Project Planning: Moving Seamlessly from Strategy to Delivery

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Overview

A lack of effective project management is one of the most common reasons why strategies and policies fail to be delivered successfully. This course distils the essentials of project planning into a very interactive course that will help you develop a clear path from a strategy to its successful delivery.

Who is it designed for?

This event is for civil service and public sector officials with strategy, policy or project planning responsibility at all levels, including senior staff.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will gain a strong understanding of how to use project planning to ensure your strategy is successfully delivered. With the trainer and course colleagues, you will explore how to make a plan effective, the essentials of project management, the three key elements that a project leader must manage and how to ensure the project is kept on-track.

Learning Outcomes

You will:

  • Understand what an effective project plan must contain
  • Be able to set out what the project should deliver and when, and apply the processes that make this happen
  • Understand the need to manage cost, quality and risks
  • Be able to be realistic about the resources needed in a project
  • Know the key ingredients of effective monitoring and how to use the information it provides

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Agenda

Session One Moving from Strategy to Planning

  • What is a plan (and what is not)?
  • Presentation of different types of project plan
  • Product-based plans and work-based plans – definitions, characteristics, differences, advantages of each and defining which to use in different contexts and at different stages
  • Delegate experience sharing

Session Two Project Deliverables (Products) and Fundamental Processes

  • Identifying products
  • Mapping breakdown structures
  • Product flow diagrams – multiple and complex parallel paths
  • Critical path analysis and scheduling
  • Using Gantt charts effectively in project planning
  • Time planning and monitoring
  • Delegates’ input

Session Three Cost, Quality and Risk 

  • At what stage do you need to define cost and quality and how do you do this?
  • Methods for monitoring cost and quality throughout the project plan
  • Understanding risk, defining project risks and incorporating risk mitigation at the project planning stage
  • Discussion of delegates’ experience of risk management

Lunch Break

Session Four Resource Allocation

  • Analysing time requirements and personnel or skills required for each phase
  • Allocating resources realistically
  • Methodologies for linking products with work activities
  • How to avoid common pitfalls
  • Sharing delegates’ examples

Session Five Monitoring Progress

  • Methods for the effective monitoring of progress of work activities (and the delivery of contractors’ responsibilities – contract management) within the plan’s parameters against specified timeframes and agreed quality standards
  • Facilitated discussion

Close

Our training seminars are based on

  • A vast reservoir of knowledge about effective, delivery-focused approaches that are designed to enable you to achieve better results in your place of work
  • Expert practitioner and thought-leader experience, covering a comprehensive range of practical knowledge and people skills, to help you to work more productively
  • International perspectives and experience, enabling transferability and applicability wherever in the world you are from

Our training team

  • Our L&D team have all had successful careers as practitioners in their fields of expertise. They bring their experience, knowledge and skills to support the professional development of other public servants
  • Our team all now work as professional trainers, blending practitioner experience with professionally designed L&D solutions
  • Between them, our team have provided training for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our training ethos

  • We deliver people-focused training designed to help you perform better
  • We provide practical insights, based on years of experience about what works, combined with practical methods to help you to make it work effectively in your own organisation
  • We are here to help you to perform better

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.