4.5 out of 5
4.5
2030 reviews on Udemy

Deeply Practical Project Management (Earn 16 PDUs)

How to implement the PMI project management best practices in the simplest, most deeply practical way.
Instructor:
William Stewart PhD, PMP
11,861 students enrolled
English
How to get stakeholder buy-in and senior management support at the beginning of your project, and maintain it throughout.
The three fundamental messages of the PM triple constraint, how they inter-relate, and how they affect risk.
How to plan your project VERY efficiently, so you know the scope, schedule, budget, and risks before you start.
How to manage the top three drivers of project success to solve most of the problems on most projects.
The critical importance of the project requirements, with best practices for documentation, review, and approval.
How to build the work breakdown structure (WBS), your scope baseline, and when to break it down further.
Why the precedence diagram is your most important tool for planning and managing your project.
How to estimate the project resources, material, services, time, and cost, and handle estimating error.
Why the critical path means schedule is more important than cost, with a step by step animated example.
The key criteria for deciding whether to build or buy, and the best type of contract and award procedures.
How to prepare and brief the project plan, provide options to meet the triple constraint, and stay truthful.
How to build the project team, key hiring criteria, delegation, motivation, and resolution of personnel conflicts.
How to manage scope so you find the things inevitably missed, but don't make it so good that it just blows up.
How to manage the critical path to focus on the most important items without getting bogged down in the weeds.
How to manage the budget and its key drivers to obtain the best cost performance possible.
How to identify the risks, mitigate them as early as possible, and stay within the risk budget.
The two most effective things you can do to manage quality and ensure the customer is happy with the project result.
How to use earned value management (EVM) to project cost and schedule performance objectively.
How to communicate constructively with the stakeholders about the project status, and obtain their assistance when needed.
How to use scenario based verification to ensure customer satisfaction with the project result.
How to conduct lessons learned events to find out what did not go well and did go well, and easily gather them as you go.
How to close your project team to ensure everyone is treated fairly and free to proceed to their next challenge.
How to use the key software tools to support the project management life-cycle - WBS, precedence diagram, and Gantt chart.
Six practice quizzes, get copies of nine key project management document templates and six summary checklists, and earn 16 PDU's.
Get recommendations for free open source software to support the project management process.
Gain a deeply practical understanding of the PMI project management best practices for those that wish to obtain a PMP certification.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein

Would you like to both understand project management *and* know how to implement it in the simplest, most deeply practical way?

Based on more than 25 years of experience managing projects from $250K to $55M, this course provides a deeply practical description of how to use the tried and true Project Management Institute (PMI) best practices to manage your projects through every stage of their life-cycle.  First an overview is provided of all the key project management concepts.  Then the project management processes are mapped across the time-line, and the specific actions you need to take and documentation you need to prepare at each step are explained in an easy to follow thread.  The use of software tools to support the process is described.  The role and key skills of the Project Manager is explained.  The course is end-to-end, comprehensive, divided into more than 200 videos of just a few minutes long, and easy to understand.

The course content has benefited from more than ten years of improvement from thousands of people from dozens of organizations.  It is proven, practical, and complete, providing an end-to-end road-map that you can use as a checklist to apply the project management processes to your projects of any size, in any domain, to maximize their scope, schedule, cost, and risk performance.  If you have a project you need to manage right now, or just wish to get a solid grounding in practical application of the standard project management best practices, this course can really help.  You will also earn 16 Professional Development Units (PDU’s) – 9 Technical, 4 Leadership, 3 Strategic.

Instructor

William Stewart is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who has managed projects from $250K to $55M using the PMI processes, and served in senior management roles on projects up to $3B.  He has delivered more than 200 onsite project management courses to more than 2,000 people.  He has worked for large corporations, government, academia, and founded a software startup.  He has hands-on experience with project management, risk management, systems integration, and software engineering.  He earned a Ph.D. in computer science for discovery of an algorithm that builds geodesic domes in multiple dimensions in optimum space and time, which to his knowledge has never been used for anything practical 😉

Student Testimonials:

  • “The PMBOK applied in an easy to use fashion.  Possesses a lot of insider knowledge for the project management industry.” – C. Newton.

  • “Did a phenomenal job in relating the real world experiences with the project management models and theories.” – N. Anjaria.

  • “Direct and to the point.  Help sort the fact from the fluff.” – M. Griffin.

  • “Content was very useful for my current job, in that I can immediately apply the tools.” – J. Seguin. 

