A crash course in the essentials of project management for new project managers.
What you'll learn:
- What project management fundamentally does, and the domains it applies to.
- The five stages of the formal project management process, their essential features, and how they fit together.
- The most important concept in project management – the triple constraint, its key messages, and how they inter-relate.
- The role of the Project Manager, key responsibilities, and why accountability is a good thing.
- The purpose of project initiation, and the key elements of the project charter.
- The importance of the first definition of the project scope – the one sentence objective.
- A one-page flowchart of the whole planning process, setting up your project for success.
- The official baseline for the project scope – the work breakdown structure.
- The precedence diagram – your most important tool for planning, communicating, and managing your project.
- The official baseline for the project schedule – the Gantt chart.
- The essential elements of the project cost breakdown.
- The importance of planning for the unexpected – risk management planning.
- Documenting the planning in a concise project management plan for sponsor review.
- The purpose and key elements of the monitoring and control phase.
- Managing the number two cause of project problems – scope changes.
- The essential elements of managing the project schedule.
- The essential elements of managing project cost.
- The essential elements of managing project risk.
- The best way to conduct the monthly project review.
- The purpose and key elements of project closing.
- Wrapping up the project with a targeted final report.
- A summary checklist of all the key learnings of the course.
Complexity is the challenge in project management. Therefore, simplicity and practicality must be the solution.
Based on more than 25 years of experience with practical implementation of the formal Project Management Institute (PMI) process, this course gives you the essential information you need to understand what project management does, how it flows across the life-cycle, and the key steps you need to take to make your project successful.
1. Overview: What project management fundamentally does. The five stages of the formal process. The most important concept in PM – the triple constraint. The role of the Project Manager.
2. Initiation: The purpose of initiation. Baselining the first definition of your project’s scope – the Objective.
3. Planning: A one page flowchart of the whole planning process. The project scope baseline – the work breakdown structure. The logic of the project – the precedence diagram. The schedule baseline – the Gantt chart. The cost breakdown. Risk management. Documentation of the Project Management Plan.
4. Execution: The purpose of execution. The essentials of building the best project team.
5. Monitoring & Control: The purpose of monitoring and control. Managing scope, schedule, cost, and risk. The monthly project status review.
6. Closing. The purpose of closing. Wrapping up the project with a targeted final report.
If after taking this crash course you wish to dig deeper, feel free to check out my comprehensive course "Deeply Practical Project Management", which goes into much more detail on *how* to implement the PM processes in-depth. Enjoy!
William Stewart is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP), has managed projects from $250K to $55M using the PMI processes, and served in senior management roles on projects up to $3B. He has worked for large corporations, government, academia, and founded a software startup. He has hands-on experience with project management, risk management, systems integration, and software engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science for discovery of an algorithm that creates geodesic domes in multiple dimensions in optimum space and time. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and two children.