Beginning Project Management: Project Management Level One

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3.5 hours course
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What will you learn?
Compare and contrast the project management process groups
Explain what a project is (and is not)
Explain how to initiate a project
Work with the project team to plan a project
Oversee the project execution
Monitor and control the project activities
Close out a phase or a project
Define the roles and responsibilities of a successful project manager
About the course

Project management is an exciting place to be. Project managers help shape the success of organizations, implement new technology, change the business landscape, and have influence over all areas of a business. Project managers also earn a nice income and often move up the organizational chain into full-time management positions.

In this course we’ll examine the absolute basics of project management. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? In this fundamental course we will explore the big picture of project management and the project management life cycle. You’ll finish this course with a great grasp of what project management is, what your roles and responsibilities as a project manager will be, and how to move forward in your career as a project manager.

This course is designed for people that are new to project management. This course is structured to give you a solid foundation of project management and to help you speak the project management language. Don’t worry – this course is easy to follow, has a logical approach, and it has a fun, can-do attitude in its delivery.

Projects use processes to move things forward. These processes are universal to all projects regardless of the industry you may work in. These processes are grouped into logical chunks and that’s our primary focus of the course. You’ll learn the major components of the project management lifecycle:

  • Initiating the project
  • Planning the project
  • Executing the project
  • Monitoring and controlling the project
  • Closing the project

Finally, this course includes several templates you can download and begin using in your projects. I’ll also show you how you can build many of your own project management documents. Let’s get started right now on your project management career.

Project Management Foundations
In this section we will establish a good understanding of projects and project management.
Course overview
Welcome to your new career: project management! Project management can be one of the most exciting, and rewarding, career choices. You’ll work with people from a variety of lines of business, different levels of management, and lead individuals to get things done.
In this course you will learn about the five process groups that make up the project management life cycle:
  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing
In this lecture I’ll walk you through an overview of the course, the course outcomes, and setting expectations for this fundamental seminar in project management. 
What is a project?
Projects come in all different shapes and size. In fact, no two projects are the same – ever. That’s right, there are no two identical projects. Similar? Yes, but there will always be different conditions that can affect how you will manage the project.A project is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, condition, or result. Projects do not, thankfully, last forever. Unlike operations, the day-to-day work of your company, projects have a definite beginning and a definite ending.In this lecture we’ll explore the characteristics of projects.
Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities
Project managers are the individuals that are empowered to manage the project resources to achieve the goals and vision of the project.I like photography. I like to look at pictures; take pictures; and mess with filters, lenses, and light meters. I've learned that to really capture a good photo, you have to see the developed photo in your mind's eye. You have to look at your environment and see how it will look once the image is printed on your color printer. You have to see into the future to capture the present in your camera. You must have vision.Being a project manager really isn't that different. A project manager must have vision for what the project is to create. The project manager inherits the vision from the key stakeholders, the project sponsor, or even management. To plan for the project work, the project manager must envision what the end result of the project will be. Like taking a photo, a good photo, the project manager has to study, observe, and see the end result of the efforts before the work begins.
Project Management Life Cycle
A project, like a good story, has a beginning, a middle, and a satisfying end. Think back to any project you've managed or worked on. Can you recall the beginning, middle, and a Hollywood ending?The story for all projects is that they move through five process groups to get from start to finish. Within each process group there are key activities that help a project move along. The flow of a project through the five process groups is the project management life cycle.
Section Quiz: Reviewing What You've Learned
Ready to test what you've learned so far? Don't worry! This is an easy quiz that you'll do fine on if you've completed the section. Let's go!
Section Wrap
What we have discussed in this intro to project management section is a good foundation for the way projects are to operate, project constraints, and some challenges every project manager faces.For now, know this: Projects are successful based on the ability of the project manager to lead, manage, and motivate the project team to complete the project plan. The project plan supports the vision that the project manager has inherited from the project stakeholders. If the project manager and the project stakeholder don't have the same vision of the desired future state, the project is doomed.
Initiating a Project
All projects begin with project initiation. This section focuses on the common approaches to launching a new project venture.
Section Overview: Initiating a New Project
This process group starts all the fun. In this group the business need for the project is identified, some initial solutions might be proposed, and the project manager is selected.The most important document to come out of this group is the project charter, which authorizes the project work and assigns the project manager the power to complete the project on behalf of the project sponsor. The project sponsor is typically someone high enough in the organizational hierarchy to have power over the resources that need to be involved in the project.
Why do a project?
Organizations launch projects for many different reason, but it’s often to cut costs or to increase revenue. Sometimes projects are launched because of new regulations or laws and the organization has no choice but to comply.Understanding why a project is launch, why a project is selected, can help you better understand the goals of the project and expectations of you the project manager.
Business Analysis of Project Management
Business analysis is the study of the requirements, the feasibility, the cost, duration, and likelihood of achieving a project goal. Business analysis usually happens before the project work begins and may be led by a business analyst.A business analyst is a specialist that interviews people about the problem, documents solutions, and makes recommendations for the project to be launched or not. When it comes to project management, business analysis is all about gathering requirements for the project to complete.
Creating a Project Charter
The project is a document that authorizes the project manager and the project. It authorizes the project in the sense that it’s allowed to exist within the organization. It authorizes the project manager as it allows the project manager to lead, direct, and manage the resources on the project to get the project scope done.In this lecture we’ll discuss the project charter and its contents. We’ll also take a look at a sample project charter you can use for your projects.
  • Willingness to learn
  • Acknowledgement that we all start somewhere
  • Can-do attitude to finish the course
Joseph Phillips
Joseph Phillips
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