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The 'Project Management' training comprises four modules:
Module 1: The fundamentals of project-based working
Managing projects is not easy, even if all goes well. But often projects take longer than planned, costs exceed the budget or the cooperation is not smooth. Result: the project and the result do not meet the expectations. In a complex environment of objectives, challenges and constraints project management will help you. During this first module we explain the general principles, and we study the possible organisational structures.
- Introduction: What is a project? Why would you apply project management principles?
- What is programme management and portfolio management?
- Linking project-based working with organisational structure
- Stakeholder identification
- Project life cycle
- Pitfalls and success factors of projects
- Case study
Module 2: Project planning and network analysis
Project management is about getting the most out of the used resources, and about respecting a project closing date & allocated budget. The preparation of a project baseline schedule and a risk analysis make them a tool for project managers to measure the performance of a project in progress and give early warnings as triggers for corrective actions (see also Module 3). During this module, you will gain insight into concepts such as critical path, activity slack, activity crashing, resource allocation and other scheduling techniques. A case simulation teaches you how to keep the implementation of projects under control with network planning and risk analysis techniques.
- Network planning techniques:
- activity slack, activity crashing
- critical path (PERT/CPM)
- buffer management
- Resource management
- Case simulation on project performance and risk analysis
- Project planning software
Module 3: Project performance management and project control
A baseline schedule constructed by the techniques discussed in Module 2 is only relevant when the impact of uncertain events is measured and analysed. Schedule Risk Analysis is such a technique that reviews the constructed schedule in the light of uncertainty. An overview of the risk analysis techniques and their use in practice is given. Next, this module zooms in on project control. This key capability is related to measuring the performance of the project in progress and discovering early warnings as triggers for corrective actions. An introduction to Earned Value Management and Earned Schedule Control techniques is given, and a critical overview on the use of standard and newly developed techniques is discussed.
- Risk management and the project baseline schedule
- Project performance measurement and follow-up:
- Earned Value Management (EVM)
- Earned Schedule Control
Module 4: Teamwork and people management skills for project managers
Projects are often delivered in teams, and as a project leader you have to be a team coach. Research shows that balanced teams work more efficient and effective. But: How do you communicate within the project team? How do you set up a team in terms of maximum output? What profiles and roles do you have in your team? And above all, how do you increase the success of your team?
- Team building and interaction styles
- The project leader as a people manager
- Communicating within a team
- Gain insights in your own strengths and weaknesses (assessment)