IT Project Management: Project Management Beginner

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Explore the processes and tools required for planning, organizing, and overseeing information technology projects.

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Decision Making for Software Project Managers
Decisions are a critical responsibility in project management, but the process of making decisions can be difficult. In this 14-video course, learn to identify the key principles of decision making in a software environment, and explore what is needed to speed up the decision-making process. Discover skills to speed up the decision-making process; learn techniques to collect all necessary information for making informed decisions, and identify how to examine old information and compare it to current information to make informed decisions. Examine ways to obtain current information to make better decisions; learn techniques to anticipate future events based on information already collected; and view principles and approaches for embracing the fail-fast approach to decision making in Agile projects. Discover how to improve the decision-making process in an organization by flattening the decision-making structure; how decision making is different in an Agile environment versus traditional linear project management; and learn reasons why we tend to make poor decisions, particularly in environments where speed is imperative. Conclude the course by examining best practices for decision making.
14 videos | 52m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Stakeholder Communication: Software Projects & Stakeholder Communication
Stakeholders play a crucial role in software development projects, but understanding who stakeholders are, what their roles and interests are, and communicating effectively with stakeholders can be challenging. Key concepts covered in this 13-video course include the importance and elements of communication in software projects; learning how to define and identify stakeholders; and learning how to describe different types of stakeholders for software projects. First, learners observe how to specify types of stakeholders involved in a project, including their rights, responsibilities, ethical, and oversight obligations; learn how to gain access to stakeholders and its importance; and begin to understand challenges associated with stakeholder communication and how to overcome them. Next, learn to identify how Agile projects affect stakeholder communication; learn concepts of stakeholder engagement, how it is displacing stakeholder communication, and how to plan for engagement; and learn how to improve communication through active listening, and how customer feedback can be constructively obtained. Finally, learn different strategies for working with stakeholders to improve their participation; and examine best practices used to improve stakeholder communication.
13 videos | 42m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Project Management Needs vs. Expectations
Needs and expectations are easily confused. Project managers must therefore determine client/customer needs while managing expectations. In this 14-video course, learners discover the art of balancing needs and expectations in the context of project management. Begin by learning how to identify and understand client needs. Examine how to collect project requirements with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), guidelines, and the importance of separating expectations from requirements. Learn how to categorize client requests so they can be factored into requirements or rejected by categorizing priorities by using the MoSCoW Method (must-haves, should-haves, could-haves, and will not have). Learn how to create a balance between client needs and expectations. Delve into the role of the Project Manager and the importance of well-honed communication skills, and learn how to avoid distracting noise and buzz surrounding modern technology. Identify business needs; use Agile communication to understand needs; and view strategies, including communication best practices, to manage expectations. Finally, discover ways to set client needs and expectations, and learn best practices for resetting stakeholder expectations on projects.
14 videos | 44m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Analysis for Project Management: Practices for Early Project Stages
Business analysis determines the organizational goals, product vision, and user preference data needed to ensure proper business decisions can be made. In this 13-video course, learners will explore how a project analyst implements fundamental business analysis practices into software project management during the project initiation and planning stages. To begin, take a look at the definition of business analysis, and activities of a typical business analyst. Then move into analyzing business needs, and how a project business case can align the project to an organization's goals. Learn to recognize the need to identify and gather requirements from key stakeholders; the importance of assessing competition; and commonly used methods for generating ideas. Next, explore the cost-benefit analysis method, followed by the feasibility study tool, and how it helps determine whether a solution is practically achievable. Study key components of a business case document and effectiveness of the empathy map for communicating user preferences to the project team. Finally, learn to recognize the effectiveness of using product vision board to define product features.
13 videos | 54m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Analysis for Project Management: Practices for Later Project Stages
Properly defined scope statements, designing flow diagrams, establishing roles and responsibilities, and applying different methods of effect analysis all aid in business analysis and improving project processes. This 14-video course explores how a project analyst implements business analysis practices into software project management for execution, monitoring, controlling, and continuous improvement of a project. Begin with a look at the components of a scope statement and how to create it, then examine the steps involved in creating a business analysis plan. Learn how flow diagrams can be used to improve project processes; how the roles and responsibilities matrix can be used to specify ownership of project activities among team members; and recognize the need to track defects through reviews. Explore failure-mode effect analysis; cause-and-effect analysis; and the process of user acceptance testing. Learn to differentiate between quality assurance and quality control; recognize the importance of data analysis; and examine commonly used tools for analyzing business needs following project initiation. The course concludes by identifying critical activities within business analysis that will ensure continuous improvement.
14 videos | 47m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Skills for Project Analysts: Negotiation Skills
