Project Management Essentials
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Project Management Essentials

A crash course in the essentials of project management for new project managers.
4.2 (1,622 ratings)
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5,265 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • What project management fundamentally does, and the domains it applies to.
  • The five stages of the formal project management process, their essential features, and how they fit together.
  • The most important concept in project management – the triple constraint, its key messages, and how they inter-relate.
  • The role of the Project Manager, key responsibilities, and why accountability is a good thing.
  • The purpose of project initiation, and the key elements of the project charter.
  • The importance of the first definition of the project scope – the one sentence objective.
  • A one-page flowchart of the whole planning process, setting up your project for success.
  • The official baseline for the project scope – the work breakdown structure.
  • The precedence diagram – your most important tool for planning, communicating, and managing your project.
  • The official baseline for the project schedule – the Gantt chart.
  • The essential elements of the project cost breakdown.
  • The importance of planning for the unexpected – risk management planning.
  • Documenting the planning in a concise project management plan for sponsor review.
  • The purpose and key elements of the monitoring and control phase.
  • Managing the number two cause of project problems – scope changes.
  • The essential elements of managing the project schedule.
  • The essential elements of managing project cost.
  • The essential elements of managing project risk.
  • The best way to conduct the monthly project review.
  • The purpose and key elements of project closing.
  • Wrapping up the project with a targeted final report.
  • A summary checklist of all the key learnings of the course.
Requirements
  • No prerequisites - this course is intended for new project managers looking for an overview.
Description

Complexity is the challenge in project management.  Therefore, simplicity and practicality must be the solution.   

Based on more than 25 years of experience with practical implementation of the formal Project Management Institute (PMI) process, this crash course gives you the essential information you need to understand what project management does, how it flows across the life-cycle, and the key steps you need to take to make your project successful.

     1.  Overview:   What project management fundamentally does.  Which domains it applies to.  The five stages of the formal process.  The most important concept in PM – the triple constraint.  The role of the Project Manager.

     2.  Initiation:  The purpose of initiation.  Baselining the first definition of your project’s scope – the Objective.

     3.  Planning:  A one page flowchart of the whole planning process.  The project scope baseline – the work breakdown structure.  The logic of the project – the precedence diagram.  The schedule baseline – the Gantt chart.  The cost breakdown.  Risk management.  Documentation of the Project Management Plan.

     4.  Execution:  The purpose of execution.  The essentials of building the best project team.

     5.  Monitoring & Control:  The purpose of monitoring and control.  Managing scope, schedule, cost, and risk.  The monthly project status review.

     6.  Closing.  The purpose of closing.  Wrapping up the project with a targeted final report.

If after taking this crash course you wish to dig deeper, feel free to check out my comprehensive course "Deeply Practical Project Management", which goes into much more detail on *how* to implement the PM processes in-depth.  Enjoy!

Instructor

William Stewart is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP), has managed projects from $250K to $55M using the PMI processes, and served in senior management roles on projects up to $3B.  He has worked for large corporations, government, academia, and founded a software startup. He has hands-on 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 creates geodesic domes in multiple dimensions in optimum space and time.  He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and two children.

Who this course is for:
  • Those new to project management, looking for a crash course in the essentials of the best practice processes.
Course content
Expand all 38 lectures 01:46:01
+ Overview
9 lectures 23:44
Application To Small Projects
02:25
Where Projects Come From
02:21
The Triple Constraint
05:29
Exercise: Your Project Manager Development
00:36
+ Initiation
3 lectures 07:39
The Purpose Of Initiation
02:51
The Project Objective
03:56
Exercise: Baseline Your Initiation Scope
00:52
+ Planning
10 lectures 32:36
One Page Planning Flowchart
05:03
The Core Project Team
01:16
The Work Breakdown Structure
02:15

Work Breakdown Structure Examples

Work Breakdown Structure Examples
05:11
The Precedence Diagram
01:37
The Gantt Schedule
03:36
The Cost Breakdown
02:01
Risk Planning
05:36
The Project Plan
05:17
Exercise: Baseline Your Project Plan
00:44
+ Execution
3 lectures 06:30
The Purpose Of Execution
01:53
Building The Project Team
03:23
Exercise: Gather The Project Team
01:14
+ Monitoring & Control
7 lectures 21:53
The Purpose Of Monitoring And Control
02:12
Managing Scope
02:15
Managing Schedule
02:34
Managing Cost
02:36
Managing Risk
08:17
The Monthly Status Review
02:55
Exercise: Organize Your Monthly Review
01:04
+ Closing
3 lectures 04:30
The Purpose Of Closing
01:46
The Project Final Report
01:57
Exercise: Write The Final Report
00:47
+ Practice Test
0 lectures 00:00

Test your knowledge of the material covered in the course.

Practice Test
26 questions