Project Management

You Will Learn How To-

  •     Plan a project to ensure successful delivery and stakeholder satisfaction
  •     Apply best practices to plan and run projects using a 6-step project management process
  •     Implement risk management techniques and deploy mitigation strategies
  •     Estimate and schedule task work, duration and costs with confidence
  •     Implement monitoring tools to keep you in command of the project and team


Reality Plus Activities-

  •     Agreeing on clear project goals and measurable deliverables
  •     Estimating task duration and work
  •     Determining task dependencies and calculating the schedule
  •     Developing risk management plans
  •     Producing the baseline implementation plan
  •     Managing and responding to changes


Course Content-

Introduction

  •     Managing the project processes and issues
  •     Creating a realistic and achievable project plan
  •     Working within project constraints


Launching Your Project

Applying a project framework for success

  •     Managing the key inputs and outputs
  •     Balancing typical challenges of project management
  •     Selecting and applying best practices


Core project leadership skills

  •  Building and managing team effectiveness
  •  Taking responsibility for the team culture


Building a project charter

  •     Defining clear project objectives
  •     Determining and clarifying the goals
  •     Defining key project deliverables
  •     Gaining buy-in from stakeholders


The 6-Step Planning Method

Defining the project workload

  •     Determining project scope with work breakdown structures (WBS)
  •     Driving the plan down to manageable task level
  •     Calculating a first cut of project costs


Building high-confidence estimates

  •     Effective ways to produce better estimates
  •     Differentiating between work, duration and resources
  •     Leveraging three-point estimating to refine accuracy
  •     Managing the estimating process


Scheduling the project

  •     Converting WBS to precedence networks
  •     Determining the critical path tasks
  •     Creating dependency diagrams
  •     Calculating the project duration


Creating the project timeline

  •     Building clear and readable Gantt charts
  •     Using slack effectively in the schedule
  •     Setting key milestones to track and control the project


Developing a risk management process

  •     Identifying the project risks and assumptions
  •     Evaluating risk impacts
  •     Strategies for managing risks
  •     Managing key risks with the Risk Register
  •     Reducing risks through contingency plans


Effectively matching resources to work

  •     Identifying the resources your project needs
  •     Assigning resources to tasks
  •     Analysing resource use and costs in the schedule
  •     Optimising the use of resources
  •     Preparing and agreeing on task contracts


Running the Project

Establishing an effective control process

  •     Establishing change control procedures
  •     Presenting the project plan for approval
  •     Setting the baseline schedule


Implementing the plan

  •     Monitoring real task progress
  •     Analysing progress against the baseline
  •     Picking up warnings of trouble ahead
  •     Engaging team members to maximise productivity


Tracking and reporting progress

  •     Tracking planned vs. actual task performance
  •     Analysing the impact of variation to the baseline
  •     Avoiding the 90% complete trap
  •     Crashing the critical path tasks
  •     Implementing, correcting and optimising strategies to achieve project objectives


Leading throughout the project life cycle

  •     Communicating project status to stakeholders
  •     Coping with common project scenarios
  •     Building ownership, motivation and commitment across the team


Successful Project Closure

  •     Managing systematic project close down
  •     The payoff of post-implementation review
  •     Documenting project and personal lessons learned