Deeply Practical Project Management (Earn 16 PDUs) Udemy Course
How to apply the PMI project management processes in the simplest, most practical way, with a professional 44M example.
This course is your practical PM companion to the PMBOK. Based on more than a quarter century of hands-on experience, it explains how to use the proven Project Management Institute (PMI) processes to manage your projects of any size, from any domain, in the simplest and most practical way. At the end of the course, you will not only understand project management, but you will also be able to *implement* it as efficiently as we know how. You will also receive a certificate that bestows on you the credential Practical Project Manager with the right to append PPM after your name. Thousands of people are now listing their PPM credential on their own LinkedIn profiles.
The course is end-to-end, comprehensive, and divided into more than 200 easy to digest videos of just a few minutes long. First an overview is provided of all the fundamental concepts. Then the critically important role of the Project Manager and the keys to team management are described. Then the essential PM processes are mapped across the project timeline, and the specific actions you need to take at each step are explained in an easy-to-follow thread. The use of software tools to support the PM process is explained. The course is simple, practical, and complete, providing one comprehensive resource with everything you need to become an expert project manager.
What you’ll learn in Deeply Practical Project Management (Earn 16 PDUs) Course
- “Finally an online course that teaches the ‘how’ of project management from an experienced veteran.” – Karin Brame
- One comprehensive course that covers the entire PM process, with a realistic, complete, professional $44M example.
- How to get stakeholder and senior management support at the beginning of your project, and maintain it throughout.
- The practical essentials of Project Manager communication, team management, negotiation, and leadership.
- How to plan your project with less than 5% (!) of the overall effort, so everyone has realistic expectations before you start.
- How to avoid the top three causes of project failure, and manage the top three drivers of project success.
- The critical importance of the project requirements, with best practices for documentation, review, and approval.
- Practical advice on building your work breakdown structure (WBS), and when to break it down further.
- Why the precedence diagram is your most important PM tool, even more important than the Gantt schedule.
- Five techniques for estimating, the tricks to estimating within +/- 10%, and how to handle estimating error.
- A complete, animated example of how to calculate the critical path, and why schedule is almost always more important than budget.
- How to decide whether to build or buy, the best type of contract structure, and the best way to make the award.
- How to prepare the final project plan, brief management, provide options, stay truthful, and protect your career.
- The essentials of building the best project team, and delegation, motivation, and resolution of personnel conflicts.
- How to manage scope so you find the things inevitably missed, but don’t let scope creep blow up your project.
- Use the critical path to focus on the most important items, intelligently reallocate resources, and make the PM’s job easier and easier.
- Track the budget and manage its key drivers to obtain the best cost performance possible.
- Identify the risks up front, mitigate them early, and manage your project to stay within the risk budget.
- The most effective things you can do to manage quality and ensure the customer is happy with the project result.
- Use earned value management (EVM) to objectively estimate future cost and schedule performance.
- Ask the stakeholders for guidance when your project is in trouble in the most productive and constructive way.
- Use scenario based verification to sign off requirements and make sure the customer is happy with the project result.
- Best practices for gathering lessons learned to find both what went well and what can be improved, and easily gather them as you go.
- Close your project, write a final report, and hold a project celebration so everyone can transition to their next challenge.
- A complete example of professional project management documentation for the $44M “Magical Devices Version 3” project.
- The document “Project Planning With MS Office” describing how to use Miscrosoft apps to document your scope, schedule, and budget.
- Six practice quizzes, nine project management document templates, a 250 page slide deck, and six summary checklists.
- Gain a deeply practical understanding of the PMI process for those that wish to write an exam and obtain a certification.
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