Are you a part-time or accidental project manager? Part-time project managers have projects assigned to them in addition to their daily responsibilities. Accidental project managers find themselves leading projects without formal training in the discipline. Some people choose project management as a career, and many others find project management just another part of your area of responsibilities. For you, project management is a skill set, not a career.
If you've been assigned projects and need a quick jump start to get going, then this is the course for you. You'll learn the 10 essential skills you need to survive and thrive. Topics include understanding the business need and the related project outcomes, setting project boundaries so you know what's included and what's not, getting to know your project stakeholders and their needs so you can set and meet their expectations, and how to plan projects and create a schedule.
We'll also talk about how to manage projects once the project's execution phase begins. This includes understanding reporting project progress and how to anticipate and handle problems as they arise. It's not enough to just manage a project, you also have to control it so things don't get out of hand. Eventually, the project will come to an end, so you'll need to know what project closing looks like. You'll want to turn the project over to your customer so you can close down the project and move on to your next big adventure.
Throughout the course, you'll find examples of real projects and how each of these essential skills applies in the real world. Project management skills are essential life skills with many practical applications and all industries. Project management and leadership are consistently the top two skill sets current and future employers look for, so this is also essential for your professional development.
About The Instructor
Nikki Choyce is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), with more than 20 years of project management experience. She has been working as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She has worked in a variety of industries including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Government, Aerospace, Construction, Healthcare and Telecommunications. Nikki believes she has the best job in the whole world. Her consulting engagements provide opportunities to “practice what I preach” and applying project management principles in real world situations. When she teaches, her consulting experiences provide her with more examples. A common comment from students is that they enjoy hearing how the concepts are used in the “real world”.