Managing Projects

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Managing Projects

Authors: Ben Howard, Casey Ayers

This path is based on the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition. In this series, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of project management fundamentals, with a focus on the PMBOK®... Read more

What you will learn:

  • Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: What’s the Difference?
  • Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam
  • Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Developing Project Schedules
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management
  • Earning and Retaining Your PMP® Certification

Pre-requisites

A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, including 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of formal project management education OR

A four-year degree (bachelor's degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of formal project management education.

Beginner

In this beginner section we will explain differences between projects, programs and portfolios and cover the basic principles of project management and related certification opportunities.

Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: What's the Difference?

by Ben Howard

Jul 28, 2017 / 35m

35m

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Description

All knowledge areas contain a multitude of buzzwords, terminology which you need to quickly grasp and understand in order to work within that knowledge area. In this course, Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: What's the Difference?, you'll quickly and effectively differentiate between three of the most overused and badly used terms within the Project Management industry. First, you'll discover robust "industry standard" definitions of these key terms. Next, you'll explore robust examples supporting those definitions. Finally, the course digs deeper and discusses other key concepts. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with the knowledge required to quickly feel comfortable discussing key Project Management issues.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Concepts & Definitions
  3. Terms and Tools
  4. Summary

Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 20m

2h 20m

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The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is recognized worldwide as one of the most valuable certifications for professionals in IT and many other industries. In this course, Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam, you’ll learn if earning a PMP® is the right choice for your career development, what prerequisites must be met in order to take the certification exam, what to expect from the test itself, and how to compile and submit your application. After that, you’ll be introduced to foundational project management principles that can help you better understand what sets project management apart from the day-to-day managerial needs of organizations, and be introduced to the content that will be covered throughout this learning path. This course, and all others in this learning path, are fully aligned with the newest version of the PMP® exam’s objectives and the 6th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Completion of this course and others in the series will help you completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement for the PMP® exam, and can also be used to earn continuing education credit for those who have already earned their certification. By the end of this course, you’ll know if earning a PMP® is right for you, and take valuable first steps to prepare for the certification.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Getting Started with the PMP® Certification
  3. Qualifying for the PMP® Exam
  4. The PMP® Exam Application Process
  5. Project Management Fundamentals
  6. Key Project Roles & Stakeholders
  7. The Skills of Effective Project Managers

Earning and Retaining Your PMP® Certification

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 18m

2h 18m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Earning and Retaining Your PMP® Certification, completes the PMP® learning path with a look at PMI's ethical standards, to which all PMP® credential holders must agree. First, you'll learn some tips and tricks to ensure you'll be ready for the big day of the exam. Next, you'll learn how to ensure you can maintain your valuable PMP® certification for years to come by understanding and meeting continuing education requirements. By the end of this course, and series, you'll be ready for the PMP® exam and to take the next big step in your career.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The PMI Code of Ethics
  3. Earning Your PMP Certification
  4. Retaining Your PMP Certification

Intermediate

In this intermediate section, we will explore how organizational influences impact project management and cover the life cycle of successful projects. We will also cover in detail the project scope, schedule, cost, communication, and stakeholder management knowledge areas, as found in the PMBOK® Guide.

Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 1h 14m

1h 14m

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Fully aligned with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide and the latest PMP® standards, this course, Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle builds on the foundations set in Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam, looking at the role projects play in organizations. In this course, you'll learn how project teams can create unique value, how the structure and culture of organizations can impact how project teams are formed, managed, and complete work, and how a project manager’s approach can be tailored to best fit their organizational environment. You’ll also be introduced to a variety of project management methodologies, and learn how to choose the one that best fits your organization’s structure and objectives. Finally, you’ll see how project management processes can be sorted into process groups and knowledge areas, and how each of these processes can play a critical role in successfully managing your project team. By the end of this course, you’ll have the foundation necessary to begin a deeper dive into each of ten project management knowledge areas, which are the focus for the remainder of this learning path.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role of Projects in Organizations
  3. Organizational Impacts on Project Management
  4. The Project Management Life Cycle & Project Management Processes

Project Scope Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 47m

3h 47m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Scope Management is the fourth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the foundational processes of project management, found in the Project Scope Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how project requirements are collected, prioritized, and properly defined. Then, you'll see how work breakdown structures are generated. Finally, you'll explore how project scope is validated and controlled to ensure project requirements are met. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to define your project's objectives, eliminate scope creep, and ensure your team accomplishes what's necessary to find success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction to Project Scope Management
  3. Collecting Project Requirements
  4. Defining Project Scope
  5. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
  6. Validating Project Scope
  7. Controlling Project Scope

Project Schedule Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 48m

2h 48m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Schedule Management is the fifth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Schedule Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how schedule management is planned. Next, you'll look at how activities are defined and sequenced. Finally, you'll explore how activity durations are estimated, paving the way for the creation of project schedules. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge necessary to plot out your project's activities, and understand how their relationship with one another influences how project work progresses.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Planning Project Schedule Management
  3. Defining Project Activities
  4. Sequencing Project Activities
  5. Estimating Activity Durations

Project Cost Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 45m

2h 45m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Cost Management, is the seventh course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores the Project Cost Management knowledge area, beginning with a discussion on how cost management can be effectively planned, before moving on to estimating project costs. Thereafter, development of project budgets and topics related to budget control, including earned value analysis, will be explored, helping ensure you are prepared for the PMP® exam. By the end of this course, you'll understand how to estimate your project's costs, prepare adequate contingency funding, and develop a budget that facilitates your project's success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Planning Cost Management
  3. Estimating Project Costs
  4. Determining Project Budgets
  5. Controlling Project Costs

