Project Management for Business Professionals

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Overview

Do you manage projects, or want to enter a new project management role? This online course is ideally suited for anyone looking to better manage their projects for work, including project managers, business owners or those looking to start out in project management.

In 48 engaging lessons you will learn how to effectively manage projects from start to finish through a range of topics including scope, schedule and resource planning, project risk, execution and control plus more.

The Project Management for Business Professionals course has all of the modules in the Project Management for Team Members course, plus an additional 23 modules focused on Project Management for Business Professionals. (So you don't need to take the Team Members course separately.)

  • Learn to manage your projects more effectively.
  • Get a better understanding of project management principles.
  • Based on The Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017.
  • Use this as a stepping stone to embark on a project management career.
  • Earn 24 PDUs or contact hours toward your Project Management education for certification with PMI.

We have a range of project management courses to suit your needs. Try our courses for Engineers or Experts. If you’re preparing for the PMP® Exam, look no further than PMP® Certification Training. And if you want an introductory course, try our Basics or Team Members courses.

Once enrolled, our friendly support team and tutors are here to help with any course related inquiries.

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Summary

Skill level: Intermediate
Certificate: Yes
Lessons: 48
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Video duration: 3h 57m
Estimated study time: 24h for all materials

Accreditations and approvals

CPD - The CPD Certification Service. PMI - Project Management Institute


Syllabus

1

Triple Constraint

Understand the inter-relationship between the triple constraints on a project of scope, schedule, and resources.

Video time: 04m 37s

2

Circles of Project Management

Circles of project management are a framework for considering different project management aspects.  Based upon project and organizational considerations, some aspects may be emphasized and others de-emphasized.

Video time: 06m 29s

3

Project Leader

Know the role and responsibilities of the project leader.

Video time: 05m 43s

4

Core Team

Most large projects are managed by a cross-functional core team.  Core team members have a dual responsibility; they are responsible for the project achieving its goals and they are responsible to ensure that the project complies with their function’s standards and best practices.

Video time: 05m 52s

5

Stakeholders

Know how to identify stakeholders and understand how they measure project success.

Video time: 04m 34s

6

Project Lifecycle

Understand the phases of a project lifecycle and know how to approach a predictive project versus an adaptive project.

Video time: 04m 49s

7

Project Management Methodology

A methodology or system of project management helps those in the organization involved with projects to know what to expect.

Video time: 04m 44s

1

Stakeholder Identification

Identifying stakeholders enables the project team to create a strategy for communicating and interacting with each stakeholder.

Video time: 06m 00s

2

Stakeholder Project Goals

Many stakeholders have additional goals for a project beyond the primary business goal.  Understanding those goals can help the team ensure project success and maintain stakeholder support.

Video time: 06m 12s

3

Project Boundaries

Learn how to quickly identify project boundaries using the W questions.

Video time: 05m 03s

4

In-Frame and Out-of-Frame

In-Frame/Out-of-Frame is a technique for clarifying project boundaries by listing the activities and deliverables that are in scope for the project as well as the activities that are not required as part of the project.

Video time: 04m 14s

1

Primary Constraint

The approach taken when planning a project should be based upon the primary project constraint.  Attributes of that constraint are planned first and then other aspects of the project are planned to support the primary constraint. 

Video time: 03m 20s

2

Phases

Projects are often organized into phases.  Phases provide structure and logic to the project and aid the project team and management to track progress.

Video time: 05m 51s

3

Deliverables Deployment

Learn how to identify project tasks and activities using the deliverables deployment technique.

Video time: 04m 15s

4

Task Description

Task Descriptions are the statements of scope for each of the project activities.  They are written in the format of “action – completion point.”

Video time: 03m 38s

5

WBS Dictionary

The WBS Dictionary is a table or spreadsheet that is organized by project task and contains all project planning details.

Video time: 04m 14s

1

Milestone Schedule

Understand when and how to use a milestone schedule on a project.  Learn how to create a milestone schedule. 

Video time: 03m 44s

2

Gantt Chart

Understand when and how to use a Gantt chart on a project.  Learn how to create a Gantt chart.

Video time: 06m 01s

3

Task List Schedule

A Task List Schedule is a schedule format used to communicate tasks with dates to extended team members or those who do not have a major role in the project.

Video time: 03m 29s

4

Kanban Schedule

A Kanban Schedule is a project scheduling tool for managing a batch of similar items that must be processed through the same project steps.

Video time: 05m 21s

1

Project Budget

Understand what is normally shown in a project budget.  Learn how to create a time-phased project budget.

