Effective Project Management

Effective Project Management

2 Days

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?
  • - Definitions and methodologies
  • - A 5-stage model for projects
  • - Projects and organisational strategy
Getting Started
  • - When do projects begin?
  • - Clarifying objectives
  • - Gaining authority
  • - Who are they?
  • - What do they want?
  • - How can they help?
  • - What is it?
  • - How is it created?
  • - Should it be fixed?
  • - Defining ongoing value
  • - How to measure benefits
  • - Planning for realisation
Work Breakdown Structure
  • - Creating a WBS
  • - Identifying work packages
  • - Milestones and deliverables
Day 2
Tasks and Timescales
  • - What needs to be done
  • - How long will it take?
  • - Identifying resources
Building a Schedule
  • - Should we use software?
  • - Gantt chart or Kanban board?
  • - Critical path or activity list?
Identifying Risk
  • - Risk or issue?
  • - Scoring techniques
  • - Maintaining a log
Creating a Plan
  • - The missing headings
  • - Using templates
  • - Sign off
Managing and Controlling Projects
  • - Managing People
  • - Managing the schedule
  • - Managing Risk
  • - Bringing a project to a close – successful or otherwise
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