What makes a project a project? What makes Project Management different from other types of management?
Project Management may have a lot in common with general management, but it is a fundamentally different way of managing activity. We will see in more detail why this is, during this 5 day in-depth course where you take the opportunity to learn about the basic concepts and terminology used in Project Management and how they are applied to a real life projects.
This course will give the participant a grounding in the concepts and terminology of project management. The course will cover project fundamentals in the context in which they are used.
Suitability - Who should attend?
It is expected that attendees need to learn about project management, but no knowledge of project management or prior experience of project management is assumed.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will learn how to:
- describe the project lifecycle and its phases
- interpret the management structure under which projects work
- use planning fundamentals
- outline project scope fundamentals
- explain the basics of scheduling and resource management
- identify basic risk and issue management
- explain the basics of project quality management
- describe project communications and communications planning
- interpret the basics of project leadership and team work
Training Course Content
- Project Management and its operating environment
- Project life cycle
- Management structures for projects
- Project management planning
- Scope management
- Scheduling and resource management
- Risk and issue management
- Project quality management
- Leadership and teamwork
Project Management and its operating environment
- Definition of a project, also contrasted with definitions of a programme and a portfolio
- Definition of project management, and relation to programme and portfolio management
- Purpose and benefits of project management
- Difference between a project and business as usual
- PESTLE definition
Project life cycle
- Definition and phases
- Reasons for phase structure
- Handover and closeout stages
Management structures for projects
- Project roles and responsibilities, including: project manager, project sponsor, project team, project steering board, project management office, project end user
Project management planning
- Purpose and benefits of a project management plan
- Ownership and approval of the project management plan
- Introduction to the business case and relationship to project manager and project sponsor
- Benefits management – introduction and purpose
- Key performance indicators
- Stakeholders – introduction to analysis and management
- Project success criteria and success factors
- Introduction to estimating
- Introduction to project reporting
- Scope management defined
- Introduction to product breakdown structure (PBS) and work breakdown structure (WBS)
- Introduction to change control
- Introduction to configuration management
- Project definition configuration and change control
Scheduling and resource management
- Introduction to basic terms (float, critical path, Gantt chart, baseline, milestone)
- Introduction to resources and resource management, including levelling and smoothing of resources
- Introduction to procurement
Risk and issues management
- Definition of risk management and issue management
- Introduction to risk management process, including use of risk register
- Introduction to issue log and escalation process
Project quality management
- Definitions of quality terms, including quality, quality management, quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continual improvement
- Differences between quality control and quality assurance
- Project reviews, including gate, peer and benefit reviews)
- Definition of communication
- Methods of and barriers to communication
- Effective communication and communication plan
Leadership and teamwork
- Definition of project leader and project team
- Role of a project team and models of teamwork
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