About this course
Arguably the most important stage in your Project is the first stage, Project Definition.
Here you get to define what your project is, and what it is not.
Think of it as the foundation layer of your project - onto which you build the framework of your plans. This is the stage that can assure you of the success you want... or deny it to you.
The first stage of a formal project methodology is Project Definition. So, what is a Project Definition?
If a project definition defines your project, what is a Strategic Project Definition?
One thing ties together many important project management concepts... so, what is the Primary Project Hierarchy?
Does your Project have a firm foundation from Day 1? In this video, Mike Clayton will show you how to define your project, using the One-page Method, to cover the ten most important elements of your Project Definition.
Project goals are the bedrock of defining your project. They aren't even your foundation: they are more like the groundwork you do before laying your foundation. So what is a Project Goal exactly?
Project objectives are a core part of your project definition. They are vital. So, what are project objectives?
What is the Project Manager's Iron Triangle? It is also known as the Time-Cost-Quality Triangle, The Triple Constraint, and The Triangle of Balance.
Project Scope is easy to define, but the hardest part of a project manager's job. So, what is Project Scope?
Scoping is the hardest part of Project Management. Luckily we have a great tool to use called MOSCOW Analysis.
Defining your project is a vital task. And there are a lot of things to remember. Fortunately, we have some handy acronyms: RAID, CAD, and DCARI. You may find them helpful - or you may have heard them, and wondered what they mean.
You won't be able to proceed very far on your project, without making assumptions. So, what is an Assumptions Log?
When you are planning your project, you need to be mindful of all sorts of things. Some, you can control. Others are external, and you cannot. So, what are External Dependencies in your Project?
Some things constrain the choices you can make, when you plan and deliver your project. They get in your way and it will not do, to ignore them. So, what are Project Constraints?
It's easy to get confused: objectives, Outputs, Outcomes. But they are different, and the differences matter. So, what are Project Outcomes?
OKRs - just another three-letter acronym. It stands for Objectives and Key Results. So, now you know. But, what are OKRs?
In the world of business transformation, what is the master plan that guides the definition and planning of your project? It's a Business Blueprint. So, what is a Business Blueprint?
On software and technical projects, there is a chain of project definition deliverables, and one of them is the Functional Specification. So, what is a Functional Specification?
As a Project Manager, you will one day find yourself in a meeting when someone makes the suggestion: 'I think we need to do some Value Engineering.' It's a necessary part of many projects.
You have a new Project coming up, and your first step is to Define it with Precision. What you need is to take a jumble of ideas, needs, and requests and turn it into a well-defined project brief. That's what you get with the Project Manager's Project Definition Kit.
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