Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Practical Project Management for Creative Projects.
- There are a couple of things I'd like to get out of the way before we start this course. First off, this is not a class that's going to help you improve your photography, video skills, or design skills. But what it will do is help you with the business skills related to those arts. The goal here is to help you be more profitable and enjoy yourself while you're working. Now, I don't care if you shoot with one of these, or if you use one of these. The end result is that we're going to help you today. And the goal is to make you more profitable and to help you have more fun while you're doing your work.
Now you might be thinking, what's so fun abour organization? But here's the good news. The more organized you are, the more profitable you are. And I'm sure that that can help you in the end. The more organized you are, the less stressed you are. The more organized you are, the more time you'll have. So if you could just accept it's in your best interest to learn Project Management, if you do, you'll be less stressed, you'll have more time, and this will allow you to spend more time with the people you enjoy spending it with. So let's take a moment and review what you're going to learn during this course.
First up we'll cover the What's and Why's of Project Management. Here you'll explore the benefits of Project Management, as well as the Golden Rules of effective Project Management. You'll also learn a very important skill. When not to use Project Management. Understanding Services Offered is also important. Here it's all about your capabilities. What is it that you are prepared to offer your clients? Plus you'll learn about Strategies like Outsourcing and Partnering, to extend your capabilities.
We'll explore Core Project Management Concepts. You'll master things like Triple Constraint, as well as how to effectively define the objectives of a Project. You'll also learn about the Life Cycle of a Project, and how it can affect your approach to Management. You'll learn very important skills about Scoping the Project. Here we'll discuss things like a Scoping Document, which helps you define all of the essential parameters in a Project. This includes naming the Project. Identifying key personnel and roles.
As well as crafting the Executive Summary. We'll also explore strategies for Estimating Time, which is an essential skill. You'll learn how to analyze historical data, how to estimate time using a formula, as well as how to take input using both Peer and External Review. Client Communication is a key part of Project Management. You'll learn what to communicate, and how often. We'll also explore online tools like Basecamp, Facebook, and Slack.
We'll then discuss a Project Management Control Cycle, which is a targeted way to keep your Project in order. You'll also learn how to balance Control with Speed, and how to enforce that control. Importantly, we'll discuss strategies for Managing Employees and Contractors. If you can't manage your team, it's very difficult to maintain the schedule and the budget. You'll learn about the role of Time Tracking, as well as how to recruit and manage team members. Effective Teams are critical to the success of a Project. So we'll discuss strategies to help you start up a team, as well as identify Warning Signs for a Failing Team.
And talk about some important corrective actions that you can take if the team is struggling. It's also critical that you learn how to Keep the Client Happy. Which of course is the ultimate goal. To do this requires open and frequent communication. Even at the end of a Project, you can perform things like a Project Debrief, to create lessons learned and cement the relationship. We'll also explore how to Close Out a Project, which is a series of important steps you should take at the end of a job. By doing this, you're going to know what needs to be done so that the Project is formally ended, and you'll be able to bill for your work.
Now as you can see, there's a lot to Project Management. I'd strongly encourage you to watch this course linearly, the movies in order. Don't skip around. Now once you have watched this course, feel free to come back from time to time and revisit as needed. Alright, let's begin.
- Understanding the benefits of project management
- Investigating outsourcing and partnering opportunities
- Defining project objectives
- Understand the project life cycle
- Scoping the project
- Identifying key roles
- Estimating time
- Managing projects with tools like Facebook or Basecamp
- Building a control cycle
- Managing a team