"Finally an online course that teaches the 'how' of project management
from an experienced veteran." – Karin Brame

"I have been a PMP since 2006, and learned so much from this course.  Truly outstanding.  Wish it was available years ago." – Mark Thorogood, PMP

This course is the invaluable practical companion to the PMI PMBOK.  Based on more than a quarter century of experience managing projects from $250K to $55M, the course cuts through the complexity to provide a deeply practical description of how to use the proven Project Management Institute (PMI) processes to manage your projects of any size, from any domain.  At the end of the course, you will receive a special certificate that bestows on you the credential of Practical Project Manager, and the right to append PPM after your name!

The course is end-to-end, comprehensive, and divided into more than 200 easy to digest videos of just a few minutes long.  First an overview is provided of all the key PM concepts.  Then the critically important role of the Project Manager and the essentials of team management are explained.  The PM processes are then mapped across the project time-line, and the specific actions you need to take at each step are explained in an easy to follow thread.  The use of software tools to support the PM process is described.  At the end of the course, you will not only understand project management, you will be able to *implement* it.

You will also receive:

  • Microsoft Office templates for all the key PM documents, from stakeholder register to final report.

  • A complete set of example professional documentation for the Magical Devices Version 3 project, including a Project Charter, Project Management Plan, Gantt Schedule, Risk Register, and much more, that you can reuse for your own projects.  

  • The document "Project Planning With MS Office" that explains how to use Microsoft Office tools to prepare the work breakdown structure, precedence diagram, schedule, and budget for your project.

More than 75K students have taken the course from around the world, making it the leading applied PM course online.  If you need to manage a project right now, are pursuing a PMI certification, or just wish to get a solid grounding in the PM best practices to enhance your career, this course will really help.  You will also earn 16 Professional Development Units (PDU's).


William Stewart is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who has managed projects for more than a quarter century in the domains of organizational improvement, business process, system integration, software, construction, real estate, research, and others.  He has delivered more than 220 onsite PM courses to more than 2,200 people.  He has worked for aerospace, government, academia, and founded a software startup.  He has in-depth experience with project management, risk management, systems integration, and software engineering.  He earned a Ph.D. in computer science for discovery of an algorithm that builds multi-dimensional geodesic domes in optimum space and time, which to his knowledge has never been used for anything practical ;-)


"This is by far the best project management course I have ever taken!" – Susan Steigler, PMP

"This is the best real-world practical PM course on the web. Valuable knowledge and insight, clear, and hands on. A great investment when your time is really valuable and you don't want to waste a minute of it." – Sarah Hajipour

"This course offers some of the most valuable material I've consumed as a Project Manager." – Philip Kohler

"This is a very, very useful resource for both Project Managers and team members. The best PM course I have taken online." – Marcelo Palenzuela

"Excellent course -- easy to understand -- wish I had reviewed this resource before I took my PMP exam!" – Thomas Flores

"The only course you will need. Walks you through all the phases of project management. With examples, anecdotes, and most importantly - templates. Highly recommend!" – Allan Madhuram

"I took this course after earning my PMP certification, and am stunned by the practical insights it provides. Thank you! I definitely recommend for both newbies and experienced Project Managers." – Raj Bidika, PMP

"This was the best project management course that I have taken. I recommend to anyone interested in project management. Really above and beyond what I expected." – Mark April

"Really straightforward and clear. Wish I had taken this before I sat for my PMP test." – Alexander Feravich

"Great course, perfectly delivered. The PMBOK Guide applied to reality. I plan to repeat this course over and over again." – Alain Yeno

"Not only does this course teach you practical project management, it also teaches you life skills you will keep for a lifetime. Exceptional. I couldn't have asked for anything better." – Saad Faruqui

"Crisp and direct, no blabbing. Wise to go with this first before consulting any other material." – Rufus Okomhanru

