Project Management

Classroom training typically of two to three days’ that familiarises participants with project management principles and processes with focus on the following capabilities and competencies:

  1. Manage, motivate and organise project team members (employees, contractors, consultants and suppliers).
  2. Manage and communicate with internal and external stakeholders with emphasis on effective buy-in techniques.
  3. Assess possible projects in terms of their strategic alignment, sustainability, and other selection criteria appropriate to your organisation.
  4. Negotiate realistic objectives (scope, time, cost and quality), and understand a project business case and charter (terms of reference).
  5. Develop a work breakdown structure (chunking the project).
  6. Analyse project work packages and estimate their work effort, cost and duration, and produce a bottom-up project budget.
  7. Prepare a network diagram and Gantt chart schedule.
  8. Assign and level resources (labour and non-labour).
  9. Delegate work and procure resources.
  10. Establish and maintain risk, issues, variations and learning logs and other project management records and documentation.
  11. Monitor progress and manage variances (difference between planned and actual performance) to keep on schedule and within budget and quality specifications.
  12. Take corrective action (keep on track) and rebaseline (replan) where need be as reality unfolds.
  13. Undertake a trade-off analysis among project parameters.
  14. Manage variations (changes) and cash flow.
  15. Apply earned value analysis.
  16. Identify and schedule closedown activities.
  17. Evaluate the completed project, identify lessons learned, and assess extent to which business case benefits have been realised.

The course content is consistent with the PMBOK and PRINCE2 methodologies, and scheduling processes are compatible with MS Project. Courses typically conclude with a practical project planning session when participant groups prepare and present plans for work-related projects. Click here for part one of PM data show, and click here for part two.

“I really enjoyed the practical project management course last week. It is the best course I’ve ever been on. I finished each day feeling interested, stimulated and excited by what I had learned. I’ve been recommending the course to everyone – my manager, colleagues, friends and family. Jim is an excellent facilitator. Now I’m putting what I learned into practice and have downloaded ‘The Framework’ for extra information.”                     Dinah Mountier – Manager

“Morning Jim. During August 2012 I had the privilege of attending a NZIM Project Management course delivered by yourself. This course, held in Christchurch, was well run with a good balance of theory and practical elements. During the course I purchased your book ‘Managing Murphy’ (essentials of project risk management) and I am finding this to be a great resource. I use it in conjunction with the ‘Framework’. Many thanks for your effort.”                          David Miller – Mid Dome Project Manager


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