Project Communications Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 34m

2h 34m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Communications Management, is the tenth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. In this course, you'll explore many of the processes found in the Project Communications Management knowledge area. First, you'll look at how to communicate effectively and shape communications efforts to fit project needs. Next, you'll explore effectively planning project communications and managing communication efforts. Finally, you'll learn monitoring communications to ensure effectiveness for both the project and stakeholders. By the end of this course, you'll understand how communications develop and scale in organizations, how to plan for communications, and how to communicate in ways that advance the project's interests most effectively.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Communicating in the Project Environment
  3. Planning Communications Management
  4. Managing Project Communications
  5. Monitoring Project Communications

Project Stakeholder Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 10m

2h 10m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Stakeholder Management is the thirteenth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Stakeholder Management knowledge area. First, you'll start off learning how to identify and categorize stakeholders. Next, you'll learn how to effectively plan for stakeholder engagement, manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor engagement levels and efforts. Finally, you'll learn to continually refine your team's approach to stakeholder management. By the end of this course, you'll better understand who might be considered a project stakeholder, and how to communicate and collaborate with them effectively in order to reach project goals.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Identifying Project Stakeholders
  3. Planning Stakeholder Engagement
  4. Managing Stakeholder Engagement
  5. Monitoring Stakeholder Engagement

Advanced

In this advanced section, we will cover more complex areas of project management, including integrated management of the various knowledge areas, developing and managing project schedules, estimating, allocating, and managing project resources, conducting project quality and risk management effectively, and managing project procurement activities.

Project Integration Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 45m

3h 45m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Integration Management, is the third course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the foundational processes of project management, found in the Project Integration Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn what makes a project charter so important and how one is composed. Then, you'll discover what should be included in a project management plan and how one is built over the entire course of your project. Finally, you'll see how project work should be monitored and controlled, and find out how project changes should be effectively managed to gain a better understanding of how project work is officially brought to a close. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to bring together all of the disparate components of project planning into a cohesive strategy for success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction to Project Integration Management
  3. Developing the Project Charter
  4. Developing the Project Management Plan
  5. Directing and Managing Project Work
  6. Managing Project Knowledge
  7. Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
  8. Performing Integrated Change Control
  9. Closing out Projects & Project Phases

Developing Project Schedules

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 19m

2h 19m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, Developing Project Schedules is the sixth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course continues the exploration of the Project Schedule Management knowledge area that started in the preceding course in this series, PMP Project Schedule Management. Skills discussed in that course are put to use here in developing and controlling the project schedule. First, you'll learn about the critical path methodology. Next, you'll explore Agile release planning. Finally, you'll learn about earned value management. By the end of this course, you'll know how to assemble activities and sequence data into a sophisticated schedule, empowering you to direct project work effectively.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Critical Path
  3. Resource Optimization and Schedule Compression
  4. The Develop Schedule Process
  5. Controlling Project Schedules

Project Resource Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 51m

3h 51m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Resource Management is the eighth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Resource Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how to plan for resource management. Next, you'll learn how to estimate the resources required to complete project activities. Finally, you'll learn how to acquire, develop, and manage team members, and monitor and control resource utilization throughout the project lifecycle. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to manage your project's resources, develop and empower human resources, and ensure the right people, material, and funding are in place to meet project goals.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Planning Resource Management
  3. Estimating Activity Resources
  4. Acquiring Project Resources
  5. Developing Project Teams
  6. Managing Project Teams
  7. Controlling Project Resources

Project Quality Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 9m

2h 9m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Quality Management is the eighth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Quality Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn about the importance of quality management and how to effectively plan for quality management. Next, you'll learn how to undertake quality management responsibilities. Finally, you'll learn how to use quality control activities to verify project objectives have been met. By the end of this course, you'll better understand the role of quality management in the project environment, and be better equipped to institute and implement quality management principles that can ensure your project satisfies its objectives.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Importance of Quality Management
  3. Planning Quality Management
  4. Performing Quality Management
  5. Controlling Project Quality

Project Risk Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 40m

3h 40m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Risk Management is the eleventh course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Risk Management knowledge area. First, you'll begin with a look at effective risk management planning. Next, you'll learn how project risk factors are identified, how to apply qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques to better understand risk probabilities and impacts, and how to develop and implement risk responses. Finally, you'll learn how to monitor the project risk environment to ensure nothing stands between you and project success. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to assess and navigate your project's risk environment, negating threats and capitalizing on opportunities that can enhance your project's success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Planning Risk Management
  3. Identifying Project Risks
  4. Performing Qualitative Risk Analysis
  5. Performing Quantitative Risk Analysis
  6. Planning Risk Responses
  7. Implementing Risk Responses
  8. Monitoring Project Risks

Project Procurement Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 23m

2h 23m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Procurement Management covers the procurement management knowledge area. After beginning with a look at effective procurement management planning, you'll learn how to generate source selection criteria. Next you'll, learn how to choose the type of contract that's best for your procurement needs. Finally, you'll explore how to conduct procurement activities in coordination with various vendors, and control and monitor the effort of partners to ensure it integrates smoothly with your project team's work. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to select and work with partners that can help ensure your project's success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Planning Procurement Management
  3. Conducting Project Procurements
  4. Controlling Project Procurements