Project Management for Experts

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Overview

Do you manage projects, or want to enter a new project management role? This online course is designed for project managers who want to manage projects effectively as Experts in their designated area. It is also suited for project team members, business owners or those looking to start out in project management.

In 76 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.

If you are planning on taking the exam for PMP® certification, we recommend you take the Experts course followed by PMP® Certification Training, so you cover all bases!

Highlights:

  • 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) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013.
  • Use this as a stepping stone to embark on a project management career.
  • Earn 39.5 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 Business Professionals and Engineers. 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

79

Accredited by

CPD

Pre-requisites

None

Versions supported

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Accreditations and approvals

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

GoSkills has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute(PMI)®.



Syllabus

Triple Constraint

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

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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.


Project Leader

Know the role and responsibilities of the project leader.


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.


Stakeholders

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


Project Lifecycle

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


Project Management Methodology

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


Project Selection and Approval

The organization needs to establish a management discipline for selecting and approving projects.


Project, Program, Portfolio, Operations

Portfolios are often comprised of programs which are often comprised of projects; all of which either create or support operations.


Project Management Governance

Project governance is the organizational institutionalization of a project management methodology.

Stakeholder Identification

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


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.


Project Boundaries

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


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.


Project Charter

The Project Charter is the document that approves the initiation of the project and identifies goals, objectives, boundaries and constraints.


Creating a Business Case

The business case provides the business rationale, normally in financial terms, of whether the project should be done.


Approval and Kickoff

Most projects will have a specific date or event at which the stakeholders will approve the Project Charter in order to authorize work to begin. Often this immediately followed by a kickoff meeting with the project team and stakeholders to ensure alignment on project goals and objectives.

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. 


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.


Progressive Elaboration

Progressive elaboration is the principle of steadily adding detail to the project plan as more information becomes available.


Baseline Plan

The integrated project plan that includes scope, schedule, and resource information for all aspects of the project is the project baseline plan.


Change Planning

The unique nature of projects leads to an inherent level of uncertainty.  Project managers should expect and plan for project change.

Deliverables Deployment

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


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.”


Requirements Planning

Project requirements are often vague, incomplete or contradictory at the time of project initiation.  Normally, additional effort is required to collect and verify the true project requirements.


Scope Statement

The project scope statement is a summary description of the project scope used to maintain alignment between stakeholders and team members.


WBS Dictionary

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


WBS Structure

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the most commonly used technique for organizing the project scope.  The WBS decomposes the scope into tasks and organizes the tasks into logical groupings.

Milestone Schedule

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


Gantt Chart

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


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.


2 Dimensional Task List

A 2D Task List is a project scheduling tool for managing a batch of similar items that must be processed through the same project steps.


Network Diagram

A network diagram is a project scheduling technique that shows the relationship between tasks by depicting project activities as a flowchart.


Critical Path

Critical Path is a project scheduling technique that determines the shortest time that the current project plan can be completed.


Float, Slack, Buffer

Float (slack or buffer) is extra time that a task could consume beyond its duration estimate without impacting other aspects of the project.   Total float is extra time without impacting the end date of the project and free float is extra time without impacting another project task.


Critical Path Calculations

Critical Path calculations are the method used to determine the critical path within a project.

Project Budget

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


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.

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Responsibility Matrix

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


Contractor Vendor Planning

Contactors, vendors, and suppliers are used on projects to reduce risks.  These external resources have capacity and capability that allows them to complete project tasks better than internal resources would be able to complete them.


Resource Over-Allocation

Project resource demands are often inconsistent throughout the life of the project leading to times when resources are over-allocated.


Earned Value Planning

Earned Value Management is a comprehensive project management technique that combines scope, schedule and resource management into one set of measures.  It starts with task level planning.

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.


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.  


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.


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.

Positive and Negative Risk

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


Risk Register

The Risk Register is a table that tracks the project risk management activities.


Risk Identification

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


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.  


Sensitivity Analysis

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


Negative Risk Response

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


Positive Risk Response

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


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.


Quantitative Risk Analysis

Project quantitative risk analysis techniques provide a deeper understanding of the nature and impact of project risks.

Team Building

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


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.

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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.


Task Accountability

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


Quality Control & Quality Assurance

Quality Control and Quality Assurance are processes used for managing the project.  Quality Control determines if the overall project result meets the requirements and Quality Assurance determines if appropriate standards and procedures are used to do the work of the project.


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.


Communication Management

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


PMIS and Project Management Software

The Project Management Information System (PMIS) is the method that the project manager and core team use to share and disseminate project information.  It often is based upon the use of a project management software application.


Setting Earned Value

Earned Value Management is a comprehensive project management technique that combines scope, schedule and resource management into one set of measures.  An element, in fact the element that provides the name of the technique, is the setting of Earned Value.

Dashboards

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


Management Reviews

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


Technical Reviews

Project technical reviews are formal decision meetings between team members and a panel of subject matter experts.  


Scope Creep

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


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.


Project Change

A formal documented process for changing the project baseline.


Baseline Management

The project performance is tracked against an integrated set of project baselines that support the achievement of the project’s triple constraint goals and objectives.


Variance Analysis

Variance occurs when the actual situation is different from the planned or expected situation.  In projects, variance analysis applies to schedule variance and cost variance.  It determines both why the actual situation is different than what was planned and the impact that will have on the project.


Forecasting

Since projects seldom go exactly as planned, part way through a project the project team is typically asked to estimate how much time and money are required to complete the project.


Project Acceleration

There are several approaches a project team can take to accelerate project tasks.  Each approach has its own unique characteristics and risks.

Stakeholder Acceptance

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


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.


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.


Administrative Closeout

In addition to transitioning the result of the project into the organization’s operations, projects often have accounts, systems, and resources that must be closed or disposed of before the project is fully closed.


Final Report

In many organizations, a final report is prepared after all project activities have been completed and the impact of the project results have been demonstrated in business performance metrics.