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Why is project management important? Why can’t you just appoint a team and have them manage a project for you. You can. But the truth is that running projects without good project management is like trying to steer a ship without a rudder.

Project management ensures projects are delivered on time and within budget and scope. It unites stakeholders and teams and gets everyone working on the same page. This one-day workshop provides participants with the basics of effective project management so the right people do the right things at the right time.


  • Managers, supervisors, team leaders, and staff who are new or who have little experience in managing projects
  • Team or department staff about to embark on initiatives with a defined objective and timeline


  • Use essential project management principles
  • Identify and relate to project stakeholders
  • Conduct effective project meetings
  • Construct and use the work breakdown structure, Gantt, and Critical Path
  • Set up effective project risk, project issue, and project change management processes
  • Provide effective reports to managers and other stakeholders
  • Close out projects effectively and present the final report


Understanding Project Management

  • Seven principles for effective project management
  • Why managing expectations is the number one responsibility of the project manager
  • Understanding the role of the project manager
  • Project management definitions and understanding the project life cycle
  • Characteristics of successful projects

Defining Your Project

  • Determining your key stakeholders
  • Your project sponsor and who are your team members
  • Determining and understanding the sponsors’ expectations and End State
  • Establishing deliverables to respond to your project stakeholders’ needs
  • Structuring the team
  • Building the project charter

Planning Your Project

  • Planning and organizing the project including determining skills required and other resource needs
  • Determining Scope, Requirements, End State, and the Change Management Plan
  • Using key planning tools such as Work Breakdown Structure and Critical Path
  • Determining critical time factors, milestones, or deadlines
  • Using a Gantt chart
  • Managing risks
  • Establishing a baseline schedule and a project quality plan
  • Forming a communication plan

Executing and Controlling Your Project

  • Setting the “Project Plan” in motion
  • Anticipating and planning for sudden project changes
  • Keeping your project on track – monitoring activities against the Project Plan
  • Conducting effective project meetings
  • Documenting and communicating

Closing Your Project

  • Closing a project – tasks, risks, issues, change requests
  • Conducting “Lessons Learned” session – the process of continuous improvement
  • Preparing final evaluation report


The facilitator encourages interaction. Once the theory is presented, the class works through key project management tools using a relevant case study.