Prague, Czech Republic

Project Management: From Theory to Practice

when 25 July 2022 - 5 August 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 750

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to modern methodologies, principles and tools required for defining and managing projects in complex environments. All participants will get hands on experience in managing complex projects by creating project artifacts and managing different phases of a case study based on a real project. In addition you will get an overview of the main skills needed by a project manager and how to develop them during your career.

Course leader

Dr Les Tickner PhD - qualified Civil Engineer with over 34 years’ industry involved in the design and construction of countless projects. Currently employed as a Programme Leader, Module Leader and Lecturer at the University of Northumbria.

Target group

Young professionals and university students with intermediary level of English, considering working as a Project Manager or improving your project management skills to the next level

Course aim

Acquired skills
Provide experience in using the concepts, techniques, and tools available to project managers for organizing, planning, and controlling projects.
Help you develop an appreciation for the managerial, cultural, and social aspects of PM.
Raise awareness of the importance of the organization’s strategy during project selection.
Provide an understanding of the critical role of work breakdown structures and networks in planning, scheduling, and estimating the status of projects.
Create an awareness of potential conflicts and scheduling problems that occur on projects.
Demonstrate how to reliably estimate the status of projects.
Expose you to MS Project, and demonstrate it usefulness for planning and scheduling projects.

Course outline
1st week:

Day 1

Welcome, course admin, Introductions, Objectives
Project & project management (PM) defined, basic characteristics
Project life cycle & constrains
Project manager & project team: traits & skills
The characteristics of a PM (assertivity, resilience, self-awareness)
Day 2

Project environment and company organization (ITIL quick overview, PMO
Project stakeholders: overview
Managing conflicting Organisational priorities (i.e Operations‘ priorities, Inflight projects)
Project Methodologies & standards (Prince2, PMBOK, Agile, etc.)
Overview of the differences between Agile and Waterfall.
Case study introduction
Day 3

Communication (MBTI self-assessment)
Project Initiation (Project Mandate, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Charter, Feasibility Study)
Project management system and communication plan (sharing and archiving information)
Regulated industries (i.e. BioPharma, Banking, Healtcare, etc...) and Audits
Homework review and discussion
Day 4

Project Initiation (Project Mandate, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Charter, Feasibility Study) - continued
The Project Board (Steering Commitee, Project Sponsor)
RACI matrix
Influencing and Leadership
Homework review and discussion
Guest speaker 1 - TBD
Day 5

Assigning resources (resource pools, matrix structure)
Project Planning (Project Plan, MS Project vs Excel vs other tools)
Planning and forecasting (Product Based Planning)
„Reverify 3 times“
Managing conflict
Risk and Issue Management
Management by exception
Homework review and discussion

2nd week:

Day 6

Project Budgeting, Funding & Financial management (Capitalization, ammortization, accruals, etc.)
Deliverables, Quality criterias and Project Controls
Quality Management
Project Execution (Tolerances, Checkpoints, Reports)
Homework review and discussion
Day 7

Project Stages and Work Packages
Managing Issues & Risks (and also assumptions and dependencies)
Dealing with difficult situations (exception reports, escalations)
Change Management & Change Control
Picking up an ongoing project (from another PM or from...nobody)
Homework review and discussion
Day 8

Project Governance and reporting
Project performance tracking (KPIs)
Meeting Minutes and summaries
Homework review and discussion
Guest speaker 2 - TBD
Day 9

Re-planning and re-baselining
Testing (SIT, UAT, etc.)
Project Closure (Releasing to Operations, Decommissioning, Project Evaluation Review)
Configuration Management
Professional attitude
Homework review and discussion
Day 10

Reporting to very senior management
Obtaining approvals
How to get your first PM or PC job (CV, interviews, building your experience
Recap and course closure
*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.

Credits info

5 EC
You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.

Fee info

EUR 750: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials, afternoon/evening social activities and events during the week, barbecue and a welcome drink. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town over the weekend) are not included in the price.

COVID-19 Cancellation Insurance - you can purchase Cancellation insurance which will apply for the case when the course will be cancelled or you can not travel over to Prague to attend the course because of some Coronavirus restrictions in your country or in the Czech Republic or your illness (any kind but confirmed by your doctor). Our Cancellation policy is secured by Travelfine and the cost of it is app. 28,75EUR and applies on course fee including accommodation if provided by us.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2022, there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.
EUR 208: Accommodation fee for a 13-night stay at Botic Student House starts at 16 EUR/night for a double bed room. Single bed is 23EUR/night.

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