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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4 years, 1 month ago
This course are very helpful to understand all major things in project management. Content, teachers and documentations are very concise and understandable. All of major things fall into the course. I am very appreciate to taking this course. And you can count for recommendation for all people I know.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
I'd never taking a course in project management or on line before. I found it extremely informative and feel as though I have a basic understanding of the subject matter. I look forward to taking another course soon!
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4 years, 1 month ago
Great Introduction to PM! You've should take this course not only you have an interest in subject, but also if you involved in any projects. Only 4 to 6 hours of overall time and you'll be familiar with all this project management terms, indicators etc. and will easily understand your PM. Course certainly worth to be taken.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
the course content was well organised and simplified to the best of my knowledge. As for the instructor Prof Yael Grushka, she was just amazing I must say. As for the cousera team, they are incredible. may they keep up with their work. the quality of the videos produced makes learning much easier.
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4 years, 1 month ago
Overall the course is very well structured, with good examples. The statistical approach to time and cost analysis is the best of all. Maybe quizzes could be a little bit more in depth.
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4 years, 1 month ago
The instructor's voice was clear and had inflections appropriate to keep the material interesting. I had seen critical path diagrams before. Learning to plot them was fun. I enjoy taking Coursera classes. This one was not disappointing. I will look for followup classes on Project Management.
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4 years, 1 month ago
It was an amazing educational platform , every activity was on its best level , the course team deliver this course by heart and that's why everyone of us feel the superb quality of the course Plus that the teacher and her team are project management professionals , so they manage this project (course ) successfully smile emoticon , I Thank all of you guys , you make life easier for us
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4 years, 1 month ago
This was quite amazing course. Loads of thing covered in very simply manner with top quality videos and material. The way of teaching by Instructor Prof Yael was very natural and impressive. This course is the one which I completed much before time limit and can't believe with the score I got in quizzes :)
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
The Instructor was very good. The course content was good and how I wish we had more practice with the Microsoft project program. I did not attempt to do any case studies because I really didn't understand them, I feel they were really American-oriented, I really don't understand concepts like Obamacare and things like that even on international news.
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4 years, 1 month ago
The content,instructor and provider are all 5 stars for me. The course covers all the basic principles of PMP, with the examples crafted beautifully. Course is structured nicely, taking into account all the basic aspects of project management, supplementary tutorials for new supported technologies and of course the live use cases
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4 years, 1 month ago
I’m really appreciated this experience which gain me a lot of concept in project management, deep knowledge in how to us tools and techniques in risk management and finally, I can’t deny that it’s add more value on my career.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
The course met my expectations to better understand best practices, glossary, and procedures used for project management. The instructor was knowledgeable, and the matter aligned with PMBOK standards. It was a great primer.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
The content of the course put the foundation for me to improve my skills specially in planning. Dr. Yael was a very good instructor who simplifies the content of that course. And thanks for coursera to give me the chance to take this very good course. Thanks.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
The instructor has given very specific, clear and to the point lessons with use of good examples. It has been a good mix of theory and practical information. I liked that the instructor linked the theory to current challenges, and that she clearly explained how the nature of a project can vary. She was also good to highlight important aspects often underestimated or forgotten when running a project. Good information about commercial tools. If the course would have been longer I prefer some thoughts of the challenges around important key personnel in the project and how to perform a post mortem.
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4 years, 1 month ago
It was a really nice experience. I found the course educative and helpful. Online courses are a really good way of expanding your knowledge, but the crucial part is -of course- the verified certification (on the other hand it is non-credited). The flow of the course was really nice as well and the best thing about the Professor is that she was trying to explain as much as she could and help out students through examples.
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4 years, 1 month ago
I am so pleased to be a part of this course. The whole course content, way of teaching, methods, tools, techniques were so productive, innovative, interesting and easy to catch. Its an honor for being taught by Yael Grushka-Cockayne. Thank you!!
