The start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to problems and planning. It explores the role of key players including the project manager, feasibility studies, decision making and project life cycles.

To write about projects, we have to define what they are and describe how they arise. This course will concentrate on describing what a project is, and how it can arise as a part of a planning process, as a response to a changing environment, as a business opportunity, as a problem or as a newly identified requirement.

Projects often appear to be mysterious: it can be difficult to define exactly what a project is, and to the man or woman in the average organisation they seem to appear rather in the same way that mushrooms sprout – overnight. They are very diverse, and may range from one or two people making an effort over a few days or weeks to dozens or even hundreds of people working over a period of years.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define what a project is

  • understand the importance of risk
  • define the questions a decision maker needs to ask
  • list the main activities and tasks of a project manager
  • consider phased development, prototype approaches or agile methods.

Course Curriculum

Conception (The journey begins)
What is a project? 00:20:00
Organisations and players in the game 00:20:00
The project environment 00:20:00
Two Investigative tools 00:20:00
Organisational objectives 00:20:00
The feasibility study 00:20:00
Technical feasibility 00:20:00
Financial feasibility 00:20:00
Risk and uncertainty 00:20:00
Making Decisions
A model for decision making 00:20:00
Aids to decision making 00:20:00
Projects: the life cycle, the project manager and success
Project life cycles 00:20:00
Promoting project success 00:20:00
Why manage projects 00:20:00
What does a project manager do? 00:20:00
Quiz 00:05:00

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