Project Management: The Planning Phase
Project Management Courses: Planning Phase is designed for aspiring project managers and project team members wanting to get more involved in project management.
This project management course is structured around the premise that all projects have a beginning, a middle and an end and that all successful projects follow a standardised project management methodology.
Learn how to plan your projects using simple, repeatable processes guided by an easy to implement project management methodology.
Project Management as a Career
Enhance your career prospects, supercharge your project management skills and bring all your projects to successful conclusions – in time, under budget and to the delight of your key stakeholders.
Learn all the project management processes needed to complete the planning phase of your projects making sure all aspects of project execution and closing are included
Discover a project management methodology that is easy to implement, manage and control
Download a complete set of the only project management document templates you will ever need to manage your projects successfully
Project Management Methodology
Become a successful and practical project manager by introducing My Practical Project Management Methodology into your projects today so that you can plan, implement and bring all your projects to a successful conclusion.
Project Management Training
In this project management course you will learn:
What project management is all about
The characteristics of a successful project manager
How projects fit into organisations
What is and what is not a project life cycle
Why some organisations do not want and do not need a project management office
What is and what is not a project management methodology – The attributes of a practical and useful project management methodology
The five critical project management documents every successful project manager needs
You will learn the project management processes and techniques used during the planning phase of every successful project
This project management course will teach you:
How to initiate a project correctly with a sponsor and an approved project assignment
How to identify the key stakeholders and engage with them to make sure they are on your side
How to identify your key project team members
How to make sure all the project scope is included in the scope of work
How to define your project organisation
How to develop your project schedule through activity sequencing and duration estimating
How to identify the critical path through a project network diagram
How to estimate project costs and convert the costs into a time phased cost baseline, a budget
How to manage a risk identification workshop and identify the risks involved in the project
How to “plan-in” quality into your project
How to develop your procurement strategy for all the goods and services you will need to buy
How to decide what information is to be distributed to what stakeholder at what times
The project management course consists of:
Easy to do quizzes to keep your attention alive
Complete set of downloadable project management document templates
Students can ask and comment on questions in the discussion area and I will also be available to advise on any aspects of the planning phase of a project.
See you on the inside…
Jeb Riordan, PMP
What are the requirements?
Previous experience working in a project team is advantageous. But no worries I will take you through all the processes in the beginning phase of a project
What am I going to get from this course?
Complete the planning phase of a project making sure the project can be executed, monitored and controlled to a successful conclusion using solid repeatable methods and processes.
Be able to create the five critical documents every successful project manager needs
Astonish your project stakeholders by demonstrating your new found project management skills and knowledge
What is the target audience?
This training program will be beneficial to all project team members, project sponsors and stakeholders. Giving them a thorough understanding of the fundamental methods and processes that all projects need
Project team members wanting to get more more involved in the management of their projects and wanting to know how best to support their project manager
Aspiring project managers wanting to enhance their career prospects by practicing solid repeatable project management processes
Steering team members who want to know what all the fuss is about
|Section 1: Welcome to the Course|
1.1 Hi, I’m Jeb Riordan and Why Is This Training Program Necessary
1.2 Project Manager Ethics and Professional Responsibility
|Section 2: What Exactly is Project Management?|
2.0 Introduction to Section 2 What is Project Management?
2.1 What Exactly is a Project?
2.2 So, if that’s a Project, What is Project Management? And Why Do We Need It?
2.3 Stakeholders: Seek Them Out, Know Them, Satisfy Expectations or You Fail
2.4 Project Manager: By Accident or Design. The Skills You Will Need to Succeed
2.5 Projects and the Organisations that Surround Them
2.6 Functional, Projectized, Matrix: What Structure is Right for Your Project?
2.7 Project Management Offices: What are They and are They Really Necessary?
2.8 PIMS: Project Information Management System. Knowledge Base. Take Care of It
2.9 What are Project Phases? And What is the Project Life Cycle?
2.10 Project Phases Produce Project Deliverables. What is NOT a Project Phase?
2.11 No Need to Reinvent the Wheel When Using a Project Management Methodology
2.12 The International Standard ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management
2.13 Employ the KISS When developing Your Project Management Methodology
2.14 Guided Tour of My Very Practical Project Management Methodology
2.15 Project Management Methodology, Milestone Reviews and Decision Gates
2.16 Five Critical Documents Every Successful Practical Project Manager Needs
Section 2: What is Project Management: Quick Quiz
2.17 Section 2 Review: Including the Three Musketeers and a PIMs
|Section 3: Project Initiation and First Things First|
3.0 Introduction to Section 3 Project Initiation in the Planning Phase
3.1 Selecting the Right Project- A Business Decision Based on Economic Factors
3.2 The Project Assignment Authorises the Project Manager to Mobilise Resources
3.3 “Keep your Friends Close and Your Stakeholders Closer”
