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Jun 30, 2017
1h 40m

An effective PM needs to learn to lead projects with confidence, develop and meet requirements, and come in on time and within budget. In this course, Beginner's Guide to Project Management, the first course in the CompTIA Project+ series, you will learn about the principles of project management. First, you will delve into the roles and responsibilities associated with the project landscape. Next, you'll dive into how organizational structure can impact project management. Finally, you will learn how effective Project Managers balance the various constraints and influences that come along with any project. When you are finished with this course, you will have an understanding of the fundamentals of project management, and be ready to continue your learning for the CompTIA Project+ exam.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Casey Ayers and welcome to my course, a Beginner's Guide to Project Management. I'm a project manager and strategic consultant and the author of Pluralsight's series of PMP and business analysis courses. Now, it's my pleasure to help you learn more about project management and prepare for the CompTIA Project+ PK0004 exam, with this first course in our CompTIA Project+ series. Earning a CompTIA Project+ certification is a great way to express your interest in project management as a profession, hone your skills and learn about some of the tools and techniques leaders in the field utilize to find success. Best of all, the only requirement to take the exam and earn the CompTIA Project+ certiication is a passion to learn more about project management. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include defining project management and exploring what sets it apart as a specialty for the more traditional management needs that businesses face, learning more about the CompTIA Project+ certification and exam, taking a closer look at the key roles and responsibilities in the project environment, and developing an understanding of how constraints and influence factors impact project management. By the end of this course, you'll have an understanding of the fundamentals of project management and be ready to continue your training with the courses that follow in this series. Interest in learning more about project management is the only prerequisite for this course, though exposure to project environments can certainly help as well. This course, and others in the series, can not only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the CompTIA Project+ exam, but also serve as a great refresher for established project managers and as an opportunity to earn continuing education credit toward certifications like the PMP. I hope you'll joint me on this journey to learn more about managing projects and the CompTIA Project+ certification, with this course, a Beginners Guide to Project Management, at Pluralsight.

A First Look at Project Management
Hello and welcome. I'm Casey Ayers, and this is a Beginner's Guide to Project Management. This is the first course in a five-course series built to help prepare you for the CompTIA Project+ certification, and the PK0-004 exam. Project+ is a great first step toward learning more about project management. Whether you're about to embark on managing your first project, or you'd like to gain experience and apply more structure to projects you're already managing, earning a CompTIA Project+ cert can also help you earn more advanced certifications, like CAPM and PMP with their more rigorous training and experience requirements, thanks to the similarity in content for each of these. This series can also serve as a great tune up for those looking to earn continuing education credit to keep existing certifications like PMP active as well. We'll talk more about Project+ in a bit, but first, we're going to start by looking at just what makes project management, and projects for that matter, unique when compared to the traditional day-to-day management needs of a business. After sharing some more details about Project+, the exam, and its benefits, we'll move on to project roles and responsibilities, looking at what should be expected from project sponsors, managers, stakeholders, team members, and more. Finally, we'll finish up with a look at how resource constraints and other factors influence how we manage projects. Let's get started.

Introducing CompTIA Project+
At this point, we've learned what makes project management unique, and learned a bit about the value projects bring to organizations. Put simply, because they directly result in new or improved products or services, project-based initiatives are perhaps the key driver of value generation in organizations. As such, effective project management is always in high demand, and developing your skills as a project manager can seriously jumpstart your career. Earning the CompTIA Project+ certification is a great place to start. In this module, we're going to take a look at the benefits of earning the Project+ certification, explore the exam itself and how to prepare for it, and then dive into the exam objectives with a high-level overview of what you can expect to see on the test, and how the rest of this course, and the rest of this series, will help make sure you're prepped to pass it with flying colors. Let's dive right in.

Project Roles & Responsibilities
No project is a solo endeavor. In this module, we're going to look at the roles that key personnel play in projects, beginning with project sponsors, followed by a closer look at the responsibilities of project managers and coordinators. Then we'll talk about what makes someone a project stakeholder and how they relate to our work managing projects. Thereafter, we'll look first at the other key roles typically found on project teams and discuss the value of project management offices. Finally, we'll wrap up this module by looking at different organizational structures and how they impact the roles and responsibilities of project managers, and how project work is conducted. Let's get started.

Constraints & Influences in the Project Environment
One fact transcends every project. Resources have limits. In this module, we're going to look at the common constraints project managers must navigate and how their complex interplay can lead to trouble, absent and understanding of how making a change in one area can cause repercussions in another. Thereafter, we'll look at how stakeholders influence, how projects are structures, and how they influence how requirements are developed and prioritized. Finally, we'll look at the impact of scope creep and change requests on projects and how effective management can help keep these pernicious challenges in check. Let's jump right in.