Project Origins: Feasibility Study and Steering Committee

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Jeremy Cioara
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Getting Projects Started with Project Management FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What exactly is project management?

There are many different organizations that teach their own version or brand of project management. Broadly speaking, project management is a collection of skills, theories and practices for planning, organizing and overseeing tasks in order to achieve specific goals within constraints like time, budget and resources. Project managers initiate, plan, execute, monitor and close stages of a project while coordinating teams, allocating resources, mitigating risks and communicating progress to stakeholders

How do I get my projects off the ground?

The planning and pre-planning phases of project management can be surprisingly complex – many projects fail before they even begin. Successfully getting a project off the ground takes careful planning, accurately identifying objectives, and clearly articulating objectives. You have to understand the organization you're working in and how it deals – culturally and mechanically – with projects like yours. And you'll need to communicate effectively to learn potential impediments before they come up.

Can you start as a project manager with no experience?

It's possible to get a job as a project manager with no experience, but it is challenging, and you'll need to instead look to certifications, volunteer work, and be prepared to start with entry-level work. Certifications like the Project+ from CompTIA or the CAPM from PMI prove to potential employers that you have the knowledge necessary to plan and execute plans. Otherwise, internships and relevant volunteer projects are very helpful.

Why is there an entire course on getting projects started?

This course covers one phase of project management: planning and initiation. There are a few reasons for presenting only that phase. First of all, the planning phase is arguably the most complicated and nuanced part of project management, requiring all of the skills and knowledge related to all other phases. And with a short course, the concepts and techniques can be scanned by experienced PMs or studied thoroughly by newcomers.

Who should take this project management course?

Professionals who are responsible for even small projects should consider taking this course. Simple but crucial aspects of project planning like identifying objectives, stakeholders, and assets are easy to overlook. Anyone hoping to earn a PM certification from PMI or CompTIA can prepare in part with this course. Last, learning the difficulty in planning projects can make you a better steward for projects you contribute to in your own career.
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