About this short course
Even though Project Management is a specialised profession that takes extensive training and experience to master, it has been recognised that any manager benefits from understanding its principles and processes. As change in the market in inevitable and rapid, it’s important for businesses to maintain a balance between ‘business as usual’ and embracing change. Project management should be seen as one of the enablers of business change.
You may wonder where projects originate from within a business. In essence, a project will arise in order to meet a human need. Therefore, one could say that needs are the fundamental driving force behind projects. However, for a project to exist, it must serve the purpose of delivering benefits, and these benefits are normally quantified in a Business Case.
In this module you will become familiar with some key characteristics and features of projects and you will explore the role of the project manager who is crucial to the success of any project.
We will also introduce you to the ‘Project Management Body of Knowledge’ also referred to as PMBoK, which is the minimum body of knowledge that a project manager needs to be effective. There are ten general areas of knowledge that you will learn about within this framework.
For a project to be deemed successful, it is important to understand the criteria that projects will be measured against. We will also explore various project types and the classification of various stakeholders and role players. Stakeholders have a stake in a project and are both influenced by the project and have influence over the project.
Key points will be provided to give you a guideline of what a successful project should contain. Comprehensive planning for example sets up a project for success from the start.
Regardless of what type of project you are planning, every project goes through roughly the same stages. We call this the project lifecycle. In this module we introduce you to these phases which include the project feasibility phase, the project definition phase, the project execution phase, and the project commissioning phase.
It is also important to create a structure that will best serve the project because the organisational structure of the project will affect decisions, help with conflict management, provide quality assurance devices, and facilitate the operational roll-out of the project. Therefore, to end off this module, we review project structures and the advantages of having an effective organisational structure for your project.
You will learn about:
- Project Fundamentals
- Project Selection
- Stakeholders and Role Players
- Project Structures and phases