This one-day course provides the basic knowledge and skills required by project managers and team members working in any industry or technical domain. Participants will get an overview of contemporary project management – suitable for managing projects in any industry or sector, and have the opportunity to put it into practice in an engaging 2-hour project management simulation set in the world of a 1960’s New York advertising agency.
Who should attend
It is the perfect starting point for those who are:
- Completely new to projects
- Supporting projects in a peripheral role (e.g. finance or procurement support staff).
- Working on projects as a team member
- Preparing to take on projects in the future (“aspirational” project managers).
- Currently managing projects in an ad-hoc manner (“accidental” project managers), and wanting to apply a more structured approach.
The course content is aligned to the global standard for project management theory – the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK, 6th Edition). It provides an overview of key project management concepts, processes, tools and techniques. Participants will also get the chance to practice using some fundamental project management tools in small teams, with the support of an experienced facilitator. These practical activities will be conducted throughout the day and will be based on a simple project case study.
Participants will develop knowledge and understanding of:
- To understand the role of project management in today’s workplace
- To understand the definition of a project and different project types
- To understand how projects are used to implement corporate strategy and manage change
- To have an understanding of the project lifecycle and 10 knowledge areas defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK)
- To be able to apply some PM tools and techniques to project work
- Key concepts including the Iron Triangle, Cost of Change, Goldilocks Principle, and the Importance of Planning.
Participants will develop core project management skills by developing the following documents in small teams, based on a simple project case study:
- Project Charter
- Project Plan – including:
- Work Breakdown Structure
- Network Diagram, Gantt Chart & Schedule
- Budget and Project Cost Estimate
- Quality Plan
- Communication Plan
- Risk Register
- Printout of the PowerPoint slides with lines for note-taking.
- A suite of soft-copy tools and templates emailed after the session
- 1 month subscription to Ecadmey – our video-based learning platform
A range of learning formats, tools and techniques will be used, including:
- In-class lectures (peppered with discussion points) delivered by an experienced trainer
- ‘War stories’ and anecdotes to bring the theory to life
- Team-based activities based on a simple project case study
- Fun and interactive project management simulation
These techniques are designed to drive interest, discussion, and learner engagement. They are highly effective in embedding knowledge, building skills, and supporting long-term reflection. This enables learners to confidently and successfully transfer the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to work based projects.