In this video, you will gain an understanding of what project management is at a high level.
- Many project managers get their start because they're good at making things happen. But project management is more than showing off your organizational skills and supervising others. It means applying your knowledge and skills using various tools and techniques to achieve your project's objectives. Project management can be summed up as answering a few crucial questions. The first question you have to answer is what problem are you solving? Figuring out what the project is supposed to accomplish is a big step towards a successful project.
Here's Yogi Berra's off-kilter take on it. "You've got be very careful if you don't know "where you're going, "because you might not get there." The second question is how are you going to solve this problem? Whether you're solving a problem or pouncing on an opportunity, you might have to choose from several possible strategies. Once you've picked your approach, it's time to flesh out your solution by gathering requirements, identifying deliverables, defining project scope, and so on.
The next question is what's your plan? You need a plan for getting the project done. You have to identify the work to be done in detail. How long it might take, the resources you need, and how much they cost. When you mix all that information together, you can build a schedule of when work should occur. While you're at it, you also need to spell out how you want things to happen in your project, like communication, managing changes, and more.
Some projects seem to go on forever, but eventually someone will pull the plug if it doesn't finish. That's why you also have to answer the question how will you know when you're done? Clearly defined objectives, requirements, and deliverables help answer that question, but you also need to define success criteria. Quantifiable, measurable results that show the project is complete. Like a certificate of occupancy for construction, or a product released to market.
When you get to the end of the project, you can answer the last question. How well did the project go? This important step is often skipped. Everyone is so ready to move on to the next deal, but you really need to take time to do this. You gotta ask what worked well, what didn't, and why. How could we have done better? Project management boils down to answering several questions about your project.
What problem are you solving? How are you going to solve it? What's your plan for getting the project done? How will you know when you're done? And how well did the project go? See? That's not so hard.
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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