This is a samples lecture from the APM Fundamentals course from Parallel Project Training. 

In this section we look at how we can manage uncertainty in the project.

 

What's Included In This Section?

Define:

  • Definition – project risk and risk management
  • Project risk management process
  • Use of risk register

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 11:48am UTC
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This is the first part of the APM Fundamentals case study. You can follow Jayne as she manages to project, establishing roles and responsibilities and deals with the challenges along the way.

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am UTC
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Project Roles

Management structures by which projects operate including the roles and responsibilities of the different players involved.

What's Included In This Section?

Roles and responsibilities of:

  • Project manager
  • Project sponsor
  • Project steering group/board
  • Project team members
  • Project management office (PMO)
  • End user

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 10:53am UTC
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roject Life Cycle

Many projects follow a structured lifecycle, in this section we look at the APM life cycle and the benefits of using a life cycle.

What's Included In This Section?

  • Definition of a project lifecycle
  • A discussion of the project phases
  • A discussion on the reasons for structuring projects into phases

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 10:52am UTC
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In this section we look at the impact of the project environment or context on the way a project is planned and executed.

What's Included In This Section?

  • Define the term project environment
  • Define the components of the PESTLE acronym

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 10:50am UTC
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Portfolio and Programme Management

In this session we discuss the role of portfolio and programme management in the delivery of projects.

What's Included In This Section?

  • Definition – programme management and portfolio management
  • Relationship of programme management and portfolio management to project management

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 10:48am UTC
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This podcasts is part of the APM Fundamentals of project management, the APM fundamentals course.

An introduction to the Fundamentals of Project Management from the Association for Project Management. 

 

What's Included In This Section?

  • What is the APM Fundamentals in Project Management?
  • Who will benefit from this course?
  • What resources are available to you?
  • What is the structure and format of the exam?

For more information or a formal qualification based on this podcast visit http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com/distance-learning/apm-project-fundamentals-qualification.

 

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 10:45am UTC
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Parallel Project Training are proud to launch an on-line fundamentals of project management course based on the study guide written in partnership with the Association for Project Management. This course gives practical and effective advice on how to manage projects and is ideal for those who are new to thinner project management career. The course package includes

  1. The APM fundamentals study guide written by Parallel Project Training in partnership with the APM.
  2. Twenty bite-size video lectures presented by the authors of the APM fundamentals study guide.
  3. Eighteen reflection exercises in which you consider how to apply the principles to your projects.
  4. Twenty five podcasts which you can download and listen to as you travel. 
  5. Twenty four case study episodes in which you watch a new project manager apply the principles of project management to her first project. 
  6. One hundred and four sample multiple choice questions to check you progress with the course.
  7. A full sample exam paper.
  8. An on-line tutor support via our study group.

The course is available with and without the online APM Project Fundamentals Exam.

Parallel will be offering a £50 discount on the course for the first 3-month. 

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Category:APM fundamentals -- posted at: 10:17am UTC
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10.14 describe advantages and disadvantages of earned value management,10.15 perform earned value calculations and interpret earned value data

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:59pm UTC

14.1 explain the purpose, typical content and importance of a procurement strategy, 14.2 distinguish between different methods of supplier reimbursement (including fixed price, cost plus fee, per unit quantity, target cost), 14.3 distinguish between di

Direct download: section_14.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 5:13pm UTC

In this podcast we introduce the APM project management qualification which was formally known as the APMP. The podcasts includes

  • Discussion on the changes in the course syllabus from the 5th edition to the 6th edition.
  • A discussion of the assessment criteria for the qualification
  • Exam hints and tips based on the course guidance notes
  • An introduction to the parallel project learning system.

You can visit our website for more information on these project management courses

Direct download: Section_2.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 5:10pm UTC

In this podcast discuss the differences between project, programmes and portfolios. In particular how these three are related to each other and examples of each. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 3.2 differentiate between project management and portfolio and programme management,
  • 3.3 outline the characteristics of programme management and its relationship with strategic change,
  • 3.4 explain the challenges a project manager may face working within a project, programme or portfolio.

You can visit our website for more information on these project management courses

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 5:10pm UTC

In this podcast discuss the different types of legislation that are relevant to project management. This includes legislation on Health and Safety, Employment regulations, Contract law and regulations and environmental legislation. This is a new part of the APMP syllabus but is highly significant for many project managers. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 3.8 explain the importance of relevant legislation applicable to projects (such as health and safety , environmental, employment, contract, data protection, freedom of information)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_3-8.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 5:07pm UTC

In this podcast discuss the different types project organisation that can be adopted to deliver project and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We also discuss the working practices of each type of organisation and which would be appropriate in different circunsatances. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 1.1 differentiate between types of organisation structures highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each (including functional, matrix, project)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_4-0.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 5:06pm UTC

In this podcast discuss the differences between projects such as building a new shopping centre and business as usual operating a shopping centre. The podcasts includes

  • 3.1 distinguish between projects and business as usual {BAU}

You can visit our website for more information on these project management courses

Direct download: Section_3-1.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:41pm UTC

In this podcast discuss the importance of a project context (or environment) to the success of a project. It explains why project managers need to understand the contest within which the project is delivered and how a different context can affect the way in which the project is delivered and success evaluated. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 3.6 describe how environmental factors affect projects(including the sector, geography and regulation),
  • 3.7 explain tools and techniques used to assess a project's context (including PESTLE, SWOT)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: Section_3-6_and_3-7.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:40pm UTC

