Practical Project Management for Managers and First Time PMs
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Do you need to manage a project?
And do you want to deliver it on time, on budget, and to requirement?
If you are new to project management - or just want a refresher, this course will give you all the basics and more.
Project management has become a vital element of business life. Success for both you and your organisation will depend on good project management skills.
How do you set up to succeed? This seminar shows you the practical tools, techniques and advice you need.
What will I get?
You will get over two and a half hours of high quality video - not just a PowerPoint with a voice over.
It is based on Mike's best selling three-hour live seminar and contains over two and a half hours of video, and a wealth of additional templates for you to download and adapt to your work. These will help you to manage your projects practically, for greater control and more success.
If you want to deliver your next project on time, on budget and to specification, you can't afford not to take this course.
What people say about Mike's live seminar...
“This did what it said on the box – a great deal of practical ideas for planning and managing tasks, along with understanding of key principles for successful delivery"
Andrea Duncan, PDP Co-ordinator – University of Northampton
“One of the best seminars I've attended in the last 17 years. Enjoyable practical and useful. I would highly recommend this course"
Diane Massey – DSM Legal Solicitors
“If you've never had formal training in project management – you'll learn a huge amount about processes and the secrets to succeeding in your projects"
Paul Foxall, Senior Project Officer – Sandwell MBC
“Excellent seminar. I have been on previous project management course. This one seemed very different and much better due to brilliant examples Mike gave."
Emma Oliver, Marketecture
“Excellent content, clearly delivered. Really enjoyed Mike's course and found it exceptionally useful."
Nick Osborn, Fenland RP Ltd
“Very useful. Many excellent strategies to help guide project managers."
Rob Simpson, Basis (Registration) Ltd
“A great overall introduction to project management. I learnt a lot and have a lot I can start to implement tomorrow!"
Catherine Mendham, Content Consultants
“Very practical, very useful. Gives confidence in knowing what is important and what is not. Mike is a very engaging speaker."
Louisa Davison, Secret Agent Marketing
“An excellent introduction and reminder of some of the fundamentals of project management."
Chris Price, Pulse PM Ltd
Dr Mike Clayton
Mike is on of the UK's leading project delivery experts. He has many years experience of managing projects and integrating change in many companies of varying sizes. Mike has had key roles in managing multi-million pound projects for Vodafone, General Motors, BAA and Transport for London. Organisations of all sizes have benefited from his skills in integrating complex change. You will get real results as his highly practical approach simplifies complex ideas.
Mike also has over 20 years' experience of training project managers, throughout the UK and in Europe and the US. He is the author of thirteen top-selling business, management, and personal effectiveness books, including four on project management topics:
- How to Manage a Great Project On budget. On target. On time. (Pearson, 2014)
- The Influence Agenda A systematic approach to aligning stakeholders in times of change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
- Brilliant Project Leader What the best project leaders know, do and say to get results, every time (Pearson, 2012)
- Risk Happens! Managing risk and avoiding failure in business projects (Marshall Cavendish, 2011)
What if you have questions?
I will be on hand to answer your questions if you get stuck, puzzled, or just want to know more. As a professional trainer, this is what I do, and I promise to respond within 24 hours of your question arriving with me from Simpliv.
Enroll for this course now, so you can start to gain control of your projects straight away.
Who is the target audience?
- New and want-to-be project managers
- Project managers who have had no formal training and who want to start to formalize what you have learned on the job
- Beginners and also for intermediates with a few projects under your belt
- Managers and professionals who are starting to need to deliver projects as a part of your day-to-day responsibilities
- This course will give you a great leg up if you need to get involved in your first project... in any capacity
- You won't need any software or materials other than your preferred note-taking device (pen & paper, Evernote or OneNote, or anything in between.
- If you have any experience of projects at all, that is absolutely fine. If you do have experience, bring it with you as you watch the videos. If you don't, bring your common sense
- Understand how projects work and be able to control your project process
- Deploy some of the main ways to avoid budget and schedule over-runs
- Define your project precisely, for your benefit and everyone else's
- Establish a clear scope, so you can combat the dreaded 'scope creep'
- Deal effectively with supporters, critics and bystanders
- Create time scales on getting the job done using milestone planning
- Be able to use the world's favourite project planning tool: the Gantt chart
- Achieve fair and effective allocation of project responsibilities
- Get the most from your team: motivation, collaboration and communication
- Predict problems and plan your responses
- Be able to assess which risks to deal with first
- Assess which risks to deal with first
- Apply all six strategies for action on risks available to use
- Stay in control when people change their minds
- Deliver your project on budget, on target, and on time
- Complete the three key tasks to finally close down your project
It's important to define terms, and the key piece of jargon we'll be using throughout this course is 'Project'... so we'd better define it.
Like you and me, projects have a distinct life cycle with recognizable stages. When you understand this, you have the basics of the structure you need to manage your projects effectively.
Let's understand why project managers divide our projects up, and what you can gain by doing this in your projects.
The project life cycle will help you understand one of the commonest reasons for schedule slippage and over-budget projects.
The jargon is important... but more important is the ideas behind it. So don't skip this chapter!
Project Gateways are a central part of good project governance. Understanding this will help you control your project, secure good decisions, and keep your decisions accountable.
Defining your project is crucial and your Goal and Objectives are at the core. But how to distinguish between these two concepts... I'll make it clear.
Establishing the scope of your project is, I think, the most difficult task. You need to balance the needs and the wants of many stakeholders, and reconcile those the the very real resource constraints you find yourself under.
Scope creep is the insidious reality of all projects. So what is it and, crucially, what are the two steps you can take, to deal with it?
You should have watched three videos on this already, but there is always more: let's summarise, and also add in some of those extra details you'll need to get a full definition for your project.
You can also download a Project Definition Document template, branded for my 2014 book, How to Manage a Great Project. (Pearson, 2014)
The Book of the Plan
Stakeholder engagement is a vital (but straightforward) process. Of course, the challenge is to maintain a constant attention to all of your stakeholders in a balanced way, throughout your project. A lovely example of simple, but not easy!
Somewhere down the line, I'll do a full video course on stakeholder engagement. But the practical project manager's most valuable tool for analyzing your stakeholders is, without a doubt, the one I present in this video.
For a Project Manager, milestones are your best friends - for two reasons - and I'll tell you why in this video.
Under-used by even some pretty experienced PMs (who should know better), The Work Breakdown Structure (or WBS) is the workhorse of project planning tools and the the generator of many other useful tools. It may sound complex, but in fact it is simple: it breaks your work down into a structure!
The Gantt Chart is something of a poster-child for project management and it is very widely used. Here, I'll explain the basics in easy stages.
Okay, so you want to create your own Gantt Chart... There are three generations of tool available to you: 1, 2, 3.
Okay, I'll come clean: this is my own personal favorite project planning tool. In this video, I'll explain to you why.
The Risk Management Process is four simple, powerful steps. Persistence is the key.
The standard risk analysis process - described in this video - is based on the definition of a risk, as 'uncertainty that can affect outcome'.
There are six generic strategies for dealing with a risk. When you know and understand them, you can find the tactics you need and combine them to create your risk action plan.
The Project Manager's primary risk management tool is your Risk Register, or Risk Log, and I describe it here.
You get the team you deserve. But what are the essential things you must do, to deserve the team you want?
Project delivery is the easy bit, after all of the hard work of planning. And the core 'project heartbeat' is made up of three cycles you must follow. Let's see what they are.