Detailed Programme

This programme is also delivered in Dutch. Click here to read the detailed programme information in Dutch.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

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) 

A learning experience like no other

When you come to Vlerick, you step away from your usual routine and gain a wider perspective. You discover how to tackle challenges, turn your knowledge into action and apply your skills in your workplace. You learn from faculty who are experts in their fields – and from a diverse group of peers. All these things help you become a confident, skilled professional, ready to succeed in business – and in life.

Vlerick Learning Experience

Drive real change in your organisation

A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

Need help?

Contact our Programme Advisor
Programme Advisor
Tel + 32 9 210 98 84
[email protected]
Find the programme most relevant for you!

Download our programme calendar

Meet Us

Info Sessions & Open Days
10 Sep
Drop In on our Ghent Campus
Category: General Info Sessions

05 Oct
Experience Vlerick Day
Category: General Info Sessions

08 Oct
Drop In on our Leuven Campus
Category: General Info Sessions

No. 1 for Executive Education

Related Articles

  1. What does the future have in store for China and the EU?

    We live in economically and geopolitically turbulent times. Considering that the EU can, in all likelihood, no longer depend on the unconditional support of its most important trade partner, the USA, the EU has been accelerating the process of concluding free trade agreements with Canada, Japan, Australia, the MERCOSUR countries, Singapore and the ASEAN member states. However the absence of China from this list is striking. Nevertheless, China and the EU could both benefit from closer collaboration. Professor Filip Abraham and Jan Van Hove take a close look at the trade and investment relationship between the two parties - from the perspective of the EU.
  2. Staying ahead of the political game

    Some see office politics as a necessary evil; some welcome the opportunity to show their political skills. Others simply refuse to play ‘the game’. But it’s not a winning or losing game. Being politically savvy doesn’t mean that you win at the expense of someone else. It’s not about being false or self-centred either. Or playing favourites, let alone back-stabbing. On the contrary: we argue that remaining authentic is of vital importance.
All articles