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Project Management Simplified

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Learn the basic project management skills you need to succeed as a business professional.

Almost everything you do in the workplace is a project, from the smallest task to the largest endeavor. All of this work can benefit from some basic project management skills. Once mastered, you will be able to transfer this valuable skillset to any project, of any size, in any industry. In this course, management trainer Chris Croft outlines the twelve steps to managing projects without creating a lot of extra overhead, and shows how to use traditional project management tools—such as Gantt charts and network diagrams—to help you succeed. Learn how to plan a project, manage resources, monitor progress, and deliver your project on time and on budget.


  • Project management: A priceless skill
  • Introduction to the 12-step process
1. Define Your Project
  • What is a project?
  • Define the Iron Triangle
  • Plan before you commit
  • Kick-off meetings
  • Key project drivers
2. List the Tasks
  • Three ways to list all the project tasks
  • Choose the level of granularity
3. Plan the Running Order
  • Use Post-its to plan the order of tasks
  • How to estimate durations
  • The importance of your project's critical path
4. Add Contingency
  • How much safety margin does a project need?
  • How to calculate and add contingency
5. Crashing
  • How to speed up your plan
6. Gantt Chart
  • How to create a Gantt chart
  • A reason to love Gantt charts
  • Set up a basic Gantt chart in Excel
  • Add names and dates to your Gantt
  • Add time and money to your Gantt
7. Resources
  • Resource planning for one project
  • Resource planning for multiple projects
8. Risk
  • How to create a Risk chart
9. Monitor Progress
  • How to monitor project progress
10. Monitor Cost
  • Cost monitoring: The potential traps
  • The six combinations of progress and spend
  • How to forecast future cost
11. Re-adjust the Plan
  • When to re-adjust the plan
  • What to do when your project is late or over budget
12. Review
  • Why avoid reviewing projects
  • How to review a project
  • Apply the simple 12-step process

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Chris Croft

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