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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.
The sample project used throughout this course is the relocation of Focused Fitness; a small exercise studio owned by a woman named Beth, who has six trainers who work as employees. Beth's goal for the relocation project is to move into a new space that will satisfy the needs of the business as it grows over the next five years. She has several additional objectives for the relocation. First, a more convenient location which will help the business grow. Second, easier and safer access for the clients who are recovering from injuries or are older and less agile.
Third, if possible, lower rent per square foot. To get the project started, Beth has asked you to help her manage the relocation. Let's get started and see how to manage a small project from start to finish.
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