“What’s the plan?” is a common enough question in many areas of life, including in non-profit management. But, how often do you find yourself, or others, forging ahead with a project, a gala, a fundraiser, or other activity without a well-laid plan? Too often individuals avoid the planning process or cut it short. But, without a well-articulated plan, and—ideally—one that is written down, projects are likely to fail or to do less well than they would have otherwise. It may be that many people don’t know how to go about doing project planning.
While planning a project does take time, it isn’t a difficult task. This course introduces you to some basic concepts and strategies that you can use for any project you plan.
Once you’ve formulated the plan, you can put it into action. A plan that is thought out and written down gives you direction for accomplishing your goals and is doubly valuable if things start to go wrong.
In this course, you’ll learn how to go from initial concept to a project that your organization delivers successfully.
1. Identify the steps of creating a project plan.
2. Outline the scope of projects in management and identify the potential challenges of projects.
3. Conceptualize a project from problem statement to implementation.
4. Write an effective project plan that is clear and comprehensive enough for others to follow.
Skills you will develop in this course:
1. How to create a basic project plan.
2. Connecting a project plan to mission, goals, and objectives.
3. Identifying problems as the beginning point for project planning.
4. How to avoid choosing the solution before properly identifying a problem.
5. Creating a work breakdown structure.
6. Creating a project timeline.
7. How to work effectively with a project team.
8. Using SMART objectives to plan a project.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.