Discover what project managers do to run a project, evaluate performance and, if necessary, bring a project back on track.
- The executing process is like launching a boat. The project is finally underway. Executing a project starts with lining up the people and other resources you need to perform the project. Once you get team members onboard, you help them get to know their assignments, the overall project environment, and their teammates. To do that, hold a kickoff meeting. The project sponsor and customer can describe the mission and get everyone motivated.
You can review the project plan with the team and explain how things will work, such as how to communicate, or handle change requests. You also set up a place to store project information, including your project plan, specifications, reports, and so on. It's usually electronic, but this repository is called a project notebook. Many people need access to these files, so be sure to set your project notebook up where team members can get to it.
After that, project execution represents performing all the work you identified in the work breakdown structure. Monitoring and controlling your project kick in at the same time as executing. Monitoring represents collecting data about where the project stands. Since projects never stick to the plans you so carefully prepare, you have to figure out how to respond to the changes, surprises, and problems that arise.
Controlling is when you implement course corrections to get your project back on track. This chapter discusses what goes on during the executing phase. We'll talk about how to monitor your project and bring it back on track later in the course.
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.
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- 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
Project Management Foundations: Communicationwith Doug Rose1h 47m Appropriate for all
Project Management Foundations: Budgetswith Bob McGannon1h 11m Appropriate for all
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
How to develop requirements4m 19s
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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