In this video, you will learn the important skills and characteristics of a project manager.
- The perception most people have about Project Managers is that they're really organized and good at getting things done. Project Managers actually use a wide variety of skills and knowledge. First, Project Managers learn technical skills specific to project management, like what goes into a project plan, how to build and fine-tune a project schedule, and how to measure performance. Then there's business expertise.
As a Project Manager, it's up to you to make sure your project delivers value. You need to understand your organization's business, what it does, and what it considers important. That way you can see how your project fits in, and you can make good decisions to ensure that your project is a success in the company's eyes. Problem solving is a huge part of being a Project Manager.
Projects never and I mean never go according to plan. Your job is to figure out how to achieve project objectives and meet the schedule and budget despite the problems that arise. One of the most important things in a Project Manager's toolbox is interpersonal skills. Projects typically use people from different groups, departments, and even different companies. You're the leader of this team so it's your job to work with everyone to get the project done and done well.
Finally, strong leadership is the most important characteristic. You want to inspire your people, guide them to do the right things, hold them accountable, and motivate them to give their best. Does project management sound like something you want to do? This course will help you figure out what you need to know so you can build a plan for developing your skills.
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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