Delivering projects successfully is complex and requires a wide range of skills to achieve this each and every time. Our programme on leading and managing projects recognises this and takes an in depth look at projects, covering both the practical aspects of money, quality and time as well as the human aspects of dealing with the team and leading people. Projects are all different and so we adapt our delivery to allow you to focus on what is most important to you. Typically we would expect to cover the following areas:
- Writing the project proposal – a well defined project proposal/brief can greatly improve the likelihood of success in any project. Being clear about what you and those involved in your project expect you to achieve, ensuring that you have appropriate and realistic targets, clarifying the amount of resource you have – whether this be money, time or people is vital. Setting off without this in mind is like going on a journey without knowing your destination – you might not know when you get there and you are very likely to take a long time and get lost on the way!
- Working with stakeholders – no project is done in isolation and every project affects a range of people. We’ll help you identify your stakeholders and then work out what you need to do to develop the best relationship with them
- Working with the project team – We’ll look and managing both the bosses and those holding the purse strings and the team who will be doing the work. Projects are affected by different dynamics and the sorts of areas people usually like us to cover are negotiating, persuading, using influence and conflict management. We can also look at delegation and getting the job done through others if this is what you need
- Using technology to help run your project – there’s a whole bunch of software programmes out there designed to help people run project and the danger is that they end up running you! We firstly make sure that you can plan and schedule using nothing more that a pen and paper – then – once you understand the principles – we’ll let you have a go with a computer! Our aim is not to make you an expert in the software but to help you understand whether it would be helpful for you to use it.
- Risk and what to do about it – every project you run will have an element of risk attached to it. We’ll give you ideas about identifying and categorising risks and suggestions for approaches you can take to overcome potential difficulties. We won’t be able to stop bad things happening – but you’ll be ready when they do!
- My project – it’s all about your project and throughout the programme we create opportunities for you to work on your own project (often in groups settings so that you can discuss and explore ideas with others). Rather than using case studies which can seem sterile and detached we use your own experiences – this means that throughout your time with us you are developing and concentrating on your project which you take back to your workplace.
Experienced and qualified in a number of project management methods, including PRINCE 2 we share our experiences of project management with you whilst you work out the best tools and techniques you need to run your project.
Typical length of the course
We’d expect to spend at least a couple of days with you to cover the core part of this programme and maybe longer, depending on how much you wanted to cover. We usually find that folks need a minimum of two days to focus on their project and develop their skills and their thinking effectively.
This topic operates well as a course in its own right, but it is possible to add the Introduction to Project Management programme to the start, or indeed to include additional elements such as strategic thinking and managing change if this is more what you need.