In this podcast is about scope management and requierments. Scope is defined in terms of products a project produces and the work requiered to produce it. Howeve the products and their complexity are often defined by the requierments. If the requierments change then the products change too. In this podcast we discuss the linkages between requierments definition and scope management. It is important to recongiase that the two are closly inter rleated and understand the linkages betwen the two. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 9.2 explain how to manage scope through, requirements management processes (such as capture, analysis, justifying requirements, baseline needs), configuration management processes (such as planning, identification, control, status accounting, audit and verification)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: Section_9-2_part_1.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:39pm UTC

In this podcast is about teh role of the business case in the project lifecycle. Why we have a business case, who owns it and what does it contain? The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 10.1 explain the purpose of a business case and its importance during the project life cycle,
  • 10.2 describe who has authorship and approval of the business case

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_10-1_to_10-2.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:38pm UTC

10.10 explain estimating techniques (including analytical, comparative, parametric, three-point, PERT formulae), 10.11 explain the reasons for and benefits of re-estimating through the project life cycle and the concept of the estimating funnel

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:38pm UTC

10.12 describe stakeholder management processes,

10.13 explain the importance of managing stakeholders expectations

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:37pm UTC

In this podcast is about explains benefits management and how it fits into the project lifecycle. Benefits management is a fairly new topic for many project managers and organisations. It is important to track the benefits projects deliver, but at the same time it can be difficult to follow up with benefit after the project has disbanded. Not lease because everyone is now working flat out on the next project. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 10.3 explain benefits management (including success criteria and key performance indicators and their uses in measuring project success)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_10-3.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:36pm UTC

In this podcast is about explains the different types of investment appraisal that can be done to calculate the viability of projects. The techniques examined are Payback, Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). More importantly in this podcast we discuss why project managers should be interested in these calculations and the impact a project can have on the economic viability of a project. The longer it takes and the more it costs the more difficult it is the justify the funding. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 110.4 explain the use of payback, Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value as investment appraisal techniques. The examination questions will not require calculations to be performed

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_10-4.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:35pm UTC

In this podcast is about information management. Project generate masses of informations. In this podcast we explore the different types of project information and how they can be stored and distributed during the project. This includes the preparation of an information management plan for the project. Its this important? Well think about how much time you spend trying to find the right information for your project. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 10.7 explain the purpose of the project management plan and its importance throughout the project life cycle,
  • 10.8 describe the typical contents of a project management plan,
  • 10.9 outline the authorship, approval and audience of a project management plan

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:35pm UTC

10.7 explain the purpose of the project management plan and its importance throughout the project life cycle,10.8 describe the typical contents of a project management plan, 10.9 outline the authorship, approval and audience of a project management plan

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:34pm UTC

11.1 explain the process for creating and maintaining a schedule,11.2 describe different techniques used for depicting a schedule (including network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt chart, milestone chart), 11.3 state advantages and disadvantage

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:34pm UTC

11.4 explain categories and types of resources (such as human resources, consumable and re-usable equipment, materials, space), 11.5 describe how resources are allocated to a schedule,11.6 differentiate between resource smoothing and resource levellin

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:33pm UTC

11.7 explain what is meant by budgeting and cost control

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

12.1 explain each stage in a risk management process (such as initiate, identify, assess, plan and implement responses), 12.2 compare the responses to risk in terms of risk as a threat or opportunity (such as avoid, reduce, transfer or accept and exploi

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

12.4 distinguish between risks and issues, 12.5 explain the advantages and disadvantages of risk and issue escalation

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:31pm UTC

13.1 define quality management, 13.2 define quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and continual improvement, 13.3 describe the benefits of the quality management process

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:31pm UTC

In this podcast discuss the different roles in a project organisation including the sponsor, project manager, users, team members and suppliers. In particular we discuss why each of these roles is important for the success of the project. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 4.3 explain the role and key responsibilities of the project manager,
  • 4.4 differentiate between the responsibilities of the project manager and project sponsor throughout the project life cycle,
  • 4.5 describe other roles within project management

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:27pm UTC

In this podcast discuss functions that a project office in a project enviroment. This includes the different levels of project office support from basic admin to strategic PMO support to the protfolio manager. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 4.6 describe the functions and benefits of different types of project office (including project support office {PSO}, enterprise project management office {EPMO}, project services or centres of excellence)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_4-6.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:27pm UTC

In this podcast is about the project life cycle. It explains why the project lifecycle is important, the different stages in the project lifecycle, the importance of gates and other reviews in the lifcycle. It also discusses the difference between a product and project lifecycle. Finally it finished of discussing how lessons learned are integrated with the project lifecycle and the different types of review that happen during the project lifecycle ,.discuss functions that a project office in a project enviroment. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 5.1 define a project life cycle and project life cycle phases (including concept, definition, development, handover and closure and benefits realisation)
  • 5.2 explain why projects are structured as phases (including the use of end of phase reviews, go/no-go decisions and high level planning)
  • 5.3 explain the differences between a project life cycle and an extended life cycle
  • 5.4 outline processes for sharing knowledge and lessons learned throughout projects
  • 5.5 explain the benefits of conducting reviews throughout the project life cycle (including project evaluation reviews, gate reviews, post project reviews, peer reviews, benefits reviews and audits)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

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Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:26pm UTC

