Project management essentially involves project planning, communicating with clients, coordinating members of a team, evaluating and monitoring progress, paperwork and accounting, as well as problem identification and resolution. Resources, which include money, people, and time, are usually scarce; hence the effective use of each available resource towards achievement of a given objective and goal is necessary.
Project managers are expected to have specific industry knowledge, effective communication skills and excellent quantitative abilities. A team of individuals with different talents and skills is a prerequisite for managing a project effectively from start to finish. Those people are responsible for planning and executing the project objectives beyond just labour and materials.
The project management competence includes: The role of the project manager in forming the team and setting up project governance. It describes how to create and use a business case. It covers how to build a project time plan including critical path analysis and resource planning. It includes managing stakeholders and building a high performing team. Project management includes the process for managing project risk – both taking advantage of positive risks and reducing negative risks. It describes how to establish project controls, and how to successfully hand over a completed project.
Following are the eLearning courses for Project Management –
Introduction to Project Management
|High level overview of what project management is and why it’s important. Defines principles of project management. Provides an overview of the Project Management Process.|
Developing a Business Case
|Defines a business case and its contents. Shows learners how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis. Shows how a business case is used within the Project Management Process.|
Project Time Planning
|Provides a detailed guide to project time planning. Guides project managers on estimating time, breaking down the work, and identifying dependencies. Explains how to conduct critical path analysis and how it is used. Guides project managers on planning resources, including resource levelling. The course shows how all of the above links together in the project time plan.|
|Defines project team roles. Explains how to motivate the team. Provides a process for managing stakeholders. Explains how to influence stakeholders.|
|Provides a process for managing risk, and explains each step in detail. Explains how to take advantage of upside risk to achieve an even better result. Gives practical tips for improving risk management.|
|Defines project controls, and explains configuration management. Explains how to implement change management, and how changes impact time, cost-benefit, and quality. Provides practical guidelines on problem escalation between project manager and project boards. Explains project tolerances and reporting. Explains how to conduct a project handover.|