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4 years, 1 month ago
The content was crisp and the quizzes were very apt, though simple for the first two weeks The instructor was fantastic and would love to have more courses from her Delving deep in this topic is what i am looking forward to, having now a better foundation on planning
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4 years, 1 month ago
The course content is short, simple and direct to the basics, with all the information needed for a successful career in project management. The math is clearly and simply presented. Exercises are ok, but some very simple and direct. The Schedule Performance Index and Cost Performance Index are great assess. The course would have discussed Human resources management and Information Management(Communication) in detail. The course content should be expanded to have International outlook. E.g. Failure of projects in most developing countries is corruption(over inflated contracts, inconsistent policy, "political projects"-to score political goals not for development projects etc. Prof Yael showed indepth knowledge of the course, with interesting application of her numerate background. She presented the course in its ABC level for everybody to understand. She is a material and deserves more reward. She is a born and all round teacher, br... The course content is short, simple and direct to the basics, with all the information needed for a successful career in project management. The math is clearly and simply presented. Exercises are ok, but some very simple and direct. The Schedule Performance Index and Cost Performance Index are great assess. The course would have discussed Human resources management and Information Management(Communication) in detail. The course content should be expanded to have International outlook. E.g. Failure of projects in most developing countries is corruption(over inflated contracts, inconsistent policy, "political projects"-to score political goals not for development projects etc. Prof Yael showed indepth knowledge of the course, with interesting application of her numerate background. She presented the course in its ABC level for everybody to understand. She is a material and deserves more reward. She is a born and all round teacher, bringing humour at the right time. She is very friendly and jovial. I enjoy playing the video and looking up the day I will present a project challenge to her.Thumbs up for her. Every other thing about the course is good. Leslie Cook plays her part very well. The course is well managed and presented.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
A very useful course . Without realising it, we are all involved in some level of project management and the course helps you plan, execute and handle any changes without panicking as well as understand other stakeholders.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
A must for anyone aspiring to be involved in Project Management!! I am a practicing Project Manager and Project Management Professional (PMP). Initially, I joined for the purpose of acquiring PDU's as part of the ongoing professional development requirement of the PMP certification. I did not expect to learn anything. However, to my surprise I found the course to be an excellent refresher. What I thought to be particularly insightful were the actual applications of the Torando Charts, Monte Carlo Simulations and PERT analyis given in Week 3. These concepts were introduced during my preparatory course for PMP Certification, but were not explained in any detail. Yael is very engaging in her lectures and the course presents a simple yet wholesome approach to Project Management. Leslie and the team of TA's are also very quick to respond and clarify any queries so beginners can be assured that they will not be left hanging at any po... A must for anyone aspiring to be involved in Project Management!! I am a practicing Project Manager and Project Management Professional (PMP). Initially, I joined for the purpose of acquiring PDU's as part of the ongoing professional development requirement of the PMP certification. I did not expect to learn anything. However, to my surprise I found the course to be an excellent refresher. What I thought to be particularly insightful were the actual applications of the Torando Charts, Monte Carlo Simulations and PERT analyis given in Week 3. These concepts were introduced during my preparatory course for PMP Certification, but were not explained in any detail. Yael is very engaging in her lectures and the course presents a simple yet wholesome approach to Project Management. Leslie and the team of TA's are also very quick to respond and clarify any queries so beginners can be assured that they will not be left hanging at any point throughout the duration of the course.
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4 years, 1 month ago
The course was short and informative. It covered really FUNDAMENTAL things, so it should be treated rather as an introduction to subject rather than possibility to gain comprehensive knowledge of the subject. Nice, engaging videos, easy to understand - can be watched e.g. during coffee breaks ;)
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
The course was very informative and trainer with a structured and progressive learning . The teacher was very pedagogue . I now know the basics of project management that will serve me on a daily basis in my work.I work also currently on a project and I set out what I learned in live. I'll sign up for another course to go further in learning. if you had the opportunity to inform me about the next project management course . I look for a certifying courses . Thank you in advance andThanks for all.
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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
How to improve the class: 1) Doing a complete small project management would help students a whole lot. the class should be extended one or two weeks to cover greater details of project management and hands on work using open source tools.
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4 years, 2 months ago
The content is great and informational. The instructor is teaching very well.With interesting examples and case studies, we understand the concept very easily.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
Very-well structured course. Yael is a great teacher. This course is highly recommended for beginners too. I also appreciate the fact that they offer a free Statement of Accomplishment along with Verified certificates.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
The professor is an exceptional instructor! I recommend folks taking this class as soon as you can for a crucial work-life skill. I wish I had taken this course as a full-time class on campus. Coursera can only improve this course by adding more weeks with more content on PM best practices + more case studies with team projects. Darden folks are very fortunate to have Yael for this course.
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4 years, 5 months ago
Few years ago I did really talked about project management but did not actually know the importance. Previously, I work along with team that used traditional means for running a business or any project but with the passage of time, market experts and entrepreneurs added various new techniques to ensure the success of every project. With my knowledge that I learn from the course, I am of the option that every single organization use project management due to its extraordinary benefits. Different people use different words for explaining project management but the basic definition or core concept I understand about project management it that it always remains same. It can be defined as any action plan or program that makes use of every strategy and technique that may help in the successful completion of any project. It may also refer to planning, organizing, leading and controlling the resources both human and physical to achieve the... Few years ago I did really talked about project management but did not actually know the importance. Previously, I work along with team that used traditional means for running a business or any project but with the passage of time, market experts and entrepreneurs added various new techniques to ensure the success of every project. With my knowledge that I learn from the course, I am of the option that every single organization use project management due to its extraordinary benefits. Different people use different words for explaining project management but the basic definition or core concept I understand about project management it that it always remains same. It can be defined as any action plan or program that makes use of every strategy and technique that may help in the successful completion of any project. It may also refer to planning, organizing, leading and controlling the resources both human and physical to achieve the project goals efficiently and effectively as entrepreneurs and company executive’s deal with the daily responsibilities of managing an organization, it is important to use dedicated project managers to oversee projects from conception to completion. Understanding effective project management techniques helps organizations carry out large-scale projects on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to the rest of the business. This was Fundamental of Project Management teacher was very organize during her presentations. I won’t lie to say that the course was easy but it was very entertaining. The academic website Coursera is thought to be the best. What sets this site apart from others is that it claims to be the only community that works directly with universities to post the actual end-of-semester course and even the professor evaluations that students fill out after the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
The Course content was really a good refresher for me as I'm currently working as Project Planning and control Analyst. I liked the platform and instructor's method of teaching the course. I believe it has helped all the folks who are new to project management.
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4 years, 5 months ago
Very interesting course. Perfect mix between theory and practical example. Focus on main tools/methodology useful in a professional environment. Lots of discussion around supplemental case studies. Great staff availability.
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4 years, 5 months ago
Yael was great! Course content was easy to follow and very informative. The case studies related well to the content and Yael made the material engaging.
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