A crucial part of the role of a project analyst is being able to negotiate. In this 13-video course, learners can improve their negotiation skills by examining the benefits of negotiations, how to resolve conflicts, and the negotiation stages. Begin with a look at the importance of negotiation skills in project management; identify how a project analyst benefits from using negotiation skills within a project team; and explore how negotiation skills can improve conflict resolution within teams. Delve into the five stages of the negotiating process, and also the types of negotiation techniques commonly used. Explore negotiator styles, the five types of negotiating; collaborative negotiation, and the benefits of using collaborative negotiation to bring about a win-win situation. Learn about the stages of a negotiation. Then explore methods of negotiating effectively, and discover ways to overcome hurdles during negotiations. Conclude the course with a look at common mistakes in negotiations, and examining common pitfalls to avoid in a negotiation.
13 videos | 55m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Risk Management: Project Risk Assessment
In this 14-video course, explore the importance of assessing and managing project risk, including the role of the project analyst, recognizing risk, important teams, and types of risk. Discover how to identify and classify risk, use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess risks, and use the risk register tool. Begin by learning how to define project risk, then look at the project analyst's role in risk assessment. Next, examine the specific risks associated with a software project; define key terms associated with risk assessment; and learn to identify common types of risk in a project. You will discover commonly used techniques for risk identification; learn how to classify identified risks in a project; and explore the qualitative and quantitative methods to assess risks. You will examine the risk register tool used for risk management; view key risk management strategies; and learn risk mitigation best practices. The course concludes by describing tools used to measure efficiency of risk management.
14 videos | 50m has Assessment available Badge
Managing and Engaging Stakeholders
Effective stakeholder engagement techniques help to ensure successful projects. Discover how important stakeholders are in a project, the processes involved in stakeholder management, and how projects can have different types of stakeholders including internal and external, in this 13-video course. Begin by defining stakeholders, recognizing their importance in a project. Then move on to examining key processes involved in stakeholder management to ensure project success. You will learn to compare internal and external stakeholders in a project, the influencers, and recognize how different stakeholders can exert different influences on a project. Explore different types of stakeholder needs; key techniques used for collecting stakeholder requirements; and techniques for asking probing questions to ensure clarity on stakeholder, customer, or team needs. Discover commonly used tools to document stakeholder requirements, and the tools to ensure effective communication with stakeholders. Learn to recognize ways to effectively handle difficult stakeholders. Finally, learners examine common mistakes to avoid when engaging stakeholders.
13 videos | 1h 12m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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Project Management Tools: Understanding PM Tools
Explore different types of project management (PM) tools, including collaboration, productivity, messaging, and file-sharing tools. Discover how to choose the best tools and how to use them in this 16-video course. Key concepts covered here include what PM tools are and how they are used; why PM tools are important to successful project management and how to select optimum PM tools for projects; and features to look for when considering PM tools and using them specifically for managing project work. Learn about collaboration tools in the context of PM tools; learn personal productivity tools and techniques in the context of PM tools; and learn how to work with Gantt charts by using TeamGantt, with Kanban boards using Trello, with real-time messaging using Basecamp, with a knowledge base using Wrike, with Dropbox file-sharing tool, and with to do lists with Asana. Next, learn how to use personal tools to avoid distractions and improve productivity; learn features types and features of PM tools, list features of PM software, and describe collaboration tools and why PM tools are used.
16 videos | 1h 2m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Project Management Tools: Understanding the Collaboration Tools
Collaboration tools continue to elevate in importance in relation to project management (PM). Project managers should have a clear understanding of each tool and be able to choose the best collaboration tool for the job. This 15-video course offers an overview of collaboration tools available for various situations and how to choose a suitable collaboration tool. Begin with a look at collaboration tools, including file-sharing tools, and why they are required for successful project management. Then learn about the special collaboration tool considerations for Agile teams, as well as for virtual teams. Learn to identify benefits and challenges of video conferencing tools; of instant and online messaging tools; of knowledge-sharing tools; of resource-sharing tools; and of project work management tools. Discover how to collaborate by using videoconferencing tools; using knowledge sharing tools; using instant messaging tools; using resource sharing tools; and using project work management tools. The concluding exercise involves identifying the correct collaboration tool to use for project management by team and type.
15 videos | 49m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Requirements Project Planning
Software requirements refer to required features and functions of software products during planning. Without a thorough understanding of requirements, projects have little hope of being successful. In this 13-video course, learners explore fundamentals of software requirements, including approaches to discovering and defining requirements, and how to transition from requirements to vision, organizational processes, and user stories. Key concepts covered here include elements making up the requirements engineering process; appropriate types of stakeholders to help determine software requirements; and methods for gathering stakeholder demands and turning them into requirements. Learn about best practices for turning requirements into software specifications that are complete, concise, correct, consistent, testable, and unambiguous; recognize techniques to help prioritize features, and determine the MVP (minimum viable product) and what can be delayed to future sprints; and learn tips and tricks to identify hidden requirements and to create a requirements traceability matrix. Finally, learn how to approach requirements planning for application programming interface (API) development; learn effective use of requirements engineering applied to software development lifecycles; and learn how to validate software requirements.
13 videos | 1h 2m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Project Management Communication Skills
