Prior to moving forward with this course, be sure to know and identify what project management background is needed before starting. This is imperative for your success with this course.
- [Instructor] Before you start this course, there are a few things you should be familiar with. In this course, I provide some background on projects, project management, and the factors that affect project schedules. If you're new to managing projects, consider taking my course on project management foundations first and then come back to this course. So we're on the same page, let's start by talking about what a project is. A project is a unique endeavor to achieve a specific goal.
A project is also temporary. It has a definite beginning and end, and chances are the project will also have a budget. The example I'll use in this course is a project to publish a training guide and companion website. Performing the same work day after day does not qualify as a project, such as publishing blog posts every week after the training guide is available. Unlike projects, the process for producing each post is the same and the work goes on indefinitely, and there might not be a specific budget.
It's helpful to understand the terminology that project managers use. For example, things like scope, stakeholders, and the critical path. Several factors contribute to making a project successful, scope, time, cost, resources, and quality. You should know what these factors are and how they contribute to a project's success. That's because the choices you make, as you build and manage your project schedule, depend on the priority of these factors.
There are many different project management and scheduling tools available. For that reason, I'll focus on scheduling concepts and techniques in this course without referencing a specific scheduling tool. If you're ready, let's get into managing project schedules.
Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.
- Developing a schedule management plan
- Identifying project activities
- Adding milestones
- Organizing work
- Estimating duration and work
- Handling lag in dependencies
- Defining resources
- Assigning resources to activities
- Working with part-time and remote workers
- Fine-tuning assignments
- Optimizing schedules
- Managing and changing schedules