Project Management Basics

This online course is ideally suited for anyone looking to better manage their projects for work, including junior project managers, business owners or those looking to start out in project management.

Course Description

Do you manage projects, or want to enter a new project management role? In 15 engaging lessons you will learn how to effectively manage projects from start to finish through a range of topics including project initiation and closeout, scope, schedule and resource planning, project execution and control plus more. If you already have some experience with project management or you’re looking for something more in-depth, try our courses for Team Members, Business Professionals or Engineers. If you'd like to know everything - from beginner to advanced lessons, then Project Management for Experts is for you. And if you’re preparing for the PMP® Exam, look no further than PMP® Exam Prep. Based on The Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Ma... Read More »

Do you manage projects, or want to enter a new project management role? In 15 engaging lessons you will learn how to effectively manage projects from start to finish through a range of topics including project initiation and closeout, scope, schedule and resource planning, project execution and control plus more.

If you already have some experience with project management or you’re looking for something more in-depth, try our courses for Team Members, Business Professionals or Engineers. If you’d like to know everything – from beginner to advanced lessons, then Project Management for Experts is for you. And if you’re preparing for the PMP® Exam, look no further than PMP® Exam Prep.

Based on The Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013.

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Course Outcomes:
  • Learn to manage your projects more effectively.
  • Get a better understanding of project management principles.
  • Use this as a stepping stone to embark on a project management career.
  • Earn 7.5 PDUs or contact hours toward your Project Management education for certification with PMI.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines.

As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), GoSkills has agreed to abide by PMI established quality assurance criteria.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.

Additional Details

Upon successful completion of a course, the learner earns contact hours or PDUs toward a project management education for certification with PMI.
About Instructor:

Ray Sheen - Project Management Instructor & Author


Ray is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute and a certified Scrum Master with Scrum Alliance. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Product Development Management Association.

He is president and founder of Product & Process Innovation, Inc. and is a veteran business leader with over 25 years of executive, project management, and engineering management experience. Ray has worked in several industries including aerospace, electrical distribution and utilities, biotechnology, appliances, electronics, machining, medical devices, pharmaceutical, automotive, and financial services. He has held executive management positions in a Fortune 500 company and has been involved in entrepreneurial startup organizations.

Ray has spoken at regional symposiums of the Project Management Institute, corporate programs for project management instruction, and provided expert witness testimony on several lawsuits involving project management and weapon system production on government programs.

Ray provides training and consulting in all aspects of Project Management, Product Development, Innovation Management, Strategy Formulation, Process Design & Setup, Design for Manufacturability, Poka Yoke, Lean Manufacturing, Product Line Strategy and Finance for Engineers through universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clemson University, and the University of Winnipeg.

He is also an instructor at the China Institute for Innovation. His recent consulting clients include General Electric, Medtronic, Covidien, Tyco, Johnson & Johnson, Dominion Power, NSTAR, American Superconductor, Draexlmaier, Kaman Aerospace, Endologix, Nypro, and Instrumentation Laboratory.


Course Outline

Understand the inter-relationship between the triple constraints on a project of scope, schedule, and resources.
Know the role and responsibilities of the project leader.
Know how to identify stakeholders and understand how they measure project success.
Understand the phases of a project lifecycle and know how to approach a predictive project versus an adaptive project.
Learn how to quickly identify project boundaries using the W questions.
Deployment Learn how to identify project tasks and activities using the deliverables deployment technique.
Understand when and how to use a milestone schedule on a project. Learn how to create a milestone schedule.
Understand when and how to use a Gantt chart on a project. Learn how to create a Gantt chart.
Understand what is normally shown in a project budget. Learn how to create a time-phased project budget.
Understand the difference between positive and negative risk. Learn the major steps of project risk management.
Learn the characteristics of a project core team and understand the stages of a team building lifecycle.
Understand the characteristics of the major categories of project communication. Know the communication constraints typically encountered on project.
Learn how to create and use a project dashboard to communicate project status with both management and your project team.
Understand the purpose of a project management review and learn how to prepare for one.
Understand how to gain stakeholder acceptance during project closeout and learn how to create and use a Punch List.

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