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Project management fundamentals

Simple considerations to achieve project success

Topic: Business
Samuel Parri

It’s a given that at some point you’ll have to manage a project. Some projects can be simple and straightforward, while others can be extremely complex. Some can be completed in a few days, while others may take weeks, months, or even longer. But all projects require careful management of a wide range of considerations, such as people, time, resources, and money. Whether you’re building the next Golden Gate Bridge or organizing your twins' birthday party, the core principles are the same. Simplicity in project management enables powerful and successful outcomes.

Expert Samuel Parri offers valuable insight for anyone faced with managing a project for the first time. In two knowledge-packed hours, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of project management and gain the confidence and overall understanding to achieve project success.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • What a project is and what it isn’t
  • How to determine what the project is expected to accomplish and what people and resources are needed
  • The key principles required to achieve success
  • How to communicate progress (when and to whom)
  • How to lead and motivate those involved
  • What to do when a project is completed

And you’ll be able to:

  • Create a project plan
  • Identify roles and responsibilities
  • Lead a team through the project process
  • Communicate with project stakeholders
  • Determine key metrics and calculate outcomes
  • Identify when a project gets off track and take appropriate action
  • Identify lessons learned when a project is completed

This training course is for you because...

This course is for you because…

  • You’re an engineer assigned to manage projects but have little to no project management experience.
  • You work with cross-functional teams and subject-matter experts.
  • You want to become a project manager.



  • A basic understanding of business
  • Relevant work experience

Recommended preparation:

  • Think about a challenge you’ve encountered or a challenge you anticipate in a future project. Come prepared to reflect on how the project management principles you learn could be applied and, optionally, share a few sentences about the challenge.

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Samuel Parri is a certified a Project Management Professional (PMP); he also holds an advanced master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University as well as certifications in customer success management, Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3.0. Samuel started his career as an engineer and held subsequent roles in research, engineering, development, and product marketing. As his interests expanded to sales, services, and customer support, he realized that he enjoyed working with and helping customers manage their strategic projects and came to understand that no matter your role or position, leveraging fundamental project management principles helps to achieve project success. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degrees in business administration and telecommunications.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Project management fundamentals (20 minutes)

  • Lecture and group discussion: What is a project?; where it applies; project expectations and benefits; common terminology; role and attributes of a project manager; comparison to a program manager

Key project management elements (40 minutes)

  • Lecture and group discussion: Stakeholders; the project plan; resources; people; process; products (tools); scope; requirements; schedule; costs; procurement; purchasing; communication; quality; risk; integration; change control; ethics; culture; politics; governance; closeout; lessons learned; key reasons why projects fail

Break (5 minutes)

Project challenge (45 minutes)

  • Hands-on exercise: Describe a challenge you previously encountered or a challenge you anticipate in a future project; identify the tools or techniques you could apply to help resolve it
  • Group discussion: Paste your thoughts into the group chat; as a class, review and collaborate on a few chosen challenges

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)