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Project management is a set of techniques that anyone can apply to achieve goals and make projects more successful. Project management can be used to guide small, simple projects as well as complex enterprise-wide initiatives.

The International Organization for Standardization, ISO, is a globally recognized independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems.  Its purpose is to answer the fundamental question about the best ways of doing things. ISO standards assure better management systems and superior manufacturing and servicing processes and procedures and touch almost every aspect of daily life: from the shoes we stand in, the Wi-Fi networks that connect us invisibly to each other. road safety, secure medical packaging, air, water and soil quality, emissions of gases and radiation, as well as environmental aspects of products. Good national standards and good governmental regulations are based on ISO norms.

The course will train you step by step to become an efficient and professional project manager as defined by the globally acclaimed norm ISO 21502 for project management which is the common denominator for all recognized project management frameworks.

Characteristics

To get an overview of the course you can play lesson 0.0 Overview. See the list of lessons below the description of the course characteristics. All lessons marked as “sample lesson” are visible without password.

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Comprehensive

The course explains the various practices needed in each stage of the project’s life cycle, from inception via initiation, planning, execution, controlling to closing, including outcomes, and clarifies the relationships between organizational goals, project objectives, project deliverables, outcomes, benefits and organizational change, including the links to programme and portfolio management.

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Safety

Learning to use the international norm ISO 21502 provides you with an unprecedented solid base in project management as this international norm is the base of all project management frameworks. This norm can be used by any organization, be it public, private, for profit or charity, as well as for any type of project, regardless of purpose, delivery methods, life cycle model used, complexity, size, cost or duration.

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Modularity

The course can be absolved in three different ways: a) as a stand alone measure; b) combined with a PM Simulation workshop and c) as part of a certification to obtain the credential Certified Practitioner in Project Management. Option a) is suitable for a single user or a group of persons. Options b) and c) are suitable for a group of persons.

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Effective and engaging

All lessons use videos which are focused on graphical representations of the content. There is evidence that a learner is likely to remember only 10% of textual content, 65% of visual content, but 95% of audio-visual content. Hence, this mode of learning effectively enhances self-learning and engages learners’ attention throughout the course. 

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Verifiability and traceability

Each lesson is accomplished passing a lesson-specific quizz, If the learner does not pass a lesson-quizz, s/he has to repeat the lesson. There is no need to wait for a final exam to discover that a section needs rework. The quality control of the learning process is done lesson by lesson. and the entire course is passed by a final exam.

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Flexibility:

Available anywhere and at any time.

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Effort and duration

Effort: 10 hours for one pass, listening to all videos and resolving all exercises.

Duration: the duration depends on the investment of time per week. For instance, if a participant invests 4 hours per week, the course can be completed in 2,5 weeks for one pass. If the participant needs to repeat the entire course to settle the new knowledge acquired and redo the exercises in preparation for the exam, then the total effort would be 20 hours. At a cadence of 4 hours per week the double pass would need 5 weeks duration.

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Languages

English and Spanish. The French version is planned for the first quarter of 2022.

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Requirements

Technical requirements: a good internet access. Computer, tablet or mobile phone with a browser. Loudspeakers or headphones. Educational requirements: the ability to understand academic stuff of medium complexity.

Course Content

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0 - FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS
1- I N I T I A T I N G
2 - P L A N N I N G
3 - E X E C U T I N G
4 - C O N T R O L L I N G
5 - C L O S I N G