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.
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
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
Power / Influence Grids
The Stakeholder Register
- Scope Planning
Exercise – measureable and testable requirements
Exercise – the Scope Statement
- The Work Breakdown Structure
Exercise – decompose the case study project
Exercise – break down the Work Breakdown Structure further
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
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
- Risk Planning
Exercise –Risk Register
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
Project kick-off meeting
- Direct and manage the project
Communicating and facilitating
- Performance reporting
- Variance analysis
Altering the schedule – correcting drifts
Exercise – effects of different project statuses
- Forecasting progress
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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As a small and rapidly growing company, the Velopi team helped our Senior Management team introduce a common terminology, develop the company’s project management model and processes and apply it to our resource management and planning of Client projects every day so that, as a Company, we succeed in delivering quality projects, on time and on budget to our Clients.”
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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.