"The course was amazing. A lot of real life examples. In my 17 years of PM experience I have never taken a more concise, informative, and easy to understand PM walk-through." – Vladimir Mitev

"This course gave me valuable insight into key PMBOK areas that I haven't considered since I received my PMP certification in 2012. Great course!" – Dan Bischoff

"I've been managing projects for several years, and picked up key points which will improve my work in the future, and would have made previous projects significantly better if I'd known them sooner. Highly recommended." – David Morrison

"This turned out to be the best money I ever spent. My only regret is I didn't take this course sooner." – Nicholas Ikpi

"One of the greatest courses I have ever had. Short videos you can digest at your own pace. A warm environment, seems that you are talking with him." – Francisco Zapata

"Over the course of a 20 year career I have purchased many training materials, video courses, study guides, etc, and this was hands down the best material I have ever used." – Christopher Irons


  • 1

    Welcome To The Course!

    • Introduction & Downloads

    • Example: Magical Devices Version 3!

    • How To Report PDU's To The PMI

  • 2

    Overview: Contents

    • Overview: Contents

  • 3

    Overview: The PMI Framework

  • 4

    Overview: Strategic Plan

    • Overview: The Link To The Strategic Plan

    • Overview: Exercise - Link To Your Strategic Plan

  • 5

    Overview: The Triple Constraint

  • 6

    Overview: Keys To Success

    • Overview: The Standish Group Chaos Report

    • Overview: The Top 3 Drivers Of Project Success

  • 7

    Overview: The Project Manager

    • Overview: The Role Of The Project Manager

    • Overview: Project Manager Requirements

    • Overview: Communications Essentials

    • Overview: Team Formation

    • Overview: Team Foundations

    • Overview: Team Dynamics

    • Overview: Negotiation Essentials

    • Overview: Leadership Essentials

    • Overview: Exercise - Your Project Manager Development

  • 8

    Overview: Chapter Summary

    • Overview: Summary Checklist

  • 9

    Initiation: Contents

    • Initiation: Contents

  • 10

    Initiation: Introduction

    • Initiation: The Purpose Of Initiation

    • Initiation: The Project Manager Role

  • 11

    Initiation: The Sponsor & Customer

    • Initiation: The Sponsor & Customer

  • 12

    Initiation: Stakeholders

    • Initiation: The Project Stakeholders

    • Initiation: Stakeholder Analysis

    • Initiation: Exercise - Baseline Your Stakeholders

  • 13

    Initiation: The First Level Scope

    • Initiation: The Project Objective

    • Initiation: Objective Process

    • Initiation: Assumptions & Constraints

    • Initiation: The Conceptual Solution

    • Initiation: Exercise - Baseline Your Initiation Scope

  • 14

    Initiation: The Business Case

    • Initiation: The Business Case

    • Initiation: The Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)

    • Initiation: Examples – Business Case BCR & ROI

    • Initiation: Exercise - Baseline Your Business Case

  • 15

    Initiation: The Project Manager & Mandate

    • Initiation: The Project Manager & Mandate

  • 16

    Initiation: The Project Charter

    • Initiation: The Project Charter

    • Initiation: Exercise - Baseline Your Project Charter

  • 17

    Initiation: Chapter Summary

    • Initiation: Summary Checklist

  • 18

    Planning: Contents

    • Planning: Contents

  • 19

    Planning: Introduction

  • 20

    Planning: Requirements

    • Planning: From Objective To Requirements

    • Planning: Requirements – A Long-Time Challenge

    • Planning: Example – Health System

    • Planning: Importance Of Requirements

    • Planning: Gathering Requirements

    • Planning: Requirements Attributes

    • Planning: Requirements Key Points

    • Planning: Requirements Document & Approval

    • Planning: Example – Buying Chairs

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Project Requirements

  • 21

    Planning: Solution

    • Planning: The Solution Definition

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Project Solution Definition

  • 22

    Planning: Deliverables

    • Planning: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

    • Planning: Examples – Aircraft, Shed, Supper, Standards, Process

    • Planning: WBS Process

    • Planning: WBS Key Points

    • Planning: WBS Methods

    • Planning: When To Break Down Deliverables Further

    • Planning: Relationship Of WBS & Requirements

    • Planning: The WBS Dictionary

    • Planning: Deliverables → Work Packages → Activities

    • Planning: WBS Drawing Tools

    • Planning: Why Not Use The Gantt Tool For The WBS?

