Plan, and manage your projects better with practical real-world training delivered by practicing Project Managers.
|Providing a practical understanding of how projects are planned and controlled, this course introduces core techniques to both project managers and their teams. A case study and practical syndicate exercises consolidate this learning.
|Physical Classroom: 1 day. Available In-Company only.
|After completing this course, delegates will be able to plan, execute and manage projects more effectively and consistently. They will:
This initial section introduces what Project Management is about. Project failure and the need for planning is discussed, along with basic risk assessment. Human issues and roles & communication are explained, along with the relationships between time, cost and quality. Expenditure within a project lifecycle is explained. An exercise creates a project methodology and a basic test determines initial PM knowledge.
|Planning the work
From an initial understanding, the project can now take shape. Levels of detail are explained and tasks are defined at appropriate levels. Hierarchical relationships are defined using a Work Breakdown Structure approach. How tasks relate to one another is discussed, along with the amount of effort involved in accomplishing them. With what & how determined, when the tasks take place is worked out. Tasks that determine the project timing are emphasised, along with those with free time. Who will accomplish the work is added to the project and schedules created for individuals. Resource conflicts are discussed and resolved, together with cost implications. Practical exercises determine Work Breakdown Structures; Network Diagrams; Critical Path Analysis and basic Resource Levelling.
|Controlling work in progress
With the project planned, it is essential that it is kept on track. An update cycle and its frequency are discussed, together with practical recommendations to ensure its success. Methods of tracking are explained both for what has happened and how much is left to do. Effects of the past are reflected in future and compared to what should have been. Replanning techniques are discussed. An exercise takes actual progress and provides for creative opportunities to get back on schedule.
|Reviewing after progress
This final section discusses what happens when the main project work is over. Methods for making it better next time are illustrated; relative to delegates own project environments. A re-run of the initial PM test refines skills acquired during the course.
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