In this podcast is about project governance. This is a tricky area for many people because governance is a function of the organisation and not the project. In this section we discuss what governance is and why it is relevant to projects. We discuss the application of project governance in a project environment and what it means for a project manager. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 6.1 describe the principles of governance of project management (such as policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities))

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_6-1.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

In this podcast is about project management methods. Methods are the standard ways in which organisations deliver projects. They include standard roles, a lifecycle, templates, processes and prodcures. They give the organisation many benefits including consistancy of approach, clarity about who is doing what when and continuity between one project and the next. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 6.2 explain how project management methodologies can be used to support the governance structure,
  • 6.3 explain the advantages of using standard project management methodologies across an organisation

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_6-2_and_6-3.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

In this podcast is about project communications. Communications is one of the most important areas for project managers. A bit of pllaning can make a siginifacnt difference to the way in which communications are recieved and understood by the key stakeholders in the project. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 7.1 describe the key contents of a project communication plan,
  • 7.2 explain the benefits of a project communication plan,
  • 7.3 explain the importance of effective communication in managing different stakeholders,
  • 7.4 identify factors which can positively or negatively affect communication

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_7-1_to7-4.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:24pm UTC

In this podcast is about the management of conflict in projects. Projects are about change, so inevitably projects generate conflict either within the project tram or with external stakeholders. The way in which project managers and team members respond to this conflict is important. In this section we consider the sources of project conflict and the different approaches project managers can adopt to address this conflict. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 7.5 identify sources of conflict within the project life cycle and ways in which it can be addressed(such as Blake and Mouton, Thomas/Kilmann and Pruitt)
  • 7.6 explain how to plan and conduct different negotiations (including formal, informal, competitive and collaborative)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_7-5_and_7-6.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:24pm UTC

In this podcast is about the leadership and team development. People make projects and so this is an important topic for many project managers. This relies on effective leadership,influencing skills and motivation skills. In this podcast we discuss what makes a good leader and how to motivate a team. We also discuss a number of the classic leadership models and their reliance to project management. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 8.1 describe typical leadership qualities,
  • 8.2 explain the principles and importance of motivation,
  • 8.3 explain the impact of leadership on team performance and motivation (using models such as Maslow, Herzberg and McGregor)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_8-1_to_8-3.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:23pm UTC

In this podcast is about situational leadership. This desctibes how a good leader eed to be able to use different leadership styles in different situations with different followers. Good leaders adapt thier style to the different situation they meet, sometimes being highly directive and at other being supportive. Great leaders know how to apply these differnt approaches to get the best out of the people they lead. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 8.4 explain the benefits of adapting styles of leadership within a project (such as situational leadership, action centred leadership)

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_8-4.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:23pm UTC

In this podcast is about team working. This describes the benefits of an effective project team and the characteristics of an effective team. In particular we discuss how to develop cross-functional and temporary team that are often found in a project context. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 8.5 describe the characteristics and benefits of effective teams and teamwork,

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_8-5.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:22pm UTC

In this podcast is about scope management. It describes the ways in which scope can be defined, baselines and managed. Scope is the most difficult of the three elements of the triangle of balance to measure. The two other components (cost and time) are the easiest, but both depend on a clear definition of scope in order to provide a realistic change of estimating either the time or the cost. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 9.1 Define scope in terms of outputs, outcome and benefits

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_9-1.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:22pm UTC

In this podcast is about change control. Effective change control is one of the most important aspects of project delivery. Time and time again poor change control has been demonstrated as the cause of additional cost and time over runs. In this section we look at the sources of change on projects and how these changes can be controlled through a formal process. The APMP assessment criteria covered in this podcast include

  • 9.3 explain the different stages of change control (such as request, review, assessment, decision, implementation),
  • 9.4 explain the relationship between change control and configuration management, and the concept of change freeze,
  • 9.5 explain the advantages and disadvantages of a change control process

This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management qualification (APMP). This approach includes a wide range of learning resources included a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

Direct download: section_9-3_to_9-5.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:21pm UTC

9.3 explain the different stages of change control (such as request, review, assessment, decision, implementation), 9.4 explain the relationship between change control and configuration management, and the concept of change freeze, 9.5 explain the adva

Direct download: section_9-part2b.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 12:20pm UTC

One of the topics people struggle with in the APMP is configuration management and that’s because not many projects need the formal control that you get from configuration management; it’s about controlling the design and making sure that all parts of the design move together step by step. So it’s a technical process about controlling the drawings, bills of materials and the documents that constitute the design. So typical documents you would control would be the specifications: requirements specifications, functional specifications, and then all the drawings and the parts lists and the tests that go with those. It’s not just documents but everything technically associated with the project. The steps involved can be remembered by the mnemonic PICSA – not the same as the video company but almost.

 

P stands for planning – that’s setting up the configuration management system at the beginning of the project – it is usually a database or it can be a  filing system – and how we are going to number the documents, what version control process we are going to use, what document templates we are going to use – all that sort of stuff.

 

I is Identifying all parts we are going to control in this formal way – that will include all drawings, all the design documents and specifications, but not maybe the risk register, and not maybe the budget, and not maybe emails and letters so it’s the formal things associated with the design.

 

C is the configuration control that is controlling the changes that happen to documents by issuing a change request or raising a change request before any design document is changed and these might lead to a commercial change but it may, for example, be changing the colour of a wall from green to purple. This is not going to cost any more but it makes it fit with our corporate colour scheme so they are technical changes. And you can imagine there are lots and lots of changes that might happen in projects.

