A Series of Articles, Graphics and Videos to Assist Current and Future PMs

Welcome to the first article in this Project Management Practitioner Course. What is the Project Management Practitioner Course Series? This is an opportunity for those of us with the real-world experience and are now, or have been, Project Management Professionals (PMP), and or have a college/university degree or some other formal training, certification to help spread our knowledge and lessons learned to the employees and students working in and studying the field of project management.

Project LifecycleCredit: cory stophlet, 2014

Readers with real-world experience or those who have questions are invited to add their input and queries in the comments section of the article series. I don’t have all the answers to every possible question; however, I’m quite sure there are plenty of readers that will have an answer or some good advice to present. If you wish to participate in this series by writing your own project management content message me here at InfoBarrel. If you are really interested in writing these articles yourself, I strongly recommend joining us here at InfoBarrel. This goes for any discipline that can be taught or presented in the pages of a website. At InfoBarrel you can embed your YouTube videos, Vimeo videos, images, pictures, and audio content into your articles making this a great resource to compile and publish complete course material. 

What is Project Management?

Over the next few months, I will endeavor to write and publish articles covering topics in each of the project management process areas as outlined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). I will not be simple regurgitating the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBoK published by PMI.[1] I do believe and agree that the PMBoK, along with the U.S. Department of Defense edition of the PMBoK should be considered the definitive resources for reference purposes; however, we current and former practitioners of project and program management know very well that the schoolroom solution will not always be the most practical and effective solution in practice. Now you know why I call this a “Practitioner” course or lecture series. The focus is on the actual performance of PM skills and practical or training tools for education and PM performance improvement

Project Management Educator Chris Croft has published an excellent YouTube video that wraps the entire project process into a lesson less than eight minutes long. His video shown below, will cover the big topic items we will be discussing in this practitioner course. Please watch it. It provides a great overview of what a project manager should be doing to be successful. [Note: The author of this article is not formally affiliated with Mr. Croft’s video].

Project Management in under 8 Minutes

What Content to Expect

The following list represents the current article topics planned, in-the-works, or pending publishing. This list may grow over time. Please be patient and check back often to see what is available. Again, if you wish to contribute or participate in the writing and publishing of this content contact me or join us here at InfoBarrel and spread your knowledge and experience.

Article Topics Currently in the Works

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Personal Time Management
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Project Leadership
  • Meeting Management
  • Project Charter
  • Project Scope Statement
  • Team Building Games (include games, i.e. Project construction game)
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Change Management (Change Control Board, Engineering Review Board, Technical Review Board, Technical Assessment Board)
  • Project Initiation and the Birth of a Project
  • Project Scope versus Product Scope
  • Scope Management Plan
  • Project Scope Definition
  • On the Job Training
  • Project Design and Specification Document (Configuration Management part of Project Integration)
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Project Breakdown Structure
  • Scope Creep
  • Work Package Authorization
  • Risk Management Planning and Contingency Planning
  • Project Cost Estimates
  • Project Cost Management
  • Career Development in Project Management
  • Project Management Lessons Learned
  • Project Management Frequently Asked Questions

Project ProcessCredit: cory stophlet, 2014

 Articles Planned but not yet Started

  • Critical Path Method
  • Earned Value Analysis
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Planning: Precedence Diagramming Methods
  • Why and How to use Milestones, Gates, and Phases
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Schedule Planning
  • Project Performance Tracking and Reporting
  • Project Planning: Format for a Project Plan
  • Updating the Project Plan
  • Project Kick-Off Meeting/Activities
  • Project Close out Activities
  • Project Management Process and Lifecycle

Topics under Consideration

  • CPM versus GERT versus PERT
  • The Measuring and Tracking Human Performance/Effort
  • Project Test and Evaluation (as per DoD PMBoK)
  • Project Tracking By Mathematical Analysis

In-House Employee Training and Development

I’m aware that some instructors and businesses have used the material from my articles and lectures in the workplace and that is greatly appreciated. Please remember to use this website and the article link as the information source. By using this website and the associated links, you will have a one-stop shop for several valuable project management reading and training materials that you can use for your personal or employee training and development programs.

“Studium Scientiam”