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Managing Project Risks and Changes

School: University of California-Irvine

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: https://www.coursera.org/course/projectrisks

Start Date: May 18, 2015 (4 Weeks Long)

Workload: 2-3 Hours Per Week

Instructor: Margaret Meloni

Credentials: Meloni is the President of Meloni Coaching Solutions, where she provides online and in-person soft skill consulting for project managers on areas like self-assessments, conflict management, and career rehabilitation. Her clients have included: Occidental Petroleum, Northrop Grumman, Toyota Motor Credit, Southern California Edison, and CalStart. She holds an MBA from Long Beach State University and was a contributing author to 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career.

Graded: Students will earn a verified certificate for completing this course.

Description: Want to know the real secret behind project management? It’s communication. Sure, it helps you persuade, set clear expectations, and even inspire. When your scope or deadline changes, good communication can comfort and unite your stakeholders as well. In project management, change is inevitable. However, the best leaders know how to mitigate the risks inherent to change. And they do it in a way, as Meloni notes, that is “least disruptive” to the team and the operation as a whole. In this course, students will learn how to communicate with various constituencies on topics ranging from reporting status to responding to adversity. In addition, the course covers how to prioritize risk, understand cause-and-effect, manage change, and reduce future difficulties by conducting “lessons learned” sessions. The course will consist of video lectures, quizzes, activities and readings.

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Additional Background: This is the third part of an “Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices” specialization available through Coursera. Students will receive a specialization certificate that reflects that they completed three courses (including “Initiating and Planning Projects” and “Budgeting and Scheduling Projects”) and a capstone project. The total cost of a certification is $196.