Online training programme on project management

This course gives insight into project management. From defining the project and creating a project plan to successfully running the project and evaluating it.

Module 1: Understanding project management and project management principles

The difference between managing a department and managing a project

Module 2:Understanding the project life cycle and sequence

Project lifecycle

Project lifecycle

Each project follows a process that has five basic steps or phases, with each phase calling for different skills from the project manager and the project team members. This diagram illustrates these five steps.

Expectations should be clarified to stakeholders and the project sponsor so as to:

Given the high rate of project failures, you might think that companies would be happy to just have their project finish with some degree of success. That's not the case. Despite the odds, organizations expect projects to be completed faster, cheaper, and better. The only way that these objectives can be met is through the use of effective project management processes and techniques.

The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan.

Project management best practices include the following:

• Chart the lifecycle of the project and establish critical checkpoints; Depicting the lifecycle graphically will allow stakeholders to “see the bigger picture”.

• Define the project clearly and realistically; This is to ensure that all involved are aware of what is required to ensure success and what are the expected outcomes.

• Clarify the expectations with the project sponsor and stakeholders to proactively avoid misunderstandings;

• Involve others appropriately by planning for resources and on-going feedback throughout the project; Ensure that required resources are secured upfront in order to avoid delays to the project.

• Assign responsibility in a way that encourages commitment, self-management and accountability; This then allows you to hold people accountable for agreed deliverables.

• Apply a number of project tools and techniques to assist in managing the project activities and milestones at various phases; This enables you to cater for varying environments.

• Evaluate the success of the project against the project objectives and plan for future improvements; This enables you to identify strengths which can be applied to future projects and weaknesses which to avoid.

• Appreciate the value of a structured, methodical, disciplined approach to managing projects.

  • proactively avoid misunderstandings
  • ensure the project stays on budget
  • know who is part of the project
  • ensure the project plan is correct