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Practical Project Management for Creative Projects

with Richard Harrington
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This course qualifies for 2.50 PDUs towards maintaining PMI® certification. Learn More

Video: Welcome

Learn to manage a project and balance the goals, schedule, team members, and clients involved in a creative endeavor.
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  1. 3m 49s
    1. Welcome
      2m 59s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
  2. 9m 9s
    1. The benefits of project management
      4m 7s
    2. Reviewing the golden rules of effective project management
      5m 2s
  3. 13m 3s
    1. Understanding your capabilities
      5m 15s
    2. Outsourcing
      3m 53s
    3. Partnering
      3m 55s
  4. 30m 41s
    1. Project management's bottom line
      5m 24s
    2. Understanding the triple constraint
      5m 20s
    3. Defining the objectives of a project
      1m 55s
    4. Defining the characteristics of a project
      6m 11s
    5. The standard life cycle of a project
      3m 56s
    6. Overview of the project management process
      7m 55s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. Scoping the project
      3m 11s
    2. Giving the project a name
      2m 12s
    3. Creating an executive summary
      2m 25s
    4. Refining scope
      3m 56s
    5. Identifying key roles
      1m 37s
    6. Building the scoping document
      3m 8s
  6. 14m 29s
    1. Using historical data
      2m 22s
    2. Using a time-estimation formula
      3m 13s
    3. Getting peer review for time estimation
      1m 15s
    4. Getting external review for time estimation
      7m 39s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. Using in-progress reports to communicate with clients
      4m 59s
    2. What information can you share with your client?
      4m 19s
    3. Using online tools
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the core features needed for online systems
      2m 30s
    5. Managing a project with Basecamp
      3m 41s
    6. Managing a project with Facebook
      4m 4s
  8. 8m 26s
    1. What is a control cycle?
      1m 22s
    2. Building a control cycle
      5m 26s
    3. Balancing control with speed
      1m 38s
  9. 11m 24s
    1. Time tracking
      2m 32s
    2. Recruiting contractors
      3m 35s
    3. Managing contractors
      1m 59s
    4. When to hire staff
      1m 21s
    5. Exploring the independent contractor status
      1m 57s
  10. 7m 36s
    1. Reviewing the elements of a successful team startup
      2m 10s
    2. Outlining effective team membership
      5m 26s
  11. 7m 41s
    1. Fostering open and frequent communication
      4m 43s
    2. Performing the project debrief
      1m 28s
    3. Being seen as a resource
      1m 30s
  12. 3m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      3m 17s

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Practical Project Management for Creative Projects
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Project management is key to taking an idea from start to finish, but video and photography projects face very special challenges that set them apart from traditional business projects. In this course, Rich Harrington introduces viewers to the core concepts of effective project management within the context of the video production and photography industries.

Covering topics like effectively matching your services offered with the project, estimating time, and communicating with clients, Rich shares insights from his many years as a business owner and creative professional.

This course qualifies for 2.5 Category A professional development units (PDUs) through, PMI Registered Education Provider #4101.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the benefits of project management
  • Investigating outsourcing and partnering opportunities
  • Defining project objectives
  • Understand the project life cycle
  • Scoping the project
  • Identifying key roles
  • Estimating time
  • Managing projects with tools like Facebook or Basecamp
  • Building a control cycle
  • Managing a team
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Hi, my name is Rich Harrington, and welcome to this class on project management. We're going to be taking a look at project management from a creative's point of view. Now, the examples I'm going to use today are particularly well suited for both video and photography professionals. However, if you're doing any type of creative work, you'll probably find the class helpful. I would like to give you a little bit of perspective of how we're going to be looking at things today. First off, just to give you a little bit of background on myself, I've held a lot of jobs in the creative industry. I've worked as a reporter, a director for television, a graphic artist, a video editor, a magazine editor, a producer, a publisher, and I've also served as a production manager, writer, blogger, and podcaster.

Now, all these jobs are very diverse, and the one job I didn't list was project manager. However, what I want you to realize is that all of these jobs actually have something in common. What exactly is in common? Well, they are all about telling stories, and if you're a photographer or a video pro, that's probably your ultimate goal to either capture a story or create a story that's compelling and engages others. And you may serve as a communications consultant, helping people to understand how everything comes together, perhaps as an entertainer, or serving as a documentarian, capturing a story and sharing it, preserving it for future generations.

I've also served as a journalist and all of these things are ultimately about capturing stories and educating or informing people. However, they do have something else in common. I've had to manage people, resources, and assets. And I've also had to serve as a team leader. What I want you to realize is while you may think of yourself as a creative, you probably have had to manage projects in the past, and that's okay. It's important that you understand the essential skills necessary in order to pull off a proper project.

It's important that you understand the resources you have, the constraints you have to function under, the budget you have to work with, and how ultimately, make a profit and enjoy yourself while doing it. To balance things out, I'm going to be sharing with you principles that I've learned as a project manager. While I studied journalism and history as an undergraduate, and worked in broadcast news and traditional photography and video production for many years, I forced myself to go back to school and become certified as a project management professional. This is a certification offered by the Project Management Institute.

I don't want to bore you with lots of details or really theoretical processes, instead we're going to focus on practical tools, simple things you could do to get the job done. However, everything I share with you today is rooted in traditional project management practices. So, think of it as the project management essentials for creative people who probably don't enjoy project management and would much rather be doing the act of creation. With that in mind, let's jump in.

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