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Initiating and Planning Projects

This course is a part of Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices, a 4-course Specialization series from Coursera.

The courses in the Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization are a recommended precursor to UCI's Applied Project Management Certificate. Successful projects require careful upfront planning. In this course, you’ll learn the key roles and responsibilities of the project manager and project team. You’ll also learn to answer some key questions upfront to help you meet project objectives: What will this project accomplish? Why is this project important? Who benefits from this project? How will we plan for successful outcomes? Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Identify the key characteristics of a project 2. Identify primary project constraints 3. Define the role and responsibilities of the project manager 4. Identify Project Organizational Structures 5. Understand the definition of a Project Stakeholder 6. Identify project stakeholders 7. Identify information needs of the project stakeholders 8. Define responsibility for managing stakeholder and controlling stakeholder engagement 9. Define the purpose of using a project charter 10. Summarize the key elements of a project plan 11. Identify common sources of conflict within a project environment 12. Describe the difference between authority and influence

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University of California, Irvine

Rating 4.6 based on 1,057 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $69
From University of California, Irvine via Coursera
Instructor Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Leadership And Management

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project management in 184 reviews

it,s very helpful course , i want to complete many courses from coursera thank,s very much I have no background in project management an even I found it too elementary.

Excelllent to introduce you to the world of Project Management great!

But to summarize, I would certainly recommend this course to professionals new to Project Management.

Very clear and focus on concepts and their application Great Course to start the Project Management World Great Course!

It was really a wonderful beginning to the world of Project Management.

I feel as if I already know so much about project management by taking this course I've really enjoy doing this courser here.

For someone who knew nothing about Project Management as myself, this course was all I could hope.

got a basic understanding about project management and I think it will help me in my future study.

project manager in 30 reviews

Overall, an excellent course fit for project managers and project team members who work for construction projects.

Also good for the aspiring project managers.

The course helped me to get insight into stakeholder management and scope management and to prepare for my new job as project manager.

I found a lot of the topics covered in this course helpful for Project Managers.

Great Course I get more basic knowledge for starting job as Project manager and have the deep understanding about these concepts, process, example or situations and solutions may be I will catch in my projects in the future.

It really broke for me certain ambiguity I had from the theoretical education compared to the real work experience and my personal identification with the role of a project manager.

Using this immediately as a freelancer that runs my own business It's a nice course for starting you journey as a project manager.

Very well put together and engaging for budding project managers.

easy to follow in 24 reviews

I found it easy to follow as an online coarse.

Excellent course, crystal clear, easy to follow, and a good source of reference.

Easy to follow content yet very informative.

One brief (and easy to follow) lecture and a readable lesson.

interactive, rich in content, and easy to follow First of all i would like to thank Margaret Meloni for her sincere efforts for making us understand the basics of project management.

A must for people looking for general management skills It was easy to follow and grasp.

This courses very recommended by everyone which on track of project management because this courses brings as from the basic concept great and easy to follow!

SImple and easy to follow.

planning projects in 17 reviews

Great introduction to planning projects Excellent course for beginners!

I was able to learn a lot of new topics, and how to start Planning projects to keep the aim of my project at all times.

Excellent Great overview about planning projects!

This course have everything that basic course about project management should have, with strong basics of first steps - Initialing and Planning Projects.

A great and comprehensive view at the fundamentals of Initiating and Planning Projects, following (and introducing) the PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge.

It's a good course, if you're looking to learn the basics of planning projects, and it doesn't take more than a day to complete, it's just a bit of reading.

Its great Provides a useful brief, easy to follow summary on initiating and planning projects.

Very professional & helpful Excellent coverage of the topic of Initiating and Planning Projects.

initiating and planning in 15 reviews

Doing this course 'Initiating and Planning Projects' gives learners, a practical approach to Project management based on PMBOK methodology.

I enjoyed the course it was a good basic introduction to initiating and planning projects.

Great course to get the basic of Initiating and Planning a Project, also really helpful to get familiar with the terms that they use on PMBOK.

Course gives a fantastic overview of initiating and planning phases of project management for those with little or no formal training in project management.

This is a very good and informative course to build on project management Fundamentals A really great introduction to Initiating and Planning Projects.

An excellent introduction to initiating and planning projects for which you are PM.

Great beginner's course that fills you in on all the essentials of initiating and planning projects.

I learned a lot of the basics around initiating and planning projects as well as the terminology around this area in project management.

case studies in 15 reviews

It also includes real life case studies creating different scenarios.

Not enough exmaples wonderful Great course Really enjoyed the videos and case studies I thought this was an excellent overview of project management.

Good start for PM Excellent questions are repeatative Prefer to understand more of case studies the processes explained in the PMBOK Guide are very dense and neither white or black but grey.

Highly detailed with case studies to broaden one's knowledge.

I like the videos and structure, but the assignments here are very weak--would be much more effective and useful to work with actual case studies.

It was very systematic teaching Excellent course The course can be improved by giving some more case studies.

great way to start a PM career Highly Recommended for beginners , starts from zero level There are too many poured notions without practical explanations or case studies.

It offered recorded sessions, examples, case studies, control questions during lessons, and a summary of key principles as extracted from the PMBOK guide.


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University of California, Irvine

Rating 4.6 based on 1,057 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $69
From University of California, Irvine via Coursera
Instructor Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Leadership And Management

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