Project managers are put under constant pressure to know, understand and deliver on complex issues. There is software available to help schedule a project, but what if it’s all new and mysterious?

This two-day course will help you understand all the key aspects of project management and get you to the point where you can create a project plan for your own project.

If you get the planning right, the project gets much easier to manage!


By the end of the course, delegates will have created a project plan from a template using practical, interactive exercises to understand the importance of planning and preparation.

Who should attend

This course is designed for managers new to project management, project managers with no formal training or new project managers with no practical experience.

What will I learn?

Day 1

What is a Project?

Learn how to:

  • Definitions and methodologies
  • A 5-stage model for projects
  • Projects and organisational strategy

Getting Started

Learn how to:

  • When do projects begin?
  • Clarifying objectives
  • Gaining authority


Learn how to:

  • Who are they?
  • What do they want?
  • How can they help?


Learn how to:

  • What is it?
  • How is it created?
  • Should it be fixed


Learn how to:

  • Defining ongoing value
  • How to measure benefits
  • Planning for realisation

Work Breakdown Structure

Learn how to:

  • Creating a WBS
  • Identifying work packages
  • Milestones and deliverables

What will I learn

Day 2

Tasks and Timescales

Learn how to:

  • What needs to be done
  • How long will it take?
  • Identifying resources

Building a Schedule

Learn how to:

  • Should we use software?
  • Gantt chart or Kanban board?
  • Critical path or activity list?

Identifying Risk

Learn how to:

  • Risk or issue?
  • Scoring techniques
  • Maintaining a log

Creating a Plan

Learn how to:

  • The missing headings
  • Using templates
  • Sign off

Managing and Controlling Projects

Learn how to:

  • Managing People
  • Managing the schedule
  • Managing Risk
  • Bringing a project to a close – successful or otherwise

How we deliver

Training can be delivered in either of the following ways:

  • Online

    Online training is ideal if you have staff in different geographical locations who have the same Microsoft or Adobe training requirements.

    Our expert trainers can deliver Watch and Learn sessions to up to 100 people. Alternatively, they can produce an interactive session that allows delegates to complete practical exercises within the Microsoft or Adobe apps of your choosing.

  • Face to face

    Choose from one or half day training sessions or our popular 90-minute Sprint sessions, which can be delivered in your offices or at another location of your choice.

    All we need is a room with a table and chairs and we look after the rest. We can even provide laptops and a projector should you not have spare IT equipment to use.

Sprint learning

Short on time, but still want to boost staff performance?
Book a Sprint Session!

Each Sprint Session follows a 90-minute format for ultra-focused team learning.

Pick a topic, tell us what you want to achieve from your session, and we’ll put together a short, fun, entirely bespoke programme that meets the needs of your team.

Designed to cater for 10-15 delegates at a time

Developed by our team to cover the subject matter of your choice

Delivered online or face-to-face

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