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Plan for Project Success: Project Planning and Management

Familiarise yourself with project planning and management – from project planning tools to project success criteria.

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Plan for Project Success: Project Planning and Management

3,491 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Build the knowledge and skills you need for managing projects that succeed

This course will teach you how to organise and plan your projects to make them succeed.

You’ll be introduced to concepts and principles behind effective project management, especially how to plan for a successful project.

Learn how to apply project management concepts to your work

Project planning is an effective and efficient way of organising work. The aim is to fulfil the project goals, on time and on budget, and keeping important stakeholders satisfied. It might sound simple, but the uncertainty and often a complex project context makes project management a challenge.

This course explores how to plan for project success, as well how to define success criteria for your projects.

Get tips for taking on project management for SMEs

The course is designed to give you core knowledge around project planning and project management, and that means using your problem-solving skills to handle unexpected challenges.

Using case studies and examples from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), you’ll build your confidence for tackling any issues that may come your way when managing projects at an SME.

Use project planning tools and processes to solve common project challenges

By examining and analysing specific project scenarios, you’ll learn how to identify drivers and obstacles towards a successful project.

Learning from experts in project and process management, you’ll be more confident to plan a project, and to make it successful.

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds All around us, there is a world of projects— —with the goal of bringing value to our community. Project-oriented companies are organizations where most of their services or products— —are offered through projects for either internal or external customers. Unfortunately, we often hear about problems regarding projects— —and about projects failing. Is it possible to plan for project success? And what is project success? The online course “Plan for project success” is designed to give you basic knowledge— —about project, project management, goals and stakeholders. You will also learn about the transition— —when going from making a project plan to project realization. And, most of all, how you can plan for project success.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to projects and project success

    • Course introduction

      These first steps will give you an introduction to the course and an overview of what to expect.

    • The What and Why of projects

      To understand what characterize project as a way of working, and why we sometimes organize work as a project.

    • Project management

      Understanding what characterizes project management in different settings and contexts.

    • Project success

      To understand the complexity of project sucess or failure.

    • Reflection

      Reflecting on the course's content for week 1 by interacting with the other course participants.

  • Week 2

    The project plan and project planning

    • The project plan

      To have knowledge about what a project plan is and why.

    • Goals, tollgates and stakeholders

      To increase understanding of some aspects of a project plan that relate to project success and failure.

    • Project plan vs. project planning

      To understand the connection between project plan and project planning.

    • Reflection

      Its time to reflect on and recap week 2.

  • Week 3

    Plan for project success

    • Perspectives on project success

      Understanding project success characteristics through different perspectives.

    • Plan for project success

      To increase understanding of project success characteristics, through case analysis from different perspectives.

    • Course closure and reflection

      Reflecting on the course's content, by interacting with the other course participants

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand project and project management as a way of working.
  • Explain different project management concepts related to project planning and project success.
  • Interpret challenges when managing projects, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) and in the context of tourism.
  • Analyse project scenarios and propose solutions.
  • Reflect and discuss project management aspects and scenarios within a learning community.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about project management and how to think when planning for project success.

The case studies and examples used are specially designed for highlighting project management challenges in small and medium-sized organisations (SMEs).

Who will you learn with?

Associate professor in Quality technology and Management, at Luleå University of Technology. Main interests are project and process management, problem- and project-based learning

Who developed the course?

Luleå University of Technology

The Luleå University of Technology mission is to shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results. Located in the arctic region, the university creates global societal benefit.

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