Project leadership requires a wide range of skills, techniques and approaches if the job is to be handled effectively and projects are to be delivered successfully. This course provides practical training and coaching in the key principles and practices of project team leading as a first step for a career in project management.
This Project Leading course has gained a reputation for being highly effective and intensive with emphasis on equipping delegates to undertake all of the responsibilities of project leadership. The primary message is that good Project Leaders 'make a difference'. With this in mind, delegates will be expected to take ownership of problems and be accountable for their actions, and as such are encouraged to identify business issues and be proactive in generating workable solutions. The aim is to prepare attendees for the full demands of the Project Leader's role, providing the necessary skills and techniques which can be applied immediately on their return to the workplace. This challenging course enables delegates to assess their potential to undertake a career in professional Project Management.
This is an interactive five-day course with a combination of lectures, workshops and case study work. Great emphasis is placed on the practical application of project leading skills in a realistic pressured environment.
Role of the Project Leader
The role/responsibilities, skill and experience required of a project leader
The key attributes of a project leader
Elements of Project Leading
The need to manage the job in hand
The needs of the individual team members
Terms of Reference
The importance of defining and agreeing a project Terms of Reference
What they consist of, who's involved in the production, sign-off and application of the T.O.R for progressing a project
Work Breakdown Structure
Definition/development of a Work Breakdown Structure
How does the WBS affect project planning and control?
Contribution to risk management
Rolling wave planning and business review milestones
Project Planning, Estimating and Control Principles
The problems and benefits associated with planning
5-step approach for producing realistic and achievable plans
Deliverables based planning
Critical path analysis
Bar charts and histograms
Resource smoothing and project control activities
Understanding the difference between quality control and quality assurance
Quality reviews and metrics and how to set up quality procedures
How to set up a change control process, i.e defining roles & responsibilities, levels of authority, procedures, and documentation
How to motivate team members to get them to do willingly what you want them to do
Understanding the basic process for identifying, managing and reporting risk within the project
Structuring a team presentation
Pitching the presentation at the appropriate level
Anticipating questions and objections and gaining a decision
Planning Case Study
This is a major exercise which is designed to consolidate the techniques, principles and lessons learnt on the course. Each delegate has the opportunity to lead a team and also participate as a team member. The success of the project depends on the ability of everyone working together as a highly motivated and organised team
This course should be attended by those new to the function of project management, and existing project leaders and managers who need a sound base of formal training. Attendees will typically be running small projects or distinct areas of larger projects, and will have a desire to move into professional project management.