Project Management for Professionals

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Project Management for Professionals

Authors: Casey Ayers, Sandesh Belthangady

Courses in this path are aligned with the 7th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). In this series, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of project... Read more

What you will learn:

  • Foundations of effective project management
  • Skills of effective project leaders
  • Different project methodologies
  • How to communicate and engage with project teams and stakeholders
  • How to coordinate with virtual teams
  • How to integrate business analysis skills with project management
  • How to gauge project team performance
  • How to manage project scope and project changes
  • How to plan in traditional as well as Agile project environments
  • How to manage project resources
  • How to manage and continually improve quality
  • How to manage risks and procurement in project environments
  • How to close out your project work

Pre-requisites

It is recommended to watch the PMP: Right for Me? course before diving into this skill path

Beginner

In the beginner section we will cover project management foundations including different project management methodologies, as well as the important skills of effective project leaders.

Foundations of Effective Project Management

by Casey Ayers

Apr 22, 2021 / 2h 28m

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Description

Today’s organizations find ways to better serve customers and produce the innovations necessary for a brighter future through project initiatives.

In this course, Foundations of Effective Project Management, you’ll learn about the foundations of effectively managing these initiatives:

  1. learn what makes projects special, and how project teams fill a unique role in organizations
  2. explore how project teams work together to accomplish goals and generate new value
  3. gain familiarity with the core principles and practices of effective project leaders
By the end of this course, you’ll understand what it takes to successfully lead project teams, and establish a foundation for continued learning about project leadership.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role and Value of Projects in Organizations
  3. Delivering Value through Project Initiatives
  4. The Principles and Practices of Effective Project Management

The Skills of Effective Project Leaders

by Casey Ayers

Nov 16, 2020 / 2h 42s

2h 42s

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Project leaders must be highly versatile, and display talents in many different areas. In this course, The Skills of Effective Project Leaders, you’ll learn how effective leaders employ different kinds of skills in order to lead their teams successfully. First, you’ll learn how leadership and communication skills allow project leaders to persuade and direct action to meet objectives. Next, you’ll explore how a combination of facilitation and political skills help leaders align stakeholders to project goals. After that, you’ll see how technical and analytical skills combine to equip project leaders with the knowledge necessary to achieve their mission. Finally, you’ll discover how business skills and resource management techniques allow project leaders to work with the broader organization well and manage initiatives successfully. By the end of this course, you’ll understand the varied talents and skills effective project managers must exhibit on a daily basis, and be prepared to evaluate your own skillset and make a plan to improve on your approach.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Leading and Communicating as a Project Leader
  3. Facilitating Progress and Navigating Political Dynamics as a Project Leader
  4. The Analytical and Technical Skills of Project Leaders
  5. Business Skills and Resource Management Techniques of Project Leaders

Serving as a Project Leader

by Casey Ayers

Jan 4, 2021 / 2h 9m

2h 9m

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What does it mean to be a project leader today? Projects are increasingly critical to organizations, but emergent methodologies are simultaneously changing how project teams perform. The role of project leader is paradoxically more important but also less defined than ever before. In this course, Serving as a Project Leader, you'll explore how an adaptive mindset and understanding of servant leadership can help project leaders succeed in any environment. First, you’ll learn how project teams deliver value to organizations, and how leadership efforts should be focused on facilitating this journey. Next, you’ll explore how assessment skills and an understanding of project team member skills and attributes can be combined with an understanding of project objectives to form a tailored leadership approach. Finally, you’ll discover how leaders may adapt their skills to agile initiatives that are typically more self-governing in nature than traditional projects may be. By the end of this course, you’ll understand the role of leaders within project initiatives, and how you can shape your approach to best fit your team, your mission, and your environment to facilitate success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role of Project Leaders
  3. Facilitating Success through Tailored Leadership
  4. Serving as a Leader in Agile Environments