Communication skills are vitally important to any project; project managers must have impeccable communication skills in order to effectively manage projects. In this 13-video course, learners can explore the art of communication in the context of project management. Key concepts covered in this course include what communication means to a project; keys to effective project communication; and how to recognize barriers that may impede effective project communication. Learn about methods that may help prevail over difficulties in communication; considerations inherent in project communication with diverse teams; and keys to effective software project management communications considerations. Next, observe how to recognize methods of communication in Agile software project management; compare Agile project communication and traditional project communication; and examine challenges to effective Agile project communication and how to overcome them. Then learn about communication best practice techniques and processes for software project management; learn how to generate a high-level software project communication plan; and learn how to effectively communicate on projects by using key communication skills.
13 videos | 55m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Projects: Recruiting the Project Team
Learners will explore how to find the right talent for a software project team to ensure the success of the project in this 14-video course. Discover the requisite skills for successful teams and challenges in recruiting; look at interviewing and onboarding, communication and technical skills; and examine best practices in retaining the software team. Begin by identifying roles and responsibilities of key members within a team, and recognize key challenges faced when recruiting key talent. Discover critical skills required for a software developer and project manager, two key project team members. Explore recruitment sources, and learn how to apply guidelines and best practices to create an effective job description to attract the best talent. Learn key steps involved in candidate evaluation, and how to evaluate communication and technical skills of a candidate to determine the right fit for a developer role. Also, discover how to interview a candidate, and guidelines to follow to recruit the best-fit software project manager. Learn onboarding and induction skills, and best practices for retaining talent.
14 videos | 46m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Software Data Analysis: Project Management Metrics
Explore differences between traditional and Agile software project management in this 14-video course. Learners discover how to use real-time data metrics for command, control, and decision making. Examine the role metrics play in monitoring teams and continuous development, the role of software project management tools, and how to use JIRA to manage software projects. Begin by comparing traditional versus Agile project management, and take a look at effective use of software project management data analysis metrics and Agile project management data analysis metrics to monitor and control Agile projects. Discover how to use Agile team metrics for continuous self-improvement, and how real-time data metrics can feed the decision-making process. Identify how to select meaningful software project metrics; benefits of using software metrics and how to monitor and track them; and observe pitfalls encountered when one uses software project metrics. Learn how to identify key Agile project metrics to measure success; continuous development metrics; and types of software project management tools. Learn how to configure and use JIRA and dashboard to manage software projects.
14 videos | 1h 14m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Orientation: Strategic Organizational Goals
Discover how to frame the strategic vision for an organization and align organizational activities to achieve defined strategic goals in this 13-video course. Examine how to align objectives with goals, make the strategic plan effective, and revise and improve the plan. Key concepts covered here include terms associated with organizational business strategy and commonly used approaches to establish goals; the process involved in defining strategic goals and aligning organizational activities to achieve set goals; and guidelines to follow while performing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis on an organization's current business environment. Learn how to establish vision and mission statements; learn best practices involved in establishing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) business objectives and the importance of aligning it to organizational strategic goals; and learn key considerations to keep in mind when drafting strategic plans to meet defined strategic goals. Finally, learn how key performance indicators can help monitor and evaluate effectiveness of strategic plans in meeting set strategic goals; and learn guidelines to adopt for an effective strategic plan.
13 videos | 48m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Intelligence: Project Data Analysis
In this 13-video course, learners will explore how advanced project data analysis is performed with different methods; strategies for adopting a data-driven mindset; and how to frame a data strategy. In addition, discover common business intelligence applications that can be used to analyze, query, and report data at an organizational level. Begin by learning about the need to revise data analysis methods for business intelligence (BI), and examine BI applications commonly used to analyze and report information. Explore key drivers for an organization to adopt a BI solution; recognize practices for developing a data-driven mindset within an organization; and observe steps involved in planning for BI across the organization. Examine how a data strategy aligns the organization's data-related activities towards providing BI insights; learn to recognize the need to build the best team for successful BI orientation across an organization; and view considerations that pertain to defining key performance indicators (KPIs), for BI-related data analysis. Also learn about Advanced Analytics for BI; telling stories through reports; and guidelines for a successful BI project.
13 videos | 1h 12m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Business Strategy: Managing Organizational Value
In this 13-video course, learners discover how to align organizational activities with a strategic goal of adding value to customers through value-based management. Explore key value drivers and the role of the Value Manager and Value Management Office (VMO), along with several other topics. Begin by learning the importance of value in business strategy, and also basic concepts of value-based management. Examine the growth, efficiency, and financial value types that drive value-based management; recognize value drivers for a value-based organization, and processes involved in value-based management. Discover how value analysis and value engineering differ, but work together to build a value-based organization. Examine tools and techniques for assessing stakeholder value. Learn about ethical leadership and how making sound, ethical business decisions adds value, and how managing a multicultural, diverse team adds value for internal stakeholders or an organization. Explore aligning projects to organizational goals to deliver product requirements, benefits and value, and finally, learn how the performance-based earned value (PBEV) tool is used to evaluate effectiveness of value-based management.
13 videos | 59m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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BOOKS INCLUDED

