6. Your first task

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Okay, now that we’ve tiptoed into the basics of project management and its techniques, we’re going to map our own critical path and get you used to how it works. 


Let's start with a simple project: planning a birthday party for your friend 


We’re going to use ClickUp, a project management software, to plan out your project. To access ClickUp:

  1. Go to https://clickup.com/ 
  2. Sign up using your email


Remember, you are learning a new skill with a new tool, so remember to take the time to understand and research things. 


Here is a video that takes you through ClickUp:


Now let’s move on to your task:


First you will need to create a project plan. A project plan needs to include the following things...

Define your project scope 

  1. list out the goals you want to achieve
  2. how will you check that you’ve achieved this goal 
  3. what do you need to have in place so you can accomplish this goal)


List out key stakeholders and assign tasks to them

  1. these are people that are involved in making your project happen (i.e you, the project manager, your friend, the cake shop, etc)


Create a work breakdown structure:  

  1. Create a list of all the tasks you need to complete the project. In each task, describe what needs to be done, when it needs to be done by and who’s doing it.  
  1. Create dependencies between tasks and set to Gnatt chart view. Watch the ClickUp tutorial below. 

  1. Click the Path Calculations icon and toggle on Critical Path button (shown below)