This course will deliver a comprehensive introduction to the essential knowledge and skills of project management. It aims to take participants through the fundamentals of project management to a point where they will feel confident in attempting to plan, start and execute a project with confidence.
This course also deals with the various commercial “must know” issues that go beyond the fundamentals of managing projects and gives the participant additional tools for success. It will cover more advanced topics needed to effectively manage projects of all sizes and timeframes. The course is interactive and uses a mix for learning and teaching techniques including case studies and videos to appeal to all learning styles.
The course will wrap with a summary of the key learning points, followed by an action planning exercise with a view to apply the acquired knowledge and skills immediately upon your return to work. Post-course support is also available in relation to the implementation of your action plan, up to six (6) months following course completion.
Fundementals of Project Management
- Defining a project
- Key roles & responsibilities
- Analysing feasibility
- Establishing Critical Success factors
- Defining the project vision & objectives
- Project planning tools – Gantt Charts, PERT, critical path
- Committing resources
- Validating the plan
- Building a project team
- Project leadership
Project Stakeholder Management
- Tracking progress
- Review meetings
- Overcoiming problems
- Dealing with change
Project Estimation and Budgeting
- Estimates vs given facts
- Estimation methods
- Budgeting methods
Projects – Managing the Commercials
- Financial project appraisal
- Project funding
- Contract payment structures
Project Risk Management
- Project risk strategy
- Risk analysis
- Risk controls
- Risk management plan
Project Stakeholder Management
- Importance of project stakeholder management
- Project stakeholder management processes
- Stakeholder management plan
- Summary and recap of key learning objectives
- Action Planning
This course is suitable for:
- Chief Operations Officers
- Project and Operations Directors, Managers, Practitioners and team members.
- Those who wish to take a holistic, integrated approach to managing projects, addressing both technical and management challenges.
- Those who wish to place an equal emphasis on both individual project execution and the strategic perspective, to be equipped with the means with which to manage projects at both the programme and portfolio levels.
- Those who wish to broaden their focus beyond the traditional project management activities of planning and scheduling, project control, and termination, to a more general, inclusive, and hence, more valuable perspective of the project management process.
Upon completion of this course, you will:
- Understand the primary skills needed to manage projects.
- Understand the structure and resource management in projects.
- Appreciate the key role projects play in organisations.
- Appreciate the commercial and financial elements of projects.
- Understand the importance of effective risk management to project manage.
- Appreciate the role of stakeholders in projects and the impotence of managing them effectively.
- Implement an Action Plan at your workplace using the knowledge and skills acquired through the course.