 

S stands for status accounting and that means making sure we are keeping track of all the changes; the changes that haven’t been done and the latest drawings, and which have been updated and which have not been updated.

And finally we need to make sure that all this information is aligned and make sense and that’s what A is:

A is auditing and that is checking that the configuration documentation all fits together and that we haven’t got any open change requests that haven’t been processed properly .

 So that is configuration management and the simplest way to remember the process is with the mnemonic PICSA – P  I  C  S  A.

 

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Category:APMP -- posted at: 9:04pm UTC

Parallel Project Training is all about opening up training to the people who couldn’t access it before. We do that by using lots of modern media so that people can learn in much more effective ways. For example, putting material on iTunes, making podcasts, publishing books – a few years ago if you wanted to do a project management training course it would involve 5 days in a class room and would cost you the thick end of £2,000. Whereas nowadays we give people the option to decide how to access that learning and at what cost.

 

What topics Do You Cover?

We do all of project management really – we do all levels of APM, PMI and PRINCE2 training so those resources are available for people to access as and when they wish to use them. People love the fact that they can listen to the programs on the train, or they can study at home from a book when they wish to.

 

Who Are Your Clients?

We have some really good clients such as the National Trust, who have some fascinating projects upgrading listed buildings and grade 1 scheduled monument. Network Rail who are a really good client of ours; they have some big changes underway that we are helping them with. Also The Prince’s Foundation for the built environment, which is Prince Charles’ charity, parts of the Ministry of Defence, Essex County Council and lots of other organisations.

 

What Do Your Customers Want From Your Courses?

Companies are quite often looking for the capability to deliver successful projects and you get that by working very closely with them in a partnership. So understanding their culture and designing courses that really improve particular topics in their organisation; so things they specifically need.

Individuals want to progress their career so they are quite often looking for more certification and qualification based training.

So you have both sets really…

The National Trust for instance is trying to put in a consistent framework that they say will save them £30m a year.

Whereas Network Rail, for instance, is going through a huge change programme and project management is vital for that. Parts of the MOD want to get more mature and more consistent in their delivery so we are helping them with that. Understanding exactly what the need is for each client is really, really important.

 

Has the way you deliver training changed?

Yes! The way we deliver training has dramatically changed – all the online resources: video, audio, e-learning, publishing books is all a lot easier than it used to be and all those modern learning resources people find much more accessible nowadays; so it has changed a huge amount. And also we originally thought that distance-learning would not be quite as good as a proper classroom course but actually we have found the opposite. The people who study via e-learning by themselves do better in the assessments and better in the exams because they have put their own time into the course and they have engaged in the material as well rather than being force fed it.

 

What is the Key Element That Parallel Project Training Can Offer a Business?

The key thing that we can offer a business is that we can, using cost-effective ways, improve your ability to deliver successful projects without taking people out of work and putting them in a classroom for a lengthy amount of time.



Read more: http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/category/podcasts/#ixzz2OD2n63cp

Direct download: J671_-_Paul_Naybour_INTERVIEW-HD_WMV-ipad3.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48pm UTC

Many people taking the APMP get confused between success factors, success criteria and KPIs. The jargon is very similar but the understanding the difference between them is not just important for passing the APMP exam. In this video we explain these terms using the simple story of a birthday cake. 

Project Success Criteria

These are the factors against which the overall success or failure of the project will be evaluated. So for example for a birthday cake this includes if it looks and tastes good, is it delivered on time, does it have the right number of candles. These success criteria can only be evaluates once the project is finished. For a real project the success criteria are that the project is delivered on time, with in an acceptable cost and to a quality fit for purpose. 

Project Success Factors

Are those ingredients which have to be in place for the project to be a success? For a cake this would be a working oven that has a stable and even temperature, sufficient skill in the cook to follow the recipe effectively, the right and fresh ingredients, sufficient eggs and good quality flour. Without these things then the cake project will fail. For a project success factors things such as resources, clear requirements and the support of senior management. These things need to be in place if the project is going to be successful. Without them it is difficult, but not impossible, for the project to succeed. The factors increase the chance of the project achieving its success criteria. For this reason it is useful to identify and actively manage the success factors, as these of the things that the project manager can influence during project delivery. 

Benefits

These are the returns that come from the completion of the project. Ideally they should be tangible and monetary, although many projects also have many intangible benefits such as brand awareness of an improved environment. For a birthday party this would include happy children, happy memories in the future when you look at the photo.

 

KPI are measures of progress or quality in the project. So this could include progress against the plan, the stability of the oven temperature. On a typical project this will be number of milestones completed or actual expenditure in a month compared to the plan 

 

This video podcast is just part of our APMP project management training course

 
Direct download: J671_-_Parallel_Projects_-_Bday_Cake-HD_WMV-ipad3.mp4
Category:APMP -- posted at: 3:34pm UTC

One area people struggle with in the APMP exam is project governance. However sad bet can help you remember this topic.

Senior Management have a responsibility for governance.

Accountability needs to be defined for governance.

Disclosure of information about the project must be open and honest

Business case must be in place and align with the corporate strategy for every projectEvaluation of project by external peer groups is a required to ensure it remains in control

Termination of projects that don’t have a viable business case must be done.

