About This Chapter
Basics of Project Management - Chapter Summary
Instructors in this chapter provide easy-to-follow overviews of the responsibilities and role of a project manager, as well as common challenges found in project management. Employees will learn:
- Definition of project management
- Stages of project management
- The ten knowledge areas of project management
- Common reasons why projects fail
- Constraints involved with project management from inception to completion
- Ethical standards in project management
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: Project managers need to understand what they are responsible for and what they need to know to achieve success in developing and implementing projects.
- Prevents project failure: By teaching employees the pitfalls of project development, projects will have a greater likelihood of success.
- Ensures ethical behavior : Managers learn how to make honest decisions and build trust and honesty between themselves and their project team.
After completion of this chapter, employees will be able to:
- Define and provide examples of project management
- Implement the five stages of project management
- Work within the ten knowledge areas of project management
- Identify causes of project failure and understand how to avoid them
- Manage all project constraints throughout the project development process
- Meet ethical expectations of the company when carrying out the duties of a project manager
1. What is Project Management? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about the definition of project management. An example of project management will be used to give a general understanding of the topic.
2. The Ten Knowledge Areas of Project Management
To help organize all the knowledge a project manager needs to effectively perform the role, project management has been organized into 10 best practice areas, or knowledge areas. In this lesson, we'll introduce each of these knowledge areas.
3. Project Management: Why Projects Fail
In this lesson, we will consider what project management is and what constitutes good project management. Then, we will identify and discuss reasons why projects fail.
4. The Six Constraints of Project Management
This lesson specifies and explains the six constraints of project management. In addition, the interrelated nature of these constraints is explained by looking at an example.
5. Ethics in Project Management
This lesson explores what ethics means in project management and why it's important. By the end of the lesson, you'll be able to identify ethical and unethical situations in project management.
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