Practical Project Management

Project management was traditionally a specialist skill area used primarily in large complex projects, such as those in construction, engineering and information technology. This skill area is now becoming increasingly in demand across most industries and job functions. Any set of tasks that are delimited in time, with a defined set of requirements, can be managed as a project. Having a tried and tested toolkit that is scalable to large and small projects alike, is becoming an essential requirement for most business professionals.

  • Understand the elements of the project management life cycle and how it applies to projects in their organisation
  • Know how to use tools and techniques for structured project planning
  • Improve your management of scheduled project activities
  • Have practical tools to manage project scope changes, risks and issues
  • Professionally manage your project stakeholder expectations and how they engage them throughout the project
  • Manage multiple projects with confidence
  • Have a more structured and professional approach to project management within the context of their organisation business model.
Course Outline
  • Project Management Fundamentals – The Project Management Life Cycle / Criteria for a successful project / Key activities on a project / Roles and responsibilities on the project
  • Planning a Project – Overview of project planning / Writing up the project goal, benefits, objectives and scope / Identifying your planning assumptions / Structuring the project team and assigning responsibilities
  • Scheduling Project Activities –Creating a work breakdown structure / Sequencing activities with task, resource and event dependencies
  • Managing Project Deadlines – Identifying the critical path / Working with buffers / Danger signs for project slippage / Time management best practices on projects
  • Project Control – Project scope management / Identifying and managing project risks and issues / Reporting project progress using a 1-page Project Scorecard
  • Managing your Project Stakeholders – Identifying the project stakeholders / Understanding and managing their project expectations / Developing a Stakeholder Communication Plan
  • Your Leadership as a Project Manager – Getting people to identify with your project / Managing relationships on the project / Influencing outcomes without positional power
  • Closing and Reviewing the Project – Project closure activities / Reviewing the project’s performance and checking benefits realisation / Summary of Project Management Practices
Who Should Attend

Any professionals and managers whose functions require them to manage projects can benefit from attending this course.

Course Duration

2 days, 10am to 5.30pm / 15 hours

Learning Materials

Hand-outs and recommended text

Certificate of Attendance

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants who have attended and completed the programme.

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