Direct download: J671_-_Parallel_Projects_-_SADBET-HD_WMV-ipad.mp4
Category:APMP -- posted at: 9:16pm UTC

In this PMP®Prep Podcast we start our PMP certification series. This first podcast covers

  1. What is the Project Management Institute?
  2. What is PMP credential?
  3. What is the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge and how it related to the project management body of knowledge
  4. What is the process to apply for the exam?
  5. Hints and tip to help you prepare the PMP exam.

This is first of a series of Pod casts to be published over the next few weeks covering the entire PMBok® Guide. For more information on PMP certification visit www.parallelprojecttraining.com

PMP, PMI, PMBOK® Guide, are registered trademarks of Project Management Insitute, Inc.

Direct download: PMPtake2part0_PMP_exam.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 8:47pm UTC

In this PMP Prep podcast we look at project procurement management as defined my the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In this programme we look at:

  1. Plan Procurements which involves documenting all the key procurement decisions
  2. Conduct procurement with is the process of obtaining sellers responses, selecting a seller and placing a contract.
  3. Administer procurements which includes managing the procurement relationship and monitoring perfromance
  4. Closing procurements which involves closing out contracts and completing acceptance. 

This podcast is just part of our PMP Training Course

Direct download: PMPtake2part12chapter12.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm UTC

In this PMP Prep Podcast we look at the risk management chapter of the PM BoK guide. This includes the areas of 

1) Plan risk management which includes understanding how risk management will be applied to the project.

2) Identify risks using a number of techniques.

3) Perform Qualitative Risk analysis using a simple risk matrix.

4) Perform Quantitative Risk analysis using statistical modeling of different types. 

6) Plan Risk Responses to identify the actions required to reduce risk 

7) Monitor and Control risk to keep track of current risk status 

This podcast is just part of our PMP Certification training programme

Direct download: PMPtake2part11chapter11.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 2:50pm UTC

In this podcast we continue to woth through the PMI Bidy of Knowlege by looking at chapter 10 project communictions management. This is a vital topoc for many projects and includes several core processes. 

1) Identify stakekolders with involves identifing all the people who will be impacted by the project and recording there interestes, involvment and impact on project success.

2) Plan Communications which is a process of determining how the communications needs of the different stakeholders will be met.

3) Distribute information which is the process to make information available to the stakeholders as necassary.

4) Manage stakeholder expectations which includes influencing stakholders hopes and fears for the project.

5) Report Perfromance which describes the process for collecting and communicating project reports. 

This podcast is designed to support our PMP Certification training prgrammes 

Direct download: PMPtake2chapter10v2.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 1:06pm UTC

This podcast cover the human resource aspects of project management. Based on the PMI Guide to the project management body of knowledge we explore the key processes of 

1) Develop Human Resource Plan

2) Acquire Project Team

3) Develop Project Team

4) Manage Project Team

We recommend aditional reading based on Organizational Behaviour by Huczynski and Buchanan, ISBN 0-12-639899-5. This podcast is just part of our PMP Certification training programme.

Direct download: PMPtake2chapter9.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 5:23pm UTC

In this podcast we look at project quality management chapter 8 from the guide to the project management body of knowledge.

In this section we examine

  1. What is quality in context of a project?
  2. What is the difference between quality and grade?
  3. Plan Quality which includes the process of identifying quality requirements and standards and documenting them in a quality plan.
  4. Perform Quality Assurance which is the process of enduring that quality systems are in place and being used.
  5. Perform Quality Control is the process if monitoring and recording the results from acceptance tests completed on products.

These processes are integrated into all the project management processes. Good project quality management will ensure that the project meets (but not exceeds) the customer requirements. These PMP podcasts are in support of our PMP Certification training in London

Direct download: PMPtake2part8chapter81.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 1:00pm UTC

In this podcast we look at project quality management chapter from the guide to the project management body of knowledge. In this section we examine

  1. What is quality in context of a project?
  2. What is the difference between quality and grade?
  3. Plan Quality which includes the process of identifying quality requirements and standards and documenting them in a quality plan.
  4. Perform Quality Assurance which is the process of enduring that quality systems are in place and being used.
  5. Perform Quality Control is the process if monitoring and recording the results from acceptance tests completed on products.

These processes are integrated into all the project management processes. Good project quality management will ensure that the project meets (but not exceeds) the customer requirements. These PMP podcasts are in support of our PMP Certification training in London

Direct download: PMPtake2part7chapter7.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 5:30pm UTC

In this PMP prep podcasts we look at chapter 6 of the PMI Guide the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In particular this section looks at:

  • Defining the project activities based on the WBS dictionary and scope statement
  • Sequencing the project activities and understanding the time based dependencies between themEstimating the resources available for activities
  • Estimating the duration of activities based on the available resources and the previous historic data on the typical activity durations.
  • Developing a project schedule using critical path and other scheduling methods
  • Controlling the schedule as the project progresses and reporting on milestones etc.

These processes rely heavily on the clear definition of scope in the previous chapter and also have a critical influence on the project cost.

This area so time management is often the most familiar to many project managers. Almost all are used to the generation of Gantt charts. However understanding the ways in which high quality schedules cna be developed cna makes sure that the project plans are robust and realistic. It is recommended that while listening to this podcast you have access to a copy of the PMBok Guide.

Direct download: PMPtake2part6chater6.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 4:23pm UTC

In this podcast, Paul Naybour and Adrian Taggart discuss the approach to scope management within the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. This is a critical area for many projects as the degree of ambiguity over scope can be a critical factor in project success or failure.

