Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle

Projects offer unique value to organizations, but the structure and approach of each project can vary widely. In this course, you'll learn how to tailor your project management approach to best fit your organization’s needs and objectives.
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(14)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
1h 13m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(14)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
1h 13m
Description

Fully aligned with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide and the latest PMP® standards, this course, Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle builds on the foundations set in Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam, looking at the role projects play in organizations. In this course, you'll learn how project teams can create unique value, how the structure and culture of organizations can impact how project teams are formed, managed, and complete work, and how a project manager’s approach can be tailored to best fit their organizational environment. You’ll also be introduced to a variety of project management methodologies, and learn how to choose the one that best fits your organization’s structure and objectives. Finally, you’ll see how project management processes can be sorted into process groups and knowledge areas, and how each of these processes can play a critical role in successfully managing your project team. By the end of this course, you’ll have the foundation necessary to begin a deeper dive into each of ten project management knowledge areas, which are the focus for the remainder of this learning path.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, everyone. My name is Casey Ayers, and welcome to my course, Organization Influences and Project Management Lifecycle. This course is the second entry in our newly updated series, helping you prepare for the latest version of the PMP exam based on the Sixth Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBOK Guide. By completing this course, and others in our PMP prep series, you'll not only be better prepared to ace the certification exam, but critically, will also completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement that must be met before taking the exam. In this second course in our PMP learning path, we'll explore why organizations undertake projects and how project management differs from the more common, day-to-day tasks of operational management. We'll discover how organizational structure, cultural norms and the nature of each project's work can influence our selection of project management methodology and the ability we have to build our project team. Then, we'll learn how processes related to various project management knowledge areas can help us more effectively accomplish our goals and gear up for more intensive discussion of each of these throughout the remainder of this course series. By the end of this course, you'll better understand how to tailor your approach to managing a project to your organization's needs and your team's composition. This course, and others in the series, can not only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the PMP exam, but also serve as a great refresher for established project managers and as an opportunity to earn continuing education credit. I hope you'll join me for this course on organizational influences and the project management lifecycle here at Pluralsight.

The Role of Projects in Organizations
Hello, and welcome. I'm Casey Ayers, and this is Organizational Influences and the Project Management Life Cycle. This is the second course in our Project Management learning path, helping you prepare for the latest edition of the PMP Exam. After beginning with Introduction to Project Management and the PMP Exam, this course, Organizational Influences and the Project Management Life Cycle, is our next step. In this course, we're going to look at the role of projects within organizations, what value project teams can create, why organizations bring projects into existence in the first place, and the value that they offer that is separate and unique as compared to the day-to-day operational capabilities of the organization. Then, we'll look at some of the ways that organizations and their structure can impact the ways we go about managing projects before moving on to look at the project management life cycle, the way that projects evolve from their inception all the way until their work is completed. After that, we'll introduce the project management knowledge areas and processes, including a tour of all of the processes that we're going to be discussing as the rest of this course series goes on, and that you'll find on the PMP Exam. In this module, we're going to begin by first discussing the differences between programs and portfolios and the relationship that each of these have with projects within organizations. Then, we'll look at project management offices, which, in many organizations, play a key role in providing support and guidance to project teams. Finally, we'll look at project and operational management, how the two work together in order to accomplish goals and what the differences are between these two different types of management within the organization. Let's get started.

Organizational Impacts on Project Management
Welcome back. In this module, we're going to look at the sort of impacts that your organization and its structure can have on the way the projects are most effectively managed. First, we'll look at the organizational structures that exist and what influences they might have on your project. Then we'll look at the cultural norms in organizations and how that can also play a role in how you decide to go about managing your project's work. After that, we'll look at two key concepts, organization process assets and enterprise environmental factors that play a vital role in many of our project management processes. Let's get started.

The Project Management Life Cycle & Project Management Processes
Welcome back. In this module we're going to begin with a look at project life cycles and methodologies. From there we'll look at project management processes and introduce the five project management process groups. After that we'll look at the 10 key project management knowledge areas before beginning our tour of the project management processes that will make up the bulk of material to come. Let's get started.