Businesses who invest in project management skills are seeing return on investment through the increased confidence and capability of their managers and the positive impact on project success.
This two-day workshop is both practical and engaging as it combines industry best practice processes and methods with realistic business scenarios. Delegates learn skills, techniques and know-how and gain valuable resources to support their success in managing projects.
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What you will learn
- The key stages in the lifecycle of a project
- The roles and responsibilities within a project team
- How to use project documentation to define objectives, outcomes and benefits
- How to identify, manage and engage with stakeholders
- How to communicate the right messages using the right formats
- How to develop, track and report key milestones
- How to assess and manage risks and issues
- How to obtain approval and direction from the business
- How to create conditions which support sustainable change and move from change to business as usual
- How to track business benefits
Modules in more detail
- Introduction to project management – an overview & definition of projects & programmes; what makes a good project; understand the project management triangle.
- Project management methodology & lifecycle stages – explore project management methodology such as Lean, Agile, Six Sigma, Prince. Introduce the project structure, framework & lifecycle which underpins this course.
- Teams and roles – review typical project team roles and their responsibilities. How to determine the project stakeholders & how to communicate with them. Discuss how some businesses work with project management specialists.
- Project planning and key documentation – practical hands-on session to walk through the project planning process including topics such as as-is & to-be process mapping and building the project plan, project scheduling and task sequencing.
- Introducing key project documentation with a toolkit of typical documents and how they deliver each stage of the project’s lifecycle.
- This module covers a selection of documents which can be used to plan, monitor and execute successful projects. The focus is on the creation of a project plan including impact assessments, setting key milestones, resource planning, budget setting, reporting and establishing governance. In addition, there is an overview on how to create a business case, a project brief and a stakeholder analysis. Other project documentation such as PID, SWOT, RACI, change control, readiness checklist, go live checklist, KPIs are referenced in the workshop and included in detail in the toolkit.
- Toolkit 1 – templates for planning
- Managing change – an overview of the emotional cycle of change; identifying and dealing with resistance. Review why projects can fail and how to mitigate for this. Discuss strategies for engagement, awareness and communication.
- Toolkit 2 – templates for change and comms
- Keeping on track – describe project meeting structures, governance, and steering groups. Consider how to manage behaviours and the range of reporting methods.
- Toolkit 3 – templates for keeping on track
- Testing & pilots – aimed primarily at systems projects, describe systems testing cycles and the importance of UAT. Understand some common terminology such as E2E, UAT, SIT ensuring you know what they mean, what they test & where you might be involved. Introduce system specific documentation.
- For non-systems projects explore the role and options for pilots & trials
- Toolkit 4 – templates for testing
- Go live & handover to BAU – What happens at go live including training, support models & different types of launch. Cover best practice for the handover to BAU and methods for sustaining the change. The role of post implementation reviews & capturing lessons learned
- Toolkit 5 – templates for go live & BAU
- Troubleshooting & hints and tips for success – Discover common issues that arise with projects and how to manage them, including a set of practical hints and tips. Finish with an action planning session to apply your learning to your business and your project
Who it is suitable for
- Business managers seconded as full-time project managers or running projects as part of their existing role
- Business managers with no or little experience in running projects
- Anyone about to begin working on a project team, who would benefit from exploring how a project is planned and managed
- People who want to learn more about project management and how these skills can help them in their role
At a glance...
- Two-day classroom course
- Option for virtual delivery
- Blended with 6 months access to a set of digital resources
- Suitable for up to 12 delegates
- Practical digital toolkit of templates to complement and deliver the change journey
- Toolkit guide with hints & tips and real-life examples
- Highly interactive – exercises and discussion throughout
- Knowledge check and teach back activities to reinforce learnings
- Developed and delivered by experienced project management professionals
- Aligns to industry best practice guidelines