In this section we explore for following processes:

  1. Collect Requirements based on an analysis of the stakeholder’s needs and wants.
  2. Defined scope which means translating the users scope into a detailed description of the product.
  3. Create WBS which us a way of breaking the project deliverables and work into more manageable components.
  4. Verify Scope which is a way of checking for scope creep and formalising acceptance of the deliverables.
  5. Control scope which means monitoring the overall scope to identify scope creep.

We recommend you listen to this podcast with a copy of the PM BoK at your side. This podcast is part of the pre-work for PMP certification training delivered by Parallel Project Training in London.

Direct download: PMPtake2part5chapter5.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 10:48am UTC

In this PMP® Prep Podcast we reach the project integration chapter in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. This is a key chapter as it sets out the overall processes needed to “identify, define, combine, unify and coordinate” a wide range of project management activities. Project Integration is critical for the successful delivery of projects, as these processes provide the overview of the project direction and status. Project Integration management is about driving management decisions based on the information provided by the other knowledge areas. In this podcast we cover:
What is project management integration?
  • Develop the project charter, including a discussion of how this works in different types of organisation.
  • Develop project management plan, including the sources of information required to develop the project baselines and subsidiary plans. 
  • Direct and Manage Project Execution which includes the completion of the work required in the project management plan.
  • Monitor and Control Project Work which includes comparing the actual progress against the plan, identifying new risk and issues, assessing the need for corrective action, tacking the completion of project products and providing status report. 
  • Perform Integrated Change Control which combines configuration management with control of changes to the triple baselines of scope, time and cost. 
  • Project Close which involves ensuring that the project is fully completed to the requirements and closed in an orderly way. 
These podcasts are just part of our parallel learning system and for more information in PMP training you can visit our website www.parallelprojecttraining.com
PMP, PMI, PMBOK® Guide, are registered trademarks of Project Management Insitute, Inc
Direct download: PMPtake2part4chapter4.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 9:50am UTC

In this PMP® Prep Podcast we continue our journey through the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In chapter 3 we explore the following

The core interaction between the project management process groups and the project lifecycle.

The organisation of the project management process and knowledge areas into five process groups, initiating process group, planning process group, executing process group, monitoring and controlling process group and closing process group. 

These podcasts are just part of our parallel learning system and for more information in PMP training you can visit our website www.parallelprojecttraining.com

PMP, PMI, PMBOK® Guide, are registered trademarks of Project Management Insitute, Inc.

Direct download: PMPtake2part3chapter3.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 7:06pm UTC

In this PMP® Prep Podcast we continue our journey through the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In chapter 2 we explore the following

  1. Project lifecycle characteristics
  2. Product lifecycles and how they relate to project lifecycles
  3. The interfaces between project and operations
  4. The importance of stakeholders to project success
  5. The influence of different organisations on the delivery of project
  6. An explanation of organisational process assets.

These podcasts are just part of our parallel learning system and for more information in PMP training you can visit our website www.parallelprojecttraining.com

PMP, PMI, PMBOK® Guide, are registered trademarks of Project Management Insitute, Inc.

Direct download: PMPtake2part2Chapter2.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 7:25pm UTC

In the PMP Prep Podcast we cover the first chapter of the PMBok®Guide. This includes

  1. What is the purpose of the PMBoK® guide in covering the most commonly used area of project management knowledge.
  2. What is a project as a temporary and unique transient endeavor?
  3. What is project management as the application of knowledge and skills to the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control and final closing of projects
  4. The relationship between project management, programme management and a project portfolio and the different attributes of each
  5. The role of the project office and the different types of project office implemented by organizations from simple project admin to a project enterprise office.
  6. The importance of managing the interface between operations and the project
  7. The role of the project manager in the us of knowledge, and personal skills to deliver project performance.
  8. A description of project enterprise factors and why they are important for project delivery.

This is the second in a series of prodcast to support those preparing for PMP certification training delivered by parallel project training in London.

Direct download: PMPtake2part1chapter1.mp3
Category:PMP Podcasts -- posted at: 3:41pm UTC

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard  for those able to demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, who have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. This podcast made in partnership with the APM includes those responsible for developing the new standard and those who have been through the RPP process and are now RPP assessors. 

The guests include

  • John Zachar; APM product development manager for RPP, John has a wealth of experience in project management including the US Air Force.
  • Graham Hawkins (RPP); Manager of the APM PMO responsible for coordinating a number of projects across the APM including the launch of RPP. Graham was awarded RPP as part of the pilot group and is now and RPP assessor.
  • Neil Mooney (RPP) Training Director of Provek was also awarded RPP as part of the pilot group and is now and RPP assessor.
  • Paul Naybour, host of the Parallel Project Training podcast channel.

In this episode you will learn

  1. What is the Association for Project Management?
  2. What is the Registered Project Professional Standard?
  3. How Registered Project Professional with give your organisation a competitive advantage?
  4. Why should I apply?
  5. What is the application process?
  6. What other sources of information and support are available.

Both Provek and Parallel Project Training have employees who are RPP assessors and can provide advice and guidance on how it can be used to support project management development in organisations. Please contact either the APM for more information about this new standard.   

Direct download: What_is_APM_Registered_Project_Professional.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04am UTC

APMP Project Management Distance Learning overview from Parallel Project Training

We will support you all the way during your course with the following materials.

