• This automotive project management training course has been held in numerous companies over many years.
  • All training materials are available in two languages (German, English) and can be held worldwide in both languages.
  • The course provides a comprehensive and still compact introduction to project management in three or four days.
  • It contains practical exercises and a great many of hints and tips which come from many years of experience in the Automotive industry.
  • It is fully compatible with the probably most important project management standard:
    • The „Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge“ (PMBOK® Guide) provided by the PMI (Project Management Institute)
    • The PMI is a non-profit organization (located in the USA) and is the world's largest membership organization of project management. Some facts (2015):
    • more than 700,000 members in 185 countries
      • 280 chapters
      • more than 1600 Registered Education Providers
  • In addition to this standard it includes project manager know-how required in the Automotive industry such as:
    • Automotive lifecycle models
    • Requirements management and traceability
    • Configuration management
    • Change and Problem Management
    • Automotive SPICE requirements
    • Functional safety according to ISO 26262
    • Scrum

Target audience

  • This training course is well suitable for:
    • Persons who have already gained some experience in the Automotive industry (typically as developers) and who shall now take over more responsibility as a project manager or as a team manager within a project.
    • The course contents is suitable for all engineering disciplines. It includes also some amount of material which is software-specific.

Course overview

  • The course can be performed in 2, 3 or 4 days. Most organizations prefer the 3 days  variant which requires some tailoring (cancelling or shortening modules and/or exercises) according to the organization‘s needs.
  • The course modules are:
    • M1: Introduction
    • M2: Project Lifecycle Models (incl. Agile)
    • M3: Project Start Phase
    • Exercise „Draft a Project Charter“
    • M4:  Requirements Management
    • Exercise „Agree on Requirements“
    • M5: Configuration Management
    • M6: Planning Scope, Time & Cost
    • Exercise "Effort Estimation"
    • Exercise „Network Diagrams“
    • M7: Monitoring & Controlling Scope, Time & Cost
    • Exercise „Earned Value Analysis“
    • Exercise „ Countermeasures for time and cost problems“
    • M8: Change and Problem Management
    • M9: Managing Human Resources, Stakeholders & Communication
    • Exercise "How to make team meetings more efficient"
    • M10: International Project Management & Supplier Management
    • M11: Quality Management
    • M12: Risk Management
    • Exercise „Risk Checklist“
    • M13: Relevant Models & Standards
    • Exercise "Assessing the project management process"


A more detailed description is available. Drop me an email if you're interested.

Dr. Klaus Hoermann


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe


German (native), English (fluent)


Cultural Background

Worked as a project manager, consultant, and trainer in many European countries, Asia, USA, and Canada



- SPICE (ISO 15504) intacs™ Principal Assessor
- intacs™ Instructor for SPICE Assessors
- CMMI® SCAMPI Lead Appraiser (CMMI Institute-
- CMMI® Instructor (CMMI Institute-Certified)
- Scrum Master ( certified)

Professional Experience

- (Automotive) SPICE since 1997, CMMI, Scrum

- Sectors: Automotive, insurance, IT

- International Project Management

- Software & embedded systems development

- Line manager (dept. head, managing director)

Consulting Emphases

- Facilitating organizational benefits and profitability
- Leading organizations to efficiency improvements
- Measuring efficiency
- Leading complex change management projects
  (Large organizations, international organizations)
- Reengineering of change management projects
- 2004 - now Principal and Partner, KuglerMaag CIE
- 2000 - 2004 Expert Consultant, Q-Labs GmbH
- 1997 - 2000 Manager, Fraunhofer Institute for
     Experimental Software Engineering (IESE)

      - Head of the Competence Center for Software Technology 

         and Training

     - Managing director of the Software Technology Initiative

        Kaiserslautern e.V. (STI)

     - Instructor for Software Engineering topics at Software

        Akademie AG


- intacs (International Assessor Certification Scheme), head of

  working group “exams”, member of working group “trainings

- Author of various books and papers



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