  • “An excellent look at the basics of project management.  Can be used both at work and in my personal life.”  – D. Cameron.

  • “Vast amount of actual experience to draw from, and he used it extremely well to bring the course material to life.” – J. Anderson.

  • “What I enjoyed most about the course was all the practical information that I could easily incorporate into my daily work activities.” – S. Rebeiro.

  • “Explained project management theories that I previously never clearly understood.  Thanks for giving me the ‘light bulb’.” – L. Slot.

  • “Excellent course that exceeded my expectations. Liked the real-life examples.  Great flow, easy to understand.” – P. Trethewey.

  • “Eye opening for my own job and for the levels above me which I aspire to reach in my career development path.” – S. Narasimhan.

  • “In over twenty years this was probably the most relevant course I’ve taken.” – R. Gaudet. 

Please Start Here!

1
Please Start Here

Overview: Contents

1
Contents Of Overview Chapter

Overview: The PMI Framework

1
The Project Management Institute
2
Project Definition
3
Program Definition
4
The Five PM Stages
5
The PM Knowledge Areas
6
Project Players
7
Exercise: Baseline Your Project Players

Overview: Techniques & Tools

1
Two Basic Project Management Techniques
2
Project Management Software Tools

Overview: Strategic Plan

1
The Link To The Strategic Plan
2
Exercise: Link To Your Strategic Plan

Overview: The Triple Constraint

1
The Triple Constraint

Overview: Keys To Success

1
Exercise: Project Success & Failure
2
The Standish Group Chaos Report
3
The Top 3 Drivers Of Project Success

Overview: The Project Manager

1
The Role Of The Project Manager
2
Project Manager Requirements
3
Communications Essentials
4
Team Formation
5
Team Foundations
6
Team Dynamics
7
Negotiation Essentials
8
Leadership Essentials
9
Exercise: Your Project Manager Development

Overview: Chapter Summary

1
Summary Checklist

Overview: Quiz

1
Overview Quiz

Test your knowledge of the project management overview material.

Initiation: Contents

1
Contents Of Initiation Chapter

Initiation: Introduction

1
The Purpose Of Initiation
2
The Project Manager Role

Initiation: The Sponsor & Customer

1
The Sponsor & Customer

Initiation: Stakeholders

1
The Project Stakeholders
2
Stakeholder Analysis
3
Exercise: Baseline Your Stakeholders

Initiation: The First Level Scope

1
The Project Objective
2
Objective Process
3
Assumptions & Constraints
4
The Conceptual Solution
5
Exercise: Baseline Your Initiation Scope

Initiation: The Business Case

1
The Business Case
2
The Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
3
Examples – Business Case BCR & ROI
4
Exercise: Baseline Your Business Case

Initiation: The Project Manager & Mandate

1
The Project Manager & Mandate

Initiation: The Project Charter

1
The Project Charter
2
Exercise: Baseline Your Project Charter

Initiation: Chapter Summary

1
Summary Checklist

Initiation: Quiz

1
Initiation Quiz

Test your knowledge of the project management initiation material.

Planning: Contents

1
Contents Of Planning Chapter

Planning: Introduction

1
The Purpose Of Planning
2
One Page Planning Flowchart
3
The Core Project Team (CPT)
4
Exercise: Gather Your Core Project Team

Planning: Requirements

1
From Objective To Requirements
2
Requirements – A Long-Time Challenge
3
Example – Health System
4
Importance Of Requirements
5
Gathering Requirements
6
Requirements Attributes
7
Requirements Key Points
8
Requirements Document & Approval
9
Example – Buying Chairs
10
Exercise: Baseline Your Project Requirements

Planning: Solution

1
The Solution Definition
2
Exercise: Baseline Your Project Solution Definition

Planning: Deliverables

1
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
2
Examples – Aircraft, Shed, Supper, Standards, Process
3
WBS Process
4
WBS Key Points
5
WBS Methods
6
When To Break Down Deliverables Further
7
Relationship Of WBS & Requirements
8
The WBS Dictionary
9
Deliverables → Work Packages → Activities
You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
Definitely! If you have an internet connection, courses on Udemy are available on any device at any time. If you don't have an internet connection, some instructors also let their students download course lectures. That's up to the instructor though, so make sure you get on their good side!
4.5
4.5 out of 5
2030 Ratings

Detailed Rating

Stars 5
1019
Stars 4
771
Stars 3
206
Stars 2
29
Stars 1
5
7505fed76f17e7840bece806f628a965
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Includes

9 hours on-demand video
5 articles
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of Completion