Project Management Fundamentals

Overview and Learning Objectives.

This highly interactive workshop will have its content and structure adapted to meet specific learning needs of the host organisation. Workshop duration is typically one to two days. Having completed the workshop, attendees will understand the power of using key project management processes to define, plan and manage their project, and will appreciate the steps necessary to implement an effective project management system.

Attendees will work through a series of selected modules (see below) to develop an practical understanding of key project management techniques and functions from the project management team's perspective.

Who should attend: Project managers and project team members.

Attendees will be provided with a comprehensive set of course notes based on the modules selected for inclusion in the course.

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Course Outline (Suggested)

  • Stakeholders and requirements
    • Who matters?
    • What do they expect? (Requirements or Business Case)
    • How will they know they have received it? (Success criteria)
  • The Project Charter
    • Develop the Project Charter
  • Understand and document the project Scope
    • Define the project objectives in detail
    • Define the project scope and deliverables
    • The role of a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)
    • Understand the required level of quality needed to meet stakeholder requirements
    • Understand the difference between value (benefits realised) and cost
  • Develop the project schedule
    • Time and logic – work flows
    • Resource requirements for a ‘realistic and achievable’ schedule
  • Develop the cost plan
    • Estimating options
    • Links to procurement
    • Cost management
  • Risks and Issues
    • The Risk Register
    • Risk treatment and monitoring
    • Issue Management
  • Communicating for success
    • Developing the communication plan (general reporting and targeted for effect)
    • Communication monitoring
    • People management (stakeholders, the team, HR, leadership)
  • Managing for success
    • Monitoring and updating the project management plans (PMP)
    • Maintaining project records in the project management information system (PMIS)
    • Change management 
  • Conclusion
    • Wrap up

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Workshop Details

This workshop focuses on mastering the project management skills needed to create project success. It focuses on the skills needed by modern PMOs and Project Managers to successfully manage and control their 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. 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 workshop, 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 and other project documentation as a communication tools
  • 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
  • How to develop a culture of successful project management

Modules and Options

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

Note: This is a practical project management course focused on building capability within an organisation. Organisations wishing to advance their existing project management practice may find our Advanced PM Master Class more appropriate. The 1 or 2 day Advanced PM Master Class covers a similar range of topics to this course but assumes an initial level of competency in the delegates and focuses on enhanced practice. See more on the Advanced PM Master Class.

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PDUs and AIPM CPD Points.

PMI PDUs. Attendees at Mosaic's project management workshops earn 1 PDU per hour of teaching time (typically 6 PDUs per day). The breakdown of PDUs across the PMI Talent Triangle® depends on the modules selected for inclusion in the course - the PDUs to be earned are agreed during the course design phase and are included on your individual course attendance certificates. See more on the PMI Talent Triangle®

AIPM CPD. Attendees at Mosaic's project management workshops earn points based on the AIPM CPD points table current at the date of the course, currently you earn 2 points per hour to a maximum of 20 per course (B08 - Knowledge): see more on the AIPM website.

Other CPD requirements. Mosaic retains details of courses and attendees to support CPD claims in most organisations and we are happy to work with you to ensure you can claim your entitlements.