Project Management

Introduction to Project Management


Based on an introductory course on the principles and concepts of project management, this collection of presentations cover the definition of a project, what makes a project successful and how projects can go wrong. It covers the following areas of a project: planning, initiating, controlling and ending.

These 10 presentations are from a two-day course, with Day 1 handling modules 1-5 (Lessons 1-4), and Day 2 including modules 6-10 (Lessons 5-7):

Day 1: Intro, What is a Project?, Roles and Responsibilities, Project Management Method, Planning

Day 2: Detailed Planning, Controlling, Ending a Project, Project Reviews, Best Practices

Lesson 1: What is a Project?
This will discuss the definition of a project. The main discussion will be on what makes a successful project and why projects go wrong.

Lesson 2: Roles and Responsibilities
Following on from the points raised in the first session, the roles required in a project will be identified and reviewed. In particular, the role of the project manager will be discussed covering skills required, knowledge and personal attributes. The emphasis will be on the responsibilities the PM has for planning, reporting and for acting on variations of the plan. The session will emphasise the PM as a full-time role and not as an overhead or as a part-time role for a technical or business person.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Project Management Methodology
The contents of a project management methodology and associated forms and guidelines will be reviewed. How these should be used will be discussed. This will include adapting the guidelines to suit any project and how these guidelines fit with development lifecycles.

Lesson 4: Planning
This will concentrate on why and how a plan should be produced. The session will cover:

  • How lifecycles can help in planning
  • Where estimating and risks fit in the planning process
  • Where should project reviews fit
  • Planning to re-plan

Lesson 5: Control
As a project progresses, various people must be informed of issues and decisions needed to ensure a smooth progress. This session will identify who needs to be informed, and of what, during a project. This session will discuss what triggers the need for a special action by the project manager and how this should be communicated. The issue of accurate reporting of progress will be highlighted.

Lesson 6: Ending a Project
This session will review the steps needed to complete a project, including reviewing the lessons learned and the disbanding of the team.

Lesson 7: Project Reviews
This session will review the key criteria for a successful project, including how those can be reviewed in an interactive checklist fashion, and how well projects at your current organization meet these “golden rules.”

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