I.T. Project Management for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide
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Acquire the core project management skills and techniques to be immediately effective in delivering I.T. projects.
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand what a project is.
  • Understand the key project roles.
  • Understand the key project stages.
  • Understand how to initiate, plan, execute, control and close a project.
  • Effortlessly handle risk, issue and change management.
  • Learn how to manage and control resources.
  • Be immediately effective in your new project management role.
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Requirements
  • No prerequisite knowledge is required.
Description

This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and techniques to successfully manage I.T. projects. It is ideally suited to those who may be leading a project for the first time and who need to be immediately effective. All project stages are covered, and a pragmatic, step-by-step approach is taken throughout the course in order that the student can quickly understand and subsequently utilise core project management concepts. Quizzes are included to test your knowledge, and example documents and processes are available as supplementary material that you can download as needed. On finishing the course, you will also receive a Certificate of Completion.

Who is the target audience?
  • First-time Project Managers who need to be immediately effective.
  • Current Project Managers who may want to refresh their knowledge.
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
02:31:39
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:10
Introducing myself and my background, and providing an overview of the course approach.
Preview 02:10
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Background material
3 Lectures 10:35
Definition of a portfolio, a programme and a project, as these are commonly confused.
Preview 03:32

This quick quiz will test your understanding of the 3 definitions.

Portfolio vs. Programme vs. Project
3 questions

Provides an outline of the typical sequence of events that lead up to the start of a project. Puts the project manager's role into context, and provides the 'big picture' of how projects end up in the I.T. portfolio.
Preview 02:43

Provides basic guidelines that determine project success, plus general rules that should be followed.
Preview 04:20
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Key project roles
1 Lecture 06:58
Explains the key roles that a project manager would expect to encounter in a typical project. Provides an overview of associated responsibilities also.
Key project roles
06:58

This will test your understanding of the responsibilities and duties associated with key project roles.

Key project roles
7 questions
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The key project stages: Overview
1 Lecture 03:53
A high-level view of the key project stages, as defined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). These stages are then explained in detail in subsequent lectures.
Overview of project stages
03:53

This will test your basic understanding of the key project stages.

Overview of project stages
4 questions
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Initiating the project
1 Lecture 02:07
Explains how a project is typically initiated, and what the project manager can expect to be provided with in order to commence his or her involvement in managing the project.
Initiating the project
02:07
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Planning the project
17 Lectures 01:31:24
Explains what the Project Management Plan is, its purpose, who provides input, who approves it, and what happens to it, once approved. 
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN: Overview
06:19

A quick test to prepare you for the coming lectures on project planning!
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN: Overview
4 questions

Includes:
  • Confirming the sponsor, steering group members, other key stakeholders.
  • Obtaining all background information.
  • Agreeing core project team members.
  • Holding a preliminary kick-off meeting to confirm project purpose, objectives, success criteria, key milestones, and scope.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Steps 1 to 8
06:00

Explains what a RACI matrix is, and how it can be incorporated in your project planning activities.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 9
03:41

Defines assumptions, constraints and project dependencies.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 10
03:03

A brief test, selecting from from steps 1 to 10 of the planning stage.
Brief test, steps 1 to 10.
4 questions

Risk Management - Part 1:
  • Definition and types of risk. 
  • Ways of dealing with a risk. 
  • How risks can be identified. 
  • Use of a risk breakdown structure.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 11, Part 1
10:41

Risk Management - Part 2:
  • Qualitative analysis. 
  • Use of Probability-of-Occurrence / Impact matrix. 
  • Explanation of Risk Factor, Risk Priority, Risk Response. 
  • Use of a Project Risk Register.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 11, Part 2
07:08

Risk Management - Part 3:
  • Quantitative Analysis.
  • Techniques for providing tangible data to support qualitative analysis findings. 
  • Definition and use of Expected Monetary Value, Total Expected Monetary Value, and Risk Contingency.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 11, Part 3
03:58

Risk Management - Part 4:
  • Incorporation of risk management approach and components into the Project Management Plan. 
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 11, Part 4
02:18

Test your understanding of the key terms and techniques associated with risk management.

