Projects are all around us. Virtually every organization runs projects, either formally or informally. We are engaged in projects at home and at work. Across settings, planning principles and execution methodologies can offer ways in which projects can be run more effectively and efficiently. Project management provides organizations (and individuals) with the language and the frameworks for scoping projects, sequencing activities, utilizing resources, and minimizing risks. In this course, you will acquire such skills.Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management will introduce basic concepts from project planning, critical path method, network analysis, and simulation for project risk analysis. You will gain an appreciation for what is required in planning and executing large-scale projects and gain an understanding of Agile Project Management principles. Together, we will develop an awareness of some behavioral biases that come to play in project settings and identify how these impact the planning and execution of a project.By the end of the course, learners will be equipped with the language and mindset for planning and managing projects by properly setting project goals and objectives, and thus able to prioritize amongst project objectives. Learners will be more cognizant of considering project stakeholders' opinions, recognize the need and benefits from proper project planning, be aware of the different project lifecycle stages and the role each stage has in the evolution of a project, and will be capable of selecting the most appropriate project management methodology given the project objectives, the degrees of uncertainty, and the project constraints.The course’s audience is broad -- many might have had previous experience in the domain of project management, whether in a formal or informal role. You may have no formal experience. Regardless of your background, together we will address these topics from a strategic and decision-oriented perspective.Are you interested in PDU's for your PMI certification? This course falls under category B (Continuing Education not offered by a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) or PMI Chapter). You can self-report your PDUs. Please read more here.
Reviews"This short 4-week course is packed with useful information in videos, quizzes, case studies, Google Hangouts, and discussion forums. And it is managed really well! Talking about project management, this course is a shining example of how a class should be planned, taught, and managed!" -- Limin (Angela) Liu, PhD, Manager of Medical Affairs, United States"Yael's enthusiasm and energy is so inspiring. She teaches with passion and it's so obvious that she truly enjoys communicating with her students and seeing them learn. This is my definition of a good teacher." -- Reza Parsaee, Telecom Professional, Australia
"Thank you for the clarity of the examples and simplicity of the course material. Thank you for the experience shared and for the knowledge gained. I have completed the course and I am satisfied and so confident of the tools that I gained and also I am encouraged to search for more... It is the course with the most inspiring forum that I have ever been part of since I started following lectures with Coursera." -- Alex Nolla, United States
"I have worked on so many projects including developing PM courses myself but took this course just to get a certificate. However, I decided that I would undertake it seriously. I am so glad I did - watched all the videos, took notes, participated in the discussion forum, completed the quizzes, retook tests when I made mistakes, etc. It was well worth the time, cost and resources." -- Meredith Godat, United States
"This course successfully achieves the objective of imparting knowledge on the fundamental tools and skills required to manage projects and the common problems encountered in project management. Very useful to project managers and project team members." -- Vijayakumar Menon N, United States"Great lectures, excellent case studies, good forum opportunities. This course moves fast but makes it possible to absorb a lot of information. Software tutorials are also provided, making it easy to take what you learn to work the next day." -- CourseTalk reviewRead more reviews on CourseTalk.