Learn about data that helps evaluate project performance and methods for obtaining data from the project team.
- [Voiceover] Once work begins on your project,…you need to know what's been done,…what's left to do,…how long it took,…and what it cost.…That way, you can see whether your project…is progressing the way it should.…The data you need depends on what the customer…and other stakeholders consider important.…Because schedule and budget usually top the list,…information about actual dates, time worked,…and money spent are givens.…First, find out when tasks actually start.…
A task can take the work hours you estimated,…but if it starts two weeks late,…it still could delay your project.…Second, gather actual work hours,…or, in some cases, actual duration.…Tracking hours worked is more effort,…but you get a better picture of task progress…and the labor costs associated with the work.…Third, ask how much work or duration still remains.…These values tell you how much longer a task will run,…and also whether your original estimate was on target.…
Finally, find out what other actual costs…have been incurred on the project,…such as travel and training.…
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
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4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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