PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Your place for learning about managing projectsProject Management training delivered at 11 UK locations or at your offices
Delivering a project on time, on budget, and on value is a specialised and often complex task which cannot be carried out effectively without appropriate training that enables attendees to acquire the requisite skills and knowledge, and learn proven methods of operation.
Organisations who invest in training are inevitably efficient and well equipped to deal with challenges thrown up in a constantly evolving business environment. Even when processes have been painstakingly developed and refined over the years, it's people who manage projects, and training is the key to success.
But there are different ways to go about your training, from PRINCE2 or Agile certification to one day skills workshops. Whatever your need, we have the solution for you.
What is project management?
There are many definitions of project management, but in essence it is an undertaking to produce beneficial change or added value, subject to constraints which include time, funding and resources. If this sounds simple, then you have probably never managed a project of any size.
Because a project has a beginning and an end date, it runs in contrast to normal business operations, which are repetitive, ongoing functional activities that produce products or services. This means it requires a completely different form of management, and therefore requires the learning of specialised skills and strategies.
To meet this demand, professional groups such as the PMI, the APM and APMG International were created to set standards for training. In modern environments, the rigid structures of PRINCE2 can actually be restrictive, and this has given rise to the development of Agile project methodology.
But often, projects are managed as part of someone's role. In this case, the certification / qualification process is both onerous and unnecessary. Quite apart from the cost involved, the overhead of extensive pre-course study and a week out of the office to complete, say a PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course is out of the question for many people. But this does not remove the need for acquiring the skills involved, which is why we offer our own unique range of one-day "essentials" courses which enable you to learn easily and with no pre-reading or practical experience necessary. You can also book them one day at a time which minimises disruption to your normal working practice.
What subjects does good training cover?
The discipline is complex, but in a practical sense, these are the critical focus points you should visit:
- Project Tools: PERT, Gantt charts and other specialised tools and concepts aren't too difficult to understand, but it is easy to use them badly.
- People and Teams: In any project, the most important element is people, because without good communication and teamwork, the most perfectly planned process will go wrong.
- Change Management: it is said in the military that no plan survives first contact with the enemy, and so it can be with projects. Things change, and a project manager needs to adapt so that things stay on course.
- Time Management: Ultimately, any project manager succeeds or fails according to how well they manage time. Often, a delay in a minor part of a project can mean that other, often bigger, elements are adversely affected.
Within each of the above lie many skills and a lot of knowledge, but by using this as a basic structure for best practice, it is easier to see where learning priorities lie.
How will Activia's courses help you?
It is very important to book with the provider best suited to your situation. With Activia, our project management training courses are hands-on workshop sessions which maximise your opportunity to learn the skills to deliver projects effectively. From our flexible, basic one-day "essentials" classes through to instruction over several days for certifications at both Foundation and Practitioner levels, we can provide the kind of training which matches to your needs, and those of your organisation.
AVERAGE REVIEW: 4.7 out of 5 BASED ON 6 REVIEWS
"Great trainer and facilities"
Rebecca England, Course: PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Oct 17 2016
Waleed Gazzaz, Course: PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Jun 20 2016
WALEED GAZZAZ , Course: PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Jun 20 2016
"Thank you and I would like to thank Mr.Kola for his hard work and effort for making it easier to understand and his continuous support."
Graeme Wood, Course: PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Jun 29 2015
"Ray was a commendable educator and led the class well with enthusiasm and a depth of knowledge that was unsurpassed."
Debbi Keeley, Course: PRINCE2 Foundation Mar 9 2015
"Our facilitator, Chris, was very knowledgeable and really interesting."
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