Lesson 1 | Project Management Basics

Welcome to Lesson 1, Project Management Basics

In this lesson, we're going to start from the top. It may not seem important, but you'd be surprised how hard it is to properly define a project (hint, it's not just a group of tasks). 

In addition to some basic definitions, we're going to cover:

  1. What is a Project?
  2. What is Project Management?
  3. Project Management Constraints
  4. The Project Management Institute
  5. The Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge Guide
  6. Project Management Processes and Process Groups
  7. Project Management Knowledge Areas
  8. Project Lifecycles
  9. The Project Manager
  10. Lesson 1 Quiz on Key Concepts  
  11. Activity 1 - Project Experiences   

When you've finished this lesson, click the button below to move on and begin Lesson 2 - Project Initiation.

Lesson 1 | Key Concepts Quiz

Take this quiz before moving onto lesson 2 to ensure you've learned the concepts. Answers will be shown immediately after filling out and submitting this form.

What is a key feature that defines a project? *
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet project ________. *
The level of project management applies should be... *
What are the phases of a project otherwise known as? *
Who is responsible for accomplishing project objectives?

Lesson 1 | Activity

In this activity, we want you to reflect on your past project experiences. They can be good or bad, and they can come from any project you've done either at work or at home. Write your answers in the text boxes below.
Discuss both positive and negative experiences working on project teams. Common positive experiences: 1. Successful delivery leading to job satisfaction 2. Seeing project results be used 3. Good relationships with team members
Point out some common things that might go wrong on a project such as: 1. Dissatisfied customers 2. Over budget 3. Late delivery 4. Unhappy project team


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