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Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

What you will learn

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    How to initiate, define and organize a project

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    How to develop a project plan, including scoping, sequencing tasks, and determining a critical path

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    How to assess, prioritize and manage project risk

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    How to execute projects and use the earned value approach for monitoring and controlling progress

Skills you will gain

Risk AnalysisProject PlanningPlanningManagementProject Management
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Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

No prior experience needed to participate in and benefit from this course.

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Welcome to the World of Projects

Welcome to the course -- we're excited you're here! In our first week, we'll gain an understanding of what a project is, what it isn't, and why that matters. We'll consider how projects are defined and a project’s three objectives. We'll look at a model for examining a project’s organization and its stakeholders, and then analyze those stakeholders using a power/interest grid. We'll look at the main reasons why many projects fail and then learn how to measure success. Finally, we'll review the key stages in the project life cycle and highlight the important features of each stage. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
What Is a Project?5m
How Do We Define a Project?5m
Considering the Organization & Stakeholders5m
Project Success & Failure5m
The Making of Boyhood & British Airways T5 Examplesm
The Making of Boyhood & British Airways T5 Summary1m
Project Life Cycle4m
Reading4 readings
Course Overview10m
The Making of Boyhood and British Airways Terminal Five Examples10m
HealthCare.gov (Supplemental Case Study)10m
Week 1 Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Fundamentals30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Ins & Outs of Project Planning

During our second week, we'll start digging into the details, focusing on how to develop a project plan. We'll understand why we plan and what a plan should or should not include. We'll discuss the process of scoping out a project and see tools that can help us identify what should be included in our project. We'll learn about sequencing project tasks and the nature of the dependencies among project activates. We'll learn how to determine a project’s duration and critical path, how it is determined, and why it is useful. We'll see how we should schedule a project and, finally, we’ll review how you can make changes to a plan to support your overall project objectives....
Reading
9 videos (Total 57 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Detailed Scoping6m
Identifying Dependencies5m
Determine the Completion Date & Critical Path17m
How Do We Schedule?3m
What If I Don’t Like Planning? Making Changes3m
Reflecting on Common Mistakes7m
Virginia Festival of the Book (Supplemental Case Study)4m
Supplemental Tutorial: Getting Started with Microsoft Project6m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Project Planning30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

It’s a Risky World & Then the Unexpected Happened

In our third week, we'll consider the risk and uncertainties projects face. We'll understand what is risky about projects. We'll identify and assess project risks and prioritize these risks in order to focus our attention on those most impactful to the project. We’ll consider schedule risks in detail and ask, "What is the likelihood of finishing on time? What are the drivers that may cause delays in my project?" We'll see how a project budget can be set to include a contingency. Finally, we'll consider situations with a high degree of ambiguity and identify methods than can useful in these situations....
Reading
9 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Identifying & Assessing Project Risks9m
A More Realistic Timeline Part I6m
A More Realistic Timeline Part II8m
Cost Risk Analysis3m
Planning for Ambiguity4m
Lumi Juice (Supplemental Case Study)3m
Supplemental Tutorial: Modeling Schedule Uncertainty Part I - Tornado Charts in Microsoft Excel7m
Supplemental Tutorial: Modeling Schedule Uncertainty Part II - Monte Carlo Simulations in Microsoft Excel7m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Project Risks30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Ready, Set, Go: Project Execution

In our final week, we'll move from plan to action and consider the execution phase of a project. We'll learn about the earned value approach for monitoring and controlling progress. We'll consider the individuals who are executing the project and how their habits impact project progress. We'll discuss some alternative methods for project execution such as Agile, Scrum, and Kanban. Finally, we'll review and summarize the course, and our journey from project definition through execution and completion....
Reading
9 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Earned Value12m
Those Who Execute8m
Agile, Scrum, & Kanban14m
Supplemental Tutorial: Tracking Progress & Updating Project Plan in Microsoft Project9m
Project Management in the Wild1m
Project Management Case File #1432m
Project Management Case File #1686m
Course Conclusion4m
Reading2 readings
Salesforce.com (Supplemental Case Study)10m
Week 4 Slides10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Earned Value30m
Project Execution30m

Instructor

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Yael Grushka-Cockayne (@grushkay)

Associate Professor of Business Administration
Darden School of Business

About University of Virginia

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