Deeply Practical Project Management
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Deeply Practical Project Management

How to use the PMI best practices to plan and manage your project in the simplest, most deeply practical way.
4.6 (76 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,339 students enrolled
Created by William Stewart
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 10 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Very efficiently plan your project to figure out the scope, schedule, budget, and risks *before* it starts.
  • Get stakeholder buy-in and senior management support at the beginning of the project, and maintain it throughout.
  • Manage scope change as the project progresses so you can find the things inevitably missed, without making it better and better until it blows up.
  • Manage the schedule critical path so you can focus on the most important items, without getting bogged down in the weeds.
  • Manage the budget, and its most important drivers, to obtain the best cost performance possible.
  • Identify the risks, mitigate them as early as possible, and manage the risk budget so surprises can be handled within the project plan.
  • Constructively communicate with the sponsor, customer, and stakeholders about the project progress, and obtain their assistance when needed.
  • Understand how to use the key software tools to support the project management life-cycle.
  • Get a free 250 page reference manual, nine PM templates, and six summary checklists.
  • Gain a deeply practical understanding of the PMI process for those that wish to obtain a PMP certification.
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  • No prior knowledge needed, covers the PM process from end to end.

Complexity is the challenge in project management.  Adding a lot of complex processes won’t help.  Simplicity and practicality is the solution.
This course provides a deeply practical description of how to use the Project Management Institute (PMI®) best practices to manage your projects through every phase of their life-cycle.  The PMI processes are mapped across the project time-line, and the specific actions you need to take, and documentation you need to prepare, are explained at each step in a cohesive, easy to follow thread.  The use of software tools to support each step of the process is described.  Templates are provided for all the key project management documents.  At the end of the course you will not only understand project management, you will be able to implement it.
The material has been refined for more than ten years with feedback from thousands of people from dozens of organizations. It is proven, practical, and complete, providing an end-to-end road-map that you can use as a checklist to apply the PMI process to your projects of any size, in any domain, to maximize their scope, schedule, cost, and risk performance. 

Whether you have a project you need to manage right now, or just wish to get a solid grounding in deeply practical application of the PMI processes, this course can help.  It’ll also help you have more fun.  Done right, project management is fun.  I hope you have the most possible fun on all the projects you manage in the future!


William (Bill) Stewart is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP), has managed projects from $250K to $55M using the PMI processes, served in senior management roles on projects up to $3B, and delivered more than 200 project management courses onsite to more than 2,000 people.  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 from spherical distributions in multiple dimensions in optimum space and time.  He has refined this course for more than ten years to provide the most deeply practical description of how to get the most benefit from the PMI processes on real projects.

Student Testimonials:

  • "Did a phenomenal job in relating the real world experiences with the PM models / theories." – N. Anjaria, Innovapost.
  • "The PMBOK applied in an easy to use fashion. Possesses a lot of insider knowledge for the PM industry." – C. Newton, CRA.
  • "Direct and to the point. Help sort the fact from the fluff." – M. Griffin, DND.
  • "Content was very useful for my current job, in that I can immediately apply the tools." – J. Seguin, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • "An excellent look at the basics of Project Management. Can be used both at work and in my personal life." – D. Cameron, CFIA.
  • "Vast amount of actual experience to draw from, and he used it extremely well to bring the course material to life." – J. Anderson, CATSA.
  • "What I enjoyed most about the course was all the practical information that I could easily incorporate into my daily work activities." – S. Rebeiro, CSEC.
  • "Explained project management theories that I previously never clearly understood. Thanks for giving me the 'light bulb'." – L. Slot, Innovapost.
  • "Excellent course that exceeded my expectations. Liked the real-life examples. Great flow, easy to understand." – P. Trethewey, DND.
  • "Best instructor by far from all the courses I have taken. More than simply surface information." – J. Morand, Passport Canada.
  • "This was a great course and I would definitely recommend it to others." – R. McGarry, Public Safety Canada.   
  • "Eye opening for my own job and for the levels above me which I aspire to reach in my career development path." – S. Narasimhan, CRA.
  • "In over twenty years this was probably the most relevant course I've taken." – R. Gaudet, MPC.
Who is the target audience?
  • Those that need to manage projects, and want a deeply practical description of how to use the best practices across the life-cycle.
  • Anyone involved in projects that wants to understand the practical essentials of the PM process.
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Curriculum For This Course
216 Lectures
Start Here!
1 Lecture 03:12
Overview: Contents
1 Lecture 01:57
Overview: The Basics
5 Lectures 12:48

Who Can Use Project Management?

Application To Small Projects

Where Projects Come From

Overview: The PMI Framework
9 Lectures 20:56
Use of "Phases" for PMBOK® "Process Groups"

The Project Management Institute

PMI® Certifications

Project Definition

Program Definition

The PM Knowledge Areas

Project Players

Exercise: Baseline Your Project Players
Overview: Techniques & Tools
2 Lectures 06:42
Two Basic Project Management Techniques

Project Management Software Tools
Overview: Strategic Plan
2 Lectures 03:22
The Link To The Strategic Plan

Exercise: Link To Your Strategic Plan
Overview: The Triple Constraint
1 Lecture 06:37
Overview: Keys To Success
3 Lectures 10:50
Exercise: Project Success & Failure

The Standish Group Chaos Report

Overview: The Project Manager
9 Lectures 41:23
The Role Of The Project Manager

Project Manager Requirements

Communications Essentials

Team Formation

Team Foundations

Team Dynamics

Leadership Essentials

Exercise: Your Project Manager Development
Overview: Chapter Summary
1 Lecture 07:02
Summary Checklist
53 More Sections
About the Instructor
William Stewart
4.6 Average rating
75 Reviews
1,339 Students
1 Course

William Stewart is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and has delivered more than 200 onsite project management courses to more than 2,000 people.  He has worked for large corporations, the Federal government, academia, and founded a software startup, and has hands-on experience with project management, risk management, systems integration, systems engineering, and software engineering.

Bill is currently a management consultant helping industry and government work better and get more done.  Previously, he founded and ran the cloud company Cirrus Computing for ten years.  Before that, he spent 14 years with Lockheed Martin Canada, where he served as the company System Engineering Manager and Software Manager, Project Manager for system integration projects from $250K to $55M, and in a range of senior roles on other projects up to $3B.  

His first job was with the Canadian Public Service, to establish and manage a computing center supporting 4,500 personnel, where he developed and deployed software to manage enterprise-wide course scheduling, resource management, personnel management, and payroll, and developed and taught two programming courses accredited by Seneca College.
Bill received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick for a thesis on algorithms that build geodesic domes in multiple dimensions in optimum space and time.  While at UNB, he also served as Principle Investigator on a secure network modeling project, and taught eleven undergraduate courses.  His professional training includes Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Risk Management, System Architecture, and System Engineering.  He has taught courses in Program Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Cost and Schedule Control, and Negotiating.
Bill is author of the first web published book "The Living Internet" with contributions from many creators of the Internet.  He wrote the original "The Fun Standard", a collection of best practices for having organizational fun.  His paper on public financing of political parties was credited in the Canadian House of Commons when the federal party financing bill passed in 2003.  He lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and two children.