Project Management

Project management has traditionally been associated with engineering and construction industries. Now, however, it is recognised as a very effective approach to organising team work in all types of organisation. This programme offers managers at every level an understanding of project management and the proven techniques for planning, undertaking and completing projects.

This course is aimed at Rirst-Line and Project Managers, Team Leaders, New Managers and Managers seeking to update their knowledge and skills in the area of project management.

Course Duration

  • 2 Days

Day 1 - Planning and Monitoring Projects

  • Group Exercise: Escape from Crab Island:
    • A group exercise demonstrating the need for teamwork and project management to effectively deliver results within resource constraints
  • Introduction to project management:
    • The development of modern project management
    • Overview of project management based on PMBOK standard (the US Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge)
    • Review of current best practice
  • Project definition:
    • The KISS principal
    • Project scope
    • Defining the deliverables
    • Identifying the stakeholders
    • The role of the sponsor/manager/team
    • Agreeing the reporting procedures
  • Project planning:
    • Identifying milestones
    • Work breakdown schedule
    • Defining task relationships
    • Resources and estimation
    • Risk, contingency and costs
    • The critical path and resource levelling
  • The Project Manager's Duties: 
    •  Base-lining and progress reporting
    • Reviewing milestones
    • Managing change and the use of action programmes
    • Project slippage and effective corrective action
    • Feedback to Stakeholders
    • Project review, verification and validation

Day 2 - Using Microsoft Project

  • Microsoft Office Project 2010 Fundamentals:
    • Project 2010 Basics
    •       Match Microsoft Project 2010 products with their features
    •       Identify component parts of the Microsoft Project 2010 interface 
    • Data Manipulation, Views and Reports
    •       Identify options in the new project task pane 
    •       Identify predefined filters
    •       Create a custom filter
    •       Identify predefined groups
    • Project Updates, Tracking and Conflicts
    •       Identify Project 2010 updating options
    •       Identify task updating options
    •       Identify features of project tracking using baseline values
  • Microsoft Office Project 2010 Proficient User:
    • Advanced Tables, Views and Reports
    •       Identify features of earned value tables 
    •       Create a custom table 
    •       Identify options for manipulating custom fields 
    • Consolidation and Resource Sharing
    •       Create a consolidated project
    •       Identify options for sharing a resource pool 
    • Interaction with Project Server
    •       Identify applications associated with Microsoft Project Server 2003
    •       Save a web based project file to the Project Server
    •       Identify options to manage the Enterprise Resource Pool
  • Workshop: A simple project using Project 2010: 
  • Programme conclusion: 
    • Group Exercise: Escape from Crab Island - The lessons learned
    • Beyond Project Management
    •       FMEA: Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
    •       ISO  9001:2008 Quality Management System 

Programme Output

Each participant will:

  • Produce a simple Project Plan based on the Crab Island Exercise to demonstrate the application of the tools and techniques presented
  • Receive a full set of handouts and CD-ROM of all the presentation and course materials.