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In the Essentials of IT Project Management, people new to project management will learn the ten major steps in a project and then apply them to an IT project case study. You’ll start by negotiating with the user sponsor to establish the project scope in precise, measurable terms. Then you will move on to gather requirements from the user stakeholders (people who are affected by the project). Next you’ll define the project charter, prepare a Power Point presentation and send it to your instructor for feedback. You will make a live online presentation of the charter to your instructor so you can practice your communication and presentation skills.
Then you learn how to build the schedule and budget using project management software. That includes the work breakdown structure (WBS), predecessors, estimating resources and optimizing the schedule. You will send your work to instructor your at each of those steps for review and coaching. Next you will learn communication techniques and people skills to deal with conflict on the project team. Finally, your instructor will send you status data from your team. You’ll update your schedule and identify problems and solutions. You’ll prepare a status report for presentation to your instructor. Mastering these proven techniques is the key to consistent success on every IT project.
Remember that your instructor is available to answer your questions and will always get back to you within 24 hours. So don’t struggle with a tool or technique. Ask your instructor a question and get your answer within 24 hours, 365 days a year.