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Advanced Project Management Master Class (1 or 2 days) -
Mastering Project Management Skills: C
reating Project Success

This highly interactive master class will have its content and structure adapted to meet specific learning needs of the host organisation. Components may include:

  • Define project success in the 21st Century
  • Demonstrate new ways to identify a project’s key stakeholders
  • Identify the stakeholder’s real needs and requirements
  • Show you how to exceed stakeholders’ expectation and deliver real value
  • Work within the power structure of the organisation to create a network of support and influence
  • Discover how project documentation should be used to achieve project success, including: 
    • Project Charter, 
    • GANTT charts, schedules and Milestone Reports 
    • Earned Value and Earned Schedule reports and charts, 
    • Risk Management Plans, and 
    • Communication Plans 
  • Discuss proven techniques to lead and motivate your team
  • Understand the correlation between an organisation’s risk tolerance and project success
  • Develop vital skills to manage a project successfully
  • Establish a culture of successful project management
  • Walk through a case study and develop practical applications for effective PM
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Mastering Project Management Skills: Creating Project Success
  focuses on the skills needed by modern PMOs and Project Managers to successfully manage and control projects. Your workshop leader will demonstrate ways to build on the traditional measures of time, cost and quality, to manage stakeholder expectations, balance risks and opportunities and create value to deliver satisfaction to the project’s stakeholders. If developing accurate schedules, budgets and other project control documentation is the craft of project management, this course will enable the delegates to develop the art of project management, through learning how to use the project documentation to develop and maintain robust relationships for project success.

In this interactive master class, delegates will walk through a case study tailored to reinforce the learning from each session, and will be encouraged to contribute from their own experience. The delegates will be guided by an experienced senior project manager, who has also held senior roles in large organisations and researched project success in IT, construction, and business change projects.

The proven and effective processes contained in the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK Guide® will be also used to uncover the real requirements of a project’s stakeholders, define the correct scope and create the deliverables (on time and on budget) that deliver tangible benefits to the organisation.

Delegates will learn:

  • The vital skills needed to manage a project successfully
  • How to develop and use Schedules, Gantt charts, Earned Value and other project documentation as a communication tool
  • The critical importance of proactive stakeholder management
  • The difference between delivering value and just being ‘on schedule’
  • A stakeholder centric approach to developing an effective project charter
  • What a successful project plan should contain
  • Proven techniques to lead and motivate your team
  • The correlation between an organisation’s risk tolerance and project success
  • How to develop a culture of successful project management




Additional Module - Advanced Project, Program and Portfolio Governance
( The Governance of Project Management - GoPM )


Objective: This module will provide senior managers and others responsible for the direction and governance of projects, programs and portfolios with the resources need to be effective in this role. The workshop is built around the APM GoPM workbook - Directing Change, a guide to governance of project management, published by the Association for Project Management, UK. Supporting information is drawn from a wide range of international resources.  To book this as a stand alone session for Senior Managers and project/program Sponsors see: Successful Project Sponsorship

Module outline

GoPM defines 11 key principles of an effective governance system:-

  • The board has overall responsibility for governance of projects.

  • The roles, responsibilities and performance criteria for the governance of project management are clearly defined.

  • Disciplined governance arrangements, supported by appropriate methods and controls, are applied throughout the project life cycle.

  • A coherent and supportive relationship is demonstrated between the overall business strategy and the project portfolio.

  • All projects have an approved plan containing authorisation points at which the business case is reviewed and approved. Decisions made at authorisation points are recorded and communicated.

  • Members of delegated authorisation bodies have sufficient representation, competence, authority and resources to enable them to make appropriate decisions.

  • The project business case is supported by relevant and realistic information that provides a reliable basis for making authorisation decisions.

  • The board or its delegated agents decide when independent scrutiny of projects and project management systems is required, and implement such scrutiny accordingly.

  • There are clearly defined criteria for reporting project status and for the escalation of risks and issues to the levels required by the organisation.

  • The organisation fosters a culture of improvement and of frank internal disclosure of project information.

  • Project stakeholders are engaged at a level that is commensurate with their importance to the organisation and in a manner that fosters trust.

These principles are supported in the GoPM standard with a number of key questions focusing on the effectiveness and efficiency of the Portfolio direction processes, the sponsorship of projects and the management of projects.

The workshop demonstrates typical outputs from project and program management systems that support the achievement of these principles. The ‘typical conforming systems / outputs’ are drawn from several sources.

  • From the UK:-
    • the new Association for Project Management (APM) BoK 5th Edition
    • APM Sponsoring Change booklet and 
    • the OCG ‘Managing successful programs’ documentation.

  • From PMI:-
    • The Standards for Program and Portfolio Management plus
    • The OPM3 Knowledge Foundation and
    • The PMBOK Guide 4th Edition.

The objective of the module is to provide senior managers with an overview of the principles of effective project governance, the quantifiable benefits obtained from effective project governance (based on work by KPMG and PWC), and a tool kit / reference system that can be used to source relevant information when needed in the future.

This workshop module will demonstrate the importance of going beyond the traditional, easy to apply, measures of time, cost and quality, to: 

  • pro actively manage stakeholder expectations, 
  • manage risks and opportunities, 
  • create value and consequently 
  • deliver satisfaction to the project’s stakeholders.

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