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PM Skills: Planning and Project Design is a Course

PM Skills: Planning and Project Design

0.3 CEUs

$150 Enroll

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3 Hours


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0.3 CEU

Course Description

At the beginning of a project, your responsibilities as a project leader will largely revolve around designing a plan that aligns with your organization's corporate strategy while providing fully functional deliverables that meet your stakeholders' needs. But project planning is not a one-time event: it occurs throughout a project's life cycle, so you need to remain prepared to make changes and have contingency plans in place to address unexpected situations.

This self-paced, fully online course will introduce you to the tools, techniques, and strategies you can use to develop successful projects and release plans. These tools and strategies can guide you in your efforts to create a just-in-time methodology that will complement your organization's strategic and tactical plans and enhance your product life cycle planning in the most efficient way possible.


  • Describe the importance of strategic and sustainable planning
  • Explain the need for just-in-time planning
  • Differentiate between portfolios, programs, and projects
  • Consider the needs of stakeholders in your planning and project design
  • Recognize the necessity of tailoring your plans
  • Recite the stages of the Waterfall project life cycle and Agile development cycle
  • Recognize the components of a project plan, product backlog, and product roadmap
  • Describe the characteristics of a contingency plan and potential contingency planning strategies
  • Utilize adaptive tools and techniques for successful planning
  • Discuss the need for ongoing maintenance and operations
  • Explain how to capture lessons learned through reviews and retrospectives

Course Instructor

Tze-Yiu Yong

Tze-Yiu Yong has over 25 years of professional experience as an engineer, manager, and project manager in the areas of high tech, healthcare, machine learning, and academia. He has managed projects in all functions of the organization including R&D, operations, IT, and marketing, and he currently works as a project manager at Oregon State University. Here he drives programs related to student recruitment and retention, online learning, and student success analytics. Passionate about raising the awareness of the necessity of project managers, he also currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing for a regional chapter of the Project Management Institute in Oregon where he calls home.