Risk management
10 questions

Definition of a project issue. 
Outline of issue management process steps.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 12
03:12

Reinforcing your knowledge of issues and how to resolve.

Issue management
3 questions

Definition of change management.

Overview of a typical change management process. 
Configuration management as a subset of change management.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 13
04:50

A test of your understanding of the change management process.

Change management
5 questions

Definition of quality management. 
Typical quality management approach (Deming). 
Stakeholder perspectives.
Quality management and acceptance criteria as applied to I.T. projects.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 14
04:55

Testing your knowledge of the basic quality process.

Quality management
3 questions

Communication management. 

Who, what, how, when.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 15
02:42

Supplier management. 

Defining and planning external supplier requirements. 
Main steps when considering supplier engagement.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 16
03:18

Human resource management overview.

Steps for identifying HR requirements, and associated actions.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 17
02:11

A brief selection covering steps 15 to 17 of the project planning stage.
Communication / Supplier / HR Management
4 questions

Producing a project baseline schedule and cost.
Outline of the 5 key processes: 
  • Define activities.
  • Sequence activities.
  • Estimate activity resources.
  • Estimate activity durations.
  • Develop schedule.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 18, Part 1
18:53

Additional topics: 
  • Critical path analysis.
  • Activity float.
  • Schedule crashing.
  • Fast-tracking.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Step 18, Part 2
05:22

Testing your knowledge of Step 18.

Producing a project baseline schedule and cost
10 questions

Final check of Project Management Plan contents. 
Submission of Project Management Plan for approval.
Creating your PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN in 20 steps: Steps 19, 20
02:53
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Executing, monitoring and controlling the project
6 Lectures 25:24
Definition / Overview of Executing stage of project. 
Core project manager responsibilities during the Monitoring and Controlling stage. 
Overview of the Control Cycle.
Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Overview
04:01

Authorisation of work for assignment to project team members.
Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Authorize the work
02:01

Track and monitor project progress. 

The key information to obtain from project team members. 
Example of updating a project schedule, and associated effects.
Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Track and monitor progress
06:33

Change control during monitoring and controlling. 

Definition of 'Gold Plating'. 
Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Change control
02:27

Evaluating, forecasting and reporting project progress.

Key meeting types.
Tips for effective meetings. 
Meeting preparation. 
Project team meeting agenda. 
Steering group meeting agenda.
Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Evaluate, forecast, report
08:42

Revise and correct project progress. 

Ways of bringing your project back on-track.
Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Revise and correct
01:40

Consolidating your knowledge of these key stages.

Executing, monitoring and controlling your project: Summary questions
6 questions
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Closing the project
1 Lecture 08:22
Defines when you move into the Closing stage. 

Typical activities associated with closing a project.
Post-project review meeting. 
Operational handover.
Project closure.
Closing the project
08:22

Some easy questions at the end of the course!

Closing the project
5 questions
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Course Wrap Up
1 Lecture 00:46
Thank you for purchasing the course, and congratulations for successfully completing all lectures.
Congratulations
00:46
About the Instructor
Lee Jones BSc. MSc. PMP
4.4 Average rating
214 Reviews
1,587 Students
1 Course
Portfolio, Programme and Project Management

I am a senior I.T. consultant with over 30 years experience in the I.T. industry. My early career was spent in the UK, working in roles utilising my Physics degree, prior to commencing in I.T. as a Programmer for British Airways. I subsequently moved into consultancy as a Business Analyst, acquiring an MSc. degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design, and then into project management. I have since been responsible for the successful delivery of major, multi-million dollar projects for some of the largest organisations in New Zealand and the UK. 

Since early 2001, I have specialised in portfolio, programme and project management (P3M), with a particular emphasis on the setting up and running of PMOs, combining best-practice methods with supporting portfolio management software to provide effective management and governance of I.T. project portfolios. I also provide project management training and mentoring to varied clients, tailored according to specific requirements.

Specialties: 

Senior Project Management / Directing, P3M, Business Systems Analysis and Design, Project Management Training / Coaching.

Education:

Master of Science (MSc.), Business Systems Analysis and Design, City University, London, England.

Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Honours, Physics, Exeter University, England.

Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute.

Organisations:

Current member, Mensa New Zealand.