Applied Project Management Overview
This course will introduce basic project management concepts. It will recap on the areas covered in Velopi’s Project Management Essentials two-day course – namely scope, scheduling, communication, risk, project execution and control, change management and proper project closure. The difference now is that these areas will include more extensive exercises using real client projects. New topics are also covered in this course. Students will learn how to compile a budget and manage it using Earned Value Management techniques. They will also learn about dealing with external vendors, such as contracting agencies. This interesting topic involves appreciating the “make or buy” decision and how to conduct an effective tendering process. It will also introduce the principal contract types. Another area of concern to project managers is the project team. How do you acquire a team and how do you build up an effective team identity? Students will be shown how to include team members in the planning work and how to deal with conflicts during the course of the project.
Next Start DatesTo be confirmed
Skill LevelBasic Concepts of Project Management
- 4 Days
- Tutor on call
- Exam simulator
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- 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
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Newcomers to project management are the target audience for this course, people who have been given responsibility for managing a project, but whose main role is that of technical lead. It is designed for people who do not see project management as a career path, but who need the basic skills to get their work done. Although no pre-requisite knowledge is assumed, people who have attended Velopi’s Project Management Essentials course in the past will benefit from this more advanced course. It will place what they have previously learned into a workplace context and also introduce other key topics to enhance their effectiveness as project managers.
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 both resources and durations Exercise – duration estimation Develop the schedule Critical Path Method Exercise – develop a schedule for the case study project Communication Planning Exercise – develop a Communications Management Plan Budgeting Basic concepts Exercise – develop a budget for the case study project Team Development Acquiring the team Exercise – where are teams sourced? Developing the team Team building activities Managing the team Conflict resolution 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 External Procurement Planning Make or buy decisions Basic contract types Tendering process Project kick-off meeting Direct and manage the project Communicating and facilitating Manage communications Performance reporting Controlling Scope Scope Creep Variance analysis Controlling Schedule Altering the schedule – correcting drifts Exercise – effects of different project statuses Forecasting progress Recording progress Controlling Risk Risk reassessment Exercise – respond to a change in circumstances Change Control Project Closure Lessons learned Document archival Exercise – the closing procedure for the case study.
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Velopi is the ideal partner for us to work with because of their industry reach, reputation and success in Project Management. Velopi were quick to adapt to the vagaries of the public sector and our students experience Velopi and the UCC Faculty as one team, which is wonderful. They just see the Lecturer, that’s how seamless it is. The Velopi and UCC relationship has been very successful because of our shared mind set on the importance of continuous evaluation, effectiveness and efficiency. The Velopi team is rigorous in terms of evaluating clients and students alike, they listen to the market and help us to respond to new educational opportunities."
From working with Velopi, we have been able to expand our course catalogue offering to our Members with a suite of high calibre, industry respected Project Management courses that meet our Members differing needs. Velopi is one of the very few training companies that have helped me in marketing the open programs that we run. I think we have a very collaborative relationship with Velopi where there is a 101% effort by Velopi which has built my confidence in them and significantly differentiates them from other vendors. Velopi make it easier. So why wouldn't you choose the person who makes it easier?”
Network and Project Manager, Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE)
The big benefit for us is bringing unity, structure and consistency in how we work and communicate as a Team. When we present and report to our internal and external stakeholders, we can now give a clear simple picture of how we are executing against our baseline.”
Senior Project Manager, Boston Scientific
Velopi make it fairly easy to study and pass the exam for the PMP, which is an industry standard for project management. The PMP ensures that you learn the best methodologies to ensure project success.”
Project Manager, Ervia
Velopi are really knowledgeable, not just as a training provider but in their consultancy services on Project Management - being able to go into different companies helping them develop their internal procedures, problem solving and understanding on where their focus is. Velopi have mastered Project management with global experience.”
Capital Investment Manager, Ervia
The project management experience and knowledge of the Velopi team is what helped me relate and bring the theory into my business projects, and to effectively communiate with the people and Stakeholders in my projects."
Senior Program Manager, Dell Ireland
Velopi has had a profound impact on my career and business as a Contract Project Manager. Velopi’s trainers are very engaged in their student’s individual development and the project management knowledge and toolset that I acquired from them has been invaluable in managing projects successfully for my Customers."
Cyber Security Project Manager, Johnson & Johnson
Velopi are excellent. They have done numerous training courses for us. and their training is tailored to your specific objectives, which is a unique selling point. They work one on one to match to what the business is looking for – what is promised gets delivered. I have never been let down.”
Business Planning Manager, Laya Healthcare
You are learning from someone who has a lot of experience in project management in the field as well as the best practice. That was the real value for me as a Graduate Engineer starting off.”
Graduate Engineer, Merck
Velopi helped us achieve our first objective – gaining a high-level overview and common understanding of project management across the Team. We found the learning particularly useful in examining the versatility of our product and methodologies to meet our customer needs.”
Team Lead, Enterprise Customer Success, Teamwork
The biggest impact that the Velopi course had on me was learning how the science and framework of project management can help in managing people as well as through interpersonal and direct communication- the penny really dropped about this for me during the course.”
As a Project Manager without previous experience, Velopi’s training was invaluable. Although intense, the instructor delivered the content in an engaging and fun way. I was able to immediately apply it to the projects I was working on and it gave me a sound recognised foundation for my career in Project Management.”
As a partner, Velopi's project management knowledge was exceptional, really strong. I think that was one of the key benefits I found with Seamus and his team. They understood the environment from their experience of working with other large medical device companies and that we had to find a process that would fit our business model and not try and shape our business model around what an ideal PMO should look like.”
Principal Polymer Manufacturing Engineer, Boston Scientific Galway
Velopi listened to us and tailored the elements to fit our unique needs in a practical manner. Their expertise and sharing of their experiences with similar companies helped identify what would or would not work for us. We are now working to an internationally recognised, world class, industry standard in the PMI and continue to work with Velopi on process reviews and training our engineers and teams.
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Seamus Collins has led Velopi since he founded the company in 2007. He has developed Velopi into the internationally recognised specialist in Project Management that’s helped hundreds of companies accelerate their growth.
Senior Training Consultant
An excellent communicator, John has a proven track record of delivering training and analysing training needs of project management training and consultancy to a range of companies across the IT, Telecommunications, Finance and Life Science sectors.
A learning and development professional for the past 10 years, consulting with a variety of well-known and successful organisations, Michael holds two Masters degrees, MA Learning & Development and MSc Project Management.