Learn why it’s important to identify assumptions and risks for a project and some tips on how to uncover them.
- [Voiceover] One key to project success…is to identify project assumptions and risks early on.…Let's start with assumptions.…An assumption is something that someone takes to be true…without confirming it.…Different people can make different assumptions…and if those assumptions aren't brought into the open…someone will end up disappointed.…For example, say that you assume…that the equipment vendor is going to run cabling…and the equipment vendor assumes…you're internal IT group will do that task.…
If that assumption isn't identified,…the walls might get sealed up before any cabling is run.…Assumptions can be tricky because people often don't realize…they're assuming something.…The key is to get assumptions out in the open…that way you can make sure everyone is on the same page.…Think about uncovering unspoken assumptions…as you define and plan the project.…Ask questions about what people expect,…what they envision when they think about the project.…
Don't be shy about asking more than once.…Uncovering unspoken assumptions…
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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