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Ready to take the next step in your learning journey? If you have enjoyed the topics, tasks and discussions over the last two weeks, you can continue your learning with …

Welcome

Welcome to Foundations of Project Management, a free two-week taster course for Coventry University’s Masters of Business Administration degree. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be delving into some of …

Getting the most out of your learning

As this might be your first time studying with Coventry University, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of the experience. Comments FutureLearn is …

Project initiation

You’ve now gained some key insights into what a project life cycle is and how it’s defined. During this step, we’ll cover the initiation stage of the project life cycle. …

Extended project life cycle

The most common type of life cycle is the linear life cycle, sometimes known as the linear sequential model or waterfall method, illustrated below: Click image to enlarge The scope …

The project life cycle

To accommodate the predominance of programmes and portfolios as aspects of project management, the definition of the project life cycle has extended over the years. This article highlights the inter-related …

Professional development and qualifications

The global economy has become more project-oriented, as the practice of project management expands within industries that were traditionally less project-oriented, such as healthcare, publishing and professional services. Opportunities also …

Project management skills

Projects are all about the people; so it is a combination of this range of skills from the hard to soft and everything that encompasses in between that makes for …

Effective qualities of a project manager

Project management provides people with a robust set of tools that includes the ability to plan, implement and manage activities to accomplish specific objectives. However, project management is more than …

What is a typical day in project management?

In the previous activity, we saw that finding an adequate definition for a project can be problematic. If we now consider a person involved in managing projects, this can introduce …

Project constraints

With any project, some limitations and risks need to be considered and addressed to ensure the project’s ultimate success. The scarcity of available resources for completion of any project gives …

Projectification and its consequences

Globalisation is challenging almost every aspect of the political, economic, social and technological environment. Organisations, whether public or private, have to adapt their strategies and operations to stay competitive and …