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 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

Direct download: section_3-2_to_3-5.mp3
Category:APM Body of Knowledge 6 Edition -- posted at: 5:10pm 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



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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

 
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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.

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