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The Core Skills of Energy Project Management

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Course description

In recent years, project management has become increasingly recognized as a corporate discipline in its own right. Organisations have become ‘project focused’ as they realize that the project methodology offers a structured approach to achieving organizational goals and competitive success.

But what exactly is a project? What is project management all about? Project Management is about leading a team of diverse functional specialists towards a defined goal or outcome for which the project exists to deliver. This is however, not as easy as it might sound. Projects must operate within defined parameters, they often reflect a step into the unknown, are subject to a multitude of stakeholder influences and agendas and the environment within which they operate is often rapidly changing. Project management is in itself, therefore a discipline that requires and demands both a vast and varied set of skills for those tasked with the role of Project Manager. This course has been specifically designed to provide the delegate with both a comprehensive and a holistic perspective of project management – to build a solid foundation from which to develop the required core skills to be a successful project manager and ensure delivery within the ‘iron triangle’ of cost; time and quality. This course is an immersive experience with a significant emphasis on open dialogue and participant involvement in a variety of exercises and scenarios.

 Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, delegates will:

  • Understand why organisations adopt a project vehicle in order to achieve strategic and operational goals and objectives
  • Become familiar with the core vital components of a project and understand how they interact with one another
  • Gain an overview of project scheduling and why it is important to projects
  • Understand some of the most useful project scheduling techniques such as the Work Breakdown Structure and the role of Work Packages
  • Grasp a variety of techniques that are useful for managing resources
  • Understand the importance of effective stakeholder identification and management
  • Know how to utilize a range of techniques in order to perform an effective due diligence process
  • Examine some of the important issues associated with change orders and what they mean to project success
  • Become a more effective communicator and be able to demonstrate enhance presentation skills
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the key elements essential to the art of commercial negotiations and understand the pivotal impact that these have upon a projects delivery
  • Acquire a familiarity with the process of dispute resolution

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  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Commercial department staff
  • Other organisational members looking to increase their familiarity with the PM process


The Project Methodology

  • Exploring the project methodology – what is it and why is it used by organisations?
  • The advantages and disadvantages of utilizing a project methodology
  • Identifying project risks and opportunities
  • Examining and understanding project risk
  • The project lifecycle
  • The project manager – a specialized set of skills
  • Scenario 1: Dealing with the Human Element
  • Scenario 2: Cross Functional Dealings

Key Components of a Project

  • The Project Business Case
  • Scenario 3: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • The Project Sponsor
  • Scenario 4: The power dimension
  • The Project Scope – critically important
  • Scenario 5: Too wide; too narrow; too little; too late
  • An overview of Project Interfaces
  • Managing a Project Budget

Project Scheduling

  • Overview
  • The Concept of Precedence
  • The Precedence Table
  • A brief overview of Network Diagrams
  • The Critical Path Method
  • The Gantt Chart
  • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • The Work Package

Resource Management

  • Classifying Resources
  • Utilising the Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS)
  • Cost/Time/Resources (CTR) and Project Planning
  • The Critical Problem of Constraints
  • ‘Trade-off’ Decision making
  • Project ‘Crashing’ explained
  • Project ‘Fast Tracking’ explained
  • Lead Time Management
  • Managing Remote Teams
  • Scenario 6: Time zones and tempers

Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis

  • The problem with Stakeholder agendas
  • Stakeholder power and influence – a shifting dynamic over a project’s lifecycle?
  • Stakeholder Identification and assessment – ‘stakeholder mapping’
  • Scenario 7: Dealing with Stakeholder Agendas
  • Establishing/re-establishing constructive engagement with stakeholder groupings
  • Dealing with local content and Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)

Performing Due Diligence

  • What is the purpose of ‘Due Diligence?’
  • The ‘key’ areas of a corporate DD - proprietary technology; access to markets; transparency; corporate image; social and environmental policies; financial strength

Dealing with Change Orders

  • Change orders and the Project Scope
  • Understanding the reasoning behind a change order – is it applicable or appropriate?
  • The 3 common reasons for change orders – client specification changes; poor ‘scoping (errors and omissions);’ changes in the environment
  • Establishing the audit trail
  • Scenario 8: ‘The dangers of doing someone a favour’
  • The importance of Price Escalation clauses
  • Change orders and contractual breach – a significant issue?
  • Scenario 9: ‘How the hours have flown by’
  • Change orders and Liquidated Damage Clauses (LDC’s) – a direct relationship?
  • Change orders and Force Majeure

Effective Communication

  • Overview – what is effective communication?
  • The different forms of communication
  • Scenario 10: Understanding non-verbal communication
  • Factors that impact upon communication
  • The ‘5 Keys’ to being an effective communicator
  • Maximising Presentation skills

The essentials of negotiation

  • The basic choice in negotiation – compete or co-operate?
  • Template: formulating negotiation choice
  • Template: 3 key rules for effective negotiation
  • Template: Evaluating the negotiation environment
  • Template: Setting mission objectives
  • Template: The 7 key steps to developing a negotiation plan
  • The benefits of planning
  • The significance of culture to commercial negotiation
  • Technique: The negotiation decision making model
  • The cost of conflict in negotiations
  • Template: Conflict resolution
  • The importance of ‘emotional equilibrium’
  • Examination of types of power and what they mean to commercial negotiation
  • Scenario 11: In whom do we trust?
  • Model: The cycle of emotive handling
  • The critical importance of emotional control
  • Technique: The Art of Questioning
  • Template: Establishing a Trade-off Process
  • Model: Tuckman’s Team Formation
  • Advantages of team negotiations
  • Disadvantages of team negotiations
  • Template: Keys to effective team based negotiations

Dispute Resolution – an overview of options

  • The rationale for dispute resolution methodologies in commercial contracts
  • Drafting dispute resolution clauses – what should they contain to be effective?
  • The ‘ladder’ of dispute resolution – negotiation (formal and informal); mediation; adjudication (expert determination); arbitration
  • The ‘clash of cultures’ – conflicts in goals and objectives of the parties; different management styles; poor communication across stakeholder interfaces
  • The uncertainty of change – a breeding ground for disputes?

During the course, delegates get hands on experience of many aspects through team exercises and simulations.

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