Project Management Essentials

Tasked with leading a project? Learn core skills to bring your projects across the finish line on budget, on time, and within scope.

Technologies: Project+ 2017
Prior to begining any project – before you plan the budget or create the schedule – you need to develop a clear vision for what the project is to achieve and how it will achieve it.  That involves clarifying what stakeholders expect to see in the end, all the tasks that will need to be carried out, the resources you…
As a project manager, once your project scope has been clearly defined, it's time to estimate and plan. Drawing on information from the initiation phase, you must now determine how much time and money will be required to meet objectives and complete the project. In this course you will learn how to develop the project schedule and cost baselines for…
For the new project manager, the essentials  – what you need to know to undertake your new responsibilities - are not always obvious. Project management involves a lot of moving parts.In this course, you’ll learn some of the foundational concepts, such as what a project and its project environment and scope are. You'll learn what you’ll be responsible for, and…
Constant project monitoring against the plan helps identify and address variances to keep the project on track. Explore various project documents used, and common terminology and acronyms used to aid in communication.
Documenting your project work provides useful assets for reference purposes for both the current project and future ones. Examine the importance and benefits of documenting a project, and how to work with common project documents.
During project planning, quality assurance processes are established to ensure that the deliverable meets requirements. Explore up-to-date project management practices for quality and procurement planning.
To be effective and successful, it's important to remain up-to-date with project management practices. Gain experience using practical exercises, including earned value management, communication channels, and make or buy analysis.
It's important to remain up-to-date with project management practices, so you can effectively put them to work. Examine the forward and backward pass, total float and free float, and schedule compression techniques.
While controlling project work, the project manager must assess project performance and document lessons learned at closing. Explore Agile methodologies, traditional project management methodologies, and practices for closing projects.
During the execution of project work, the project manager is responsible for communicating project performance. Develop a foundational knowledge base for communication, changes, and documentation in projects.
During resource planning, the project team is selected, assignments are given, and risks are identified and evaluated. Acquire a foundational knowledge base reflecting the best practices for resource and risk planning.
During project planning, baselines are established for scope, schedule, and cost. Develop a foundational knowledge base so you can effectively put principles to work in your own organization.
A project will typically provide some benefit to the organization, either tangible or intangible. Develop a foundational knowledge base of project selection and initiation, including the project life cycle and process groups.
Managing projects is challenging, and even with good budgeting and scheduling, things can go wrong. The truth is, the path to closing a project is rarely straightforward; most projects go a little astray at some point along the way. In this course, you'll learn some tricks for correcting schedule variances and how to determine if your project is over or…
Of all the different types of skills and competencies a project manager uses when managing projects, "soft" skills are the most important. The ability to communicate effectively with team members and negotiate between different demands enables the project manager to manage project conflict. Effectively resolving conflict helps stakeholders remain positive and can mean the difference between project success and failure.…
When starting a project, there are many things to consider. One key area is risk. Managing risks means preparing ahead of time for all the things that could go wrong…or go right! Another key area is quality. How are you going to ensure that your product or service meets stakeholders' expectations? And then there's figuring out whether to do all…