CompTIA Project+: Part 1

Part 1 of 2 in the CompTIA Project+ series, covering the fundamentals of IT project management.
Course info
Rating
(115)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 17, 2010
Duration
4h 49m
Table of contents
Getting Started With CompTIA Project+ Training
Project Management Tools
Scenario
Identify the Characteristics of a Project
Project Initiation
The Project Charter
The Scope Statement
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Creating a Budget
Developing a Project Schedule
Description
Course info
Rating
(115)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 17, 2010
Duration
4h 49m
Description

Part 1 of 2 in the CompTIA Project+ series, covering the fundamentals of IT project management. You will learn pre-project setup; project planning; project execution and delivery; change, control, and communication; as well as project closure. This course is intended for those who have little to no experience that want to pursue a career in project management, and those who wish to learn the fundamentals of good project management. No IT experience is required. This course covers the following PMBOK® Process Groups: Initiating, Planning. This course covers the following PMBOK® Knowledge Areas: Project Time Management, Project Scope Management, Project Integration Management, Project Stakeholders Management.

About the author
About the author

Bill Kulterman is an educator, author, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Bill has been a trainer for more than a dozen years, educating students in Excel, Visio and a bevy of additional solutions. In recent years he has focused solely on SharePoint and SharePoint Online through Office 365. When he's not creating courses, he can usually be found riding his bike or relaxing near his Koi pond.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Project Management Tools
Hi. Welcome to TrainSignal. My name's Bill, and this lesson is Project Management Tools. In this lesson I'm going to tell you about the software that I use, the project management software that I used while I was creating this course. Then we'll go ahead and I will show you how to learn about other project management software because there are a whole bunch of them out there. I have also created a bunch of templates for you to use during this course, and I'm going to give you a list of those. We also have, as a part of our scenario, a number of sample documents that I've created, and I'll give you a list of those as well. And at the end, I'm going to show you some other resources where you can find information about project management.

The Project Charter
Hi, welcome to TrainSignal. My name's Bill, and this lesson is The Project Charter. In this lesson we're going to go ahead and talk about the project charter, what it is, and how to create one. We'll take a look at the inputs to the project charter, the things that you need to have when you're creating that project charter, one of those of which is the statement of work. Statement of work is a simple document, and I have an example for our Globomantics scenario that I'm going to show you, so we'll get a good look at that. Then we'll go into the elements of the project charter, what you need to have when that project charter is done, all of the information, all of the elements needed for a proper project charter. Then I'm going to give you a sample project charter template that I have created. I'm actually --- you're going to see two. I'm going to give you one that you can print out that just has spaces for you to add in your own information, and then I also have one that we created for our Globomantics scenario, which is a little bit more fleshed out in terms of examples that you can go ahead look at, study, maybe kind of get an idea of what kind of things we're looking for. And then the last thing is we're going to talk about building consensus. You need to get your project charter approved by everybody. You need everybody to go ahead and say, yes, this is what we're going to do before we can continue. And speaking of continuing, why don't we do that right now.

The Scope Statement
Hi, welcome to TrainSignal. My name's Bill, and this lesson is The Scope Statement. In this lesson, we are going to go and start to talk about the planning phase. We're beginning to enter the planning phase of our project. We will look at defining scope, what it is and how it helps us to achieve the desired end for our project. We'll take a look at tools and techniques to do that. We'll also work with our scope statement. I'm going to have a template for you that you can look at and you can print out, you can use. I'm also going to have an example of our scope statement for our Globomantics. And the last part of this lesson is approval and acceptance. We want everybody to agree and understand the project. I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but trust me it's going to be fun. Let's go ahead and let's get started.

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Hi, welcome to TrainSignal. My name's Bill, and this lesson is The Work Breakdown Structure. In this lesson we're going to learn exactly what is a work breakdown structure, or WBS. That's how we'll mostly be referring to it. We'll take a look at the WBS dictionary and what it is and its role. We'll talk about the importance of the WBS, how important it is to your project management. We'll look at methods of creating a WBS. I'll give you some recommendations while you're creating that WBS, and I'm going to show you some examples of a work breakdown structure. Once again, I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it's going to be fun, isn't it? Let's go ahead and let's get started.

Creating a Budget
Hi, welcome to TrainSignal. My name's Bill, and this lesson is Creating a Budget. In this lesson we'll start with creating a budget. I'll work with you through what you need to know to create a budget for your project. We'll take a look at estimating types, but we will concentrate on bottom-up estimates. We'll look at three-point estimating and PERT estimating, a couple of techniques that will help us in our bottom-up estimates. We'll also look at estimating work hours, effort time versus elapsed time. We'll then go ahead and talk about cost estimates, direct versus indirect costs. We'll look at some estimating techniques, and I'll give you some recommendations, some tips that you can use when estimating. We'll look at allocation, how the money's going to be spent and when. We'll examine associated risks with creating a budget, dealing with the unknowns, and when those unknowns cause our budget to go off track we always want to have a contingency in place. And lastly, we'll talk about creating a cost management plan.

Developing a Project Schedule
Hi, welcome to TrainSignal. My name is Bill, and this lesson is Developing a Project Schedule. In this lesson we're going to learn what exactly is a schedule and why do we need one. We'll look at the inputs, what we need to create a schedule, and then we'll talk about assigning resources when developing our schedule. We'll look at dependencies and how important they are in helping us to create our schedule, and next we'll go ahead and look at different types of scheduling methods. We'll look at Gantt charts, milestone charts, summary charts, network diagrams, arrow diagrams, we'll discuss the critical path method and we will talk about float. We'll take a look at float, what it is, schedule float, and how to calculate float. Then we'll look at resource leveling; trying to be a little bit more efficient with our allocation of resources. And lastly, schedule compression. We've got a lot of work ahead of us so let's go ahead and let's get started.