Project Management

Project management is central to the work of all organisations. In order to create value, develop and generally succeed, organisations need to launch, manage and evaluate projects of all descriptions.

However, today’s professional environment is a complex web of constrained resources, tight deadlines, lightning-fast developments and ambitious targets. Ensuring that projects are well informed, efficient, flexible and effective - whilst also yielding the desired results - is therefore both extremely challenging and, potentially, extremely rewarding.

Accordingly, project management skills are invaluable. Project managers are able to synthesise wide-ranging tools, processes and skills in an ever-changing order to translate the complexity and chaos of the modern professional environment into concrete successes.

Highlights

  • 15 hours of learning material
  • Techniques and tricks from project-management experts
  • Video summaries
  • Worked examples with screenshots
  • Downloadable templates
  • Exercises
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • 5 sections: Introduction, Preparation, Planning, Performance & Closure

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Section 1: Overview

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Unit 1.1 - Introduction

An introduction to the course and the major themes covered.

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Unit 1.2 - A Brief Discussion on Project Management and How it Began

This unit will introduce you to what is project management and why the discipline is important.

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Unit 1.3 - The "Book Ends" of the Project Management Process

Understanding how a project becomes a project will help you understand how your project fits into the strategic objectives of the organisation.  During the selection of a project expected benefits are stated.  In order to validate the achievement of business benefits you must perform a benefits realisation analysis. 

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Unit 1.4 - Various Project Management Frameworks / Life Cycles

This unit looks at two common project management approaches to show similarities in the process.  The learner is exposed to different development life cycles to see phase in a life cycle.  The distinction between a project management approach and development life cycle is addressed. An explanation of the project management framework covered in this course is provided.

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Unit 1.5 - Section Plenary

A review of the different themes in this section and how they fit together

Section 2: Preparation

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Unit 2.1 - The High Level Organisation Structure of a Project

Understanding the high level organisation structure of the project helps you navigate through project preparation activities.  The Executive Sponsor and high level stakeholders provide valuable insight and perspective on your project.  It is important to identify them early.  Your authority as project manager will also impacted by the type of organisation you are working in.  It is important to understand your organisational limitations so you can effectively plan to manage your project. 

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Unit 2.2 - Project Definition

To start your project you need to understand what it is that you are being tasked to do.  You will learn how the project manager gets authority from the organisation to expend resources.   You will learn to validate your initial budget and identify risks early in the project.  It is important to understand the expectations of key stakeholders and work with them to establish quality measures and exit criteria to ensure project success.

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Unit 2.3 - Initial Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholders play a vital role throughout the life of your project.  Understanding how to identify them and understand their wants and needs from the project is covered in this unit.  

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Unit 2.4 - Section Plenary

A review of the different themes in this section and how they fit together

Section 3: Planning

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Unit 3.1 - Management Processes - Adding Discipline without Bureaucracy 

During the planning stage of your project you need to establish a few process.  This unit will introduce you to a minimum set of processes for you to be familiar with which will add value to you as you manage your project. 

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Unit 3.2 - Developing a Project Schedule

Explanation of the steps you need to know to develop a schedule for your project.

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Unit 3.3 - Identifying and Assigning Project Resources

This unit provides information a project manager needs to be aware of and considerations to factor in as they begin the process of assigning resources to project tasks.

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Unit 3.4 - Section Plenary

A review of the different themes in this section and how they fit together

Section 4: Performance

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Unit 4.1 - Project Team Management

This unit will address areas of focus for the project manager to get their team members to be productive as quickly as possible.

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Unit 4.2 - Directing and Controlling Project Work

To successfully direct and control the work of the project a project manager must utilise specific tools and processes. This unit covers elements that will help the project manager direct and control the efforts of their project team.

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Unit 4.3 - A Project Manager's Soft Skills

Beyond the technical application of project management techniques there are certain soft skills a project manager should develop in order to enhance their effectiveness. This unit looks at key soft skills a project manager needs to be successful.

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Unit 4.4 - Section Plenary

A review of the different themes in this section and how they fit together

Section 5: Closure

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Unit 5.1 - Deliverable Verification

A key element of closing the project is validating acceptance of all deliverables.  This unit addresses how to execute this verification.

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Unit 5.2 - Project / Phase Closure

Coverage of suggested processes to bring a project or phase to a clean conclusion is provided in this unit.

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Unit 5.3 - Section & Course Plenary

A review of the different themes in this section and how they fit together

Pricing

Pricing is for 12 months access.

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Requirements

Software:

  • Required: none

Completion Time: 15 hours (average)

About the Authors

Brett Topham

Brett Topham has over 15 years of experience in contract and project management, and has been a Project Management Professional (PMP®) since 2004. He has worked in a variety of roles in project / program management, procurement, contract management, and portfolio management. Mr. Topham served as the Deputy Account Lead with responsibility for a +$70M (annual) portfolio of U.S. Federal contracts, capturing and reporting financial data from all operations and projects; providing oversight, review, and approval of proposals and change requests; consolidating and presenting financial performance reports for senior management.

Don Cox

Don A. Cox has been a Project Management Professional (PMP®) since 1999, and has more than thirty years experience in successful integration and implementation of large scale IT systems in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Cox has successfully managed multi-year programs and projects ranging from $70M to more than $650M.