Although formal project methodologies have their place, for smaller projects and smaller companies they are just too complex. This workshop takes Project Management from a very pragmatic and practical perspective, focussing on the specific needs of making projects successful in smaller organisations or for smaller projects. This is project management for busy people in busy businesses.
In most businesses – whether FTSE 100 or high tech start up – a large proportion of work is undertaken in smaller projects. Despite them being important to the business, these projects lack the luxury of a full time team of ‘project professionals’ and are often conducted on an informal basis. There is sometimes a fear that using project management methodologies will be costly, bureaucratic and will stifle entrepreneurial activity and innovation. This workshop will dispel that myth, introducing specific approaches that are right for your projects.
The workshop will be friendly and informal with a mixture of slides, discussion and group work. During the day, we will introduce the principles of successful project management with a specific focus on them being accessible and easy to use on smaller and less formal projects. We will work on realistic project scenarios, looking at specific approaches that don’t require a large overhead of bureaucracy. You can expect to be able to apply them immediately on return to your business. Delegates will be provided with a simple project management handbook, and a further ‘take away’ from the workshop will be a set of tailorable templates in Microsoft Word.
Why projects fail – and how to stop them failing
When not to use a formal project management method
Tailoring project management specifically for your project
Project essentials – a full toolbox of techniques including scoping and agreeing outcomes, planning, estimating, monitoring and controlling progress, and issue handling.
Understanding and handling project risk
Practical pointers for success
If you commission, sponsor or run smaller projects – for example as an owner, executive or manager of an SME, a director or manager in a public sector organisation such as a local authority or government agency or as a manager in a third sector organisation, this workshop is for you.
We can deliver this course on your premises, saving your delegates travel and subsistence costs and disruption
Overall the event was very good. I thought it was well delivered – Chris’ approach was very informative and he put things into context rather than just throwing random project management concepts and terms.A recent delegate