Topic A: DETERMINE APPROPRIATE PROJECT METHODOLOGY/METHODS AND PRACTICES
There is no one way to manage every project. Knowledge and understanding of project management best practices is one part of the equation. Determining and applying the most appropriate methodology and practices to your project is another part.
Topic B: PLAN AND MANAGE SCOPE
The project team must complete work in order to achieve project outcomes. What that work is, what must be done, guiding that work, ensuring the work is done, and setting criteria as to what “done” is, so it can be properly validated are all elements the project team must plan for and manage throughout the project.
Topic C: PLAN AND MANAGE BUDGET AND RESOURCES
Without proper management of project costs, expenses can get out of control quickly. You must be prepared to make adjustments and apply the correct costs to resources, activities, and services that align with your budget.
Topic D: PLAN AND MANAGE SCHEDULE
The project schedule in its most basic form is simply a representation of how long a project takes to complete. It includes a number of components, including the activities that will be performed to execute the project scope, the duration of each activity, and how the activities are related to each other.
Topic E: PLAN AND MANAGE QUALITY OF PRODUCTS AND DELIVERABLES
All projects must be of a certain quality. What that level of quality is, the expectations around the quality, how the project’s quality is to be measured, how it will be aligned to the project’s objective, and how the quality is to be tracked and reported are a few important aspects of managing this key attribute.
Topic F: INTEGRATE PROJECT PLANNING ACTIVITIES
As plans are being developed and updated, you’ll need to integrate all those plans and components to ensure coordinated and efficient progress.
Topic G: PLAN AND MANAGE PROCUREMENT
Procuring products and services from external suppliers requires identifying suppliers, obtaining bids or proposals from them, and awarding contracts based on their evaluation. All procurements for the project must be done within the specified parameters of time, cost, and quality to ensure that the project meets the stakeholders’ requirements.
Topic H: ESTABLISH PROJECT GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Organizations use governance guidelines to establish strategic direction and performance parameters. The strategic direction provides the purpose, expectations, goals, and actions to guide business pursuits and is aligned with business objectives. Project management activities should be, and must stay, aligned with business direction to increase project success.
Topic I: PLAN AND MANAGE PROJECT/PHASE CLOSURE
Closing a project or project phase is one of the last steps in completing that project or phase. Because a project is a unique, one-time activity, the formal closing out of the project is essential.
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