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Fundamentals of Project Management (Up to 20 PDUs) ** Our Flagship e-Class
The TenStep “Fundamentals” e-class series provides an overview of the concepts, processes and techniques associated with managing a project from end to end. This is not a theoretical review of project management. These sessions teach the practical application of value-add project management. Students will complete the e-class armed with techniques and processes to apply to your own projects. Understanding and practicing the concepts taught in these e-classes increases the likelihood of success on the project.
Busy IT managers, directors and executives rarely have time to finish a book on management, much less take days off to attend a professional development seminar. The 20 Minute IT Manager solves this problem by packaging insightful management advice into 20 minute mentoring sessions delivered in an easy-to-use multimedia format.
Effectively Managing Small Projects (5 PDUs)
When projects are large, they need to be managed with formal project management discipline. But many projects are not large. They are small work efforts that need to be organized and managed efficiently, but not with the full rigor and structure of formal project management discipline. This class is focused on teaching fundamental work management techniques and skills to non-project management professionals.
The Essence of Project Management (16 PDUs)
Managing a project is not easy, and project management skills do not come naturally to many people. At TenStep, we have boiled down the essence of project management into our TenStep Project Management Process. Our value-add approach to project management is described in this e-class. Whether you are an experienced project manager or someone new to the field, this class will help you learn or reinforce the essence of project management.
A project manager should not start executing a project unless the work has been defined and a viable schedule and budget are built. This class focuses specifically on the schedule. By the end of this class students should understand the concepts required to create a sound schedule for their projects and to proactively managing the schedule to complete it within expectations.
Projects must meet the needs and expectations of the clients to be successful. These client needs and expectations are set through the gathering and agreement on the requirements of the final solution. Gathering requirements usually requires more than asking a few questions and then building the solution. Projects with any degree of complexity need a formal process to ensure that all of the requirements are accurately gathered, reviewed, documented and approved.
Projects that start out with poor estimates are doomed to failure. Yet, there is no question that estimating work is difficult because it is partially an art and partially a science. The “science” component, consisting of formal estimating techniques and formulas, can be learned and applied with practice. The “art” component, consisting of making decisions without all of the facts, and accounting for the people side of the equation, is more difficult to master. The objective of the estimator is to base as much of the estimate as possible on the “science” side, while also applying sound judgment and valid techniques to the “art” side.
Project management training is usually targeted to project managers. But what about your company’s executives? The project sponsor and other executives need some knowledge of formal project management as well – for two reasons. First, executives must understand the terminology and concepts that the rest of the staff is learning so that they can communicate intelligently. Second, executives must understand the role they play in ensuring that the project management processes are implemented successfully in their organizations.