Project Management Techniques for Work and Home provides students, small business owners, and others an understand of how the project management process works, how to apply the processes to work and how to incorporate them into their personal projects. The course also provides individuals with insight into how a Project Manager thinks which will help advance your career. The lectures take the student through the Project Management Process with an emphasis on how the process can be used to manage efficiently home projects and help individuals perform well in project meetings. First an understanding of the importance of Project Management and overall process are presented. This is followed by details of each part of the process. Each section concludes with a summary of what was presented along with insights into what Project Mangers expect. The course ends with examples of work and home applications of the techniques.
In this lecture I describe my 40 years of industry experience and what you are going to be able to accomplish after going through the lectures.
Project Management is a world wide occupation governed by many successful processes. What people do not understand is the effort and time that goes into managing a project as well as the commitment in resources that are applied. After this lesson you will have an appreciation of what it takes to manage a project.
This is a PDF file that provides definition of most of the terms that the project management institute uses. Please download this as reference for the remaining lectures.
This lecture provides an overview of the major terms and terminology that we will use in the next two lectures. After this lesson you should be able to explain the difference between a project manager and a program manager, the purpose of the Project Management Institute, and a Portfolio.
Before we look at the project management process we need to study the project management knowledge areas. This lecture will cover the nine different knowledge areas that the program management Institute deems essential for project management. After this lesson you will understand the different knowledge areas and processes that go into the project management process. You will be able to discuss them with others.
Building on the knowledge areas, this lesson takes a high level look at the five process steps in the project management process. This lesson also looks at and defines the required plans and documentation for each of the process steps. After this lesson you will understand the process flow for managing a project and be able to discuss this intelligently with project managers and others.
The initiate phase of the process captures the requirements, supporters, and ends with the authorization to move forward to the planning phase. After this lecture you will understand why this is an important part of the process.
The project charter represents the approval to begin a project. It consists of the statement of work, what processes are used, what processes are excluded, the goals of the project and the stakeholders involved. It is the initial planning document that is used by the Project Team to plan the project. After this lesson you should be able to discuss what a project charter is, it's purpose, and it's importance.
This lesson provides practical advice on what a Project Manager looks for during the initiate phase as well as what a Project Manager should do during the Initiate process. After this lesson you should be able to spot problem areas and understand how to help the PM as well as advancing your standing.
The work breakdown structure is an important part of the planning process. With the work breakdown structure you can define the different tasks to manageable levels. After this lecture you will be able to understand how a work breakdown structure is put together, be able to discuss this with others intelligently, and develop work breakdown structures from your list of tasks.
The Project Management Plan is the key document for managing the project. It provides a one stop repository of what the objectives of the project are, how the project will be executed, and by what means. As a team member you could be called upon to help the Project Manager in developing the plan and subplans associated with the Project Management Plan. After this lesson you will be able to discuss the makeup of the plan, its importance and you will understand how you can help develop it.
This quiz tests your knowledge of scheduling terms.
This PDF file has the activity list for the schedule example. Please download it as a reference for the Home Build Project.
This lecture displays the House Project schedule developed from the WBS, activity list, internal and external dependencies and prepares the schedule for the Execute and Monitor and Control Phase. After this lesson you should be able to take a WBS, Activity List, Dependencies, and resources and apply them to a schedule. You should also have a better understanding on how to use different dependencies to more accurately represent the work taking place.
This lecture is a wrap up of important points, how Project Managers perceive the planing and execute process, and how you can excel at getting your expertise appreciated and elevating your status with the Project Manager and your organization.
Closing a project is an important step for future projects. Without Documenting lessons learned, the same mistakes can be made again and the positive things can be lost. After this lesson you will understand why it is important to close a project correctly.
This lecture describes the use of two different tools for your home projects. These tools can also be used for your work projects as a supplement to your existing schedule. After this lecture you will have different ideas on how to use different tools for your home projects.
This lecture provides three different home project examples. There are many more home projects that can be planned and executed using project management techniques. I plan on updating these projects over the next few months to provide additional examples for you. After this lesson you will understand how to apply the project management techniques we just went over in previous lectures to your home projects. You'll be able to determine other home project uses for program management techniques.
We went over a lot of different techniques and why a project manager thinks the way he does and how you can help him and your organization to succeed. This lecture summarizes those points and provide some additional areas that you can help and that will help your career. This lecture will will be updated this time goes on with additional ways you can help your project succeed.
Charles Coniglio has over forty years industry experience spanning Project Management, Business Development, Marketing, Engineering and Functional Management. Thirty-five years' experience in the Domestic and International Defense Industry, with thirty years in Project Management/Business Development roles. His last position was Director of Programs for a $ 800 million project with the Canadian Military. Mr. Coniglio's motivational, honest, straight forward, win-win management style inspires teams to excel and gain customer trust and confidence. He consistently received outstanding reviews from customers and direct reports on leadership, teamwork and creating an outstanding learning work environment. He has taught project management techniques to teams, developed and implemented project management processes, proposal development process and CMMI process in different organizations. Mr. Coniglio earned a Master Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychologh, Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, completed core MBA curricula and is currently working toward a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology. He has developed and taught courses in Quantitative Methods of Management, Work Breakdown Structure Development, and Project Management to engineering and non engineering personnel. He has been involved in creating job descriptions, performance management processes, recruitment and other human resource functions. Mr. Coniglio is experienced working in the Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Project Professional. He is also a website developer, photographer and videographer. He recently formed Coniglio Enterprises with his wife Charlotte who holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, a consulting firm specializing in training course development and coaching for individuals and small businesses. The goal of the business is to help individuals and small businesses in areas of Project Management, Proposal Development, Recruitment Processes, Performance Development Systems, Organizational Development, and Coaching Skills.