With accelerated schedules driving many technology projects today, the smart project manager must rapidly retool their skill set. This course offers a breakthrough model for dealing with the realities of managing projects at supersonic speeds. Learn to meet and win the challenges of truncated timelines, short-staffed project teams, skimpy budgets and crippling risks.
What's the big hurry? Don't be kept in the dark about why you're required to manage your project at such a fast pace. In this lesson, you'll learn the reasons. Then you'll be in the driver's seat and ready to focus on running a successful project.
Three factors are always critical to the success of any project. In this lesson, you'll take a close look at each factor. You'll also learn what speed indicators are and how to use them to stay on top of a fast-moving project.
In this lesson, you'll look at Factor 1: The team. 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.
This lesson is all about Factor 2: Time vs. Money. You'll look at actual case studies to illustrate new ways of adjusting project speed and increasing overall productivity.
This lesson addresses Factor 3: Risk. Managing risk at the speed of light is not for the fainthearted, but it can work to the advantage of the well-prepared manager. In this lesson, you'll explore the risks that are most prevalent and learn how to plan for them when and if they occur.
In this lesson, you'll learn the first five steps of fast-track planning. Quickly creating a comprehensive project plan is crucial to staying on target. You'll look at ways to abbreviate the process from developing a scope statement to finalizing the project team.
This lesson continues the planning process by addressing 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 then review the pros and cons of the critical chain management theory.
You'll continue the planning process in this lesson. Here, you'll 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.
In this lesson, you'll take a look at the final steps in the planning process. You'll 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.
In this lesson, you'll see that the project plan is finalized and primed to provide a roadmap and navigational aides for the e-speed project. You'll learn how to allocate time and effort to achieve the greatest advantages for the project. You'll pay special attention to applying the best practices for managing tasks, quality assurance, team development and verification, and progress meetings.
Projects developed at e-speed require strict processes for managing changes in performance, scope, quality, risk, schedule and cost. In this lesson, you'll take a close look at the value of management toolkits that are simplified and easy to use.
The project is not over until you cross the finish line and throw all the shutdown switches. This lesson is designed to walk you through the final seven steps to end the project on a positive and professional note.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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.
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.