Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management

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Projects are all around us. Virtually every organization runs projects, either formally or informally. We are engaged in projects at home and at work. Across settings, planning principles and execution methodologies can offer ways in which projects can be run more effectively and efficiently. Project management provides organizations (and individuals) with the language and the frameworks for scoping projects, sequencing activities, utilizing resources, and minimizing risks. This is an introductory course on the key concepts of planning and executing projects. We will identify factors that lead to project success, and learn how to plan, analyze, and manage projects. Learners will be exposed to state-of-the-art methodologies and to considering the challenges of various types of projects. As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by P... Projects are all around us. Virtually every organization runs projects, either formally or informally. We are engaged in projects at home and at work. Across settings, planning principles and execution methodologies can offer ways in which projects can be run more effectively and efficiently. Project management provides organizations (and individuals) with the language and the frameworks for scoping projects, sequencing activities, utilizing resources, and minimizing risks. This is an introductory course on the key concepts of planning and executing projects. We will identify factors that lead to project success, and learn how to plan, analyze, and manage projects. Learners will be exposed to state-of-the-art methodologies and to considering the challenges of various types of projects. As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 10 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122)
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 6 months ago
By using a simple example, Professor Yael explains some complex concepts artfully.This made understanding and grasping the information easy and a joy to learn. I can now put this information to work immediately.
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10 months, 2 weeks ago
After completing this course, I could classify it as a must-have for those who must to perform management tasks or activities. I would like to stand out the teaching quality, knowledge and expertise of the instructor (Yael Grushka-Cockayne), just like all the people behind like the Mentor in the Discussion Forum (Vijayakumar Menon N.). It's really remarkable their efforts to make easy all the matters dealt with clear examples and notes. The contents are very update and they give some very interesting references to other examples and tools which could very useful to check for more detailed information. It would be really interesting a second course about this subject, a bit more detailed and focused on the project execution with the use of specialized tools for that goal (JIRA, Redmine, Trac Project...). To conclude, I recommend this course for those people who want to begin with project management activities or those who ... After completing this course, I could classify it as a must-have for those who must to perform management tasks or activities. I would like to stand out the teaching quality, knowledge and expertise of the instructor (Yael Grushka-Cockayne), just like all the people behind like the Mentor in the Discussion Forum (Vijayakumar Menon N.). It's really remarkable their efforts to make easy all the matters dealt with clear examples and notes. The contents are very update and they give some very interesting references to other examples and tools which could very useful to check for more detailed information. It would be really interesting a second course about this subject, a bit more detailed and focused on the project execution with the use of specialized tools for that goal (JIRA, Redmine, Trac Project...). To conclude, I recommend this course for those people who want to begin with project management activities or those who are working on these and they want to strengthen their skills and capabilities.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
10 months, 3 weeks ago
The lecturer's speech is often interrupted and the thought-flow seems to take a different direction. Some examples given on the separate tasks were not well thought-out. Overall seemed to be a shallow course that was filmed in a hurry, but it delivers what the name of the course said - give an idea, a foundation. Not impressed with the delivery.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
It was educative to me and it guided me through my projects, got a lot of experience, and exposure to skills in online study, am now working on my big projects using the Knowledge i attained here
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1 year, 9 months ago
It was optimum and simple enough to learn even in the midst of a full time job. I couldn't spend or take one video tutorial fully in one stretch because of the limited time available. But the instructor was clear and helpful with many simple tips to carry out updation of projects using MSP. All the quizzes were also inclusive and worthy of the time spent. Helped make a good review of what I learnt through the week. Explanatory sample project videos also helped to understand the textbook knowledge gained. The flexible carry over option between two courses helped me finally complete without having to re do all those finished lessons. Access to the lessons lets me revisit anytime. Thank you!
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
I found the course really useful and well structured. The teacher was very clear and explained everything in enough detail to understand it properly. The only minus for me was using the Excel additions that are not included in the standard package - to my mind, it would be better to show the examples based on the standard tools people already use. It would be great to get some deeper understanding of Agile, still, this is an introductory course, and further research can be easily done ourselves.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Very positive instructor. The content is nicely picked, with core topics covered, no long intros. Great overview. Very practical. Liked the examples especially for startupers.
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1 year, 9 months ago
Instructor and content was easy to understand. It appears that content could have been more in-depth but considering it is a basic course we can't ask for much. Overall, I was glad i took this course.
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1 year, 9 months ago
The course was excellent with a good quality of presentation in each unit. The professor is brilliant, I loved the way she explained so easy all topics. I'm very happy that I have finished this course in this amazing project named COURSERA. It was more that I expected. I'm pretty sure that I'll recommend it. Thank you so much. This project helped me increasing my knowledge.
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1 year, 9 months ago
It is an excellent tool to learn how to cope with planning problems, not only regarding to business, it also helps to cope with any project you've got in mind (academical, personal). Thanks for the material!
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
It is undoubtedly a great course where we went from the initiating ans starting the project, planning and calculating the estimated duration to developing a risk management plan. Risk management nowadays is an essential tools to help the project flow smoothly.
