Project Management Course
Create productive teams, defuse conflict, get quicker buy-in and use effective delegation to move projects forward
This course focuses on people skills rather than a methodology such as PRINCE.
It's an opportunity for you to look at the way you handle and manage the people in your projects.
Your project will live or die by the dedication of those involved in running it.
So our primary focus is on getting the best out of all those involved - including you.
Project Management Course Objectives
- Understand the People
- Process & the Manager
- Involving People in Your Project
- Defining Exciting Project Outcomes
- Generating Ideas
- Motivating the Team
- Communication as Management Tool
- Practical Tools and Techniques
- Giving Effective Feedback
- When Things are Going Well
- When They're Not
- Moving Projects On
Project Management Course Programme
We tailor all our courses to reflect the needs of the delegates on the day. The course content may include many of the exercises listed below, and any additional material that the trainers feel is relevant.
The Project Manager and the Process
We start first with you as a project manager, what you already have and what you need to support you in the process so you get the most out of the project and your team. Sometimes it might be less about what you know and more about who you know! We look at the soft skills needed at different stages in the project management process from setting objectives, through implementation, to successful completion.
The first step in managing any project is deciding what the outcome is meant to be. Then we can look at how we go about achieving it. Most of us recognise that a project will have a desirable business outcome but what about the people involved? Including you! Looking at what you and others want from the project in terms of personal benefits will help to motivate the whole team to deliver.
We take a look at how to facilitate discussions; opening up and generating ideas that will take the project forward, before closing down the options and making decisions.
Who what why
We'll take a look at who you need to rope in to your project management team to get the outcome you want, the roles they play and how to get buy in from them, especially when they are not under your direct control.
Getting commitment to the Project
What is the nature of commitment and how do you get it from people?
Getting the Project message out
Once your project management plans are in place, we have some tips and techniques for communicating effectively with those that need to know, upwards, downwards and sideways!
Keeping Control of the Project
The project is in full flow and you want to look and feel like you are in control. We'll take a look at how you can achieve good project management with some simple exercises that help to keep you in the driving seat.
Delegating Project Tasks
Delegation can be a double edged sword. You get to pass on jobs to other people but how do you build the trust relationship that gives you peace of mind, knowing the job will be done (almost!) as well as you would have done it yourself.
The best laid plans of mice and men... So your project management plans were great but things aren't quite working out that way, we have a couple of great tools and techniques for dealing with people who haven't delivered, or for letting others know that things aren't going to plan in a way that still comes across as professional and in control.
We have a great project management process for getting stuck projects unstuck so that you can move closer to your ideal outcome. It is a process that looks at the issues from different angles, encourages creativity in thinking up solutions and ends with a commitment to moving things on.
Of course, we can't guarantee that your projects will all flow smoothly from now on but with this Project Management Course under your belt we hope you will have a better idea of why things panned out as they did, what worked and what didn't, to give you a head start for your next project.
Project Management Style
The final exercise of the day. Delegates will be asked to acknowledge what it is that they do well and will get feedback from their colleagues on what they see that works about them.
An individual Plan of Action identifying your personal take-outs, what you will practise and areas for development.
You will identify what will stop you putting this into practice and what support you need going forward.
We will give out Impact Factory documents to support the course.
You'll get copies relevant hand-outs to remind you of the Coursework.
Two weeks after the course one of your trainers will call to see how you are getting on.
You will have email and telephone access to both of your trainers.
You'll also have access to a course web page containing
- Handouts used during the course
- New supportive material
- Impact Factory PDF documents
- Recommended reading
- Links to our favourite videos