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This free course, Project management: The start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to problems and planning. It explores the role of key players including the project manager, feasibility studies, decision making and project life cycles.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- define what a project is
- understand the importance of risk
- define the questions a decision maker needs to ask
- list the main activities and tasks of a project manager
- consider phased development, prototype approaches or agile methods.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Conception: ‘The journey begins’
- 2 Feasibility
- 3 Making decisions
- 4 Projects: the life cycle, the project manager and success
- 5 Software development
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Project management: the start of the project journey
This free course introduces projects: what they are and how they come about as a result of ideas, responses to problems and planning. Key players in the project game are introduced. The course then looks at how feasibility studies are carried out. Technical, social, political, environmental and financial feasibility are explored and assessed. Decision making tools are discussed. Once a proposal for action has been accepted by management, a project results. This course looks at various ways of organising the life cycles of projects and what the project manager’s job consists of.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Managing courses or view the range of currently available OU Managing courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 14th July 2011
Last updated on: Wednesday, 16th March 2016
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