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In modern management, strategic goals are often encapsulated within the company’s Vision, Values, and Mission Statements. However, whether a company succeeds or fails rests on its ability to execute – to get the job done flawlessly, under budget and on-time. Without that ability, strategy is just wishful thinking.

If the success of any undertaking is measured in terms of time, resources and results, then that activity is likely to be termed a ‘project’.

This workshop, ‘Basic Project Management’ presents a hands-on look at the project management process and all the components of the project lifecycle. Delegates will learn to identify the distinguishing features of a project and to manage the differing expectations of the project management team and the stakeholders.

The essential features of time, budget and quality management are discussed in detail and how priorities are set and controlled. Delegates will also be taught to distinguish between the terms Project Phase and Project Life Cycle and recognize the nine Project Management knowledge areas: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement.

What you will learn

The course is based on a wealth of experiential knowledge gleaned from the author's experience working within a systems integration company and also feedback from more than 4000 technicians and engineers who have attended the author’s workshops. On successful completion of this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • understand the essential balance existing between time, resources, results and quality
  • developing the Work Breakdown Structure
  • recognize the differences between the Critical Path and Precedence Methods of time management
  • implement a time schedule using Microsoft Project Manager
  • perform resource scheduling
  • understand the importance of timeous monitoring
  • develop the personal skills critical to effective project management
  • organise and improve performance to create a productive and competent team
  • recognize the importance of cost estimating and budgeting
  • take on board changes to the project plan without losing site of the ultimate goals
  • identify, analyse and manage risk
  • determine cost and schedule variance within the PMS framework
  • recognize the essential qualities necessary in a project manger and learn how to develop the requisite skills
  • understand the essential elements of a contract

Training methodology

Throughout the workshop, participants will learn through active participation by undertaking a series of practical sessions, ranging from elementary to advanced, based on the workshop material. Fully worked solutions will be distributed to delegates when they have completed the sessions. The practical sessions include:

  • work breakdown structures
  • time management using Critical Path Method
  • time management using Precedence Method
  • cost reporting with variance analysis
  • full project cost and time analysis using Microsoft Project Manager
  • integrated time and cost analysis
  • developing a quality plan outline
  • contractual issues

Who should attend

Engineering professionals involved in any form of project:

  • Automation Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Installation and Maintenance Technicians
  • Instrument and Process Control Engineers and Technicians
  • Instrument Fitters
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers and Technicians
  • Operations Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Production Managers
  • Project team members
  • System Integrators


Workshop length

3 days

What you will receive

  • “Practical Project Management” – a complete reference manual.
  • Acrobat copy of all PowerPoint slides used in the presentation on USB Flash Memory Drive .
  • Certification of attendance: each delegate will receive a workshop certificate documenting their attendance

What people say:

“Mick has received excellent reviews and positive feedback for all his courses. His down-to-earth, practical, and entertaining approach makes him a sought-after speaker and lecturer in a wide variety of disciplines.” - IDC Technologies
“Presented in an easily understood manner.” - E. Maughn, Eskom
“Easily followed the presentation without difficulty.” - P. Westwood, Summit Controls, Canada


Introduction to project management

Principles of project management

  • Overview of the project environment
  • Project life cycle and phases
  • Project inititiation
  • Functional vs. Project organisations
  • Project definition
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Planning resources

Time management

  • Time estimatesv
  • The Critical Path Method of schedule analysis
  • The Precedence Method of schedule analysis
  • Presentation of the schedules
  • Resource analysis
  • Monitoring and reporting achieved progress

Cost management

  • Cost estimating
  • Budget presentation
  • Financial Control
  • Change Control
  • Cost reporting
  • Value management
  • Case study – Preparation of a project cost report

Project control

  • Monitoring and control
  • Conflict resolution
  • Change management

Risk management

  • Risk management defined
  • Risk identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk management responses

Integrated time and cost management

  • The Performance Measurement System defined
  • Determining cost and schedule variance
  • Computer software PMS tools
  • Case study – An exercise in integrated time/cost analysis

Closing out

  • Project shutdown
  • Final evaluation

The effective project manager

  • Management and Leadership
  • Organisation and project team cultures
  • Authority and power of the project manager
  • Required attributes
  • Essential functions
  • Selecting the Project Manager

An introduction to contract law

  • The Legal System
  • Essential Elements of contracts
  • Factors destroying the legal force of contracts
  • Termination of contracts
  • Breach of contracts

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