I feel that the instructor was one of the best I ever had. I like his style of posing a question and after the answer was given he answered it with an explanation. He was great!!"
I have absolutely no project management background, however this course has enlightened me and further increased my interest in the subject matter."
Course Code: pma
Learn how to use a variety of project management data collection tools including check sheets, histograms, performance charts, and process definition tools such as work breakdown structure (WBS) and flowcharts to increase your project management effectiveness. Then, learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative estimating methods, such as historical analogy, the walk through and Delphi methods, expected value, and estimates under uncertainty.
Learn about earned value, describe its history, and discuss its benefits. You'll also learn about the graphical and mathematical overview of earned value, and discover how to create a step-by-step earned value performance measurement (EVPM) system. Then, learn about the history of Gantt charts, find out how to create one, and discover their benefits and limitations.
Learn the basics of networks and see how they relate to project management. You'll discover activity-on-arc (AOA) and activity-on-node (AON) network scheduling methods and understand how to use task dependencies, dummy activities, and float time. Then, learn how resource planning, work flow diagrams, and storyboards can help you create and implement an effective project plan.
Discover how to use cost-volume analysis, a tool to help you optimize choices using costs, volume, and desired profits before you move on to Monte Carlo simulation, field analysis, and the Pareto principle. Then, learn the nature of project management software and identify winning techniques and processes for using it.
Learn how to measure variation, use prevention, and apply statistical process control (SPC) to help you produce predictable and acceptable project results. Then, learn how to identify essential competencies of an effective project manager, and how to establish a winning project team including what it takes to recruit, evaluate, and select project team members. You'll also learn about the concepts of a core team, extended team, and the overly important project team.
Learn about the stages of team development, understand why change is so important for your project, and find out why people are reluctant to change. You'll also learn how to overcome resistance to change and empower your project team. Finally, discover the purpose of an organization chart and learn why a matrix organization is a common project management organizational structure as you develop a deeper understanding of values and beliefs, the elements of successful delegation, and various theories of motivation and leadership.
Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Completion of Project Management Fundamentals (or equivalent experience).
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.
Keep in mind that 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.