Introduction to Project Management

Duration: 2 days

The ability to run a successful project professionally is a valuable transferrable life skill that can enhance your career and opportunities in any industry.

Our Introduction to Project Management course takes a pragmatic approach to managing a project successfully. It looks at the entire project lifecycle and key activities that must be done to give a successful project outcome.

This course is suitable for anyone who is involved in or about to run a project – either as a full-time project leader/manager or as a part of their role.

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

  • Identify 10 key principles for managing a project successfully
  • Apply a common sense project lifecycle to a project regardless of its size or magnitude
  • Develop robust project documentation throughout the lifecycle whilst keeping the documents to a minimum
  • Identify the expectations of key stakeholders and develop a clear communication plan to engage with them
  • Apply a range of planning and scheduling techniques to help manage the project timeline
  • Produce realistic estimates to help monitor and control the project costs
  • Manage key risks and issues associated throughout the project lifecycle
  • Manage changes through a robust change control process
  • Manage the Project team through the use of clearly defined Work Packages
  • Identify and manage key areas of conflict throughout the lifecycle
  • Key characteristics of projects v Business as Usual
  • Definition of Programmes and Portfolios
  • Project Lifecycles – A structured approach using phases
  • Reasons why projects fail
  • 10 principles of successful project management
  • Analysing the project context / environment
  • Stakeholder needs and requirements
  • Content of a Business Case
  • Differences between Benefits, Success Criteria, Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Purpose of the Project Brief
  • Defining the Scope of a project
  • Assigning Project roles and responsibilities
  • Product Breakdown structures and Work Breakdown Structures
  • Approaches to estimating
  • Detailed planning using Gantt charts
  • Critical path analysis
  • Using project management software – an overview
  • Constructing a realistic project budgets
  • Resource allocation and optimisation
  • Producing a Communication Plan
  • Delegating using a Work Package
  • Project tracking and reporting
  • Managing contractors
  • Controlling changes to the project
  • Risk and Issues management
  • Managing conflict between stakeholders
  • Measuring project success
  • Capturing Lessons
  • Post project review and evaluation
  • Benefits Realisation
  • Transferring the deliverable into Business as Usual

I would recommend the course to others, it’s a perfect overview to project management and the tools required to get you started. It was engaging, I really enjoyed the interactivity of the course and it was useful to do the example ‘project’ to see how some of the planning tools are used in practice. I found the information on the different types of tracking logs you can use, and the programs behind them really useful. Lovely venue, I liked that the training sessions were small as you get more of a hands on approach.

Victoria, Willis Towers Watson


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