Advanced Project Management Skills (ML08)
Duration: 5 Day 10.30am – 3.30pm
Location: 118a Kensington Church St. London W8 4BH
This course provides attendees with a concise overview of how to manage projects, especially those emanating from within the public sector and military. The course starts with an explanation of what is project management and the challenges projects face in the 21st Century. The course ensures that attendees have a solid understanding of the terminology of project management and the importance of clear objectives and alignment with organisational needs.
The course divides in five distinct, yet interrelated teaching elements, with the six week being left for reflective analysis and critical review of case study material and common errors and problematic issues that arise within public sector projects. It may be possible for delegates to visit an existing (current) public sector project after risk and security issues are examined.
The course ensures that attendees gain a clear and logical overview of the critical sequences involved (pre-project, scope, planning, risk, deliverables and teams) and the importance of cross project dependencies. Project risk management is a central theme as well as issues such as stakeholder management and ethics. Critical path analysis is looked at in depth as well as finance and critical chain scheduling. Prince2 is used as an example of project management software. The handover process is examined and a summary of lessoned learnt from major public sector and military-based (open source) projects discussed.
The course is suitable for those with some experience in project management, or for those involved in projects and management, but had not had any formal training.
On This Course You will learn:
Day 1 - Fundamentals
- Introduction to project management; what is a project; typical elements of a project; risk management; stakeholders; tools and techniques; typical challenges in modern project management
- Terminology in project management
- Specific challenges and issues with military project management
- Example of mega projects in UK – both civilian and military
- Aligning projects with organisational objectives/strategy
- Public sector projects – issues management and ethics
- Initiating projects; pre-initiating processes; management; organisational standards and ethics
Day 2 - Strategic issues, scope and time analysis
- Strategic planning and SWOT analysis
- Project management objectives
- Project scope and scope creep
- Project deliverables
- Project team and HR issues
- RASCI Matrix
- Timescale of project
- Cross project dependencies
Day 3 - Financial considerations, vulnerability and risks assessment
- Cost and financial issues: NPV; ROI; Payback analysis
- Project risk assessment: vulnerabilities, threats and impacts
- Risk register and risk exposure
- Handling setbacks, errors and stakeholder objections
- Communicating mistakes with stakeholders
Day 4 - Stakeholders, governance and software management
- Stakeholders and governance
- Managing stakeholder expectations
- Issues management
- Prince2 and project management
- Applying software to key elements of the project
Day 5 - Critical path, scheduling and closure
- Project time management: critical path analysis; sequencing activities; project schedule
- Calculating the critical path
- Critical chain scheduling
- HR and project management
- Executing projects: deliverables; change requests; quality assurance
- Monitoring and controlling projects; validating scope; reporting performance; project integration
- Closing projects; final report and transition plan; close-out meetings
The Professional Development Diploma is approved and recognised by the: Continuing Professional Development (CPD): www.cpduk.co.uk
CPD-Approved LSPR Professional Development Diploma: PR & Reputation Management. The Diploma is awarded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
The final Diploma award will be based on the following:
- Critical Thinking Exercises set and completed during the training - a series of practical exercises are set for each session for the delegates to work on during their training. This is an effective way to try out what you have been learning and gain insight and feedback, as you progress with each session during the course.
What you need to bring with you:
Please bring with you your laptop or tablet to the training sessions.
To meet your team’s specific needs, this course is also offered as a bespoke exclusive programme. It is also offered on a one-to-one tailored basis. Delivery options are either in-house, or at the LSPR premises in Kensington. Please contact LSPR for a quote.
*One-to-one and small groups training sessions: duration may be subject to minor time alterations