Project Planning and Execution in the 21st Century

This course is aimed at current project managers who liked to refresh and upgrade the project management skills. The training course will be run over two(2) weeks.

Instructional materials will comprise of notes, case studies and online reference material. The course will be offered by an international project management specialist whose experience spans over 30 years around the world in respect of project management. Emphasis will be put on practical application from case studies on historical successfully implemented projects and failed ones.

Potential students or trainees shall possess an NQF level 4 qualification in project management. This course is accredited by the SETA and aligned to NQF of SAQA.

Executing and controlling the project

Project Resources Planning

Any project to be successfully completed on time, within budget and based on acceptable project quality is depended on how well and appropriately resourced is the project execution team. Not only must these resources be identified on time. They must also be scheduled and sequenced accordingly so that they are readily available as and when they are need for project execution.

The current management philosophy of projects is just in time. Project teams do not want to carry a lot of inventory and or stock due to pilferage and obsolescence. Therefore timely procurement of the identified resources and the timely delivery of such is a prerequisite for an effective execution of the project within time, cost and quality.

 Project systems

The trainees must be exposed to different project systems available in the market. Cutting edge project management systems that are user friendly and effective must be taught the trainees teaching and training them on their use, their benefits and their deficiencies. Project systems will include both computer software programs to be used to capture information and also produce reports for the project. The system must be able to generate different types of reports, namely variance reports, incidents reports, financial reports, progress reports based on what has been agreed with the client.

Project Team ( Human resources)

The trainee must be trained on the importance f project teams and what considerations must be given to the members who should constitute project teams, that the knowledge, skills set and behaviours appropriate for successful project team executioners. Who to exclude from project teams and why? This must relate to practical projects that failed or succeeded and indicate reasons for such failures and successes.

Physical resources

The content to be covered by the training programme will focus on the critical physical resources required for a successful project execution and these inter alia include:

Computing systems

Computer software programs

Consideration to Project offices

Plant, equipment, tools, reference materials etc.

Financial resources

Projects are normally very costly and require adequate financial budget and cash flows to see them through to the finish. Trainees must be taught on how to raise project finance, what are the market requirements, how to ensure effective cash flow management. How to manage issues relating to project guarantees, retention funds, maters relating to project insurances etc.

Different systems are compatible to certain types of projects and therefore the system chosen must be fit for propose for the type of project being executed.

Diagram 1: Project Resources Required

The following diagrams depicts a planning model for the various types of resources required for project execution.                

What are the resources required for successful execution of a project?

  • Finances
  • Human Resources
  • Systems
  • Skills