It’s easy to forget the “manager” part of your “project manager” title among the other range of activities you are responsible for. However, your management skills are an important part of your success as a project manager, so it is crucial that you grow both of those skill sets. There are also some advanced project management techniques that you can master to help bring your projects to successful completion.
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This course presumes that participants have a thorough understanding of project management, including topics such as preparing a statement of work, setting project goals, scheduling, budgeting, managing project risks, and executing a project.
Learning online or e-learning courses has a number of obvious advantages which benefit the student. Other than being able to learn any time and in any place 24/7 add flexibility to the process. Choosing the time suits you to advance your learning.
The coursework is available to the learner to go over and to revise countless of times before finally taking the exam. Also, should the first results are not satisfactorily, you can retake the exam again.
You are no longer restricted to set hours and having to rebook another course when the exam results are not as good as you can achieve.
To be successful a project must:
· deliver the outcomes and benefits required by the organisation, its delivery partners
and other stakeholder organisations;
· create and implement deliverables that meet agreed requirements;
· meet time targets;
· stay within financial budgets;
· involve all the right people;
· make best use of resources in the organisation and elsewhere;
· take account of changes in the way the organisation operates;
· manage any risks that could jeopardise success;
· take into account the needs of staff and other stakeholders who will be impacted by
the changes brought about by the project.
Projects are different from the normal operation of the organisation in that they:
· have specific objectives to deliver new benefits to, the taxpayer, companies, the
general public, government, the sponsoring organisation, stakeholders and/or delivery
· may introduce significant changes to the way the business operates;
· create new outputs/deliverable that will enable benefits to be realised;
· have a specific, temporary management organisation and governance arrangements
set up for the duration of the project;
· are susceptible to risks not usually encountered in the day to day operational work of
· involve a range of stakeholders from different parts of the organisation and beyond;
· may use methods and approaches that are new or unfamiliar.
Unfortunately projects sometimes fail to deliver, for a variety of avoidable reasons, e.g.:
· failure to take into account the needs and influences of stakeholders;
· failure to communicate and keep the stakeholders informed of developments;
· lack of attention to the impact of project work on the normal business of the
· producing expensive ‘Gold plated’ solutions when simple workable products would
· failure to identify and deal with the many risks that can affect achievement of project
· insufficient attention to planning, monitoring and control of the work of the project.