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your WBS

  • 23

    Planning: Logic

    • Planning: The Precedence Diagram

    • Planning: Kinds Of Links, And Leads And Lags

    • Planning: Examples – Generic, Shed, Supper, Standards, Process

    • Planning: Precedence Diagram Process

    • Planning: Precedence Diagram Patterns

    • Planning: Precedence Diagram Drawing Tools

    • Planning: Why Not Use The Gantt Tool For The Precedence Diagram?

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Precedence Diagram

  • 24

    Planning: Estimating

    • Planning: Exercise - The Power Of Estimation

    • Planning: Estimating Methods

    • Planning: The Statistical Power Of Multiple Estimates

    • Planning: Activity Breakdown

    • Planning: Factoring For Productivity & Availability

    • Planning: An Estimating Spreadsheet

    • Planning: PERT & Straight 3-Point Techniques

    • Planning: The Delphi Technique

    • Planning: Handling Estimating Error

    • Planning: Exercise - Estimate Your Project

  • 25

    Planning: Schedule

    • Planning: The Gantt Chart

    • Planning: Example – Gantt Chart

    • Planning: The Critical Path

    • Planning: Critical Path Process

    • Planning: Example – Critical Path Process

    • Planning: Example – Forward Pass

    • Planning: Example – Backward Pass

    • Planning: Example – Critical Path With Float

    • Planning: Exercise - Baselining Your Schedule

    • Planning: The Schedule Milestones

    • Planning: Exercise - Setting Your Milestones

  • 26

    Planning: Resources

    • Planning: Resource Leveling

    • Planning: Resource Planning

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Resource Plan

  • 27

    Planning: Cost

    • Planning: Estimating Cost

    • Planning: Cost Breakdown

    • Planning: Cost Accounts

    • Planning: The Project Cost Baseline

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Project Cost

  • 28

    Planning: Procurement

    • Planning: Deciding To "Build Or Buy"

    • Planning: Procurement Documents

    • Planning: Contract Types

    • Planning: Selecting The Winner

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Procurement Planning

  • 29

    Planning: Risk

    • Planning: Risk Management

    • Planning: Risk Planning

    • Planning: Risk Identification

    • Planning: Standard Risk Statement Form

    • Planning: Risk Qualification

    • Planning: Risk Quantification

    • Planning: Response Planning

    • Planning: Other Risk Elements

    • Planning: The Risk Register

    • Planning: Critical Chain Management

    • Planning: Risk Buffer Allocation

    • Planning: The Risk Reserve & Management Reserve

    • Planning: Opportunity Risks

    • Planning: Opportunity Planning

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Risk Budget

  • 30

    Planning: Communications

    • Planning: Communications Planning

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Communications Plan

  • 31

    Planning: The Project Plan

    • Planning: The Project Management Plan

    • Planning: Final Project Plan Review

    • Planning: Exercise - Baseline Your Project Plan

  • 32

    Planning: Chapter Summary

    • Planning: Summary Checklist

  • 33

    Execution: Contents

    • Execution: Contents

  • 34

    Execution: Introduction

    • Execution: The Purpose Of Execution

  • 35

    Execution: The Project Team

    • Execution: Building The Project Team

    • Execution: Project Team Key Points

    • Execution: Functional Organizations

    • Execution: Projectized Organizations

    • Execution: Matrix Organizations

    • Execution: Management Of Matrix Organizations

    • Execution: Matrix Personnel Allocation

    • Execution: Delegation

    • Execution: Team Motivation

    • Execution: Managing People Conflict

    • Execution: Exercise - Gather The Project Team

  • 36

    Execution: Communications

    • Execution: Communication Modes

  • 37

    Execution: First Steps

    • Execution: Kickoff Meetings

    • Execution: Project Requirements Review (PRR)