  1. Our highly acclaimed printed study guide with 275 pages, 75 high quality figures, sample exam questions and exam hints and tips.
  2. Eight on-line e-learning modules which are closely integrated with the study guide. Try demo
  3. A wide range of MP3 audio podcasts available direct on iTunes or from the Parallel Website. Try sample here
  4. On-line tutor support via our community of practice. Visit the forum here
Direct download: APMP_Distance_Learning.mp4
Category:APMP -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

This podcasts covers the management of budgets in a project including accruals, commitments and accruals, planned and variance analysis. Hints and tips for controlling actual expenditure and forecasting work and cost to come. This is part of our Parallel Learning System as part of our APMP Training

Direct download: Mod8.7_Budget_and_Cost_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 4:41pm UTC

This podcast described the different types of project resources, how they are acquired, planned and managed. It is part of Parallel Learning System and support those preparing for the APMP qualification

Direct download: Mod8.3_Resource_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 4:29pm UTC

In this podcast we examine the steps involved in developing a project schedule, the advantages and disadvantages of using software tools to develop a project schedule and the different forms of presentation that can be used to display a project schedule. This podcast is part of our APMP project management training course. This includes a printed study guide, on-line e-learning and face to face workshop.

Direct download: Mod8.2_Scheduling.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 4:51pm UTC

This module covers scope management including the use of a work, product, cost and organisation breakdown structures. It is part of the Parallel Learning System, for more information including printed study guides and APMP training courses.

Direct download: Mod8.1_Scope_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 6:33pm UTC

This is part three of the Parallel Project Training APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management. It covers the definition of project success criteria, critical success factors, the project business case, project management plan and risk management. This is just part of the Parallel Project Management Learning System. APM Introductory Certificate Courses are available from Parallel Project Training in Reading and London.


This module is part of out podcasts APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management it covers the project lifecycle, handover and closeout, project reviews, organisational roles and responsibilites. It is just part of our Parallel Learning System which includes printed study guides, on-line e-learning and face-to-face workshops.


Paul Naybour, Business Development Director for Parallel Project Training has started building a directory of the best project managment sites on the web. The directory is growing fast with between one or two sites addign themselves to the directory every day. Add your site at http://projectaccelerator.co.uk/project-management-sites/

 

Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am UTC

In this episode we discus the barriers to good communications with our guest Adrian Taggart and how they can be overcome. Based on the APM Body of Knowledge we cover the physical, emotional and geographic barriers to good communications in the project environment and the impact of these barriers on the success of the project. We also explore the use and format of a project communications plan to improve the flow of information in a project. This podcast is part of the parallel learning system an can be used in conjunction with our printed project management study guides, e-learning and APM project management training courses

Direct download: Project_Communications.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

In this podcast we discuss the typical responsibilities of the project manager, sponsor users, team members and suppliers. We relate these responsubilities to the APM body of knowlege. These podcasts are just part of our Parallel Learning System and can be used in conjunction with our printed APMP study guide

Direct download: Organisational_Roles.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 5:36pm UTC

This podcast describes the APM project lifecycle and why projects are broken into phases. We also look at the difference between and project and extended lifecycle. This podcast is part of our parallel learning system can be used stand alone or in conjunction with our printed study guides, distance learning and face to face workshops.

Direct download: project_lifecycle.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 10:04am UTC

This podcast looks at the challenges of managing in different project organisation structures including functional, project and matrix organisations. It is based on section 6.7 of the APM body of knowledge and explores the strengths and weakness of each organisation type. The can be used standalone or in conjunction with our APMP Training

Direct download: Organisation_Structures.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 5:55pm UTC

This is part on one of our introduction to project management. It covers the project management and the project context. It is just one element of the Parallel Learning System which includes printed study guides, on-line e-learning, podcasts and face to face workshops.  For more details of the Parallel Learning System visit APM Intoductory Certificate . Remember we are with you all the way.


A special edition podcast on Social Networking in Project Management with Elizabeth Harin from girls guide to project management, Lindsay Scott from How to Manage a Camel and Owain Wilson from the Association for Project Management
  • What is social media?
  • Can it really help deliver successful projects or is it just a fad?
  • What are the challenges with Social Media?
Direct download: social_media_in_project_management.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:31pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 5.4, procurement. This podcast covers procurement in project management, the purpose and content of a procurement strategy, the process of supplier selection, different methods of supplier reimbursement, and contractual types.  It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_Procurement_APM_Bok_5.4_Parallel_Study_Guide_6.4.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 7:18pm UTC

This module covers the project management business case sections of the APM Body of Knowledge. It includes the contents, purpose and roles involved in a project business case. It can be used in conjunction with our APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_Business_Case_BoK_5.1.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 4:56pm UTC

Parallel Project Training has launched a new micro site for the new APMP for Prince2 qualification visit the site at http://www.apmpforprince2.com/

Category:general -- posted at: 9:18am UTC

APMP distance learning is now available from Parallel Project Training for £300. Complete your training for £300.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm UTC

This module covers the project estimating sections of the APM Body of Knowledge. It includes the practical problems of estimating, and different techniques such as bottom up, top down, parametric and three point estimating.  It can be used in conjunction with our APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: Estimating_APM_BoK_4.3_Parallel_Study_Guide_5.3.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 7:24pm UTC

This module covers the requirements management sections of the APM Body of Knowledge. It includes the description of requirements management process such as capture, analysis, prioritisation and testing, the factors used to structure requirements and the importance of requirements management. It can be used in conjunction with our APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: requirerments_management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 3:53pm UTC

