Practical Project Management for Managers and First Time PMs
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You will be able to deliver your next project be on time, on budget, and to requirements.
4.5 (190 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.
2,381 students enrolled
Created by Dr Mike Clayton
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how projects work and be able to control your project process
  • Deploy some of the main ways to avoid budget and schedule over-runs
  • Define your project precisely, for your benefit and everyone else's
  • Establish a clear scope, so you can combat the dreaded 'scope creep'
  • Deal effectively with supporters, critics and bystanders
  • Create time scales on getting the job done using milestone planning
  • Be able to use the world's favourite project planning tool: the Gantt chart
  • Achieve fair and effective allocation of project responsibilities
  • Get the most from your team: motivation, collaboration and communication
  • Predict problems and plan your responses
  • Be able to assess which risks to deal with first
  • Assess which risks to deal with first
  • Apply all six strategies for action on risks available to use
  • Stay in control when people change their minds
  • Deliver your project on budget, on target, and on time
  • Complete the three key tasks to finally close down your project
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  • You won't need any software or materials other than your preferred note-taking device (pen & paper, Evernote or OneNote, or anything in between. You can even use Udemy's built-in note taking tools (which are private to you).
  • If you have n experience of projects at all, that is absolutely fine. If you do have experience, bring it with you as you watch the videos. If you don't, bring your common sense.

Do you need to manage a project?

And do you want to deliver it on time, on budget, and to requirement?

If you are new to project management - or just want a refresher, this course will give you all the basics and more.

Project management has become a vital element of business life. Success for both you and your organisation will depend on good project management skills.

How do you set up to succeed? This seminar shows you the practical tools, techniques and advice you need.

What will I get?

You will get over two and a half hours of high quality video - not just a PowerPoint with a voice over.

It is based on Mike's best selling three-hour live seminar and contains over two and a half hours of video, and a wealth of additional templates for you to download and adapt to your work. These will help you to manage your projects practically, for greater control and more success.

If you want to deliver your next project on time, on budget and to specification, you can't afford not to take this course.

What people say about Mike's live seminar...

“This did what it said on the box – a great deal of practical ideas for planning and managing tasks, along with understanding of key principles for successful delivery"

Andrea Duncan, PDP Co-ordinator – University of Northampton

“One of the best seminars I've attended in the last 17 years. Enjoyable practical and useful. I would highly recommend this course"

Diane Massey – DSM Legal Solicitors

“If you've never had formal training in project management – you'll learn a huge amount about processes and the secrets to succeeding in your projects"

Paul Foxall, Senior Project Officer – Sandwell MBC

“Excellent seminar. I have been on previous project management course. This one seemed very different and much better due to brilliant examples Mike gave."

Emma Oliver, Marketecture

“Excellent content, clearly delivered. Really enjoyed Mike's course and found it exceptionally useful."

Nick Osborn, Fenland RP Ltd

“Very useful. Many excellent strategies to help guide project managers."

Rob Simpson, Basis (Registration) Ltd

“A great overall introduction to project management. I learnt a lot and have a lot I can start to implement tomorrow!"

Catherine Mendham, Content Consultants

“Very practical, very useful. Gives confidence in knowing what is important and what is not. Mike is a very engaging speaker."

Louisa Davison, Secret Agent Marketing

“An excellent introduction and reminder of some of the fundamentals of project management."

Chris Price, Pulse PM Ltd

Dr Mike Clayton

Mike is on of the UK's leading project delivery experts. He has many years experience of managing projects and integrating change in many companies of varying sizes. Mike has had key roles in managing multi-million pound projects for Vodafone, General Motors, BAA and Transport for London. Organisations of all sizes have benefited from his skills in integrating complex change. You will get real results as his highly practical approach simplifies complex ideas.

Mike also has over 20 years' experience of training project managers, throughout the UK and in Europe and the US. He is the author of thirteen top-selling business, management, and personal effectiveness books, including four on project management topics:

  • How to Manage a Great Project On budget. On target. On time. (Pearson, 2014)
  • The Influence Agenda A systematic approach to aligning stakeholders in times of change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Brilliant Project Leader What the best project leaders know, do and say to get results, every time (Pearson, 2012)
  • Risk Happens! Managing risk and avoiding failure in business projects (Marshall Cavendish, 2011)

Your Unconditional, No-questions, 30-Day Guarantee

The best way to assess how valid this material is in you culture is to try it out. I am so confident that this course will change your life that I offer you an unconditional, no questions asked, full 30 day money-back-in-full guarantee. If you don't think this will give you a real sense of understanding and being in control of your project, then just ask me for your money back.

What if you have questions?

I will be on hand to answer your questions if you get stuck, puzzled, or just want to know more. As a professional trainer, this is what I do, and I promise to respond within 24 hours of your question arriving with me from Udemy.

Enroll Now

Enroll for this course now, so you can start to gain control of your projects straight away.

Who is the target audience?
  • new and want-to-be project managers
  • project managers who have had no formal training and who want to start to formalise what you have learned on the job
  • beginners and also for intermediates with a few projects under your belt
  • managers and professionals who are starting to need to deliver projects as a part of your day-to-day responsibilities
  • This course will give you a great legup if you need to get involved in your first project... in any capacity
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Project Management Fundamentals: Know the Principles and Get it Right
6 Lectures 35:13

It's important to define terms, and the key piece of jargon we'll be using throughout this course is 'Project'... so we'd better define it.

Preview 04:08

Like you and me, projects have a distinct lifecycle with recognisable stages. When you understand this, you have the basics of the structure you need to manage your projects effectively.

