Training in Project Management from Activia

Project Management Fast Track

A 1-Day Training Course

Course Content

New Course

Please note, this is a new course, with a completely revised and updated agenda.

It has been thoroughly researched and developed, so it gives you a great understanding of the structure and methods of managing projects in a single day.

We think you'll love it!

No time (or need) for certification?

This course is for you!

Most people who run projects don't need - and cannot justify - the investment in certification!
There's not only the financial cost, the three to five days out of the office, and all the pre-course reading, but there's the pressure of an exam for a qualification you'll never need!

Yet if you're running projects, you really should know what you're doing!
Whether it's an exhibition, an office move or a company social event, you'll find everything goes much faster, more smoothly and with much less stress if you follow a process.

And we follow the standard 5-phase process that can be applied to pretty well any project you undertake.

Course Aims

Is this the best one-day Project Management course you'll find?

We think it probably is!

Prepare yourself for a high intensity day where you will be taken through the full project management life cycle for a complete demonstration, and understanding, of what professionally managing a project actually involves.

There's lots of interactivity, with questions, exercises, and discussion points.

And in the final module you'll even work through a full project to see how it all flows.

What's more, you get a workbook for your notes as you go along, and which you keep so you can refer back to it after the course.

Who Should Attend

The course has been specifically designed for anyone with little or no training in project management tools or techniques, but who is involved with projects and needs to acquire a practical working knowledge in the shortest possible time.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the day, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of projects and project management
  • Know how to set up clear project objectives
  • Plan professionally and avoid mistakes later
  • Know the main scheduling tools you can use
  • Understand what makes a project run well
  • Know how to monitor progress and stay on track
  • Know how to close down a project professionally
  • Work through the full life cycle of a simple project

Course Outline
This course is a 1-day training course structured into 10 modules.
Module 1
Course Overview and Learning Objectives
Topics covered
  • About the Course
  • Learning Objectives
  • Module 2
    Introduction to Project Management
    Learning outcomes
    Understand what defines a project, the role of a project manager, the structure of participants and the project life cycle
    Topics covered
  • What is a Project?
  • What is Project Management?
  • Why Manage Projects?
  • The Role of a Project Manager
  • The Seven Key Players in a Project
  • Milestones and Work Breakdown Structure
  • The Project Life Cycle
  • The 5 Phases of Project Management
  • The Phase Gate / Stage Gate Process
  • Module 3
    Phase 1: Project Initiation
    Learning outcomes
    Learn how to define the scope of a project and the team required before creating a Statement of Work (SOW) and the Project Charter
    Topics covered
  • The Importance of Initiation
  • The Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Components of a Statement of Work
  • Constructing a Project Initiation Document (PID)
  • Creating a Project Charter
  • Module 4
    Phase 2: Project Planning
    Learning outcomes
    Look at creating a great project plan by setting SMART goals, identifying tasks and resources, using simple charts and assessing project risks
    Topics covered
  • The Need for Planning
  • SMART Goals
  • Identifying Tasks
  • Identifying Resources
  • Preparing a Basic Schedule
  • Float Time
  • Scheduling Checklist
  • Using a Target Chart
  • Assessing Risk
  • Module 5
    Project Scheduling Tools
    Learning outcomes
    Gain an understanding of the different scheduling tools that can be used to structure project work and make the most of the time available
    Topics covered
  • Your Scheduling Tools
  • Activity Scheduling
  • Action Planning/Scheduling Worksheets
  • Milestone Charts
  • The Network Diagram
  • Critical Path Analysis (CPA)
  • PERT Diagrams
  • Creating a Gantt Chart
  • The Flow Chart
  • Module 6
    Phase 3: Project Execution
    Learning outcomes
    See what's involved in getting the right processes and management styles in place for smooth and productive project execution
    Topics covered
  • What's Involved in Successful Execution
  • Communication
  • Listening and Understanding
  • Closing the Execution Gap
  • Tips to Improve Project Execution
  • Maintaining the Rhythm
  • Module 7
    Phase 4: Project Performance Monitoring
    Learning outcomes
    Understand the importance of monitoring progress, setting and tracking KPIs, managing change and keeping the project on track
    Topics covered
  • The Importance of Monitoring Performance
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Divergence
  • Monitoring Tools
  • Managing Change in a Project
  • Managing Anxiety and Stress
  • Module 8
    Phase 5: Project Closure
    Learning outcomes
    Know how to avoid last-minute delays, close a project in the right way, wrap up professionally and review to learn from what's happened
    Topics covered
  • Three Ways to End a Project
  • Avoiding Needless Over-Run: The 95% Phenomenon
  • Why Do Projects Fail?
  • Closing Out a Project
  • Lessons Learned
  • Presenting the Project Results
  • Module 9
    Project Management Exercise
    Learning outcomes
    See how it all flows together by selecting a project and working through all five phases of the project life cycle
    Topics covered
  • Project Selection
  • Phase 1: Initiation
  • Phase 2: Planning
  • Phase 3: Execution
  • Phase 4: Monitoring
  • Phase 5: Closure
  • Wrap Up
  • Module 10
    Your Personal Action Plan
    Topics covered
  • Set up your plan of action for the future

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