Managing the project cycle

Find out all you need to know about how to plan, run and manage an international development project, with a specific focus on the practical planning and implementation phases.

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Find out all you need to know about how to plan, run and manage an international development project, with specific focus on the practical planning and implementation phases. Learn about the tools that are central to success and how to apply them.

Take this course together with Project design: the logical framework approach and Project Management (Project DPro Foundation) Certification.

Course structure 

A combination of live online sessions and individual or group work in your own time, between sessions.

Total time commitment over the period of the course is approximately 16 hours:

  • 8 hours of live online sessions
  • 8 hours self-paced learning activities

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for people who work on projects and programmes and want to understand the essentials of project management, and for those seeking to increase their project management efficiency. 

What you will learn

  • The stages of the project cycle
  • Project management terms: dependencies and elapsed time
  • Tools and techniques: work plans, critical path analysis, Gantt charts
  • How to manage risks
  • Procurement and supply issues
  • How to keep track of time, money and quality
  • How to manage information and communication

Programme

Note: live sessions are between 60 and 90 minutes long. Timings to be confirmed. 

Week 1: 1st to 4th September 2020 

Day 1:  

  • Welcome and introductions 

Topic: Projects and project cycles  

Live Session (1)

  • Dependencies in time, cost and scope 
  • Project phase models

Online individual/group activities:  Decision gates 

Day 2: 

Topic: Project planning 

Live Session (2)

  • Overview of project planning stages 
  • Project planning, step one: activity definition - Work Breakdown Structure 

Day 3: 

Topic: Project planning (continued) 

Online individual/group activities: 

  • Project planning, step two: activity sequencing - PERT charts 
  • Project planning, step three: resource estimating 

Day 4: 

Topic: Project planning (continued) 

Online individual/group activities: 

  • Project planning, step four: activity duration - Critical Path Analysis 
  • Project planning, step five: activity scheduling - Gantt charts

Optional live ‘drop-in’ session to support asynchronous learning 

Week 2: 7th to 10th September 2020 

Day 1: 

Topic: Project implementation 

Online individual/group activities: 

  • Assumptions, risks and issues - Definition and risk register 

Live session (3)

  • Responding to risk and issues log 

Day 2: 

Topic: Project implementation (continued) 

Online individual/group activities: 

  • Financial Management 
  • Finance Definitions 

Optional live ‘drop-in’ session to support asynchronous learning 

  • Budgeting and managing a budget 

Online individual/group activities: 

  • Supply chain management 

Day 3: 

Topic: Project monitoring, evaluation and control 

Live session (4)

  • Managing variances and monitoring outcomes 

Online individual/group activities:

  • Indicators 

Day 4: 

Topic: End of project transition 

Online individual/group activities: 

  • End of project options 
  • How to maximise sustainability 

Day 5:

Live session (5)

  • Recap learning and wrap up the course 

Course prices

Band 1

Non-members
£600.00

Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend
£430.00

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend
£250.00

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.

10%

off if you book early*

5%

off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, March 1, 2021 to Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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