The Four Stage Project Lifecycle

Let's understand why project managers divide our projects up, and what you can gain by doing this in your projects.

Project Stages and Boundaries

The project lifecycle will help you understand one of the commonest reasons for schedule slippage and over-budget projects.

One Reason why Projects go Wrong

The jargon is important... but more important is the ideas behind it. So don't skip this chapter!

Terminology used in the Project Stages

Project Gateways are a central part of good project governance. Understanding this will help you control your project, secure good decisions, and keep your decisions accountable.

More on Project Gateways / Stage Gates
Project Definition Stage: The Vital Foundation to Your Success
4 Lectures 27:11

Defining your project is crucial and your Goal and Objectives are at the core. But how to distinguish between these two concepts... I'll make it clear.

Define your Project: Goals and Objectives

Establishing the scope of your project is, I think, the most difficult task. You need to balance the needs and the wants of many stakeholders, and reconcile those the the very real resource constraints you find yourself under.

Understanding Project Scope

Scope creep is the insidious reality of all projects. So what is it and, crucially, what are the two steps you can take, to deal with it?

Preview 06:48

You should have watched three videos on this already, but there is always more: let's summarise, and also add in some of those extra details you'll need to get a full definition for your project.

You can also download a Project Definition Document template, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

Project Definition: Summary
Project Planning Stage: Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail
12 Lectures 01:22:55

All of your planning in one (conceptual) document. So, what do you need to include?

You can also download a selection of handy planning tools and templates, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

The Book of the Plan

Stakeholder engagement is a vital (but straightforward) process. Of course, the challenge is to maintain a constant attention to all of your stakeholders in a balanced way, throughout your project. A lovely example of simple, but not easy!

As an aside, many project managers refer to this as 'stakeholder management'. I prefer not to, and I think the common terminology is shifting in my direction. Engagement sounds more respectful to me, than trying to 'manage' your stakeholders.

The Stakeholder Engagement Process

Somewhere down the line, I'll do a full video course on stakeholder engagement. But the practical project manager's most valuable tool for analysing your stakeholders is, without a doubt, the one I present in this video.

You can also download two handy stakeholder engagement tools, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

Stakeholder Analysis

For a Project Manager, milestones are your best friends - for two reasons - and I'll tell you why in this video.

You can also download handy Milestone Table and Status Reporting templates, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

Preview 08:12

Under-used by even some pretty experienced PMs (who should know better), The Work Breakdown Structure (or WBS) is the workhorse of project planning tools and the the generator of many other useful tools. It may sound complex, but in fact it is simple: it breaks your work down into a structure!

The Work Breakdown Structure

The Gantt Chart is something of a poster-child for project management and it is very widely used. Here, I'll explain the basics in easy stages.

The Gantt Chart

Okay, so you want to create your own Gantt Chart... There are three generations of tool available to you: 1, 2, 3.

You can also download handy Gantt Chart templates, in .docx and .xlsx format (both second generation tools), branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

Tools for Creating a Gantt Chart

Okay, I'll come clean: this is my own personal favourite project planning tool. In this video, I'll explain to you why.

You can also download a handy LRC template, along with a skills requirement schedule, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

The Linear Responsibility Chart (LRC) aka The RACI Chart

The Risk Management Process is four simple, powerful steps. Persistence is the key.

Preview 04:25

The standard risk analysis process - described in this video - is based on the definition of a risk, as 'uncertainty that can affect outcome'.

Risk Analysis

There are six generic strategies for dealing with a risk. When you know and understand them, you can find the tactics you need and combine them to create your risk action plan.

You can also download a handy Risk Action Plan template, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

The Six Strategies for Managing Risks

The Project Manager's primary risk management tool is your Risk Register, or Risk Log, and I describe it here.

You can also download handy Risk Register templates in .docx and .xlsx formats, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

The Risk Register (or Risk Log)
Project Delivery Stage: Don't you Love it When a Plan Comes Together!
2 Lectures 19:26

You get the team you deserve. But what are the essential things you must do, to deserve the team you want?

The Four Essentials of Leading your Team

Project delivery is the easy bit, after all of the hard work of planning. And the core 'project heartbeat' is made up of three cycles you must follow. Let's see what they are.

You can also download a set of handy tools and templates, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

Project Delivery - The Three Key Cycles
Project Closure Stage: Deep Sigh - You're Nearly Done
3 Lectures 10:30

There are three things to do, to close your project down in an orderly manner: 1, 2, 3.

You can also download a set of handy Project Closure tools and templates, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)

Closing your Project in an Orderly Manner

There's always more. In this short video, I'll point you to some recommended reading, and below, I'll offer you some handy downloads.

Music Credit: Title music, Rollin' at 5, is provided by Kevin MacLeod,

Closing Words

About the Instructor
Dr Mike Clayton
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Udemy & Real World Trainer in Personal Effectiveness

Dr Mike Clayton is a business trainer, author and speaker. Since 2002, he has been helping professionals, managers and leaders to excel in their roles with management, leadership, and personal effectiveness training.

Mike has written over a dozen books for major publishers like Wiley, Macmillan and Pearson, including: Powerhouse, How to Manage a Great Project, How to Speak so People Listen, Brilliant Time Management, and The Influence Agenda.

Mike's professional background is 12 years as a project management professional with the London office of international management consultancy Deloitte. Prior to that, Mike had an academic career in Physics, working at the world renowned Schuster Laboratory of The University of Manchester.

Mike currently has five courses on Udemy, with a long list of successful seminars and training courses to convert into video format.