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Introduction to Project Management

Project management has gone beyond being merely a personal skill set.  It is now considered a vital organisational competency.  So whether you are charged with increasing your organisation’s total project management capability or you are playing a role on a project, you will find this course offering a complete guidance for managing any type of project.  The course is designed to help you master the science of project management and to provide you with a solid foundation for the art of project management and leadership.

The bottom line is project management is about applying specific principles to bring in projects on time, within budget, and to specifications. As a result, the key objective of this course is to master planning tools, management techniques, and people skills that will ensure project success.

Who Should Attend?
The course is not industry specific so representatives of all functional disciplines would benefit from learning the methodologies and mastering the tools presented in this course.  The course is recommended for actual or potential project professionals who directly contribute to projects.  It is ideal for candidates who are intending to start managing projects soon, need to learn project management skills quickly, or need to know how to effectively select and manage projects.

The course uses both conventional and non-traditional techniques, utilises hands-on case studies and group discussions and provides thorough coverage of concepts, techniques, and relevant case studies.

Benefits to Your Organization

  • Better understanding of project selection decisions
  • Improved ability of delegates to plan, schedule and control a project
  • Mastering inter-personal skills needed to effectively manage project teams
  • Improved ability to develop appropriate performance measures
  • A wider choice of project planning techniques

Benefits to You

  • Develop an understanding of project selection methods
  • Gain practical tips, advice and insight from an experienced project manager
  • Examine simple and advanced project planning techniques
  • Improve understanding of incorporating risk in project planning 
  • Review best practice in project planning and control.
Competencies Emphasized
  • Planning theory and application
  • Risk analysis & management
  • Cost estimating
  • Budgeting
  • Performance management
  • Project progress reporting

Day 1 - The World of Project Management

  • The four goals of a project
  • Project lifecycle model
  • Classic and modern project constraints and parameters
  • Identifying and influencing project stakeholders
  • Selecting projects to meet organizational goals
  • Considering and confronting uncertainty in project selection decisions
  • Project data, information and knowledge management
  • The art, science and practice of project management
  • Case Studies and Group Exercises

Day 2 - Creating Project Teams with an Edge

  • The Project Manager’s roles and responsibilities
  • Project Team-building and empowerment
  • Team management challenges
  • Delegating with confidence
  • Communication within the project team
  • Project team leadership
  • Best practices of people-based project management
  • Case Studies and Group Exercises


Day 3 - Project Planning, Scheduling and Budgeting

  • Project plan vs. Project planning
  • The contents of a project plan
  • Mastering planning tools
  • Network logic and dependency analysis
  • Fundamentals of budgeting & cost control
  • Methods of budgeting
  • Improving cost estimates
  • Project uncertainty and risk management
  • Best practices of project planning, scheduling and budgeting 
  • Case Studies and Group Exercises


Day 4 - Project Resourcing, Monitoring and Control

  • Resource allocation
  • Expediting a project
  • Allocating resources to projects
  • Designing the monitoring cycle
  • Performance indicators and feedback mechanisms
  • Earned value management 
  • Designing the change-control system
  • Proactive management
  • Plan updating
  • Best practices of project resourcing, monitoring and control  
  • Case Studies and Group Exercises


Day 5 - Project Evaluation, Reporting, Closure and Hand-over

  • Evaluation criteria
  • Project auditing
  • Project review meetings
  • Analysing project performance
  • Progress reports and records
  • Determinants of project success
  • Successful project hand-over
  • Lessons learned and creating learning culture
  • Best practices of project evaluation, reporting and closure

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