Project management training – ITD
Project management training from ITD will help you plan and manage your projects more effectively. Project management skills are becoming increasingly necessary for many people in a wide variety of roles and departments. The need for project management training is often only noticed when projects don’t go well. Pre-empting this by training when you take on a role which has project responsibility will help deliver successful projects.
Project management training with ITD
Project management training with ITD is different. Participants bring their projects into our project management training workshops. During the session all ideas introduced are reviewed in the context of the participants’ own projects, to ensure it is relevant and focussed on their needs.
Project management training with ITD reviews both the processes & people issues. It aims to develop the methodical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for a successful result. The session introduces the ITD Project Planning tool, it then applies this to the projects of the participants. This gives them the opportunity to review their project management skills within the context of their own work, resulting in a very practical workshop with participants learning from the trainer and other participants.
Typical challenges of participants on our project management training
- “My projects tend to overrun on the deadline date.”
- “I find it difficult to get some people to achieve their work on time and this has implications for the other people involved in the project.”
- “I’m not bad at running projects I just want to get some tips and ideas on how to do them even better.”
- “I don’t follow any formal process so I want to learn about the ITD project planning tool.”
- “My projects tend to be with people I only work with on that project, so I want to work out how to improve communications and commitment with these people.”
What is project management training?
Project management training aims to improve the skills and approach of planning and managing projects. It covers all the bases of applying a project planning tool, planning the details, expectation management, working with diverse people, through to learning lessons from every project we do.
How will we tailor our project management training to your needs?
1. We will discuss your specific needs and experience of projects in your team or organisation. Where possible we will discuss the training needs with the participants to gain their perspectives.
2. We will agree with you the specific learning outcomes you want to see and how the training will deliver these.
3. A draft outline and training agenda is developed for approval. Once agreed we draft the materials and then ask the participants for their challenges in managing projects, to ensure the content is right up to date.
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Project management training workshop overview
The details below give an idea of our approach to project management training; please call us to explore how we could help you with your business challenges regarding project management.
Pre workshop activity
- Meeting to discuss the participant’s needs and those of the organisation.
- Draft workshop outline tailored to your needs.
- Agreement of agenda.
- Participants complete a short questionnaire and read the ITD Work Style Model in preparation for the workshop.
- One day, or two half days.
Typical project management training agenda
Introduction & Overview
- Participant challenges with project planning and management
- What is a project
- What does defining a piece of work as a project imply?
- Project life cycle
- Introduction to ITD Project Planning Tool & approach
- Why define the scope a project?
- Project objective & aligning our project to organisational goals
- SMART objective
- Success criteria
- Planning inter-departmental projects
- Roles & responsibilities
- Managing expectations
- Selling a project to senior managers
- Successful communication – planning and on going
- Others involved and implicated
- Working with different personalities
- Project team launch meeting
- Milestones & tasks
- Breaking the project down into its major milestones
- Defining each task
- Identifying interdependencies
- Communicating interdependencies
- Other resources
- Contingency planning
- Gantt charts
- Using Microsoft project
Post Project Completion
- Post project analysis
- Learning from successes and failures
- Project hand over process
Post workshop activity
- Participants leave with individual actions
- Email follow up of personal action plans
- Suggested conversation with their line manager on their actions
- Optional WebEx conference call follow up on these actions
- Optional 121 coaching
- ITD blog with further tips and suggestions
- “The workshop was very engaging and our guys were working on their challenges throughout the session.”
- “Good comfortable atmosphere created from the start.”
- “Achieved exactly what I wanted.”
- “I liked the project planning tool and am going to try this.”
- “I had not looked at project planning in such a structured way.”
- “The best bits for me were to do with assumptions, and considering who is impacted but not involved.”
- “It has completely changed the way I will plan a project, especially the time lines and consideration of inter-dependencies.”
- “I am going to use the planning tool tomorrow.”
- “This project management training will help us plan our BD activity far better in the future.”
- “I had thought that my project was well planned, but after having done the training I can see it really isn’t.”
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Project Management Training – Case Study
Senior Business Services people and lawyers in this large regional law firm based in Bristol, wanted to review their approach to major pieces of work.
Every law firm has come to realise that large matters or transactions benefit from professional project management. At Burges Salmon there was awareness that these projects existed and that they needed proper management.
The objective was to help build awareness of the importance of both recognising which work needs to treated as a project and then to give ideas on how to plan and manage projects.
To get the point across the training was titled Tiger Taming, referring to the potentially dangerous creatures in the firm, which if not tamed could cause havoc. Each participant brought a piece of work into the one day workshop. This was to be reviewed and worked on in the session. It might have been a recently completed, current or future project. Participants came from every department in the firm.
The content was adapted to the projects in the room to ensure each participant gained maximum learning from the session and left with clear and precise actions. Each participant also left with a small desk fluffy tiger with an ‘I’ve been tamed tag’ as a reminder of the training.
Each participant gained key learning in recognising and planning projects. The firms approach to major project changed. The training was then rolled out to all senior lawyers who oversaw major projects.
What the participants said
- “Very practical training session from which I have got some very clear actions for improvement.”
- “I really enjoyed working on my project and reviewing what I do.”
- “Very useful to hear other people’s projects and their challenges.”
Why choose ITD for your project management training?
1. You will benefit from our very practical approach to project management training.
2. Your people will be working on their projects during the training, receiving ideas and tips immediately applicable to their projects.
3. We don’t just give training theory we apply ideas to your projects, and we help your people to make the changes they need to with our unique approach behavioural change action planning tool.
4. Our flexible approach to fees means that you can get the training you need to fit your budget.
5. Our training will be adapted to suit your needs, delivered at a time to suit you and at a location to suit you.
6. We will follow up on the training with emails and further suggestions and ideas to support your people.
Call us now on +44 (0)800 804 8086 for a chat about your project management training needs.
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Project management quotes
“Do you fail to plan, or plan to fail?”
“The great thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise.”
“Prepare, plan, implement, review, learn.”
Project management causes of project failure:
- No planning, or not enough planning
- Unrealistic deadlines for overall project.
- Lack of buy in from those involved in project.
- Those holding interdependencies not matching your priority of your project.
- Poor budgeting or budgetary control.
- Not linking the project to organisational goals, making it vulnerable to cuts.
- No senior level project sponsor to clear road blocks.
- Setting a complex deadline, such as the end of a month, or Dec 31. Month ends are already busy, and some people have other plans for Dec 31.
- Not asking internal contributors to a project whether they have the capacity to do the work required in the time allocated.