This course is excellent! So good in fact, that it actually should be a requirement for completion of any project management certification program. A simple straightforward way to create and maintain a good rhythm for any project, applying accepted tools and processes. Kudos to the instructor, Tom Meyers, for designing such a worthwhile class. Seasoned project managers could benefit from his tips and strategies."
As an acting project manager, I found the course very informative and relevant to my continuing education. The content was well-written, concise, and to the point. I learned more from this 8-week course than I did from several university-level PM courses."
This is the first time I took an Instructor-Facilitated Online Learning, and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I had originally thought that 12 lessons in 6 weeks would be too long considering that we are busy at work and in our personal life... but the 6 weeks went by fast. The lessons and quizzes were very interesting and well-structured, and Tom provided timely feedback to the students in the Discussion section. I will surely make use of what I learnt in this course. Great job, Tom!"
This was a very informative and insightful course. The material was up-to-date and was relevant to all aspects of my job. The dialogue that occurred between the professor and the students within the discussion section was great. Especially, to read about the different perspectives and tools used by other project managers."
This is a great course for required CEU's and I will definitely recommend it to colleagues."
The study materials were straight-forward, condensed, and quite appropriate at providing students with the "necessary" information needed to develop a sound foundation in the understanding of program management. Other institutions of learning should acquire the same format. Tom Myers was great at providing quick comments and I am pleased to have been a part of his instructions-thanks!"
I loved this course. I like that the instructor shares real-life experiences, both good and bad. For me, this is what makes a real difference between attending a course and reading a book. I hope to see more courses from this instructor in the near future!"
Mr. Tom Myers is an excellent instructor and I am grateful to have taken this online course under his guidance. I believe my learnings from this course will prove beneficial to me in my career. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Myers for this convenient opportunity."
This is the most comprehensive and useful project management course I have taken. I found the organization of the instructions incredibly helpful and I appreciate Tom Myers initiative to ensure prospective project managers know which tasks precede and succeed which task. I strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing their CAPM or PMP certifications."
Formal project management befuddled me before this course. This instructor took a subject that overwhelmed my logic and ordered it so well that I plan to take more project management courses. The visuals were just right as well. I appreciated his straight-forward approach that stayed on task explaining the subject matter...I feel like I can learn to use formal project management now."
Course Code: pme
Learn the reasons behind why you may be required to run projects at a fast pace. Then, look at three factors that are always critical to the success of any project, and learn what speed indicators are and how to use them to stay on top of a fast-moving project.
The project team members are the keys to your success. You’ll learn techniques to motivate and keep a team focused while working at high speed. Then, you’ll look at actual case studies to illustrate new ways of adjusting project speed and increasing overall productivity.
Explore the risks that are most prevalent in high speed projects and learn how to plan for them when and if they occur. Then, learn the first five steps of fast-track planning because quickly creating a comprehensive project plan is crucial to staying on target.
Learn when and if you should use network diagrams and critical path analysis. You'll learn how to estimate time and costs that are in sync with an e-speed project. And we'll review the pros and cons of the critical chain management theory. Then, look at templates and real-world examples that will demonstrate how to speed up the development of plans for project procurement, quality management, and risk management.
Examine templates and real-life examples for rapid development of change control plans, communication and management plans, and the final project plan. You'll also learn the importance of obtaining plan approval sign-off and when and why to use a kickoff meeting. Then, learn how to allocate time and effort to achieve the greatest advantages for the project.
In this lesson, we’ll take a close look at the value of management toolkits that are simplified and easy to use. Finally, walk you through the final seven steps to end the project on a positive and professional note.
Tom Myers is a certified project manager who has been active in managing information technology projects for more than twenty years. A graduate of George Washington University's Project Management program, Tom has taught technical project management and certification courses for two of the largest software companies in the U.S. His published works include "Software Project Management A Methodology" and "Gambling on Projects Winning, Not Losing". Tom is also the head of a firm that specializes in rescuing failed projects.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.