Project Management Reconstructed
What’s preventing you from success in your projects?
Missed timelines? Blown budgets? Events and people seeming to conspire against you?
What if you could see the issues, know the solutions and understand how to implement them? Project Management Reconstructed shows you professional planning and management to crack your project problems or even prevent them completely.
Short videos show the problem and the fix; course notes give you insight and background to make you the expert – and make you smile.
Welcome! Let’s Get Started
Each one of the following sections in this complete course should take less than twenty minutes to digest.
Do one each morning, and by the time you reach the office you’ll have a new block of knowledge under your belt, all ready to go.
Because we combine training with education, you’ll know what action to take and understand the background behind it so you can vary what you do to fit the circumstances.
Competence Comes In Chunks!
Video: Welcome to the Course! * 1 min
A Whole World Of Projects
Physics And The Project
Whatever type or size of project you’re going to run, there are some basic “laws of physics” that control what you can and cannot do.
In this section we’ll discuss these laws and also cover the life-cycle of a project.
What Is A Project, Anyway?
Video: The Rubber Triangle * 2 mins
Physics And The Rubber Triangle
Quiz: Physics And Rubber
Lifecycles, Frameworks & Methodologies
The way a project is planned depends much on the nature of the project, and not every method fits every project.
So in this section we’ll discuss the various ways that project can be designed and run.
Video: Project Life Cycles * 2 mins
Project Life Cycles Explained
The Fashion Show – Frameworks and Methodologies
Quiz: Lifecycles, Frameworks & Methodologies
When Stakeholders Bark, And When They Bite
How to identifying everyone who could interfere with your project – legitimately or otherwise – before they pop up and bite you.
Video: Stand Up And Be Counted * 3 mins
Understanding And Managing Stakeholders
Video: Working the System * 3 mins
Organizational Structures Explained
In And Out Of Scope
Can you guess how many fingers behind my back? Sometimes we misunderstand what we need to deliver, and this can lead to big trouble, usually at the end of the project.
So in this section we learn how to find out what your boss and your stakeholders really want before you go off and deliver something disappointing.
Video: That’s Not What I Want * 2 mins
How Not To Lose Money Before You Even Start
Not Quite What We Thought – Estimations
Estimates are sometimes so far from reality that projects are doomed to overrun before the work even starts.
Learn how to get your project time and cost estimates right – especially if you’re being held to a deadline and a fixed price.
Video: Stacking It Up * 3 mins
Get Your Costs Right
Video: To Buy Or Not To Buy * 2 mins
Breaking Down – Planning 1
So how is a project plan produced? In this section we’ll look at planning for a medium sized or larger project where we need good estimates up-front, a firm timeline and a previously agreed scope.
Smaller projects, or sub-projects may use agile methods, but as long as clients are cost and time sensitive, the big ones will be Waterfall.
Video: Breaking Down The Work * 3 mins
Revealing Work We Need To Do
Quiz: Breaking Down Work
Still Waiting On That? – Planning 2
Video: You Can Depend On Us * 4 mins
Finding Dependencies Before They Find You
How Do You Pronounce Schedule? – Planning 3
Video: Everything’s on Schedule! * 3 mins
The Project Schedule
Video: Squeezing the Schedule * 3 mins
Crashing and Fast Tracking
Quiz: The Project Schedule
Talk To The Hand – Change Control
How to avoid having so many extra requirements gleefully passed along to you, that you’re trapped in a never ending project.
Video: Will You Please Make Up Your Mind? * 3 mins
Quiz: Managing Change
What’s the Worst That Can Happen? – Risk
Every project has risks – things that go wrong or even sometimes, go right. But how can we cater for risks in a project and be ready for the inevitable?
This section shows how you to have a plan to challenge whatever nature throws at you. And if you have a plan, you might succeed.
Video: What Do You Mean By Contingency? * 2 mins
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Video: Good Risks, Bad Risks & Ugly Risks * 3 mins
Fish and Bones
Quiz: Working With Risks
A Quick And Painless Death – Managing Communications
Communications can be split into two areas:
- technical communications where we design and execute a plan to communicate to key stakeholders to meet their requirements, and
soft-skills where we communicate in the most effective ways to get the message across (and hear the message too!).
- This section will concentrate on the technical aspects. We’ll cover the soft-skills later.
Video: Communications Planning * 3 mins
Communicating Project Progress
Who’s In Charge Around Here? – Leadership
It’s usually the case that you’re assigned a project and have to lead a team and a group, but you’re not official senior management.
So in this section we’ll discuss the skills you need to find and apply the right leadership style at the right time.
Video: Teams And Groups * 3 mins
Who Does What, And The Fine Art Of Leading
The Solid Team
Video: Types of Team * 3 mins
Thank You And Goodnight – Closure
All good projects come to an end. But did you deliver true value to your boss or your client?
In this section, we’ll discuss the various ways that a project can end and also how – as we grow in our skills and experience – we can move from deliverables all the way to ROI.
Video: Time To End It All * 4 mins
Ways To End A Project
Quiz: Project Closure
Thank you for going through this course. In this final section we’ll look at further things you can do and try, to build on your success managing projects.
Video: Making Your Mark