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Project Management

Many projects fail to achieve their core objectives for frighteningly similar reasons. This course starts with a light-hearted look at some of these – including, the battle of Hastings, Concorde, Betamax videos, the charge of the light brigade, and some others. The parallels between the reason for the failure of these projects and ones in which you have been involved becomes immediately apparent!

By instigating a structured approach and some core project tools and processes, the basic disciplines of management and an appreciation of the key variables, you can improve your project management skills exponentially.

The 10 reasons for failure (including the examples above) are replaced with the 10 top tips for project success.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:
• Understand why some projects succeed and others fail
• Learn how to initiate the right projects
• Know how to propose and plan a project
• Be able to identify project risks
• Know a range of techniques for project implementation and tracking
• Appreciate how to deal with mid-project difficulties
• Lead the project team
• Learn project closedown and handover aspects

In preparation
Consider projects you done and bring details of any live projects if appropriate.

Workshop summary
The workshop will take on a medieval theme where the over-riding project is to rescue a damsel. Within the confines of this simulation, key project skills are learnt and practised including:
• core project processes (such as cost/time graphs, Gannt charts and critical path analysis)
• key project variables (including the ‘golden triangle’ of cost, time and quality)
• a robust project process



Welcome, introductions and domestics
First Class Project Management
Projects we have all undertaken

Requirements for a successful project

Why projects go wrong

Top 10 tips for success

Project Management process overview

Project Inception - Goal setting, clear project definition, clear accountability

Project Feasibility - Time and scope feasibility, financial feasibility (payback, NPV, IRR), communicating feasibility (the project authorisation process), risk assessment

Project Planning - Tools and techniques - Gantt charts, Critical path analysis, cost & time graphs

Project Implementation - Problem solving, cost control techniques, the time /cost/quality triangle, alterations, adjustments and moving goalposts, leading the project team, link to soft-skills element of the programme, wide range of possible techniques are available

Project Handover - Completion of formal review and sign off and ‘snagging’

Project Review - Lessons learnt and aspects to improve

Recap, review and evaluation



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Former PLC Finance Director, current International MBA lecturer in Business Strategy, conference speaker, trainer and author. Steve’s employment experience has been in a wide variety of sectors including property, construction, FMCG and plastics supplementing consultancy experience in an even wider field. In his career, Steve has been responsible for a major FMCG pan-European expansion, 7 business disposals, 1 very large MBO and a business ‘turnaround’ to profitability.

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