Typical areas we would expect to cover:
- What is a project? – one of the first things we’ll talk about is what we mean by a project and how this differs from ‘lots of work’! We’ll help you to understand what is meant by ‘business as usual’, activities which are unlikely to need proper project management and those jobs you are doing which will.
- Scoping the project – we’ll give you ideas and tools which will help you scope your project, work out what is included in it and, perhaps just as important, what your project isn’t designed to deliver.
- Life cycle of a project – all projects have a beginning and middle and an end. Failing to understand this can lead to project which seem to spiral out of control! Make sure you know when your project starts and when it finishes – and what’s supposed to happen in the middle!
- The role of the project manager – what should you expect a project manager to do and what are the limits of their responsibility? We’ll explore this with you and think what this means for your project.
- Scheduling your project – we’ll show you the standard tools which you can use for scheduling your project. We’ll demystify Gantt charts and help you to work out whether identifying your ‘critical path’ will help you with your project
- Making sure you’re on track – we all know that the best laid plans of mice and men are doomed to failure – so an initial plan is only the start of your monitoring activities. We’ll help you to identify the best ways of keeping on top of your project throughout it’s life cycle. We’ll help you to identify risk and think about how you will cope when things don’t go according to plan.
- Evaluating the outcomes – people often confuse measuring outcomes with measuring activity, but this is just half the story. Knowing that people have worked well on a project and that they have done everything you asked of them on time and in budget does not always mean that your project has been and outright success. Remember what you said when you wrote your project objectives and make sure that you hit those goals! This is also a great time to learn from things that didn’t go so smoothly so that you can avoid those errors next time.
Typical length of course:
We’d expect to work with you for at least a day – it’s very difficult to cover all the main topics in less time and experience tells us that if we try and squash this into half a day people feel we’ve not spent enough time on things.
This course runs well as a single event but also combines effectively with our other programmes on project management and team leadership for a more in depth understanding of the subject.