An introduction to effective project management

Summary

This course is focused on exploring the fundamental principles of successful project management and incorporates a number of easy to apply, effective tools and techniques that, when applied in the workplace, will allow the attendees to become more confident and competent in managing a project. A number of easy to use checklists are also included.

Suitable for individuals who are:

  • New to the role of project manager and/or lack any formal training in the discipline of project management.
  • Looking to adopt a project approach to managing work or are setting up a Project Support Office.
  • On the first steps of achieving APMP accreditation.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise when it is appropriate to adopt a ‘project’ approach to managing your workload.
  • Apply a simple life cycle to a project to break it into easy to manage stages.
  • Clearly define your projects to provide real clarity in terms of project scope, roles and responsibilites and other key factors. 
  • Confidently plan, organise and document a project by using a wide variety of tools that add value to the project management process.
  • Identify and manage risks proactively to minimise the impact of any deviations from the original plan.
  • Become more effective in monitoring and controlling the project work, change requests and resourcing pressures by using best practice processes and techniques.
  • Understand what lessons can be learnt from managing work using a project approach.
  • Tailor your approach to projects of varying size and complexity.

Course Content

What is a Project?

  • Defining what we mean by project working and how it differs from the day job
  • Determining a structured approach to managing projects - the project life cycle
  • Understanding why projects fail - what to watch out for  

Defining a Project

  • Understanding the role of the project manager and other key stakeholders
  • Appreciate the importance of team working within the project
  • How to clearly define a project
  • Setting and agreeing objectives, scope and constraints
  • Understanding what questions to ask
  • Recognising the need for project governance 
  • Simple risk management tools and techniques available to avoid surprises

Planning a Project

  • Exploring tools and techniques used in planning a project including Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams and Critical Path Analysis
  • Determine the key project documentation and data display methods used on a project
  • Scheduling techniques to maximise limited resources
  • How to make time and cost estimates more credible and realistic
  • How to plan for identified risks
  • Defining and delivering against agreed quality expectations
  • Recognise the need for a change management process and version control in a project

Implementing a Project

  • How to monitor, track and control activities
  • What impact will changes have on the project?
  • Determine corrective actions to ensure the project remains on track
  • How to communicate the status of a project more effectively

Closing and Reviewing a Project

  • Understanding the need for a controlled close to a project
  • Measuring what actually happened against the plan
  • Learning lessons - both positive and negative
  • Closing down and moving on

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