Applied Project Management Overview

This four-day course is well named. Its aim is to enable students to apply best-practice tools and techniques to real-world project situations.

To that end, each topic includes hands-on exercises to ensure that the students are confident in applying these tools and techniques in their own work environments. These exercises can be based on one of your organization’s projects, or on real-world, industry-based, case studies.

This course will explore how to define the business goal of the project, clarify what is to be done (i.e. define its scope), develop a schedule and a budget, anticipate and manage risks, acquire resources both internally and externally, manage the project through execution – dealing with change requests, managing conflicts and ensuring that all stakeholders are kept up to date on progress – and, finally, closing out the project when the work is complete.

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  • Skill Level
    Basic Concepts of Project Management
  • Duration
    • 4 Days
  • Delivery
    • Classroom
    • Online
  • Support
    • Tutor on call
    • Exam simulator
  • Assessment
    • 30

Course Description

  • Identify and define the key project phases
  • Learn essential project management skills, concepts, tools and techniques
  • Identify project stakeholders and map project deliverables to their needs
  • Define and develop the project scope statement and Work Breakdown Structure
  • Estimate project resources and durations
  • Be able to schedule project tasks and develop a project schedule
  • Determine what level of communication is needed throughout the project
  • Create a basic budget
  • Acquire and manage a project team
  • Identify risks and plan how to respond to them
  • Establish contractual relationships with third-party vendors
  • Manage the execution of the project and provide status reports to stakeholders
  • Maintain stakeholder commitment to the project
  • Manage and Control any changes required or requested
  • Successfully close out a project
  • Determine what lessons can be learned

If you are managing projects or leading teams, this course will be of interest to you. It is, effectively, a one-stop-shop for anyone who is responsible for getting a project completed. The emphasis throughout is on the application of what is learned, reinforced by setting up your own project, examining real-world case studies and listening to examples from the Velopi instructors, who themselves have decades of practical, industry experience.

No pre-requisite knowledge is assumed, but the ideal student is someone who has experience of working in project teams, or has taken charge of projects in the past.

  • Overview of project management – introduction to the overall concepts
  • Project goal setting
    • SMART goals and objectives
    • Exercise based on the case study
  • Stakeholder management
    • Identifying stakeholders
    • Prioritizing stakeholders
  • Power / Influence Grids
  • The Stakeholder Register
  • Exercise
  • Scope Planning
    • Requirements gathering
      • Exercise – measureable and testable requirements
    • Scope Definition
      • Exercise – the Scope Statement
    • The Work Breakdown Structure
      • Exercise – decompose the case study project
  • Schedule Planning
    • Define activities
      • Exercise – break down the Work Breakdown Structure further
    • Sequence activities
      • Network diagrams
      • Exercise – diagramming the activities
    • Estimate durations
      • Exercise – duration estimation
    • Develop the schedule
      • Critical Path Method
      • Exercise – develop a schedule for the case study project
  • Resource Management
    • Estimate activiy resources
      • Exercise
    • Acquire resources
      • Exercise - Resource levelling
  • Cost Planning
    • Basic concepts
    • Estimate Costs
      • Exercise - Estimation
      • Exercise - develop a budget for th ecase study project
    • Determine budget
  • Communication Planning
    • Case study exercise
    • Barriers to communication
    • Exercise – Communications Management Plan
  • Risk Planning
    • Identify risks
      • Exercise –Risk Register
    • Analyse risks
      • Exercise – rate the identified risks in terms of probability and impact
    • Plan risk responses
      • Exercise – respond to the identified risks
    • Monitor risks
  • External Procurement Planning
    • Make or buy decisions
      • Exercise - rent or buy
    • Basic contract types
    • Tendering process
  • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Salience Diagram
    • Case study exercise
    • Dealing with resistant stakeholders
    • Stakeholder engagement assessment matrix
    • Change management
  • Project Execution
    • Project kick-off meeting
    • Case study exercise
    • Direct and manage the project
    • Develop Team
      • Case study exercise
      • Issue Log
    • Monitor and control the project
      • Variance and trend analysis
      • Performance reporting
      • Exercise – status analysis
      • Leading and lagging indicators
      • Controlling Scope
    • Integrated Change Control
      • Types and sources of change
      • Change Control Process
  • Project Closing
    • Lessons learned

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