Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 03 Jun 2013
Starting out in the world of Project Management can be a daunting experience for anyone. With so many terms, methods and variations to deal with, getting to grips with everything can be a real struggle.
For those new to Project Management, our Introduction to Project Management Training and our PRINCE2 Courses are a great place to start but there are also plenty of online resources available to help make things easier for you.
YouTube is one of those resources. There's something about videos which help to clarify and simplify complex ideas but wading through YouTube to find the best guides to Project Management isn't exactly the most interesting of tasks.
Luckily, we've done it so you don't have to and so here are our top ten Project Management videos aimed at those just starting out. We've everything from the very basics through to introducing the various methodologies and a fun one at the end.
We might as well start right at the beginning and so this video guides you through all the basics, helping to clarify exactly what is involved in the role.
Very useful for those who have no prior experience with Project Management, but worth a watch even if you do, just to revise and evaluate what you think you know.
A slightly more detailed overview of Project Management here from Chris Croft. Gives a good introduction to Gantt Charts and other key aspects of various project methods.
There's also another video by Chris which he calls an updated version, that has a more visual focus on Gantt charts.
Coming from the perspective of a graduate careers site, this video highlights some of the important skills that are necessary for Project Managers as well as giving some insight into the rewards and challenges of working in the industry.
Quite a basic video but useful if you're still struggling to decide whether or not Project Management is for you.
This video goes into much more detail about the specific day-to-day functions performed by a Project Manager.
This video is definitely for those with some awareness of Project Management already, perhaps even for those who have just recently started in the role.
This video pretty much does what it says on the tin; it outlines the necessary skills and traits of a good Project Manager, in simple, easy to understand language and with an element of humour and fun.
Ian Bell is very experienced in the industry and so certainly knows what he's talking about.
An homage to the classic Bob Dylan video, this introduction to PRINCE2 is as good a way as any to get your first taste of the popular Project Management methodology.
Being as it's only 90 seconds long, it doesn't go into much detail, but acts as a useful first look at the various aspects of PRINCE2.
Another simple guide to PRINCE2 here, although this goes into more detail than the last. Using some basic analogies, this video is able to explain the general purpose and enacting of PRINCE2.
Be warned though, as someone mentions in the comments this video is somewhat out of date as the 8 components our now 7 themes. Despite this it's still worth a watch to get an initial idea of what's involved in PRINCE2, although for a comprehensive understanding, you can't beast our PRINCE2 Practitioner Course.
Agile is a slimmed-down, streamlined methodology initially used by software developers to manage projects that have different goals or outcomes to more traditional projects. Read this post for a general introduction to the basic principles.
This video provides a fantastic overview using the analogy of a toyshop to fully explain the principles behind Agile. Great if you're still unsure about which methodology is right for you.
Scrum is used for ongoing or multi-dimensional projects that may not have clearly defined start and end dates. This video explains the various uses for Scrum and has a go at clarifying some of the terminology and jargon.
It's also one of the more surreal videos you watch today, and you struggle to decide whether it's satire or genuine. I'm still not sure...
And finally, a bit of fun and a light-hearted look at the sorts of things you'll hear yourself and other Project Managers saying all the time (key takeaway: you'll be saying 'No' a lot!)
Well worth a watch.