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April 7, 2022


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Managing projects is something most managers will find themselves doing at some point in their career.

This course, Preparing a project, aims to provide an overview of the features of a project and the issues that arise in managing a project.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the main features of a project
  • Explain the importance of the key dimensions of budget, time and quality
  • Identify the links between a project's scope and definition and a sponsor's strategic and operational objectives
  • Agree the objectives of the project in sufficient detail to enable it to be planned effectively
  • Assess the feasibility of a project and to negotiate any necessary amendments with the sponsor to ensure that the goals can be achieved within the constraints of the project.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • A definition 00:10:00
    • What is expected from projects? 00:15:00
    • Examples of projects 00:10:00
    • Why projects fail – the dimensions of failure 00:20:00
    • The idea 00:15:00
    • Mind mapping 00:10:00
    • To draw a mind-map (manually) 00:15:00
    • Task breakdown chart 00:20:00
    • Project inputs and outputs 00:15:00
    • Setting aims and objectives 00:15:00
    • The stakeholders and their interests 00:15:00
    • Consider the purpose 00:10:00
    • Feasibility studies 00:15:00
    • Risk and contingency planning 00:20:00
    • Risk assessment and impact analysis 00:30:00
    • A basis for action and the project brief 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00

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