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 Dates
To be confirmed


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

Course Description

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

Identifying stakeholders

Prioritizing stakeholders

Power / Influence Grids

The Stakeholder Register


  • 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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