Selecting a Project Methodology to Fit Your Organization’s Needs

by Casey Ayers

Jan 26, 2021 / 1h 39m

1h 39m

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Project teams work together to generate new value for organizations. But how project teams work together may vary greatly from one situation to the next. In this course, Selecting a Project Methodology to Fit Your Organization’s Needs, you’ll learn how to devise an approach to project work that empowers your team to best meet its objectives. First, you’ll learn how various project, stakeholder, and organizational factors can influence a project team’s approach. Next, you’ll discover how existing frameworks, methodologies, and team archetypes can serve as a foundation for your efforts to create a winning plan. Finally, you’ll explore how factors ranging from regulatory oversight to contracting with partners can impact the methods we choose and tailor to complete project work. By the end of this course, you’ll gain an understanding of the spectrum of project methodologies and feel more confident in selecting and tailoring an approach that best fits your organization’s needs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Crafting Effective Project Methodologies
  3. Project Methodologies and Frameworks
  4. Considerations for Tailoring Project Approach

Intermediate

In the intermediate section we will cover communication and engagement with stakeholders and project teams. We will also talk about how to integrate business analysis skills with project management, how to manage team’s performance and resources, as well as how to plan out a project in traditional as well as Agile project environments.

Communicating Effectively in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Jul 29, 2020 / 2h 24m

2h 24m

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Communication is central to the success of any project initiative, and an important skill for any project leader to develop. In this course, Communicating Effectively in Project Environments, you’ll learn how to manage communications effectively. First, you’ll explore the science of communication, and how you can distinguish between your team’s internal and external communication needs. Next, you’ll discover how to select the best types and methods of communication to fit various project needs. After that, you’ll see how to develop a communications management plan for Waterfall teams and how to manage communications in Agile environments. Finally, you’ll get a feel for what unique skills and traits related to communication effective leaders exhibit and work continuously to improve. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a firm understanding of the critical role communications play in project success, and know how to manage your project’s communication needs thoughtfully and skillfully.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Project Communication
  3. Communication Methods and Considerations
  4. Managing Project Communications
  5. Communication Skills for Project Leaders

Assembling and Empowering Project Teams

by Casey Ayers

Jan 8, 2021 / 1h 57m

1h 57m

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Project leaders achieve success by facilitating the work of their teams effectively. In this course, Assembling and Empowering Project Teams, you’ll learn how project leaders can orchestrate the efforts of many others in order to achieve a shared vision. First, you’ll explore how teams are formed and how leaders can assess various characteristics of team members to assemble effective groups. Next, you’ll discover how leaders can assess the skills and knowledge of team members and develop plans for their continued development. Finally, you’ll learn how to create constructive environments where teams can work together to surmount obstacles and create new value. By the end of this course, you’ll understand how to effectively assemble and empower project teams.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Assembling Project Teams
  3. Developing Project Teams
  4. Empowering Project Teams

Coordinating with Virtual Teams

by Sandesh Belthangady

Feb 8, 2021 / 1h 47m

1h 47m

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The new norm, remote work, does not provide the luxury of face-to-face communication to virtual teams. This mode of working offers several benefits and drawbacks to team members, team leaders, and organizations that impact overall productivity and employee morale. In this course, Coordinating with Virtual Teams, you'll learn to effectively coordinate your team virtually which boosts overall productivity and employee morale. First, you'll explore the skills and characteristics that are uniquely important for virtual teams and leaders. Next, you'll discover the right processes and plans needed to smoothly coordinate a virtual team. Finally, you'll explore the tools and solutions that help facilitate an efficient virtual framework. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of coordinating with virtual teams needed to effectively coordinate your team virtually, which boosts overall productivity.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Working Virtually
  3. Following the Ideal Work Process
  4. Utilizing the Ideal Technology

