Identify the purpose of initiating the processes of a project management project and what you need to do during this phase.
- The purpose of initiating a project is to obtain commitment to start the project. You want the customer or sponsor to be able to make an informed decision whether to move to the planning phase. Typically, the first step in project initiation is to assign the project manager. In some cases, the project manager may be assigned to the project after its been approved. During project initiation, you identify the problem the project is supposed to solve and you gather information to define the project.
Once you have an initial project definition, it's time to prepare the project charter, a document that formally authorizes a project and outlines the authority of the project manager. In this chapter, I'll describe the key elements of a project definition and what goes into a project charter.
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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