Course Progress

Week 1: Initiation and Planning about 1 hour

Week 2: Execution 34 minutes

    1. Execution: Let's Do This Discrete Series Of Things!

    In the execution phase, we translate goals and deliverables into tasks to achieve them. Or, in our example project management challenge, to achieve tasty, tasty cake.

    2. Who Manages The Tasks? (Task Managers)

    As we enter the execution phase, it's time to talk about task management systems. We're going to go through several in detail, but this lesson gives you some important ideas to keep in mind about them.

    3. You Say Goodbye, I Say Trello

    Welcome to Trello, a flexible and open source task-manager. Its boards, lists, and cards are perfect for organizing your projects, deliverables, and tasks.

    4. Safe On Basecamp

    The next task management system we examine is Basecamp. While it's more geared towards professional project management, it's customizable for an infinite variety of projects.

    5. Asana Is Buckets Of Fun

    Welcome to the third task manager on our tour: Asana. It has similar functionality to Trello and Basecamp, but a lot of customization, and circle icons, all its own.

    6. Other Tools - Screen Sharing Is Caring

    As you move through your project, screen sharing problems can facilitate meetings and check-ups with remote contractors, freelancers, or coworkers across the office.

    7. Other Tools - Go Team Gantt

    While Google Spreadsheets and Excel are perfectly find for scheduling and project management, Team Gantt has a lot of power and flexibility specifically for project management. Let's go through it.

    8. Other Tools - Avoid A Failure To Communicate

    What other tools do you have to help execute a project? Everything. Everything that helps you communicate with your team is a valuable tool.

    9. Challenge 3 - Dive Into Task Managers

    In our continuing project management challenge, this next step is to take everything you've planned and input it into a task management system.

    10. Example Answer - On-Trello-Boarding Our Cake

    Trello again! In this next project management exercise, we look an example of how a task manager can display all the deliverables you need and the schedule in which you need to roll them out.

Week 3: Team Management, Control, and Closure 43 minutes

    1. How To Win Friends And Make Them Keep To A Schedule

    As a project manager, you need to both active listen and be listened to. So how does that work? We talk about the monitoring or control phase, which is really all about effective leadership.

    2. Another Post On The Wall: Communication

    Talking about talking: we cover some best practices for communicating with your team, active listening, and some of the pitfalls of ineffective communication all project managers should watch out for.

    3. Emails Are The Worst

    You have 175 new ways people ignore their emails! In this lesson, we discuss strategies to keep information you send via email clear, concise, and out of the spam folder.

    4. Be The Leader You Want To See In The Meeting

    Meetings don't have to play out like a Dilbert comic. We cover how project managers can make them concise, comprehensive, and, dare we say it, useful.

    5. When Everything is On Fire

    Your job as a project manager entails a lot of damage control. Here we talk about steps you can take to put out whatever fires you can't prevent.

    6. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (A Lot).

    In this lesson, we cover some of the types of problems - from scope creep and schedules to stupidity - you're likely to encounter. Watch for what to watch out for.

    7. Spare Some Change

    Change we can believe in. Here's how to handle it and have protocols in place so that whatever change occurs, it never derails your project.

    8. Closing Time

    What do you do when you're done? We cover how to effectively close out a project, and learn from it for the next one.

    9. Challenge 4: Pull Out Your Red Pen

    Now it's time to slip your project manager hat on and put all these communication tips into practice. Look at these emails and see if they're effective.

    10. Example Answers - ONA-ing The Difference

    Are all your edits in? Good. We go through the challenge emails in depth to discover what they do well and where they fall short - or run long.

Week 4: Your Project 10 minutes

    1. Have Your Cake And Kickstart It Too

    This week, you're ready to tackle your very own project. You'll assess risk, define your constraints, create schedules, and, in short, be a project manager. It'll be fun. Promise.

    2. Ask Your Sponsor Anything

    Begin at the beginning with a sponsor interview! This will help you as a project manager to head off risk and develop the version of your project any high school yearbook would vote Most Likely To Succeed.

    3. Pumping Iron (Triangles)

    Time to analyze this and analyze that: make a WBS to identify your project's deliverables and use an Iron Triangle to understand how best to work within your project's specific constraints.

    4. Risk: Not Just A Game Of Global Domination

    Never start a land war in Asia and never start a project without making a full list of all the risks you could run into. Check out our Risk Management video for more tips.

    5. Scheduling: Declare Your Interdependence

    Time to set your schedule. Plan out the nuts and bolts with a Gantt Chart, which will let you see interdependencies and manage your project efficiently.

    6. Any Way You Want It, That's The Way You Task Manage It

    Now that you've done all your scheduling and pre-planning, take your project to task. Use a free task manager system to set up all your deliverables and deadlines so your team can get to work!

    7. The 5th Element - Of Project Management

    Now that you've gone through the steps of setting up your own project, you can actually start being a project manager. Utilize your resources in the One Month Project Management Community and use everything you've learned to accomplish your own project, or anyone else's.

    8. Get Your Certificate