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  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-421139-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-421139-8

7 Hours of Video Instruction

The hands-on video guide to project management: master the entire project lifecycle in just hours!


These easy video tutorials are the fastest way to master modern project management! Project Management LiveLessons teaches the most important elements in project management: organizing your project, developing project scope and risk assessments, planning and scheduling, monitoring and tracking progress, and dealing with the problems most likely to derail your project. Drawing on 25+ years’ experience as a world-class project management consultant, researcher, and instructor, Jeffrey Pinto covers many of the key managerial and technical areas included in the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). First, Pinto explains what makes projects unique, why they’re so important, and how the project lifecycle is organized. Next, he shows how to prepare crucial project artifacts including scope statements, work authorizations, and Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)… how to manage and mitigate project risks… how to plan and schedule projects and how to create project activity networks… how to use critical path, PERT, and Gantt charts… how to track projects using sophisticated Earned Value techniques… and how to efficiently close or terminate a project and learn the lessons it can teach. Whatever your experience or industry, you can become a more confident, skilled project manager–and fast!

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

What You Will Learn

  • The basic elements of projects and how they are organized
  • How to define a project’s scope
  • How to systematically manage project risk
  • How to create project plans and schedules
  • How to estimate using Critical Path and PERT
  • How to track and control projects
  • How to effectively close out projects and learn lessons from them
  • How to overcome common challenges in day-to-day project management

Who Should Take This Course

  • For practicing and aspiring project management professionals at all levels of experience, in all industries and disciplines, from software to construction
  • For all project managers seeking any PMI or comparable accreditation, or seeking to maintain an existing credential
  • For graduate, executive, and MBA students in project management programs, whether in person or online

Course Requirements

  • No project management experience or knowledge required

Lesson 1:  Why Projects?
Understand projects and their components, discover why projects have become so important to business success, and explore the project life cycle.

Lesson 2:  Project Scope
Scope your project, one step at a time; create effective scope statements and work authorizations; and gather critical information for scope reporting, control, and closeout.

Lesson 3: Risk Management
Understand why project risk management is so critical, and learn four steps for systematically managing and mitigating project risks.

Lesson 4: Creating the Project Network
Use proven project planning and scheduling elements; master essential project scheduling terminology; and create complete project activity networks.

Lesson 5: Duration Estimation and Critical Path
Estimate activity durations; identify and optimize project critical paths; and use Gantt charts as an alternative network method.

Lesson 6: Evaluation and Control
Master common project tracking methods; explore Earned Value in depth, learning its terminology and steps; develop key tracking metrics; and overcome key challenges in using Earned Value effectively.

Lesson 7: Project Termination and Close-out
Understand key project closeout steps; run effective “lessons learned” meetings; get the information you need to close out projects; consider when to terminate a project; and learn how to prepare for claims and disputes.

About LiveLessons Video Training

LiveLessons Video Training series publishes hundreds of hands-on, expert-led video tutorials covering a wide selection of technology topics designed to teach you the skills you need to succeed. This professional and personal technology video series features world-leading author instructors published by your trusted technology brands: Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall, Sams, and Que. Topics include IT Certification, Programming, Web Development, Mobile Development, Home and Office Technologies, Business and Management, and more. View all LiveLessons on InformIT at http://www.informit/livelessons.

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Lesson 1:  Why Projects?
1.1     Understand the general characteristics of projects
1.2     Recognize why projects are important for business success
1.3     Understand the project life cycle
Lesson 2:  Project Scope
2.1     Understand the elements of project scope
2.2     Identify the conceptual development steps
2.3     Learn the critical elements of the scope statement
2.4     Determine what is required for work authorization
2.5     Recognize critical information related to scope reporting, control, and closeout
Lesson 3: Risk Management
3.1     Understand the critical nature of project risk management
3.2     Employ the four steps of risk management
Lesson 4: Creating the Project Network
4.1     Employ multiple elements in project planning and scheduling
4.2     Learn to break projects down into sub-elements
4.3     Learn key project scheduling terminology
4.4     Create project activity networks
Lesson 5: Duration Estimation and Critical Path
5.1     Employ activity duration estimation techniques
5.2     Identify the project’s critical path
5.3     Understand the steps to reduce the critical path
5.4     Employ Gantt charts as an alternative network method
Lesson 6: Evaluation and Control
6.1     Employ common methods for project tracking
6.2     Learn important Earned Value terminology
6.3     Recognize the steps in Earned Value management
6.4     Employ earned value to develop key tracking metrics
6.5     Understand key challenges in the effective use of earned value
Lesson 7: Project Termination and Close-out
7.1     Understand the important steps in project closeout
7.2     Learn to get the most out of lessons learned meetings
7.3     Learn the information required to close out projects
7.4     Understand why termination decisions are so difficult
7.5     Prepare for critical claims and disputes



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