Engaging Project Stakeholders

by Casey Ayers

Mar 18, 2021 / 1h 59m

1h 59m

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Project teams come together to generate unique value, but for whom? Without stakeholders – those who impact our work, are impacted by it, or perceive themselves to fall into one of those categories even when we don’t – our initiative would be meaningless. In this course, Engaging Project Stakeholders, you’ll learn how to successfully manage the relationship between your project’s stakeholders and your project itself. First, you’ll discover how to identify the wide range of stakeholders related to your initiative and how to understand their perspectives and needs. Next, you’ll explore how to work constructively with stakeholders to achieve shared aims. Finally, you’ll learn how to mediate disputes with and between stakeholders, identify outcomes in the best interests of your initiative, and ensure stakeholders are satisfied with project results. By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge needed to form a deeper appreciation for the role and value of constructive stakeholder relationships to any project.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Identifying and Understanding Project Stakeholders
  3. Working with Project Stakeholders
  4. Negotiating with Project Stakeholders

Integrating Business Analysis Skills with Project Management

by Casey Ayers

Dec 8, 2020 / 2h 31m

2h 31m

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Project managers marshal resources to accomplish important objectives, but those objectives are set through the critical process of business analysis. In this course, Integrating Business Analysis Skills with Project Management, you’ll learn how business analysis and project management relate to each other, and how successfully integrating the two can improve the value and efficiency of any project team. First, you’ll discover how project management and business analysis relate to each other, and what unique value is offered by both practices. Then, you’ll explore how the business analysis life cycle integrates with the project life cycle, providing value from before work begins until the initiative is complete. Finally, you’ll see how project managers and business analysts can coordinate their efforts to maximum effect. By the end of this course, you’ll understand the impact effective analysis can have in advancing project work, and how project leaders can better integrate their approach with business analysts to set and achieve goals.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. How Business Analysis and Project Management Interrelate
  3. The Business Analysis Life Cycle
  4. Business Analysts and Project Managers: Joining Forces

Gauging Project Team Performance

by Casey Ayers

Sep 1, 2020 / 2h 4m

2h 4m

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Without a compass and a set of guiding principles, project teams are too often left adrift, unable to achieve their objectives or defend their place within organizations. In this course, Gauging Project Team Performance, you'll gain the skills to ensure that what you’re measuring and what you’re doing are aligned to generate results. First, you’ll learn how to define project objectives and requirements in a way that guides your team’s efforts effectively, and allows you to measure your achievement in meeting underlying needs. Next, you’ll learn how project progress may be measured across a variety of domains, and the role of change management in ensuring successful results. Finally, you’ll learn how project objectives can be leveraged in gauging the performance of team members, and how team performance may be nurtured by team leaders and members alike. By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge of what separates focused, mission-driven project teams from those that never quite reach a finish line that was never fully defined.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Setting Project Goals
  3. Measuring Project Performance
  4. Assessing Team Performance

Managing Project Scope

by Casey Ayers

Oct 6, 2020 / 1h 42m

1h 42m

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It’s common sense that too often isn’t common: without understanding what we need to accomplish, and the actionable tasks that make that possible, project teams are left unable to satisfy their reason for being. In this course, Managing Project Scope, you’ll learn how managing project scope can help you ensure you find success, without getting bogged down or lost along the way. First, you’ll discover how the requirements you define should be prioritized to maximize value and minimize risk. Then, you’ll see how requirements can be broken down into work tasks project teams can complete to meet objectives. Finally, you’ll explore why it’s important to validate project scope on an ongoing basis, ensuring the work we undertake remains consistently aligned with our driving goals. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to assess what will – and will not – help your project team to accomplish its objectives, and understand how you can turn your understanding of project scope into a playbook for action.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Transforming Requirements into Project Scope
  3. Scoping out Project Work
  4. Refining Project Scope

Planning in Traditional Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Mar 10, 2021 / 2h 32m

