Understand how to make sure a project delivers what it's supposed to
- Project Scope describes the boundaries of a project, that is, what's included in the project and, just as important, what isn't included. Scope Management is what you do to ensure that your project includes all the work required to complete the project, no more, no less. The first step is putting together a Scope Management Plan. Basically, you document how you're going to define, validate, and control Project Scope.
The second step is identifying and documenting project requirements needed to achieve the project objectives. For most projects, the list of requirements you develop overwhelms the time, resources, and money that's available. In that case, something's gotta give. That's why the next step is to Define Scope, that is, weed out requirements that aren't absolutely necessary, kind of like deciding that you really don't need dessert after a big meal.
In this step, you prepare a Project Scope statement to document what is and isn't included in scope. The project team has to work to deliver the project scope, but many deliverables are too big to manage as is. Breaking deliverables and work into small chunks makes them easier to manage. That's why you create a Work Breakdown Structure, to show your project divided into progressively smaller pieces.
Perhaps you've heard the term Scope Creep. It isn't some weird guy who casts furtive glances at your Project Scope statement. Scope has a tendency to expand if you aren't careful, which is why controlling scope is an important part of Scope Management. To prevent Scope Creep, you have to monitor project status and manage change requests. When the project work is complete, it's time to validate scope.
In other words, review completed deliverables to make sure they've been completed satisfactorily. In addition, the customer or project sponsor formally accepts the validated deliverables. That's what you do to manage scope, to make sure that your project delivers what it's supposed to. We'll explore these activities throughout this 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.
- 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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