Project Management Workshop

Course:  PMW
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

Despite the fact that many project management tools and techniques are available, projects still fail with monotonous regularity - why? The basic principles of project management and the critical success factors to make a project work are frequently ignored.

The critical success factors to make a project work are covered in workshop style. The manual that is provided contains templates and grids that can be put to practical use straight away.

This course is not 'tool-specific' as we believe that a clear understanding of the generic principles and techniques of project management will enable a project manager to 'manage projects' and the tools that are available are then assigned to their rightful place as 'tools - not rules'. In this way the situation of the 'tail wagging the dog' with a complicated project management tool can be eliminated. The notes that are provided are clearly indexed and referenced to facilitate subsequent 'look-ups' of specific material.

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Topics Covered In This Course


The project management culture

Trends that show how important project management is becoming

Definitions to achieve a common understanding of terminology

Benefits to be derived from project management

The status quo

Project Characteristics and Phases

Hard skills and soft skills

Organizational Structures

How to manage projects successfully within different structures

Vertical versus horizontal: reporting lines and how to handle it

The matrix structure

The Project Manager

Skills and characteristics required

Ethics and performance criteria

Team building and group dynamics

This section in the notes constitutes a workbook that can be used in many team situations, also identifying and using behavioral styles in project teams


Written and verbal



Types of conflict

Conflict handling methods

Time management

Simple yet effective ways to take control of this scarce resource


The seven-step plan to quality

Using JAD, Structured walk throughs and testing techniques


How to set up and maintain a project file and also how to record information

Roles and responsibilities

The role and job description of each and every player, from Sponsor to one-time JAD attendee. How not to leave ANYTHING to chance.

Scope, Project and Product definition and Set-Up


Identifying the main risks at the hand of comprehensive questionnaires and then adopting a project management style to match and address each risk

Work Breakdown and statement of work

The basis for planning. Here a number of practical exercises are worked through in teams


Critical Path Method

Taught at the hand of a number of case studies with practical work in teams





Control and Managing, including change control

Who Should Take This Course

This course is valuable for those interested in learning the latest process, techniques and industry standards used in project management. It is also for experienced project managers who desire to increase their project management skills and apply a standards-based approach to project management.

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