An Introduction to Project Management
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This course provides essential tools and techniques for scoping, planning and successfully delivering projects.
If you wish to be awarded the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, this course will prepare you for an optional one-hour multiple-choice exam which is accredited by the Association for Project Management. The Certificate is an internationally recognised foundation-level qualification.
Employers in all sectors and industries are looking for good project management skills to speed up innovation and effectively manage change. This two-day course will enable you to manage projects more effectively, or contribute more effectively to a project team, through the application of a systematic project framework and the use of helpful project tools and techniques.
Please note: this course covers the syllabus to prepare students for the optional one-hour multiple-choice exam which runs at the end of day two of this course and is accredited by the Association for Project Management.
Upon successful completion of the exam you will be awarded the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, which is an internationally recognised foundation-level qualification.
By the end of An Introduction to Project Management you will be able to:
- understand key project management terms and concepts
- gain clarity at the outset of projects
- plan projects realistically
- manage risk and change effectively
- use key project management tools
- monitor and control progress
- establish the needs of stakeholders
- understand the benefits of post-project reviews.
Projects, Programmes and Portfolios
The Project Context
An introduction to project life cycles and key success factors
Initiating a project
- establishing the objectives and scope of work
- defining the needs of stakeholders
- establishing a clear business case
- agreeing key roles and responsibilities
Creating a project plan
- project definitions; work, product and organisational breakdown structures
- networks, critical path analysis, risk management, Gantt charts and milestone charts
- an introduction to quality management, assurance and control
Techniques for estimating resources in projects
Resourcing the plan
- how to ensure that the plan is fully resourced, through resource histograms and resource levelling
The project communication plan
- communicate appropriately with all stakeholders, and gain commitment from the team
Building the team
- overview of team development and roles
Monitoring and controlling projects
- tools and techniques
- How to hand over to the operational team effectively
Project closure and learning review
- how to close projects well and identify lessons learned
Individual action planning
Who should attend
An Introduction to Project Management is designed to give a broad introduction to anyone involved in project working. No prior knowledge is necessary.