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Discover how to more efficiently manage your business projects. Author Bonnie Biafore lays out a set of principles and examines the concepts behind project management, from defining the problem, establishing project objectives, and building a project plan to meeting deadlines, managing team resources, and closing the project. The course also provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
This course qualifies for 2 Category A professional development units (PDUs) through lynda.com, PMI Registered Education Provider #4101.
In this course I've covered the major processes of project management and explained many techniques for managing projects effectively; however, there are many sources of information you can explore to learn more. Here are a few books I recommend. My book, Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project, covers both project management and how to use Microsoft Project and other programs to perform many of your day-to-day tasks.
It comes with examples and templates you can download to use on your own projects. I also recommend Project Planning, Scheduling and Control by James P Lewis. It's engaging, easy to read, and filled with useful information. Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun is a practical and pragmatic guide to getting the right things done in the right way. Mr. Berkun offers plenty of real-world examples from his career of managing projects. The Project Management Institute is a not-for-profit organization that advocates the project management profession.
PMI has several levels of certification, such as the project management professional, or PMP. To obtain your certification you have to have a number of hours of experience, complete accredited training, and pass a certification exam. Prince2 is another project management methodology, which originated in the United Kingdom. The Prince2.com web site includes links for training options. You can also become certified in this methodology.
Many colleges and universities now offer certificates and degrees in project management. You can find accredited degree programs in project management on the Project Management Institute web site. I recommend that you apply the skills you've learned from this course and then in a few months, come back and watch it again. You'll find that becoming a successful project manager is a learning experience that can last a lifetime.
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