2h 32m

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Effective development and management of project schedules is at the heart of successful project endeavors. In this course, Planning in Traditional Project Environments, you’ll learn how leaders harnessing predictive, waterfall methodologies approach this critical work. First, you’ll learn about some of the principles of managing project schedules, and how work may be progressively elaborated and decomposed into actionable tasks to be better understood. Next, you’ll see how the sequencing of project activities, and understanding of their duration, can have a significant impact on project planning. After that, you’ll explore how to optimize project work along the critical path, and how various techniques related to resource management come into play. Finally, you’ll bring together what you’ve learned to understand how project schedules are developed and maintained throughout the project life cycle. By the end of this course, you’ll have a firm grasp on the concepts and principles necessary to develop useful schedules for your own initiatives.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Principles of Schedule Management and Defining Project Work
  3. Estimating Activity Durations and Sequencing Project Work
  4. Optimizing Resource Allocations and Scheduled Work
  5. Developing and Maintaining Project Schedules

Planning in Agile Environments

by Casey Ayers

Mar 1, 2021 / 2h 15m

2h 15m

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Agile teams embrace uncertainty and the ability to quickly adjust to changing environments, but that doesn’t mean planning has no role to play in their success. Rather, the most effective Agile teams are the ones that can harness thoughtful preparation to facilitate their ability to adapt to change. In this course, Planning in Agile Environments, you’ll first learn how Agile teams organize their work to achieve objectives. Next, you’ll discover the role of release planning and backlog management in ensuring team efforts are best allocated at any given moment. Finally, you’ll explore how to measure your success in coordinating team action and how to continuously improve on your approach to planning in an Agile setting. By the end of this course, you’ll develop an appreciation for the role of planning in Agile projects, and better understand how to set your Agile team up for success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Accomplishing Objectives with Agile Methods
  3. Managing Progress in Agile Environments
  4. Ensuring Sustainable Success for Agile Teams

Managing Project Resources

by Casey Ayers

Mar 26, 2021 / 1h 56m

1h 56m

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Project leaders must marshal the capabilities of a range of individuals, as well as a wide variety of materials, infrastructure, capital and other resources in order to bring their project vision to life. In this course, Managing Project Resources, you’ll learn how to effectively manage the resources that transform your project objectives into reality. First, you’ll explore the kinds of resources related to project initiatives and how to create a plan to manage them. Next, you’ll discover how to estimate the cost and resource utilization necessary to meet project objectives, and how to select the best resources for each challenge. Finally, you’ll learn how to develop a project budget that ensures your team is empowered to achieve its goals. By the end of this course, you’ll understand the fundamentals of managing project resources and coordinating the efforts of team members to meet your objectives.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Project Resource Management
  3. Estimating Activity Costs and Evaluating Resource Options
  4. Developing a Project Budget

Advanced

In the advanced section we will talk about the quality and continuous improvement, how to manage risks, procurement, and project changes/ We will finish up with closing out the project and all the steps related to it.

Quality Management and Continuous Improvement in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Aug 18, 2020 / 2h 11m

2h 11m

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Unless we are able to define and uphold quality standards, our hard work on project initiatives is unlikely to yield the value we seek to create. In this course, Quality Management and Continuous Improvement in Project Environments, you'll learn what makes quality management so essential to effective project management. First, you’ll gain exposure to the principles of quality management, and the core terminology and concepts used to think about quality-related issues in project initiatives. Next, you’ll learn how to tailor a quality management strategy to your organization and project’s specific needs. Finally, you’ll discover how to apply your new knowledge and a suite of relevant techniques to assess quality-related challenges, and find new ways to continuously improve your team’s approach. By the end of this course, you’ll understand what makes quality management so central to effective project initiatives, and how you can develop and deploy a strategy of your own to ensure your project’s success.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Principles of Quality Management
  3. Developing a Quality Management Strategy
  4. Continuous Improvement and Assessing Quality Challenges

Managing Risks in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Feb 12, 2021 / 2h 31m

