With accelerated schedules driving many technology projects today, the smart project manager must rapidly retool their skill set. This course offers a breakthrough model for dealing with the realities of managing projects at supersonic speeds. Learn to meet and win the challenges of truncated timelines, short-staffed project teams, skimpy budgets and crippling risks.
Learn the reasons behind why you may be required to run projects at a fast pace. Then, look at three factors that are always critical to the success of any project, and learn what speed indicators are and how to use them to stay on top of a fast-moving project.
The project team members are the keys to your success. You’ll learn techniques to motivate and keep a team focused while working at high speed. Then, you’ll look at actual case studies to illustrate new ways of adjusting project speed and increasing overall productivity.
Explore the risks that are most prevalent in high speed projects and learn how to plan for them when and if they occur. Then, learn the first five steps of fast-track planning because quickly creating a comprehensive project plan is crucial to staying on target.
Learn when and if you should use network diagrams and critical path analysis. You’ll learn how to estimate time and costs that are in sync with an e-speed project. And we’ll review the pros and cons of the critical chain management theory. Then, look at templates and real-world examples that will demonstrate how to speed up the development of plans for project procurement, quality management, and risk management.
Examine templates and real-life examples for rapid development of change control plans, communication and management plans, and the final project plan. You’ll also learn the importance of obtaining plan approval sign-off and when and why to use a kickoff meeting. Then, learn how to allocate time and effort to achieve the greatest advantages for the project.
In this lesson, we’ll take a close look at the value of management toolkits that are simplified and easy to use. Finally, walk you through the final seven steps to end the project on a positive and professional note.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.