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Project Thinking Skills™

The half-day workshop that introduces essential thinking skills for use during some of the key stages of a project.

Overview

No matter what project stage you are at, choosing and implementing the right thinking tools, at the right stage of a project, is invaluable. This workshop provides an introduction to some of the most commonly used thinking tools and techniques to use when initiating, designing and implementing projects.

Who is it for?

Anyone involved in projects. This workshop is especially suitable for interns and graduates in organisations that expect them to be entrepreneurial and self-motivated when managing projects.

What’s it all about?

This half-day workshop develops valuable thinking skills for use during some of the key stages of the project lifecycle. It explores the essential tools and techniques to:

  • Scope.
  • Plan.
  • Understand and deal with stakeholders.

What will you get out of it?

It can be helpful to consider a project or challenge from a number of multiple perspectives. The practical exercises in this workshop will ensure you can select the appropriate thinking tools or techniques, relevant to the workplace, based on the stage of your project. Being able to think more effectively will stop the feeling of ‘not understanding’, reduce stress and the risk of project failure.

What will your organisation get out of it?

Organisations that provide project teams with the time to think and the tools to make that thinking effective, have more successful projects through:

  • People who are able to think about the project.
  • Better communication skills.
  • More organised people.
  • Improved time management.

Typical workshop content

Essential thinking when scoping a project:

  • Explore techniques to develop a clear understanding of the project need. This will ensure the project has clear business benefits.
  • Creating a clear project outcome.
  • Gaining an awareness of potential challenges, risks and opportunities before delivering the project.

Introducing planning tools:

  • Use a visual planning tool to create a project overview and identify the tasks to achieve it.
  • How to identify clear project milestones.
  • How to prioritise tasks and diary management.

Understanding and dealing with stakeholders:

  • Identify the different stakeholders involved in the process.
  • Explore how to allocate tasks and responsibilities.
  • Consider the position and perspectives of the different stakeholders.
  • Practice influence and persuasion skills to keep the project moving and keep stakeholders motivated and onside.

Developing Project Managers

This workshop is perfect when combined with the Project Management Survival Guide™, which provides a hands-on project management toolkit to take a project from inception to close. Focusing on practical application rather than theory, it provides an understanding of the methodologies and best practice processes. It provides practical project management tools and techniques that can be used to set-up, manage and contribute to a project at all levels. Find out more about the Project Management Survival Guide™.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Project Thinking Skills™ can count towards your CPD recognition with leading professional associations and trade organisations. You can normally record your attendance in the 'organised learning' or 'self-learning' sections. Please check with your membership organisation for more information.

In-house training

An in-house workshop is ideal for training teams and departments. They are the easiest way of training many delegates, making the most of your budget and reducing the need for costly delegate travel. In-house workshops typically result in a 50% saving per delegate cost, when compared to our open workshops.

Delegate places are available at £230pp + VAT.

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