    • Execution: Exercise - Take Project First Steps

  • 38

    Execution: Design & Build

    • Execution: Design Before Build

    • Execution: Exercise - Design & Build Your Project

  • 39

    Execution: Problem Identification

    • Execution: Finding Root Causes

  • 40

    Execution: Chapter Summary

    • Execution: Summary Checklist

  • 41

    Monitoring & Control: Contents

    • Monitoring & Control: Contents

  • 42

    Monitoring & Control: Introduction

    • Monitoring & Control: The Purpose Of Monitoring And Control

    • Monitoring & Control: Managing Expectations

  • 43

    Monitoring & Control: The Weekly Heartbeat

    • Monitoring & Control: The Weekly Status Meeting

    • Monitoring & Control: Exercise - Organize Your Weekly Meeting

  • 44

    Monitoring & Control: Managing Scope

    • Monitoring & Control: Managing Scope Change

    • Monitoring & Control: Change Impact Analysis

    • Monitoring & Control: Change Approval

    • Monitoring & Control: Exercise - Organize Your Project Change Control

  • 45

    Monitoring & Control: Managing Time

    • Monitoring & Control: Schedule Statusing

    • Monitoring & Control: Managing Schedule

    • Monitoring & Control: Schedule Crashing & Fast-Tracking

  • 46

    Monitoring & Control: Managing Cost

    • Monitoring & Control: Cost Statusing

    • Monitoring & Control: Managing Cost

  • 47

    Monitoring & Control: Managing Risk

    • Monitoring & Control: Managing Risk

  • 48

    Monitoring & Control: Earned Value Management (EVM)

    • Monitoring & Control: EVM Overview

    • Monitoring & Control: EVM Metrics

    • Monitoring & Control: EVM Cost Projections

    • Monitoring & Control: EVM Schedule Projections

    • Monitoring & Control: EVM Meaning

    • Monitoring & Control: Example – EVM

  • 49

    Monitoring & Control: Managing Quality

    • Monitoring & Control: Quality, Deming, And Fit For Purpose

    • Monitoring & Control: Peer Reviews

    • Monitoring & Control: User Reviews

    • Monitoring & Control: User Review Management Tool

  • 50

    Monitoring & Control: Problem Resolution

    • Monitoring & Control: Solution Options

    • Monitoring & Control: Persuasion Techniques

  • 51

    Monitoring & Control: The Monthly Heartbeat

  • 52

    Monitoring & Control: Chapter Summary

    • Monitoring & Control: Summary Checklist

  • 53

    Closing: Contents

    • Closing: Contents

  • 54

    Closing: Introduction

    • Closing: The Purpose Of Closing

  • 55

    Closing: Procurement

    • Closing: Contract Closure

  • 56

    Closing: Acceptance

    • Closing: Acceptance In Closing

    • Closing: Change Management

    • Closing: Scope Verification

    • Closing: Scenario Based Scope Verification

    • Closing: Practical Delivery Criteria

    • Closing: Transition To Operations

    • Closing: Exercise - Close Your Project Scope

  • 57

    Closing: Lessons Learned

    • Closing: The Lessons Learned Process

  • 58

    Closing: Team Closure

    • Closing: People Transition

    • Closing: The Project Celebration

    • Closing: Exercise - Manage Team Closure

  • 59

    Closing: The Final Report

    • Closing: The Project Final Report

    • Closing: Exercise - Finalize Your Final Report

  • 60

    Closing: Chapter Summary

    • Closing: Summary Checklist

  • 61

    Course Wrap-up

    • Final Thoughts

    • Course Certificate & PDU's