François Chung, Ph.D.
Project planning and management

Project planning and management

Coursera training, MOOC (2017). Given online by the University of Virginia (US), this training introduces the key concepts of planning, executing and managing various types of projects. Every organization runs projects, formally or informally. Project management provides organizations and individuals with the language and methodologies for scoping projects, identifying dependencies, sequencing activities, utilizing resources and minimizing risks.

Week 1: Welcome to the world of projects

Main topics:

  • Organization and stakeholders;
  • Project success and failure;
  • Project life-cycle.

Week 2: The ins and outs of project planning

Main topics:

  • Detailed scoping;
  • Identifying dependencies;
  • Completion date and critical path.

Week 3: It’s a risky world

Main topics:

  • Assessing project risks;
  • Cost risk analysis;
  • Planning for ambiguity.

Week 4: Project execution

Main topics:

  • From plan to action;
  • Earned value;
  • Agile, Scrum and Kanban.


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