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The course will give those attending an insight into the tools and techniques of effective project management. It provides participants with a toolbox of methods and techniques that excellent Project Managers use to drive their projects to a successful conclusion. It also covers the communication strategies that they have as part of their repertoire that enables them to deal with the ‘people’ aspects of running a project. In addition the course will give practical help to enable professional people to grasp the mindset of an expert Project Manager.
By attending this highly participative two-day course you will:
People who wish to develop their understanding of the theory and practice of professional project management. This course is ideal for those who want a firm grounding in the tools and techniques needed to deliver a project on time and on budget.
The workshop is based on applying a disciplined four-phase project management cycle to either a live project, or a recently completed one, so it is important that participants bring with them information and data about a ‘real-life’ project, that can form the basis of the case study material.
Look at the concepts that underpin the Project Management theory.
If you want to have the capabilities of an outstanding Project Manager it is important to think like a good project manager thinks. This means absorbing the values, attitudes and awareness of an expert Project Manager so that you can look at issues and challenges with their eyes, rather than through the eyes of a novice. This is crucial in delivering projects successfully because without the passion for the subject that comes from being absorbed in the fundamental principles, it is easy to become distracted from the essentials of the work
Definition is concerned with agreeing the scope of the project, doing rough-cut plans and costing, assessing the technical and commercial feasibility of the work, deciding in general terms how the job should be tackled, making a Go/No Go decision, and following bid and competitive tendering procedures etc. This stage also requires that a Sponsor be formally signed up to the project.
To launch the project team the Project Manager gathers the team together and reviews the Project Mandate. They also cover the administration process for recording and capturing data relating to the project. In addition the ‘house ‘rules’ for the project team are also specified. House rules are the specific behaviours that the team agree to abide by and thereby establish the culture and work ethos of the team. For example; to adhere to their project commitments; to raise issues or concerns early; to demonstrate integrity etc.
Planning involves the construction of plans to the level necessary to control the day-to-day running of the project. This would include detailed assessment of the specific tasks that need to be undertaken to complete the project (including estimates of the time required), producing detailed plans for the sequence in which tasks need to be done, carrying out in depth costing and manpower plans and applying a specific technical approach to the job in hand.
Project execution involves the day-to-day management and control of projects, including regular and frequent monitoring and reporting of progress against plan. Delivering in line with the plan may involve having to cope with a heavy workload, problems and sometimes emergencies.
How to communicate with all those involved in the project so that they know what is expected of them and are aware of the progress that is being made. Appreciating what it takes to be successful at the ‘people aspects’ of project management.
Project closure is concerned with formally terminating a project once its objectives have been met in accordance with the agreed criteria.
A short simulated project that requires the participants to apply their understanding of all four stages of the project life cycle to a set task, including running Project Team and Sponsor meetings.
Feedback is based upon peer reviews using Boulden assessment checklists. Completing the assessment checklists is not only valuable to the people involved in a given case study, it also helps those completing them to gain an in-depth understanding of the building blocks that make up an outstanding project manager.
Further information on this course is available by contacting
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Tel: 0844 394 8877