Principles of Project Management

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Course description 

The ability to run projects professionally is a valuable life skill that can dramatically enhance your career and opportunities. Effective project managers are worth their weight in gold, and it all starts with learning the fundamental principles of the profession.

Taking a pragmatic approach, this course focusses on using a structured project methodology in areas of complexity and uncertainty, particularly where projects involve influencing stakeholders, dealing with cross-functional project teams and handling contractor relationships. 

Is it right for me?

If you are already involved in running projects, or you are about to be, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your role.  

What will I get out of it?

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


  • Identify the key issues raised in managing projects
  • State the life cycle of a project from commissioning to completion and identify the requirements at each stage
  • Use a range of decision making processes to identify the requirements at each stage
  • Identify issues affecting the project and clarify terms of reference
  • Identify and effectively influence key stakeholders and others involved in or affected by the project
  • Develop robust project briefs incorporating measurable objectives
  • Use a range of approaches for estimating
  • Set and Manage project budgets
  • Develop and manage project plans and identify preventative and contingent action
  • Plan projects effectively using GANTT
  • Develop effective reporting and tracking processes
  • Monitor project implementation and manage changes
  • Manage contractor relationships effectively
  • Evaluate project performance and apply learning to future projects

I have a much more thorough knowledge of project management methods. Specific skills in plan development in several topic areas.

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What does it cover?

  • Key characteristics of projects
  • Project phases – a structured approach
  • Decision making processes in projects
  • Project issue identification: research and critical incident interviewing
  • Project issue identification: creative techniques
  • Defining project roles and responsibilities
  • Developing a Project brief
  • Setting measurable objectives for business outcomes, project success and key deliverables
  • Identifying and analysing stakeholder needs
  • Building positive stakeholder relationships – developing rapport and managing stakeholder expectations
  • Planning to manage stakeholder anxiety
  • The planning process – an overview
  • Using work breakdown structures to identify tasks
  • Approaches to estimating
  • Detailed planning using GANTT charts
  • Using PERT and critical path analysis
  • Using project management software – an overview
  • Setting and managing project budgets
  • Identifying key risks and measuring probability and impact
  • Preventative and contingency planning
  • Project tracking and reporting
  • Managing contractors
  • Project negotiation skills
  • Facilitating stakeholders through the process of change
  • Controlling changes to the project
  • Post project review and evaluation
  • Review and action planning

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Course leader

Chris Johnston

Project Management Training Consultant

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