3.4 Recruit Your Key Project Team Members, You Will Need Their Expertise Now
Section 3: Project Initiation and First Things First
3.5 Section 3 Review: Start the Project With a Steering Team Approved Assignment
|Section 4: Project Planning|
4.0 Introduction to Section 4 Project Planning
4.1 Now is the Time to Write the Plan, the Whole Plan and Nothing But the Plan
4.2 Project Plan Template: The Second of the Critical Project Documents
4.3 Sect 4 Review: Start the Project Correctly With a Sponsor Approved Project
|Section 5: Scope Planning|
5.0 Introduction to Section 5: Scope Planning
5.1 What Are “Requirements”? And Where Do We Find Them?
5.2 Define the Scope in a Well Written Scope Statement that All Can Understand
5.3 Follow the Three Golden Rules When Creating Your Work Breakdown Structure
5.4 WBS Elements are Nouns Whilst Activities are Verbs Don’t Get Them Mixed Up
Section 5 Planning Scope
5.5 Section 5 Review: Freeze the Project Scope on Day 1 or Miss an Moving Target
|Section 6: Resource Planning|
6.0 Introduction to Section 6: Resource Planning
6.1 Resources can be People, Materials or Equipment. How Much of What is Needed?
6.2 We Identify the Resources Required to Complete Each Element of the WBS
6.3 A Project Organisation Chart is Key to Project Team Motivation
6.4 Section 6 Review: In which We Talk About how We Estimate the Resources
|Section 7: Time (Schedule) Planning|
7.0 Introduction to Section 7: Time (Schedule) Planning
7.1 Activity Sequencing: Figuring Out the Order We Will Do the Work
7.2 Activity Duration Estimating: Figuring Out How Long Each Activity Will Take
7.3 Developing the Project Schedule: It’s an Iterative Process for Sure
7.4 Calculating the Critical Path: An Example in Real Time
7.5 Section 7 Review: Schedule Planning, Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do
|Section 8: Cost Planning|
8.0 Introduction to Section 8: Cost Planning
8.1 Estimating Costs: Of Everything and Remember the Project Management Costs
8.2 Developing the Project Budget: Spreading the Cost Over the Schedule
8.3 Budget Example in MS Excel: From Cost Estimate to Key Performance Indicators
8.4 Section 8 Review: Estimating Costs Produce a Budget and How to Monitor Cost
|Section 9: Risk Planning|
9.0 Introduction to Section 9: Risk Planning
9.1 Planning for Risk: Risk Identification is a Team Thing
9.2 Planning for Risk: Risk Assessment is also a Team Thing
9.3 Section 9 Review: Working Projects is a Really Risky Business
|Section 10: Quality Planning|
10.0 Introduction to Section 10: Quality Planning
10.1 Planning for Quality: Or Grade? Product or Project? Or all of the Above?
10.2 Section 10 Review: A Quality Product and a Quality Project is Our Goal
|Section 11: Procurement Planning|
11.0 Introduction to Section 11: Procurement Planning
11.1 Procurement Planning: Where We Decide What, How and When to Buy
11.2 Contracts: And Why Some are More Favourable to the Seller then the Buyer
11.3 Section 11 Review: Planning for the Money We Will Spend
|Section 12: Communication Planning|
12.0 Introduction to Section 12: Communication Planning
12.1 Communication Planning: Communication an Important Skill for all Managers
12.2 Section 12 Review: What How and When We Need to Communicate Project Status
|Section 13: What Happens Now?|
This 3-part Training Program Covers the Whole Project Life Cycle
My Practical Project Management Methodology on One Slide, or Maybe Three
Review This Course
Decision Gate Check Lists
On Why PMBoK is Not a Project Management Methodology
Compare ISO21500 with PMBoK Guide 5th Edition
Jeb Riordan, PMP, Project Management Consultant
My name is Jeb Riordan and I’ve been a project manager for, well, too long.
Primarily in the telecommunications sector I have managed multi-million dollar projects in more than ten different countries, including, the UK, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia and the Caribbean.
I am a past member of the UK based Association for Project Management (APM) and the USA based Project Management Institute (PMI).
Although no longer a member of any professional institution I have maintained my PMI Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) status because it includes an element of continuing professional development (and it looks good on my resume!)
Oh, I also gained the Advanced Project Management Certificate from the International Institute for Learning. That was a long haul; simulating the NASA moon landing project.
Over the years, I have observed many projects failing because the project manager is overwhelmed with the need to adopt the latest fad in managing projects and managing people; losing sight of the real project objectives – On time, below budget and delighted stakeholders.
My mission is to simplify the complexity of modern project management by encouraging project managers, team members and stakeholders to focus on well proven, repeatable, solid practical project management processes making even the most complex of projects easy to monitor, control and complete successfully.
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All level
- Language English
- Students 968
- Assessments Self