This module covers the health safety and environment sections of the APM Body of Knowledge. It includes the purpose of HSE legislation, examples of industry specific HSE legislation, duty of care for a project manager and team member, responsibilities of the project manager for health and safety, HSE risk assessment and environmental legislation. It can be used in conjunction with our APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: Mod7.8_Health_and_Safety.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 7:09pm UTC

This podcast covers the APM BOK topics 2.6 Project Quality Management including quality planning, quality assurance and quality control in the project environment. It also looks at the benefits of quality management. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with theAPMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: Mod7.4_Quality_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 4:09pm UTC

This podcast covers the APM BOK topics 2.1 Project Success and Benefits Management, including success criteria, KPI's, critical success factors and benefits management process. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: Project_Success_Criteria_7.1.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 9:01pm UTC

Parallle Project Training are launching and APMP Project Management Training Course in London on the 17th May 2010

Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm UTC

This podcast covers the APM BOK topics 2.2 Stakeholder Management, including the stakeholder management process such as identify, analysis, communications planning, and ongoing management. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_7.2_Stakeholder_Management_APM_BoK_2.2.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 9:49pm UTC

Special Edition with Lindsy Scott of Project Management Recruitment - Arras People. In this edition we look at the changes in the project management jobs market for employers and candidates since the credit crunch and how job seekers have to present themselves differently to be successful in this different market. From Project Management Training Course

Direct download: Jobs_Special_Edition.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 2.5 Project Risk Management, including the risk management process initiate, identify, assess, plan responses and the overarching process. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: Risk_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 10:04pm UTC

Next week we have a special edition with Lindsay Scott, Director of Arras people on how to present yourself to employers in this new jobs market. Including the role of project management qualifications

Category:general -- posted at: 6:18pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 1.6 Project Office, including the roles of the project office, different types of project office, benefits of a project office, and role of project support in project management. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_3.6_Project_Office.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 7:44pm UTC

A special edition with Donnie MacNicol from Team Animation, chair of the APM people SIG. What is complexity, how can it be reduced and what sort of leadership skills for making the transition to the leader of complex project. For more information on programmes to support leaders of complex projects visit www.parallelprojecttraining.com

Direct download: Leading_Complex_Projects.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:54pm UTC

How can you build a team without investing in team building activities? Why should we pay attention to team development? What are the challenges in building teams? How can these be over come? How can we manage a virtual team? This is a special edition podcast with Adrian Tillin of Malvern Drive Consulting, joining Paul Naybour and John Bolton from Parallel Project Training

Direct download: People_Make_Project.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:26pm UTC

News Flash, APMP study guide available today, Adrian Tillin as guest on next podcast and competition launched on web site

Parallel Project Training is pleased to announce that is long awaited APMP study guide is available today from www.parallelprojecttraining.com or Amazon.co.uk. Designed to accompany podcast and e-learning, this study guide is your first step towards professional project management. It is packed full exercises, case studies, quizzes and sample APMP questions.

We are also pleased to announce that Adrian Tillin of Malvern Drive Consulting is joining us for the next podcast on Friday 5th February 2010. The topic of conversation will be the highly topical “Getting the best out of others with no time and no money”. Adrian is a fantastic speaker on project management and well worth listening too.

Finally we are holding a competition for three copies of our APMP Study Guide, entry is free via our website, and all are invited to the launch of Parallel Project Training on the 19th March at Davidson House in Reading or via a Webinar. Come along a meet the team and witness the draw of the prizes. Please visit the web site for more details and the register for this free event.

 

Direct download: Parallel_News_Flash.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 1.5 Project Sponsorship, including the roles and responsibilities of the project sponsor, and how it changes in the lifecycle, why effective sponsorship is important and relashipship between the project sponsor and the project manager. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide 

Direct download: sponsorship.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 8:12pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 1.4 Project Context, including the need to understand project context, the need to consider the internal and external context (environment) and the use of tools and techniques such as PESTLE and SWOT. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_3.4_Project_Context_APM_BoK_1.4.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 6:16pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 6.6 Project Reviews, including project evaluation reviews, gate reviews, audits, post project reviews, benefits realisation reviews and explaining the benefits of project reviews. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_4.6_Project_Reviews_APM_BoK_6.6.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 6:43pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 4.7 Configuration Management. It includes a description of the configuration management process and the reasons for requiring configuration management. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_5.7_Configuration_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 6:06pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 1.3 Portfolio Management. It includes the difference between portfolio management / project management and a discussion of situations in which portfolio management would be appropriate. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the a APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_3.3_Portfolio_Management_BoK_1.3.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 3:34pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 3.6, earned value management. This podcast covers the principles of earned value management, planned cost, actual cost, earned value, cost and schedule variances, cost performance and schedule performance, forecasting cost and schedule performance.  It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: APMP_Module_8.6_Earned_Value_Management_BoK_3.6.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 12:12pm UTC

This Podcast covers the APM BOK topics 1.2 programme management. What is a programme? The roles of a programme manager? The benefits of programme management?  It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide 

Direct download: Module_3.2_Pogramme_Management.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 7:04pm UTC

The Podcast contains secret hints and tips for passing the APMP Exam. These include using the syllabus as revision notes, the style of questions and exam technique. It is part of the Parallel Project learning system and is ideally used in conjunction with the APMP Project Management Training Study Guide

Direct download: How_to_Pass_the_APMP_Exam.mp3
Category:APMP -- posted at: 12:36pm UTC



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