Below is my certificate of completion for the Lynda.com “Managing Small Projects” activity.
This activity was fantastic for me to explore. As I move into my future career opportunities, understanding how to manage small projects will be essential. Knowing how to define what is “in scope” or “out of scope” in meeting a projects goal and objectives will help save time, money and resources. Defining deliverables as well as methods of testing both the tangible and intangible deliverables will help to measure the success of a project and satisfy my future customers or clients.
I love that this activity further broke down my understanding of projects into “Goal”, Project Scope, Project Summary, Project Planning and the follow-up requirements as completion of the project. Understanding that a project summary includes the goal, objectives, constraints, risks and assumptions helps to better prepare for the project planning. Understanding that the project plan will consist of breaking the deliverables into smaller tasks to accomplish will help in then preparation of schedules, budgeting and execution of the projects. By dividing my tasks into smaller bits that might be accomplished within a one week time period will allow me to better track completion of tasks, collaboration and any refinements that may be needed in the Project Summary or Project Plan.
All of my future career will be based in project planning in some form or another. Many projects will be smaller scope, but a larger project could in theory be broken into a number of smaller projects that make up the whole. Event planning, event production, public relations, – they all rely upon deliverables. Deliverables achieve a goal. Proper project management allows all of this to occur.