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Project Management Foundations

via LinkedIn Learning

Overview

Learn what it takes to deliver projects successfully. Explore the basics of project management, from building a project plan to managing progress.

Project management is a set of techniques that anyone can apply to achieve goals and make projects more successful. Project management can be used to guide small, simple projects as well as complex enterprise-wide initiatives. 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 establishing project goals and objectives and building a project plan to managing resources and work, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for communicating, holding meetings, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance. This course provides exercises for most videos based on a healthcare/IT case study project.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Deliver successful projects
  • What you should know
1. Get to Know Project Management
  • What is a project?
  • What is project management?
  • What it takes to be a project manager
  • The project management life cycle
  • Traditional vs. agile project management
  • How organizational structure affects projects
  • How organizational culture affects projects
  • Project management software options
  • Challenge: Organization
2. First Things First
  • Initiate a project
  • Identify project stakeholders
  • Analyze project stakeholders
  • Identify the project goal
  • Define project objectives
  • Choose a strategy
  • Gather requirements
  • Identify project deliverables and success criteria
  • Identify project assumptions and risks
  • Prepare a project scope statement
  • Create a project charter
  • Challenge: Project charter
3. Develop a Project Plan
  • Project planning overview
  • What is a work breakdown structure?
  • Build a work breakdown structure
  • How to create work packages
  • Estimate time and cost
  • How to choose the best estimate
  • Create a resource management plan
  • Build a project schedule
  • Develop a project budget
  • Identify risks
  • Create a risk management plan
  • Set up a communication plan
  • Develop a quality plan
  • How to set up a change management plan
  • How to plan procurement
  • Processes for procuring resources
  • How to obtain approval to proceed
  • Challenge: Change
4. Build a Project Schedule
  • Put tasks in sequence
  • How to assign resources to tasks
  • Learn to use milestones
  • Make a realistic schedule
  • Understand the critical path
  • Understand the critical chain method
  • How to shorten a schedule
  • Document the baseline
  • Challenge: Network diagram
5. An Overview of Agile Project Management
  • What is agile project management?
  • The agile project management life cycle
  • Plan an iteration
  • Manage the explore stage
  • Handle the adapt and close stages
  • Challenge: Agile
6. While You Run the Project
  • How to run a project
  • Techniques for communicating effectively
  • Run effective meetings
  • Challenge: Agenda
7. Work with Teams
  • Manage team resources
  • Understand team dynamics
  • How to manage virtual teams
  • How to manage technical teams
  • Challenge: Team
8. Monitor and Control Progress and Performance
  • How to gather data
  • How to manage project change
  • Learn how to manage project scope
  • Monitor and control risks
  • Understand earned value analysis
  • Evaluate progress
  • Learn how to solve problems
  • How to get a project back on track
  • Challenge: Change request
9. Close a Project
  • Close a project
  • How to obtain customer acceptance
  • Document lessons learned
  • How to prepare a close-out report
  • Learn how to close and transition projects
  • Challenge: Acceptance
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Bonnie Biafore

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