Video time: 06m 03s

2

Resource List

The project Resource List is a list of all individuals working on the project with their contact information and all special equipment and facilities required to accomplish project tasks.

Video time: 03m 32s

3

Responsibility Matrix

The Responsibility Matrix is a project management tool for correlating project work assignments with project team members.

Video time: 03m 45s

1

Estimating Uncertainty

Project plans are built with an accumulation of estimates, each of which has a level of uncertainty associated with it.  The level of uncertainty is a major contributor to the accuracy of the plan and the amount of project risk.

Video time: 05m 36s

2

Estimating Techniques

The most commonly used techniques for creating project estimates are analogous estimates, bottom up estimates, three point estimates, and using a parametric model.  

Video time: 04m 03s

3

Effort - Duration - Money

Project estimates of effort, duration, and money are inter-related.  Based upon the cost and availability of the resources involved, once you have one of the estimates you can derive the other two.

Video time: 04m 55s

4

Time-Box Estimating

Time Boxes are an estimating technique that sets a finite time for a task or task group.  The amount of scope that is completed is variable.   Whatever scope is done when the time box ends is the amount of scope for that activity on the project.

Video time: 03m 56s

1

Positive and Negative Risk

Understand the difference between positive and negative risk.  Learn the major steps of project risk management. 

Video time: 04m 58s

2

Risk Identification

The practice of identifying positive and negative conditions that may occur within the project and impact project objectives.

Video time: 05m 27s

3

Risk Matrix

All project risks are not equal in their effect on a project.  Project risks that have been identified are prioritized using qualitative techniques such as the Risk Matrix.  

Video time: 05m 25s

4

Sensitivity Analysis

The Risk Sensitivity Analysis is a technique to assess the magnitude of impact from a risk.  

Video time: 04m 17s

5

Negative Risk Response

Negative Risk Response is determining what actions the project will take to address risk threats.

Video time: 05m 59s

6

Positive Risk Response

Positive Risk Response is determining what actions the project will take to address risk opportunities.

Video time: 05m 20s

7

Contingencies and Triggers

Contingencies are potential risk response actions that will only be implemented if some triggering event or condition has shown that the risk probability has gone from unlikely to likely.

Video time: 04m 37s

1

Team Building

Learn the characteristics of a project core team and understand the stages of a  team building lifecycle.

Video time: 05m 53s

2

Communication Management

Understand the characteristics of the major categories of project communication.  Know the communication constraints typically encountered on project. 

Video time: 05m 22s

3

Project Decision-Making

Project Decision Making is the process whereby the project leader and project team decide upon project strategy, tactics, and acceptable actions.  For Project Stakeholders, the decisions normally concern project boundaries.  For Project Core Team members, the decisions normally concern project plans and execution.

Video time: 06m 02s

4

Team Meetings

Team Meetings are a gathering of team members to discuss aspects of the project.  Team pulse meetings focus on status.  Team problem solving meetings focus on problem resolution.

Video time: 04m 38s

5

Task Accountability

Task Accountability is the project management activity associated with ensuring successful completion of project activities.

Video time: 05m 31s

6

Contractors and Vendors Execution

Contractors and vendors are often used to accomplish project tasks.  The complexity, uniqueness, and uncertainty of the activity will determine the nature of the relationship between the project team and the contractor or vendor.

Video time: 05m 08s

1

Dashboards

Learn how to create and use a project dashboard to communicate project status with both management and your project team.

Video time: 04m 26s

2

Management Reviews

Understand the purpose of a project management review and learn how to prepare for one.

Video time: 04m 35s

3

Scope Creep

Scope creep is the uncontrolled expansion to project scope without adjustments to time, cost, and resources.

Video time: 04m 49s

4

Issue Resolution

Issues are any request, complaint, or unexpected condition that leads to unplanned, but in scope, work that must be accomplished on a project.  They normally result in the need to implement a workaround in order to resolve them.

Video time: 04m 35s

5

Project Change

A formal documented process for changing the project baseline.

Video time: 06m 12s

1

Stakeholder Acceptance

Understand how to gain stakeholder acceptance during project closeout and learn how to create and use a Punch List.

Video time: 04m 44s

2

Transition to Business

To fully realize the benefit of a project, often business systems need to change to implement the project results.  This transition can be a challenging aspect of the project.

Video time: 05m 04s

3

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned are a retrospective look at a project, or phase of a project, to identify best practices to be repeated and performance gaps to be improved.

Video time: 04m 30s

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