Project Management

with Ivan Vaptsarov
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Giving you the knowledge to develop a project from zero to one

4 hours 61 lessons
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Course Overview

This Project Management course will teach you how to plan, execute, and deliver projects successfully. As they say, operations keep the lights on, strategy is the light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward. Even if you don’t want to become a professional, having a basic project management training will be useful. Everyone in the corporate world works on projects with set deadlines and defined deliverables. Knowing the key principles and concepts of project management can help you navigate such situations better.

Topics covered

Business fundamentalsTheory

What You'll Learn

Project management is the one key discipline all professionals need on the job regardless of their specialization. This Project Management course starts from the basics and gradually builds your knowledge, preparing you for more complex topics. You will learn in detail everything about the different project phases — initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure. This course is not technical. Instead, it teaches you practical knowledge and applicable skills that will be invaluable for your career.

Learn how to manage an entire project on your own
Get ready-made project management templates you can use at work regardless of your role
Understand the project management role and the importance of delivery
Execute project management tasks according to established best practices
Gain project management knowledge through a comprehensive case study
Understand why project management is an essential discipline in any organization

Curriculum

  • Introduction to projects and Project Management
    8 Lessons 40 Min

    This section welcomes you to the world of project management. It starts with the definition and purpose of projects. Next, we define the role of a project manager and the skills needed to succeed on the job. Finally, we cover the key project management terminology.

    What does the course cover
    What is a project?
    Why do companies execute projects?
    What creates the demand for projects? Prioritization and selection of projects.
    Who is a Project Manager? What is their commitment in a project?
    What are the skills and the knowledge a Project Manager must have?
    Projects - a History lesson
    Project management terminology
  • The project phases
    1 Lesson 5 Min

    In this chapter of the Project Management course, we introduce the project lifecycle – initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure.

    How does a project start and how does it evolve?
  • The initiation phase
    7 Lessons 32 Min

    What is the initiation phase? What is involved in a business case? What does the scope cover? How to create a project charter? These are some of the questions we answer in the third section of the Project Management course. The chapter concludes with a case study.

    What is the Initiation phase about - Define the project goals?
    What is involved in a business case?
    What does scope cover?
    Who performs the feasibility study and what does it involve?
    What goes into risk assessment? What are expectations?
    How to create a Project Charter
    Case Study 1
  • The planning phase
    7 Lessons 30 Min

    Planning is a critical stage in project management. In this section, you will learn why it is important, what the cost of change in projects is, what to do before you start, and how to perform scope planning.

    What is Planning? Why is it important? What happens if it is not done correctly?
    Why is Planning so critical in Project management?
    What is the cost of Change in projects?
    What to do before you start
    Project management insights
    Scope Planning
    Scope Planning (continued)
  • The planning phase - timelines and schedules
    8 Lessons 38 Min

    By this point, you should have outlined everything you need to do in the scope statement and prepared a high-level work breakdown structure and activity list. And this is just the beginning of the planning phase. This section of the Project Management course focuses on another key aspect timelines and schedules.

    How to estimate when planning
    The planning fallacy, optimism bias, illusion of control
    How much to buffer
    Identifying dependencies
    Identifying the critical path
    Using the Gantt chart to plan the project work streams
    Building the project schedule (+ MS Project tutorial)
    How to build a milestone table and its uses
  • The planning phase - cost
    7 Lessons 25 Min

    Budgeting is one of the most important parts of the planning phase. We discuss the budgeting process, procurement contract types, how to approach procuring non-financial resources, HR planning, and how to use a RACI matrix to assign roles.

    The process of budgeting
    The process of budgeting (continued)
    Procurement contract types
    Procuring non-financial resources
    Planning HR
    RACI matrix - assigning roles
    Quality requirements
  • The planning phase - Expectations, Assumptions and Risks
    4 Lessons 13 Min

    In every well-managed project, it is imperative to plan expectations and risk management and control assumptions. In this part of the course, we go into more detail about these processes.

    Planning expectations management
    How to control assumptions
    Planning Risk management
    Building a Risk log
  • The planning phase - Change process
    1 Lesson 6 Min

    Every good project manager and business leader needs to learn how to deal with change requests. This is the topic of this section of the Project Management course.

    Planning - Change process
  • The execution phase - Meetings
    3 Lessons 11 Min

    Next, we explain how to organize meetings and manage them effectively and what to include in a kick-off meeting.

    Introduction to Execution and KO Meetings
    What is involved in a kick-off meeting
    Tips to handle meetings
  • The execution phase - Project Diary
    2 Lessons 5 Min

    In this section, we explain the action-owner due date concept. A project diary is a document which keeps track of actions throughout the execution. The three dimensions to record are: what must be done, by whom, and until when.

    What is action-owner due date
    Filling in the project diary
  • The execution phase - Managing the team and work
    2 Lessons 10 Min

    A key part of project management is supervising the critical path. If it is delayed, then the whole project is delayed. This section covers what the manager must do to keep the ball rolling.

    How the Project Manager manages tasks
    How the Project Manager manages the team
  • The monitoring and control phase
    7 Lessons 25 Min

    In this lesson of the Project Management course, we talk about defining a metric, setting a target, measuring performance, and taking action when the target is missed.

    What is monitoring and control
    Controling in a PM environment
    How to check if a project is on schedule
    How to see if a project is on budget
    How to perform quality control
    Keeping the risk log updated
    Dealing with change proposals
  • The execution phase - Issue management
    2 Lessons 10 Min

    There are two main reasons for regular status reporting: 1) keep sponsors and senior stakeholders informed about the progress highlighting key issues, 2) keep work in order. To avoid inefficiencies, the project manager must keep up structured communication and coordination.

    How to record and build project report updates
    How to deal with any issues that occur during execution
  • The closure phase
    2 Lessons 6 Min

    By this point in the Project Management course, you should have made it all the way to your goal. Now, all you need to do is go through the closure phase. This serves several purposes: 1) obtain formal acceptance of the deliverables; 2) communicate the project completion; 3) reflect on the lessons learnt; 4) celebrate success.

    Why do we close a project?
    What steps to take to close a project?

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01.08.2023
I've recently started a new job as a senior consultant and this course provided great insights into the way I should manage the projects that I will be involved in. While I'm not expected to be a project manager at present on these projects, I've taken a great deal away that I can apply to my approach
26.05.2023
I found the course to be a valuable learning experience. While some topics could have been explored in more depth, the course delivered a solid foundation in project management. I would recommend it to others looking to develop their project management skills.
19.12.2022
A project introduces change into an organization whilst the business manages the process. When a project delivers a product or service, the business will change drastically. I wish to learn more on sustainability project management.
13.11.2023
I love the way project management was presented in simplified way. The storytelling and real world example really help to grasp the concept. Highly recommended.
23.06.2023
It is good but I think it is outdated. It needs a huge update to meet the new project management trends and technology.
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Ivan Vaptsarov

“A project is a temporary initiative that is agreed, planned, and executed to achieve a specific goal. Working on projects is extremely useful for people and organizations that want to convert their ideas about the future into reality.”

Ivan Vaptsarov

Worked at AIG