessons Learned
Team Reassignments
Course Instructions
  • Registration. See the Course Schedule to select a date
  • Fees. The course fee is USD$150 and is due before the start of the course, you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the start of the course. Use the promo code 20APM.
  • Group discounts: For groups or organizations that want to register for 3 or more students we offer a 30% discount. Use the promo code 30APM
  • Access to the online course begins one week before the start of the course.
  • Course limit: The course is limited to 20 students per class.
  • Course duration: The course is three weeks long and requires between 30-40 hours to complete it.
  • Materials. Course materials are available for download from the online course module page to allow for printing and review. 
  • Evaluation: It is required that participants complete the course evaluation after they take the final exam.
  • Course credit. This course provides 35 PDUs (Professional Development Units)* or 35 contact hours.

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Course Certificate
All students that successfully complete the course will receive a completion certificate. The certificate is a demonstration that you have learned the concepts and techniques of managing a project cycle; it is a valuable credential for your professional growth. Upon receiving your certificate, you will join a growing number of people who are building their competencies to increase their skills and knowledge to improve the quality of the projects they manage. The certificate is delivered worldwide via First Class airmail. 
Student Feedback:
" This course(Adaptive Project Management- APM) is a must take for all those aspiring or in the field of development project management. PM4DEV has found a unique, efficient, and perfect formula to deliver all its courses. My every penny, my every second spent on any PM4DEV course was worth it!" Jeffrey Sama - Canada
"Change is inevitable and Adaptive Project Management taught me how to better manage change within projects through processes.  The tools learned provided techniques and strategies for me to become a more efficient and effective project leader.  Adaptive Project management elevated me to a new level in project management." Pat Christian - Caleb Missionary Relief Services, United States.
"I appreciated the intensive nature of this course and was pleased with how practical and comprehensive it was despite being just 3 weeks in duration. I look forward to applying the lessons learned and practical tools in my everyday work, as I seek to become more adept in my ability to implement Adaptive Project Management. I also found the online forums stimulating, being able to share, compare, and learn from the experiences of colleagues from around the world." Joanna Fischer - Global Aid Network, Germany.
"I would highly recommend anyone interested in development project management to take this course." Tetyana Hoogeveen - United States.
"Great format of an online course - especially thanks to the discussion fora. They very much enhance the learning atmosphere and allow each student to learn from each other's experiences and interact, even without meeting in person." Antonia Does - Switzerland.
"The course is a very complete and practical set of tools and ways to continuously be open to changes in the project environment and change the project route according to the lessons learnt on the way. In every phase of the project cycle, the course leads you to be adaptive while keeping your eye on the results you need to reach. I can use a lot directly in my daily work." Sigrid Meijer - Swisscontact, Netherlands.
"A name is given to what is usually done instinctively or with little knowledge: Adaptive or Adapting Project Management. It's much more than the usually quoted 'Learning by doing'. It's all about HOW to adapt to change and new situations. Awesome!"  Liliane Kambirigi - FAO, Italy
" I think every project manager needs to take this course. It really provides one with the tools and skills that are relevant to addressing the day-to-day challenges pertinent to development projects, especially in Africa. I could situate my project management experiences in most of the case scenarios." Philemon Dong-Uuro, CAPECS-Ghana.

In 2013, PM4DEV became a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®to issue professional development units (PDU's) for its project management training courses. Our instructors are experienced trainers and project managers who are PMP® certified. Our comprehensive courses in project management theory, fundamentals, principles, and practices are designed around industry best practices and based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide). We are confident in our ability to provide comprehensive, practical courses that will enable you to further your project management education


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