Course Code: pmf
Learn why project management is necessary and find out how to differentiate projects from programs and tasks. Then, learn how to plan and control a project and see how project tools help you work effectively and efficiently. You'll also see how human behavior affects your projects and determine the role of risk management, quality assurance, purchasing, and politics.
Discover how to use the four phases of the project life cycle—conceptualization and definition, planning, implementation, and completion and closure—in creating your project plan and putting it into practice. Then, learn about the importance of strategic planning as a backdrop for your project plan as you discover the elements of planning, understand why many people are reluctant to plan, and learn how the 5 Ws and 1H can help you to create a sound project plan.
Discover the characteristics and goals of effective control systems and be able to identify the benefits of control. Then, learn about a project manager's roles, responsibilities, required skills and competencies as well as the characteristics of a team as you see how a team comes together and find out how to use effective team building activities.
Develop an understanding of methods that will help you generate excellent ideas to provide project solutions that satisfy expectations. Then, learn the nature of organizational politics, understand the nature of conflict, and find out why some project teams experience more conflict than others. You’ll also learn how to develop solutions to effectively manage conflict.
Create a project plan with the foundational elements (project strategy, executive summary, statement of work, work breakdown structure, and project schedules), continue through supporting elements (human resource plans, procurement plans, interface plans, and configuration management plans), and conclude with controlling elements (work control plans, quality control plans, cost control plans, risk management plans, and reporting plans). Then, expand upon the fundamental elements you’ve learned to successfully implement your project plan.
Learn the importance of project control, project performance measurements, and project reporting. Finally, identify and discuss all the necessary activities that you must follow to effectively close your project as you work through the steps of project closure and also identify reasons why your project may not be successful.
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 to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
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.