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IT Project Management: A Geek's Guide to Leadership
Addressing leadership issues in the IT industry to help IT practitioners lead from the lowest level, this in-depth book includes a case study to show how to put leadership principles and practices into action and how an IT geek can transform into an effective IT geek leader.
book Duration 4h 23m book Authors By Byron A. Love

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Modern Techniques for Successful IT Project Management
Bringing together academic research and professional practice, this book examines the complexity of implementing technology into the structure and organization of a corporation's ventures.
book Duration 9h 52m book Authors By Lazar Rusu (eds), Shang Gao

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Mastering IT Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques
Outlining a process-based approach for setting up effective IT infrastructures in organizations, this unique reference provides a thorough discussion on conducting a feasibility study for setting up IT infrastructure, sizing of IT components, and quality assurance.
book Duration 6h 8m book Authors By Murali Chemuturi

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IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish, Third Edition
Explaining how to successfully manage an IT project and prepare for CompTIA Project+ certification, this step-by-step guide offers proven methods for initiating a project, selecting team members, conferring with management, setting realistic timetables, and more.
book Duration 10h 29m book Authors By Joseph Phillips
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BOOKS INCLUDED

Book

IT Project Management: A Geek's Guide to Leadership
Addressing leadership issues in the IT industry to help IT practitioners lead from the lowest level, this in-depth book includes a case study to show how to put leadership principles and practices into action and how an IT geek can transform into an effective IT geek leader.
book Duration 4h 23m book Authors By Byron A. Love

Book

Modern Techniques for Successful IT Project Management
Bringing together academic research and professional practice, this book examines the complexity of implementing technology into the structure and organization of a corporation's ventures.
book Duration 9h 52m book Authors By Lazar Rusu (eds), Shang Gao

Book

Mastering IT Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques
Outlining a process-based approach for setting up effective IT infrastructures in organizations, this unique reference provides a thorough discussion on conducting a feasibility study for setting up IT infrastructure, sizing of IT components, and quality assurance.
book Duration 6h 8m book Authors By Murali Chemuturi

Book

IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish, Third Edition
Explaining how to successfully manage an IT project and prepare for CompTIA Project+ certification, this step-by-step guide offers proven methods for initiating a project, selecting team members, conferring with management, setting realistic timetables, and more.
book Duration 10h 29m book Authors By Joseph Phillips
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FREE ACCESS