Project Procurements, Performance, and Change Management

Learn to lead projects with confidence, develop and meet requirements, and come in on time and within your budget. This fifth and final course in the CompTIA Project+ explores how relationships with vendors and procurement sources are managed.
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(13)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 30, 2017
Duration
2h 12m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(13)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 30, 2017
Duration
2h 12m
Description

An effective Project Manager needs to learn to lead projects with confidence, develop and meet requirements, and come in on time and within budget. In this course, Project Procurements, Performance, and Change Management, you will learn how to manage relationships with vendors and procurement sources. First, you will delve into managing project procurements and measure project performance. Next, you will learn about managing project changes. Finally, you will learn how projects are closed out. When you are finished with this course, you'll know how to select and manage relationships with vendors, use quality measurement tools and charting techniques to gauge project performance, and ensure project change requests are handled quickly and implemented correctly. You are now prepared for the CompTIA Project+ exam. Now go out and pass it!

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, Project Procurements, Performance, and Change Management. I'm the author of Pluralsight series of PMP and business analysis courses, and now it's my pleasure to help you learn more about project management and prepare for the CompTIA Project+ PK0004 exam with this fifth and final 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, and the only requirement to take the exam and earn the certification is a passion to learn more about project management. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include managing project procurements, measuring project performance, managing project changes, and closing out project work. By the end of this course you'll know how to select and manage relationships with vendors, use quality measurement tools and charting techniques to gauge project performance, ensure project change requests are handled quickly and implemented correctly, and how to wrap up project work and create a legacy that can help ensure success in the future. 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, cannot only help you learn more about project management and to 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 towards certifications like the PMP. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about managing projects and the CompTIA Project+ certification with this course, Project Procurements, Performance, and Change Management here at Pluralsight.

Measuring Project Performance
In this module we'll discuss how you can monitor and manage your project's performance to ensure your schedule and budget targets are met and your project requirements are fulfilled. We'll begin with a look at how project performance and status can be understood and measured through data sources, status reports, and meetings with project stakeholders. Then, we'll move on to discuss how key performance indicators can be created and used as a point of comparison for our work. We'll also discuss how balanced scorecards are used at the organizational and project team levels to focus performance management efforts. Then we'll look at a variety of charts and visualizations commonly used to better understand project performance, transforming data into actionable information that can be understood and shared with others. Let's jump right in.

Managing Project Changes
No project goes from planning to closure without some changes proving necessary along the way. However, without a plan in place for how these changes can be managed, we face the risk of our project falling into chaos. In this module, we'll discuss the value of integrated change control, and why a unified approach to all of our project's changes could leave us in the best position to succeed. We'll discuss many of the most common types and causes of project changes, and we'll see how change requests are created and submitted for review. We'll explore how change requests should be evaluated, and look at how we can take action to implement project changes when they prove necessary. Finally, we'll look at how changes to the organization at large can impact the project environment, and how project managers can best navigate the sort of seismic organization shakeups that could leave even the best managed projects in peril. Let's get started.

Closing Out Projects
At this point we're ready to close out our exploration of project management with a look at how projects are, well, closed out. We'll begin with a look at the four main project closure scenarios before moving on to discuss the steps that should be followed to wind down our project work. Then we'll look at how project work should be archived and how we can catalog lessons we've learned along the way, so that our project team members and organizations can benefit from our experience when planning future endeavors. Let's jump right in.

Preparing for the CompTIA Project+ Exam
Welcome to the last module of the final course in this series. Now that we've covered all of the core project management material that you can expect to see on the CompTIA Project+ PK0-004 exam let's take just a few more minutes to make sure that you're prepared to ACE the test. We'll start with a quick refresher of some of the exam details that we discussed in the first course in this series. Then we'll share important details on how to be ready to take the exam, either online or in person, and how to decide which option is best for you. Finally, we'll share a few quick tips for the day of the exam to help ensure you give yourself the best opportunity to succeed. Let's get started.