2h 31m

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Managing risks and opportunities stands at the heart of every successful project initiative. Those that are unsuccessful in identifying risks and developing wise strategies for addressing them all too often find their promising project capsized, losing precious time and value that could’ve been preserved with a more watchful eye. In this course, Managing Risks in Project Environments, you’ll learn how to manage project risks effectively. First, you’ll explore the importance of risk management in projects, how to identify risk factors, and the kind of methods you have to choose from in managing those risks. Next, you’ll learn how to assess risks from a qualitative and quantitative perspective, and develop strategies to address them. Finally, you’ll discover how you can implement effective responses to risks and leverage potential opportunities. When you're done with this course, you’ll have the knowledge of why it’s essential to continuously monitor risk factors as project work progresses, in order to ensure risk responses are as effective as anticipated.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Fundamentals of Project Risk Management
  3. Assessing Risks and Developing Responses
  4. Implementing Risk Responses
  5. Monitoring Project Risks

Procurement Management in Project Environments

by Casey Ayers

Feb 2, 2021 / 2h 29s

2h 29s

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In accomplishing project objectives, teams often encounter challenges outside their area of expertise and situations that may cloud their focus. In such cases, working with procurement sources can be an effective and efficient way for teams to achieve their goals. In this course, Procurement Management in Project Environments, you’ll learn how to effectively manage procurement efforts in project environments. First, you’ll learn about make-or-buy decision making and the kind of procurement contracts that might make the most sense for any given situation. Next, you’ll discover how to evaluate potential procurement relationships. Finally, you’ll explore how to manage procurement relationships effectively in any project environment. By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills of procurement management needed to work with external partners and bring your project goals to fruition.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role of Procurement in Project Environments
  3. Evaluating Procurement Proposals
  4. Managing Procurement Relationships

Managing Project Changes

by Casey Ayers

May 12, 2021 / 1h 39m

1h 39m

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In any initiative, even the most thorough planning can’t contemplate every bump in the road and unexpected development. Managing change with grace and competence in an optimal fashion is the hallmark of a seasoned project leader. In this course, Managing Project Changes, you’ll see what kind of changes most often impact project work and how methodology influences the way leaders seek to manage change. First, you’ll explore the impact of the external environment in which your project team operates. Next, you'll discover how organizational factors influence effective change management. Finally, you’ll learn how to tailor a change management plan to fit your project’s unique characteristics. By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to prepare your team for whatever unexpected challenges and opportunities come your way.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Impact of Change on Project Management
  3. Change Management in an Organizational Context
  4. Managing Change in Project Environments

Closing out Project Work

by Casey Ayers

May 26, 2021 / 1h 25m

1h 25m

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Project teams come together to accomplish unique objectives and create new value. What’s more often left unsaid is that projects inevitably come to an end once that work is complete, and managing that period of conclusion is essential to ensuring the hard work pays off. In this course, Closing out Project Work, you’ll learn how to know when project work is complete and how to validate that project results are acceptable to key stakeholders. First, you’ll explore how to transfer the value your team has created on to project beneficiaries in a smooth and efficient fashion. Next, you’ll discover why it’s important to take time to reflect on what has been accomplished. Finally, you'll learn how to capture lessons that can benefit your team and organization in the future, and take time to secure those lessons for future use. By the end of this course, you’ll understand how to handle the period that most clearly distinguishes project work from other kinds of tasks: bringing your work to a successful conclusion.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Knowing When Project Work Is Complete
  3. Transferring Value to Project Beneficiaries
  4. Learning from Project Endeavors
Learning Paths

Project Management for Professionals

  • Number of Courses19 courses
  • Duration39 hours

Courses in this path are aligned with the 7th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). In this series, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of project management, including navigating the people, process, and business environment domains and the various knowledge areas associated with effective project leadership. These courses may be used to prepare for project management certification exams, including those offered by PMI, and are a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in developing skills and expertise in project management.

Click here to view the PMP: Right for Me? course.

Courses in this path

Beginner

In the beginner section we will cover project management foundations including different project management methodologies, as well as the important skills of effective project leaders.

Advanced

In the advanced section we will talk about the quality and continuous improvement, how to manage risks, procurement, and project changes/ We will finish up with closing out the project and all the steps related to it.

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