Introduction to Project Management
Project Management is the discipline of carefully projecting or planning, organising, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.
The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary — and more ambitious — challenge is to optimise the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined objectives.
During this course we will discuss the following topics:
- What a project is
- What project management is and what a project manager’s role is
- The project life cycle
- The key players in a project
- How to prioritise projects
- Creating a vision statement and setting goals for your project
- Creating a target chart for your project
- Creating a Statement of Work
- Creating a detailed Project Planning Worksheet
- How to identify the tasks that will make up your project and the resources that you will need
- What risks and constraints are and how to manage them
- How to identify what resources you will need
- What a Gantt chart is
- How to manage changes as the project is executed
- What tools to use to track your project’s progress?
- How to set up status meetings
- Ways to close a project