Deeply Practical Project Management (Earn 16 PDUs)
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Deeply Practical Project Management (Earn 16 PDUs)

How to implement the PMI® project management best practices in the simplest, most deeply practical way.
4.5 (5,381 ratings)
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24,856 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 articles
  • 11 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to get stakeholder buy-in and senior management support at the beginning of your project, and maintain it throughout.
  • The three fundamental messages of the PM triple constraint, how they inter-relate, and how they affect risk.
  • How to plan your project VERY efficiently, so you know the scope, schedule, budget, and risks before you start.
  • How to manage the top three drivers of project success to solve most of the problems on most projects.
  • The critical importance of the project requirements, with best practices for documentation, review, and approval.
  • How to build the work breakdown structure (WBS), your scope baseline, and when to break it down further.
  • Why the precedence diagram is your most important tool for planning and managing your project.
  • How to estimate the project resources, material, services, time, and cost, and handle estimating error.
  • Why the critical path means schedule is more important than cost, with a step by step animated example.
  • The key criteria for deciding whether to build or buy, and the best type of contract and award procedures.
  • How to prepare and brief the project plan, provide options to meet the triple constraint, and stay truthful.
  • How to build the project team, key hiring criteria, delegation, motivation, and resolution of personnel conflicts.
  • How to manage scope so you find the things inevitably missed, but don't make it so good that it just blows up.
  • How to manage the critical path to focus on the most important items without getting bogged down in the weeds.
  • How to manage the budget and its key drivers to obtain the best cost performance possible.
  • How to identify the risks, mitigate them as early as possible, and stay within the risk budget.
  • The two most effective things you can do to manage quality and ensure the customer is happy with the project result.
  • How to use earned value management (EVM) to project cost and schedule performance objectively.
  • How to communicate constructively with the stakeholders about the project status, and obtain their assistance when needed.
  • How to use scenario based verification to ensure customer satisfaction with the project result.
  • How to conduct lessons learned events to find out what did not go well and did go well, and easily gather them as you go.
  • How to close your project team to ensure everyone is treated fairly and free to proceed to their next challenge.
  • How to use the key software tools to support the project management life-cycle - WBS, precedence diagram, and Gantt chart.
  • Six practice quizzes, get copies of nine key project management document templates and six summary checklists, and earn 16 PDU's.
  • Get recommendations for free open source software to support the project management process.
  • Gain a deeply practical understanding of the PMI project management best practices for those that wish to obtain a PMP certification.
  • No prior knowledge needed - covers the project management process from end to end, while providing a wealth of practical tips for those already experienced in project management.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein

***  Now includes a complete set of example documentation for the project Magical Devices Version 3, including a Project Charter and Project Management Plan, and a document describing how to use Microsoft Office to prepare planning documentation.  ***

Complexity is the challenge in project management.  Therefore, the PM processes must be simple and deeply practical.  Based on 25 years experience managing projects from $250K to $55M, and experience in senior management roles on projects up to $3B, this course provides a deeply practical description of how to use the proven Project Management Institute (PMI®) best practices to help you manage your projects of any size, from any domain.

First an overview is provided of all the key project management concepts, and the critically important role of the Project Manager is explained.  Then the project management processes are mapped across the time-line, and the specific actions you need to take and documentation you need to prepare at each step are explained in an easy to follow thread.  The use of software tools to support the process is described.  The course is comprehensive, divided into more than 200 videos of just a few minutes long, and easy to understand.

If you have a project you need to manage right now, are pursuing a PMI certification, or just wish to get a solid grounding in deeply practical application of the project management best practices, this course will help.  You will also earn 16 Professional Development Units (PDU's) - 9 Technical, 4 Leadership, 3 Strategic.


William Stewart is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who has managed projects for more than 25 years using the PMI processes.  He has delivered more than 200 onsite project management courses to more than 2,000 people.  He has worked for aerospace, government, academia, and founded a software startup.  He has in-depth experience with project management, risk management, systems integration, and software engineering.  He earned a Ph.D. in computer science for discovery of an algorithm that builds multi-dimensional geodesic domes in optimum space and time.

Student Testimonials:

  • "The PMBOK applied in an easy to use fashion.  A lot of insider knowledge." – C. Newton.

  • "Did a phenomenal job in relating the real world experiences with the PM models and theories." – N. Anjaria.

  • "Direct and to the point.  Help sort the fact from the fluff." – M. Griffin.

  • "Content was very useful for my current job.  I can immediately apply the tools." – J. Seguin.

  • "Vast amount of actual experience to draw from." – J. Anderson.

  • "What I enjoyed most about the course was all the practical information that I could easily incorporate into my work activities." – S. Rebeiro.

  • "Explained PM theories that I previously never clearly understood.  Thanks for giving me the 'light bulb'." – L. Slot.

  • "Excellent course that exceeded my expectations.  Liked the real-life examples.  Easy to understand." – P. Trethewey.

  • "Eye opening for my own job and for the levels above me which I aspire to reach in my career development path." – S. Narasimhan.

  • "In over twenty years this was probably the most relevant course I've taken." – R. Gaudet.

Who this course is for:
  • Those that need to manage projects, and want a deeply practical description of how to use the project management best practices across the life-cycle.
  • Anyone involved in projects that wants to understand the practical essentials of the project management process.
Course content
Expand all 209 lectures 08:35:41
+ Overview: The PMI Framework
6 lectures 13:02
Project Definition
Program Definition
The PM Knowledge Areas
Project Players
Exercise: Baseline Your Project Players
+ Overview: Strategic Plan
2 lectures 03:01
The Link To The Strategic Plan
Exercise: Link To Your Strategic Plan
+ Overview: Keys To Success
2 lectures 09:07
The Standish Group Chaos Report
The Top 3 Drivers Of Project Success
+ Overview: The Project Manager
9 lectures 36:54
Project Manager Requirements
Communications Essentials
Team Formation
Team Foundations
Team Dynamics
Negotiation Essentials
Leadership Essentials
Exercise: Your Project Manager Development
+ Overview: Quiz
0 lectures 00:00

Test your knowledge of the project management overview material.

Overview Quiz
26 questions