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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 workshops

Our in-house delivery option gives you the flexibility to train teams, groups and departments. Reducing delegate travel, training cost (significant saving when compared to our open public workshops) and environmental impact - as we train at your choice of location or online, in the UK or internationally. Options for tailoring content are available.

Prices quoted are based on 12 delegates per event, we can accommodate up to 20 delegates for an additional fee:

  • Face-to-face classroom workshops - delegates receive a printed workbook/materials.
  • Virtual learning sessions - delivered as highly interactive modular sessions using our Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex platforms or your own. Virtual workshops require access to a PC/Mac/tablet and internet connection, a webcam, speakers/headphones and enabled microphone, or attendees can simply dial in on their phone.

    The format will be similar to face-to-face classroom workshops, we always cover a core programme. It is delivered using interactive group learning sessions, lots of practice, group and individual feedback and 1-2-1 trainer coaching. We combine this with screen and document sharing, polls, interactive whiteboards and breakout rooms. Delegates receive access to an online workbook/materials that can be viewed online, downloaded to a portable device or printed. Printed workbooks are available at additional cost. 

Delegate places are available from £330pp + VAT.

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