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Have you wondered how to make your small projects run as smoothly as possible—without building in so many steps that they get cumbersome? In this course, author and project manager Bonnie Biafore shows how a successful small project starts with planning: documenting goals, identifying risks, measuring success, and confirming decision makers. The course also covers organizing your files, estimating time and costs, building a solid team, scheduling work, and getting the project underway. In addition, you'll explore how to hand out and track assignments, communicate with the team, work through issues, and bring your project to a close. This course follows the relocation of a small business as the sample project, but the course's strategies apply to a wide variety of small projects, including those in marketing, business development, product development, software development, freelancing, and the like.
This course qualifies for 1.5 Category A professional development units (PDUs) through lynda.com, PMI Registered Education Provider #4101.
During planning, you flesh out two major aspects of your project. How you're going to get the project done and how you're going to run the project? You put all this information into a set of documents known as the project plan. If you've already define the project as described in Chapter 2, you have a good foundation for your plan. As you work out the details, you might uncover additional information about the project, such as new deliverables, risks or assumptions.
All you have to do is update your existing project summary or other files with the new info. There are four main components to planning the work that has to be done. First, you have to identify that work, exactly what work has to be done to deliver the desired results. Second, you estimate how much time it will take to perform the work and how much it'll cost. Third, you determine who you need to do the work.
Fourth, you build a schedule of when work will occur and how many days or weeks it will take. In this chapter I'll share approaches to constructing the components of a project plan.
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