Project Management (Part 1) - Getting Started with Project Management
In Project Management (Part 1) - Getting Started with Project Management, you'll learn ...
- What project management is all about
- Whether you have what it takes to be a successful project manager
- How to identify people who may need to be involved in your project
- How to prioritize your audiences by their levels of power and interest
Over the past 25 to 30 years the number of projects in the workplace has skyrocketed. Projects of all types and sizes are now the way that organizations accomplish their work. People who want to devote their careers to planning and managing those projects are vital to their successes.
At the same time, a new breed of project manager has emerged. This new breed may not have set career goals to become project managers, but they do know they must successfully manage projects to move ahead in their careers. Clearly, project management has become a critical skill, not a career choice.
Even though these people realize they need special tools, techniques, and knowledge to handle their new types of assignments, they may not be able or willing to devote large amounts of time to acquiring them, which is where this Project Management course series comes into play.
This course is Part 1 of a 9-part series based on the popular book Project Management for Dummies, 4th Edition, which provides tools and techniques in accordance with PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Each course in the series is stand-alone. Feel free to jump back and forth through the courses depending on your own project-management knowledge and experience and your current needs. However, it is suggested that you complete the series in sequential order if you are new to project management concepts.
This course, Part 1 of the series, introduces what project management is all about. You’ll learn the project manager’s role and how to determine whether you have what you need to be a successful project manager. You’ll learn how to identify the people who will play a role in your project, including drivers, supporters and observers. Finally, you’ll learn how to prioritize your audiences by their levels of power and interest.
This course is applicable to engineers of all disciplines working in any industry. Whether you are an experienced project manager or you’ve never been on a project team… Whether you had significant project-management training or you’ve had none… this course series will provide the knowledge and tools you’ll need to plan and manage projects.
The courses in this series were written to be direct and (relatively) easy to understand. But don’t be misled — the simple text still navigates all the critical tools and techniques you’ll need to support your project planning, scheduling, budgeting, organizing, and controlling.
For those seeking Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, the tools and techniques provided in this course series are in accordance with PMBOK. In fact, a section is provided at the end of each course module that specifies where the topics in the module are addressed in PMBOK.
It’s important to note that PMBOK identifies what best practices are but doesn’t address in detail how to perform them or deal with difficulties you may encounter as you try to perform them. In contrast, this course series focuses heavily on how to perform the project-management techniques and processes. However, if you’re preparing to take the PMP examination, use these courses as a companion to PMBOK , not as a substitute for it.
From Project Management For Dummies®, 4th Edition. Copyright© 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Son, Inc.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Defining a project and its four stages
- Breaking down project management
- Identifying the project manager's role
- Determining whether you have what you need to be a successful project manager
- Compiling your project's diverse audiences into an audience list
- Identifying your drivers, supporters, and observers
- Using an effective format for your audience list
- Determining who has authority in your project
- Prioritizing your audiences by their levels of power and interest
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
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