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Practical Project Management

This course is designed for those who need a practical hands-on approach to managing projects, without it getting “heavy”. It covers all aspects of a project’s life cycle, from the project start-up sequence, application of monitoring & control to keep it on-track, and includes the activities required to close a project. Whilst the majority of the course deals with project management structure, aspects of managing the people on projects are included through team activities. Delegates are encouraged to think about their actual projects during the course and they have to opportunity to apply useful tools to a project of their choice.

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Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of how project work differs from normal daily work.
  • An awareness of the key roles and responsibilities on a project.
  • A step-by-step approach to starting up a project, which includes a project prioritising tool.
  • A tool to manage project risks.
  • Descriptions of key project documents.
  • How to apply planning tools to identify the critical parts of projects.
  • Methods to adopt which keep a project on track.
  • Steps to close a project.
  • Team exercises to explore both project methodology and project team dynamics.
  • The opportunity to resolve delegates project issues.

Course Content

Day 1

09:30 - 10:00 Coffee, introductions and personal objectives

10:00 - 10:30 What is a project and what are its pitfalls? (Getting to grips with the basic concepts)

10:30 - 10:45 Project roles and responsibilities

10:45 - 11:15 Personal attributes of a project manager (Self assessment against key Project Manager attributes)

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 Step-by-step approach to project start-up (Straight forward start up sequence to ensure a strong start to the project)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:30 Team exercise (Fun activity exploring two key areas of managing a project)

14:30 - 15:00 Project prioritising tool (Delegates apply a powerful prioritising tool to their own project)

15:00 - 15:30 Project initiation document (Key project document)

15:30 - 16:00 Case study (Consolidates the days work and sets the scene for Day 2)

 

Day 2

09:30 - 09:45 Review of progress against objectives

09:45 - 11:30 Planning tools. (Delegates are shown how to apply Critical Path Analysis to their projects and practice using a Case Study. Gantt charts are also considered)

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 12:00 Estimating time and costs (Ideas on how to improve the accuracy of estimates)

12:00 - 13:00 Managing project risks (Delegates apply risk analysis methods to their own project)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:30 Team exercise (Fun activity to explore the dynamics in a project team)

14:30 - 15:15 Keeping projects on track (The minimum we need to do to keep control over a project, including how to control changes)

15:15 - 15:30 Bringing a project to a close (Actions required to bring a project to a close)

15:30 - 16:30 Delegates work on their real project issues

16:30 Summary & Action Plans Agreed

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