Project-based operations have become the norm in today's business world. In essence, almost every work effort is a project, from constructing a new building to designing and delivering a new information management system. As projects become the primary method for getting things done and effecting organizational change, it is crucial to choose a good and proven method for managing projects. However, projects cannot be properly managed in a silo. Every aspect of project management is affected by the organization, the social environment, the project's stakeholders, both internal and external, and many other aspects of the context in which the project is carried out. Understanding this context is critical to good planning and good decision making as the project progresses toward achieving its objectives. This course provides an overview of the project management discipline as outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fourth Edition published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Specifically, it introduces the characteristics of a project, the responsibilities that accompany project management, and the differences between portfolios, programs, and projects. The course will identify key project management concepts and terms, explore the PMBOK® Knowledge Areas, and provide information about the variables that can influence project outcomes. It will also cover the project stakeholders and the organizational influences on a project. This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up-to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work at their own organizations. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. This course is aligned with the PMBOK® Guide - Fourth Edition, published by PMI®, Inc., 2008. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.
Existing project managers seeking PMP® certification in recognition of their skills and experience or others who wish to become PMI®-accredited project managers