I’m studying some project management topics on-line in order to refresh my understanding of theory, gain some new perspectives, explore some new topics, and earn professional development credits for maintaining my PMP certification status. I will share my progress and courseware opinions with you. I hope that you find this useful.
I recently completed the Project Management Foundations: Risks class on Lynda.com. This is part of a larger series of courses on project management foundations, with a separate course on about a dozen major PM topics. I certainly recommend this on-line class for anyone eager to strengthen their ability to manage this important part of project success.
Every project is different. Early on in each project, a PM needs to determine in which sandboxes he or she will likely spend most of the time playing (or which octagon he will spend the most time boxing.) In many project, one of the main “playgrounds” will be risk management. If you find yourself in a project in which the whole initiative is going to feel like risk management, then this may be the course for you. This course provides strategies for better identifying and managing risks the start, and tactics for dealing with issues as they arise.
While this course certainly can stand alone, as a PM topic it does directly “slot into” the overarching traditional PM structure known as the Project Management Body of Knowledge which was developed by the PMI organization.
The course was taught by Bob McGannon the prolific PM trainer (not to be confused with Bob McGannon the dirt track racer.) The course uses the traditional audio lecture with slides format. Bob does his usual good job here. The lectures are flawlessly delivered. His delivery is positive, enthusiastic, personal, and engaging. His focus is real-world.
The course incorporated 1 hour and 14 minutes of video in 21 short lectures, with an accompanying file full of risk management templates and other references.
This course has no exercises, final exams, grades, or certifications.
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