A Practical Introduction To Project Management
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A Practical Introduction To Project Management

Learn the basics of project management with practical examples
4.6 (7 ratings)
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Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 40 mins on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • What A Project Is and Why Organisations Implement Projects
  • Examples of Projects
  • What A Project Managers Does?
  • What A PMOs Does?
  • What A Project Planner Does?
  • No prior project management knowledge is required as this is an introduction to the project management profession
  • A strong desire to learn the basics of project management

If you are considering a career in project management but not sure how and where to start, this is the course for you.  Project management is one of the most in demand, challenging, and rewarding careers one can get into. Once you get into project management, you will have an opportunity to work in any industry for example, IT, construction, retail, health, banking etc. In order to get started in the project management profession, you need to understand the basic definitions and concepts.

In this course, we will give you an overview of project management, what a project manager does, what Programme/Project Management Officers (PMOs) and project planners do,  using real life practical examples. The course will:

  • Define a project

  • Outline examples of projects

  • Describe what Project Managers, PMO and Project Planners do

Who this course is for:
  • People who have no knowledge of project management but would like to get into the project management profession
  • University and college students and graduates who would like additional practical material on the subject
  • Professionals who would like to up skill, re-skill and advance in their careers
  • People who are preparing for PRINCE 2 and PMP examinationa
Course content
Expand all 6 lectures 39:41
+ Course Introduction
1 lecture 01:39

In this course you will learn the following:

  • What A Project Is and Why Organisations Implement Projects?

  • Examples of Projects

  • What A Project Manager Does?

  • What A PMO Does?

  • What A Project Planner Does?

Preview 01:39
+ What Is A Project and Why Implement Projects?
1 lecture 05:08

What Is A Project?

  • an entity/unit set up to introduce change in organisations and to ensure that change is implemented efficiently

  • a temporary organisation that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed Business Case

  • a temporary organisation with a defined start and end date

  • the project environment is often cross-functional in nature

  • every project is unique in what it delivers and has got a life cycle

  • have a greater level of uncertainty than business as usual activities because they introduce change

Preview 05:08
+ Examples of Projects
1 lecture 05:08

Examples Of Projects

  • Developing a new service or product e.g. car,

  • Effecting a change in the structure, processes, staffing or style of an organisation

  • Developing a new IT system – e.g. Customer Relationship Management, HR management system (hardware or software)

  • Constructing or refurbishing a building / Building a new house

  • Developing a new or refurbishing a website

  • Developing a mobile application/ game etc

  • Planning and hosting an event

Preview 05:08
+ What Do Project Managers Do?
1 lecture 13:50

What Do Project Managers Do?

  • Plan, delegate, monitor and control all aspects of the project

  • Assemble and manage and lead the project team

  • Develop, implement and monitor project plans

  • Manage stakeholders ( people affected by and who affect the project)- Communicate

  • Manage project budgets and costs

  • Manage project risks and issues

  • Report on project progress

  • Manage change – training, communication and change control

  • Select and manage suppliers/vendors

Project Managers Manage The Following Project Performance Targets

  • Time – time allocated for project completion (how long will it take)

  • Benefits – what benefits will the business derive from the project

  • Quality – acceptance criteria set by the customer. Ensure product meets them

  • Risk – manage uncertainty that comes with implementing change

  • Scope – deliver what has been agreed with the customer and manage change requests

  • Cost – manage project budgets. Forecast and report on expenditure

What Do Project Managers Do?
+ What Do Programme/Project Management Officers (PMO) Do?
1 lecture 08:44

A Programme/Project Management Office is:

  • An organisation’s unit that sets, maintains and ensures standards for project management across an organisation

  • A centre of excellence that ensures a consistent approach to project management throughout the organisation

  • The backbone of a successful project management approach in an organisation

  • PMOs are the keepers of best practices, processes, project status, resources, tool and direction (Also facilitates the sharing of these)

  • Help organisations deliver value to stakeholders

  • Ensure portfolio, project and program success

  • Usually put in place where there is a mature project/programme organisation and more than one project

  • Manage project collaboration spaces and consolidate reports, budgets, plans and risk logs

  • Meetings administration – scheduling, paperwork and following up action owners

  • Administrative and supportive in nature and enables project teams to focus on delivering the product without worrying about the administrative tasks

  • Their role is based on the type of organisation and projects that need to be implemented or delivered

  • Compile the project portfolio by classifying, selecting and prioritising projects based on the company strategy and available resources, preparing decision-making and facilitating decision-making for the portfolio board

  • Plan resources at the portfolio-level, optimise the use of resources and solve resource conflicts

  • Maintain current employee data, especially in terms of capacity, project allocations and skills

  • Standardise methods and processes in project management

  • Select, implement and train employees on applicable tools and software

  • Increase transparency of current and planned projects through up-to-date, reliable project data

  • Promote information flow and communication

  • Create a knowledge base with Lessons Learned and Best Practices from past projects to avoid repeat errors

  • Monitor project progress and control the dependencies that affect resources, budgets, and schedules (project portfolio tracking)

  • Train and coach project leaders and stakeholders

  • Administrative and operational support for project managers and project teams (e.g., conflict management, workshop moderation, etc.)

What Do PMOs Do?
+ What Does A Project Planner Do?
1 lecture 05:12

Project Planning

  • Refers to everything project managers and project planners do to set up their projects for success.

  • A process to establish the steps required to define project objectives, clarify the scope of what needs to be done and develop the task list to do it.

  • Project planning takes place in the Planning phase of the project after the project manager has gotten approval

  • A project planner works very closely with a Project Manager

  • Plans and tracks costs

  • Estimate costs

  • Maintain schedules

  • Keep project resources on track

  • Provide regular project updates

  • Maintain contact with project staff

  • Intercede to settle conflicts with project staff

  • The construction industry leverages the project planner role, but in others, the project manager is expected to perform all these functions.

It’s important to know which role suits you best you are to better succeed in your chosen field

What Does A Project Planner Do?