Project Management – Retreat
For a retreat, Chris offers three half day options and two full day options, outlines are below.
- The role of the MD in Project Management
- Overview of the 12 step Project Management process
- Interactive example of why diagrams are needed
- Trying out the ‘CPA’ process on another example
- Converting critical paths to Gantts – why and how, with an exercise to try it
- Predicting your resource requirements when you have multiple projects – small companies can’t do everything at once
- Some unexpected thoughts on the finance of projects
- Good questions to ask a project manager who works for you
Participants will know how to manage a project (or how to get someone else to do it professionally), and will have tried out the techniques. Participants will have seen how the techniques are quick to do, and allow them sleep at night. In fact participants will wonder how anyone could live without project management in any size of company, large or small.
Half Day Retreats
Option 1: Overview/Refresher
Covering all of the main points of planning and managing projects.
Option 2: Workshop
I talk you through the planning of one or several of your real projects. Suitable for those who have seem the overview session, or who already have a good understanding of project management.
Option 3: Workshop on Gantt of Gantts
Participants will construct a resource plan of all of the projects you want to do in the coming year (or more), checking that you have all of the resources you need, identifying bottlenecks, and prioritizing where needed. This works best if everyone is from the same organization, but if we use a real example from one company then everyone can see the process used and apply it to their own companies later.
Full Day Retreats
Combination of half days 1 and 2 above: covering the main points and apply it to real projects as we go along.
A more in depth coverage of the principles of project management. The half day session has to omit some useful techniques, so this full day session can cover the process of planning and running projects with more detail on forecasting costs, using Excel effectively, choosing the most economical templates and systems, and resource planning for single and multiple projects.