Managing Small Projects eLearning Course

Lessons and Learning Objectives

Online Course Overview

Project managers and other professionals are asked to manage small projects every day, and sometimes multiple small projects at the same time. Even business analysts, marketing analysts, and software developers are expected to manage their own projects, while also performing much of the project work as a key team member—or in some cases the ONLY team member. Because small projects generally require a more flexible, less formal approach to project management than large projects, this course will show students how to tailor project management best practices to meet small project needs!

This course will draw on key concepts to help students consider important aspects of their small project, and develop a project plan based on its unique needs. Students will also learn to assess risk, negotiate for resources, create a schedule, balance the roles of project manager and team member, and manage the successful completion of small projects.

Online Course Features

In this course, students will have access to:

  • A 14-section interactive tutorial
  • 50 learning-based exercises
  • A course blog for sharing ideas with other students
  • End-of-lesson quizzes
  • Unlimited 24/7 access to all course materials
  • 14 Hours toward earning a CAPM®, PMP®, CCBA® or CBAP® certification, or 14 Hours toward retaining one!

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Quickly analyze, break down and plan small projects.
  2. Tailor proven project management techniques to smaller initiatives.
  3. Use the Business Analysis Core Concepts Model™ to uncover critical information.
  4. Develop a realistic project schedule by defining work, determining dependencies and estimating accurately.
  5. Use the outputs of planning effort to negotiate for more time or more resources.
  6. Anticipate and overcome common small project problems and pitfalls.

Course Lessons

The course is organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1: Overview
    • Course Outline
    • Learning Objectives
  • Lesson 2: Introduction
    • How Do Organizations Define Projects?
    • What Is the Result of a Project?
    • Factors That Determine the Size and Complexity of a Project
    • Large vs. Small Projects
    • What Makes a Project Successful?
    • Selecting the Project Approach
    • Benefits of Business Analysis
    • Business Analysis Core Concepts Model
    • Common Problems on Small Projects
  • Lesson 3: Needs
    • Understanding the Need before Selecting a Solution
    • Identify the True Need
    • Fishbone Diagram
    • Document the Need
  • Lesson 4: Stakeholders
    • Who Are Stakeholders?
    • Who Is the Project Manager?
    • Who Is the Sponsor?
    • Who's on the Project Team?
    • How to Identify Stakeholders
    • Build Relationships
    • Communication
  • Lesson 5: Solutions
    • Types of Requirements
    • Elicitation Techniques
    • Benefits of Risk Management
    • Brainstorm Solution Ideas
    • Evaluate Solution Options
    • Make a Recommendation
  • Lesson 6: Value
    • Types of Value
    • Business Case
    • What Does Your Organization Value?
    • Success Criteria/Measurable Objectives
    • SMART Objectives
    • Value Prioritization
    • Pairwise Comparison
  • Lesson 7: Contexts
    • Scope: A Critical Concept
    • Product/Solution and Project Scope
    • Context Diagram
    • In-and-Out List (Product Backlog)
    • Assess Culture
    • Consult Experts
    • Documenting Scope
  • Lesson 8: Changes
    • Essential Planning Steps for the Small Project
    • Small Project Documentation
    • Benefits of a Project Charter
    • Formal Processes
  • Lesson 9: Analyzing the Change
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • How to Create a WBS
    • Benefits of Using a WBS
    • User Stories
    • Story Map
  • Lesson 10: Dependencies
    • Dependencies and Sequence
    • How to Create a Network Diagram
    • Adding Time to the Network Diagram
    • What Happens When You Change a Dependency?
  • Lesson 11: Estimating
    • Estimate Resource Requirements
    • Improve Your Estimates
    • Three-Point Estimating
    • Cost Estimates
    • The Critical Path and Float
    • Scheduling and Project Management Software
    • Milestones
  • Lesson 12: Additional Planning Considerations
    • The Benefits of Planning
    • Meeting with the Sponsor to Present Options
    • If You Aren't Given Enough Time
    • If You Aren't Given Enough Money
    • Are You Working on Your Own?
    • Getting Resources When You Need Help
    • Ask Questions
  • Lesson 13: Getting the Work Done
    • When Your Project Includes Other Team Members
    • Use a Responsibility Chart
    • Kick Off the Project
    • Frequent Check-Ins
    • Status Reporting
    • Use Your Planning Tools
    • Issue Log
    • Weekly Reminders
    • Solution Delivery
  • Lesson 14: Course Wrap-Up
    • Action Plan
    • Congratulations

Technical Requirements

  • Cross-platform compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher, or any version of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge.
  • Requires a device (computer or tablet—6 inch screen minimum) connected to the Internet.
  • Broadband Internet recommended.
  • JavaScript and cookies must be enabled in your browser.
  • Pop-ups should be allowed.
  • This course will use data if viewed in a mobile environment.

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