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Introduction to Project Management


Build capacity and capability to effectively Manage Projects.

Course Objectives

  • Promote a greater understanding of the key components of Project Management

  • Build and transfer ability, skills and techniques (competence) to manage projects

  • Enhance capacity to successfully manage projects

Critical Outcomes / Benifits

  • A thorough and consistent understanding of the key components of project management.

  • Ability, skills and techniques (competence) to manage projects, with particular emphasis on having an overall responsibility for the project

  • Projects with realistic objectives being delivered on time and to the budget

Competencies Developed

Knowledge gained

  • Definition of projects and project management

  • The PRINCE 2 project management methodology

Skills developed

  • Setting realistic objectives

  • Scoping a project

  • Risk Management

  • Establishing the Project Organisation

  • Project Planning Techniques

  • Monitoring and Controlling

  • Project Appraisal

  • Quality Control

  • Change Control

Principles and Values Promoted

  • Disciplined management with a focus on delivery of results

  • Team working, empowerment

  • Transparency and realism

Training and Development Methology

  • Presentation / Lecture

  • Facilitated Discussions

  • Individual and Group Work

  • Case Studies

  • Practical Exercises

Assessment Process

  • Peer review and feedback

  • Action planning by participants

  • Follow up visits

Assessment Criteria

A demonstrated ability to:

  • Establish objectives, scope a project, design an organizational structure, plan and control

Target Group

  • Managers and line functionaries appointed as project managers or project planners or personnel earmarked to undertake the project management role(s).

Footnote: There is also a five day Project Manager’s course which covers similar ground but from a different perspective. The Project Manager’s course is designed for those producing the plans and managing the projects in a day-to-day context. The Project Director’s course is designed for those with overall responsibility / ownership of the project and resources being deployed. The directors are sometimes referred to as Project Board members or Project Sponsors.


Three days


Day I

Introduction to Projects and Project Management

  • Plenary Exercise – What is a project?

  • Difference between projects and ongoing work

  • Buzz group exercise – Why do projects fail? (Cause not effect)

  • Project Lifecycle

  • Projects versus Programmes

  • When/where to use projects

  • Essential components of Project Management

PRINCE & other Methodologies


  • Getting started

    • Starting a project

  • The PID (Project Initiation Document)

Risk Management

  • Identifying and Managing Risk

    • Identification, Probability, Impact, Countermeasures, Contingencies and responsibility


  • Project Organisation and Staffing

    • Getting the right project management structure

    • Directing, Managing, Supporting and Assuring

    • Team Working

    • Stakeholders / Consultation – How / Who

Day 2


  • Planning Principles

    • Why plan

    • Levels and types of plan

Planning - Product Based Planning

  • Product Breakdown Structures

  • Product Description

  • Product Flow Diagrams (PFD)

Planning - Critical Path Analysis (CPA)

  • Brief input on dependency networks

  • Critical Path Analysis (CPA) and Estimating

  • Technical Plan

  • Project Stages (Phases)

Day 3


  • Management Controls

  • Project Appraisal: The full Business Case

  • Control

  • Quality Management

  • Quality Review Technique


  • Procurement and sub-contractors relationships

  • Plenary feedback

  • Action Planning

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