Introduction to Managing Projects

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Course description

The underlying best-practices of project management should be applied to every project, irrespective of size or complexity.

Through a ‘hands on’, workshop-style session, we show you everything you need to know in order to run or contribute to a successful project – from looking at the project life cycle, to planning, tracking, updating and reviewing.

Is it right for me?

This course is aimed at those who are not actually Project Managers but who want to learn how to better apply project management techniques to manage small business as usual projects.

If you need to implement a number of tasks or a small project from start to end, this course looks at the benefits of managing them as a project.  The course looks at the project lifecycle and how to apply best practice throughout.

This ‘hands on’ workshop style session will show you everything you need to know in order to run or contribute to a successful small project.

What will I get out of it?

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

  • Confidently use typical project management language and terminology
  • Use a project life cycle from start to finish, to make managing the project more straightforward and easily understood
  • Identify key stakeholders on the project
  • Develop robust project briefs incorporating measurable objectives
  • Understand and use a range of approaches for estimating task durations
  • Develop and manage effective risk management and identify preventative and contingent action
  • Develop effective project tracking processes
  • Evaluate project performance and apply learning for the future

The trainer presented the course material in a way that I could relate it to what I do normally. This helped to improve my understanding of the course. I felt that I could ask questions at any time.

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What does it cover?

  • What is and is not a project
  • What are the four dynamics of a typical project
  • Role of the project manager
  • Initiation
  • Research and analysis
  • Planning and design
  • Implementation
  • Delivery
  • Review
  • Mapping out the scope of a project
  • Brain shower tools to help identify issues and customer requirements
  • Stakeholder analysis tool kit
  • Project brief, a project definition tool kit
  • Setting robust project objectives
  • Work breakdown structure to identify tasks
  • Approaches to identifying task durations
  • The critical path, shortest time to project completion
  • Dependencies of tasks and relationships of tasks
  • Introduction to Gantt – a method of planning and controlling a project
  • Risk analysis tool kit
  • Change control
  • Using the Gantt as a communication and control tool
  • Measuring the project deliverables
  • Measuring the organisational benefits
  • Capturing the experiences of the project to enable future projects to benefit the past experience

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Course leader

Chris Johnston

Project Management Training Consultant

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