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1 year, 9 months ago
Excellent material and guidance! The instructor is very experienced and was able to explain each subject in a very simple and pedagogical way. Would like to keep advancing in the matter with this level of educational quality. Thanks!
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1 year, 9 months ago
I am an experienced engineer in the field of electronics engaged in the design of systems that contain low voltage equipment such a CCTV, INTRUSION ALARMS, etc. I was seeking a fundamental course on Projects Planning and Management when I came across this course in Coursera. I think now I can apply the knowledge I gained in this course to fine tune the projects I am working on.
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Very rich in content, excellent presentation!!! It provides usable information of fundamentals of project management in a broad way in such short period of time. The instructor is very professional and knowledgeable. the supplemental materials are a plus that enhance the course material to a more practical level.. Excellent!
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Course content is good maybe be to make it full content some aspects like how to inniciate the project means how or on what factors you should consider before you inniciate the project and how to be creative on itshould included. Instructor is excellent professor as she knows how to deliver the topic and well understood the topic. Provider should insure the video is well played because i did not be able to learn direct online but i must download the video first because some videos play good and some stuck at the middle so i must download first which is important for me for revisions but it take time. Thanks so much
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
The course gave a good overview of project management and gave an understanding on how to think when planing and executing a project. I really enjoyed the lessons and the instructor who came across as involved, honest and knowledgeable
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
The course was filled with practical indirmation and examples. I have learned a lot about planning and initiating a project. The instructor was great, she chose the right topics and I found both the quizzes and the practical examples real helpful.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
Excellent, practical, it resembles what is needed in real life. It flows very well. The topic is difficult to explain in an enjoyable way, as it is very methodological, however the instructor makes a very good work in conveying ideas and concepts in a friendly and conversational way, without compromising quality and science.
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2/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
Many thanks tocoursera team and to Yael foe her great effort to deliver the knowledge in such a simple way! Thanks Coursera.org to bring us all together Kbukhalaf
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
Quite a fantastic course, relevant content, great instructor. I liked it very much. Introduces some definitions and ideas that are widely popular but are mostly unclear (like Kanban or Scrum). Nice touch with MS Project tutorials, but I'd like to see a tutorial on some free, possibly web-based project management tool as well.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
GREAT INSTRUCTOR.. I think she embodies what project management is and I believe she really enjoys teaching this course. She was on the rare teachers that kept my attention through out and I believe with this knowledge I will pass the PM with flying colors.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
The active instructor really gave a very useful information and shared a valuable experience, Hope to have the chance to work together in a huge project to enrich my experience and learn more, many thanks
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
A 4-week course in PM has to be quick and sketchy, but this actually was a very good introduction. Just as promised, lots of fundamentals with hands-on experience examples. I would like to see a bit more of actual fiddling with numbers in spreadsheets. I know there were a few videos about MS Project, but it's way too expensive for a student, novice, or a self-taught PM working in a small company. And formulas were not really shown, rather functions of the soft. Lots of MS Project functionality is based on formulas, so if an MS Excel template is available, then we can do a lot with that -- before obtaining MS Project ;-) Thanks for a great course and experience. Cheers to a very good teacher!
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
Dear Yael & team of University of Virginia, I am writing this on completion of Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management from Bangalore,India. The course was excellent in terms of presentation and knowledge but I can barely begin to communicate the excitement your course caused. Not only did it inspire me to study the material you provided on Coursera, but also look for more courses to enhance my learning. I personally thank you for all the time and effort you put into preparing the material. I have learned a lot, and hope to put it to good use in my life, and I am forever grateful. I would like to personally appreciate the enthusiasm and energy of Mrs. Yael throughout the course. It was a pleasure learning from you. Best regards, Suraj
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1 year, 10 months ago
I am very happy to have taken this course and successfully completed. Thanks to Yael Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and Coursera for their endeavour in providing top quality content. Thanks a lot for your time, knowledge, and passion teaching us this basic but powerful modules for project management and Now I'm able to plan for my projects with a risk management :)
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1 year, 10 months ago
Very instructive class teached in a clear way and at a very good paste to start from scratch and get at the end of the 4 weeks the fundamentals of project planning and management.
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1 year, 10 months ago
Hello, I am a student of Bioinformatics. But I want to switch my field to management as it has been my passion for many years but just could not make that. Now with the help of Coursera I got the opportunity to come to the touch of some awesome teachers and good thing is that I do not need to show that what is my background to learn here. I have got my initial basement to progress more in this field, this is how Coursera, most importantly the instructor helped me to have the dream to build my career in Management. Mostly I liked the way of teaching and also the related examples which helped a lot to understand the circumstances clearly. I cordially thank the instructor here and Coursera for their great effort. Bests, Afroza Irin.
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
it's a good thing if we have a summary for the course as hard copy, this course it's really reach and helpful with a plenty of information. also way you ask for 150 characters its too mutch for someone have very specific comment no more than few word ok you are good the best so what else
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1 year, 10 months ago
It's a great option to learn about Project Management. Really good material, clear videos and a helpfull teacher. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.
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1 year, 10 months ago
I finished now the course, it was well organized, instructor speaks clearly and with valid examples. Course provides basic information but it well explained and overall complete.
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