What Needs to be Done Before You Start Your Project
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What Needs to be Done Before You Start Your Project

Find out what steps need to be followed to make sure that your project is a success. This is where you find out how
4.4 (12 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
207 students enrolled
Created by Michael Boyle
Last updated 11/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Find the root cause of a problem
  • Learn techniques to define the current situation
  • Better gauge whether your organization is capable of managing the change of your project
  • Who a stakeholder is, how you manage them, and why they are so important for your project
  • Where you find your project requirements and why you need them to define your solution
  • Learn how to find out how many solutions can be generated
  • Master the processes needed to determine the best solution
Requirements
  • Some basic Project Management knowledge would be useful, but is not imperative
Description

In the beginning of my career, I was assigned to projects where the solution had already been selected, and I considered that to be very normal. That's the way things are done, I thought, and I never thought to question that approach. Sometimes, our projects would be successful, sometimes not.  Sure, I would look for the reasons for success or failure, but usually I was always looking at the wrong place. Maybe the team makes the difference? Perhaps it was my knowledge of the subject matter that defined victory?

It took me some time, but I came up with my answer. Some activities need to be completed before the project commences, at least on a basic level. Otherwise, project success is just pure luck.

This course is all about those things you need to do before your project is formed to ensure that you create the benefits your project is intended to generate!

The course is made up of 6 sections:

What problem are you solving or opportunity you want to generate? If you can't answer this, how do you know that you reached it?

Where are you starting from, and what should you have at the end? This is the transformation you are working towards; the basis of all projects

Who will be affected by your project, either positively or negatively? All parts are key, but this is the element I see neglected the most.

What needs have to be fulfilled? At least on a high level, you have to have a basic idea of what people are looking for.

How many solutions are there to create the opportunity or solve the problem? There are always at least two. Find out why I say this.

What is the best solution? Here, we are talking about the solution that brings the most value.

I know what you are thinking. You don't have the time to go through all these steps. The fact is that you don't have the time NOT to perform these activities. This course will show you how you conduct these exercises quickly and efficiently.

So, if you are looking to find out how you can run your projects better, this course is exactly right for you.

Don't wait. Let's get started!

Last updated September 16th, 2019

Who this course is for:
  • Existing or aspiring Project Managers who are looking to better ensure project success
Course content
Expand all 109 lectures 07:29:42
+ What Problem Needs to be Solved
12 lectures 51:16
Problem Being Solved
02:03
Theory of Constraints
03:17
Bayes Theorem
04:00
Document Analysis
05:20
Business Process Management
05:34
PEST Analysis
05:47
Process Mining
04:10
Impact Analysis
04:01
Customer Journey and Customer Touchpoints
06:47
Customer Journey Postscript
03:44
+ From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
37 lectures 02:34:40
Organizational Process Assets
04:05
Business Transformation
05:56
Enterprise Environmental Factors
02:58
Organizational Readiness
03:53
Power Law
04:25
Key Performance Indicators
03:23
Metrics
02:05
Root Cause Analysis
04:31
The Deming Cycle
03:05
Why Models?
02:44
Process Analysis
03:58
Process Modeling
04:07
SIPOC Model
03:47
BPMN
03:15
Process Design
05:17
Business Rules Analysis
05:55
Feasibility Study
05:38
Enterprise Process Management
02:58
Use Cases
05:39
State Diagram
05:11
Porters Five Forces
04:25
Capability and Capacity Analysis
06:42
Organizational Modeling
08:06
Organizational Modeling Postscript
09:38
Data and Forecasting
02:57
Useful and Non-Useful Data
03:27
Correlation and Causality
02:49
Data Governance
02:41
Regression to the Mean
04:06
Data Flow Diagrams
02:22
Entity Relationship Diagram
02:48
Context Diagram
02:01
CATWOE Analysis
03:33
Gap Analysis
05:54
Benchmarking
03:24
Data Dictionary and Glossary
04:29
Scope Modeling
02:28
+ Who All Is Effected By Your Project - Know Your Stakeholders!
4 lectures 13:41
Stakeholder Analysis
03:27
Stakeholder Strategy State Diagram Mashup
02:28
Granovetters Model
04:28
RACI
03:18
+ What Are Their Needs, and What benefits are Your Stakeholders Expecting?
15 lectures 01:04:36
Requirements Gathering
03:32
Surveys and Questionnaires
04:56
Research
03:57
User Stories
03:49
Epics and Themes
04:04
Planning Poker
03:55
Five Whys
05:33
Brainstorming
04:13
Interviews
06:10
Observation
02:51
Observation Postscript
04:18
Focus Group
04:37
Requirements Workshops
02:39
Requirements Analysis
07:22
Requirements Decomposition
02:40
+ How Many Solutions Solve Your Problem?
16 lectures 01:10:26
Vision, Mission, Strategy, Objectives, Organization, Tasks
02:53
Solution Assessment
02:30
Cost of Quality
04:51
Decision Analysis
03:42
Kano Model
03:51
Kano Model Postscript
02:33
Six Thinking Hats
03:59
Estimation
06:15
Risk Analysis
05:05
Delphi Method
02:43
Business Model Canvas
06:14
Crowdsourcing
05:22
Prototyping
07:06
Monte Carlo Simulation
02:31
Traceability
06:09
Scenarios
04:42
+ What Is the Best Solution and How Do You Justify Your Proposal?
17 lectures 01:02:19
SWOT Analysis
04:49
Sensitivity Analysis (What if)
04:34
Vendor Assessment
07:44
Three Important Aspects of a Successful Business Case
02:21
Business Case Structure
02:41
Content Business Cases Need
03:14
Verify and Validate Your Case Prior to Submission
02:30
Net Present Value
03:30
Cost-Benefit Analysis
02:05
Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
03:38
Payback Period (PBP)
03:46
Decision Quality
02:21
Return On Investment (ROI)
02:24
Decision Tables and Decision Trees
03:46
Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria
05:08
Validation and Sign Off
03:24
Lessons Learned
04:24