The complex telecom hierarchy consisting of infrastructure, network, application and content has made interactions between service providers, vendors, and customers extremely challenging. In addition, a combination of regulatory, economic and technological changes accompanied by competitive pressures are forcing telecom companies to deliver their products faster, with higher quality and lower cost. As the telecom industry experiences ongoing rapid change, projects remain the driver of the industry’s evolution and are crucial to the success of the companies offering products and services in this area. Conducting projects in such a dynamic environment requires the disciple that formal project management fosters. This course covers the theory and practice of managing telecommunication projects, tailoring its discussion to the unique needs of the telecommunications industry. It covers the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and the project team members across the telecom project life cycle. It discusses how to develop a project plan, define objectives, create a work breakdown structure, manage risks, manage procurements as well as monitor project performance against project assumptions and effectively closing out the project. This course illustrates, via sample projects, the application of project management as advocated by the PMI - to the special needs of the telecom industry.