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Project Management for Department Heads



The management of projects and tasks extends into the job description of every manager in the modern working environment; therefore it is not only project managers who need to be proficient in these skills. Department heads and line managers should be able to manage a project to success, which means within budget and to a deadline.

This course will equip delegates with the skills to effectively plan, manage, implement and deliver projects and large-scale tasks for themselves or for senior stakeholders.

Delegates will discover techniques for conducting feasibility studies, project scoping, creating schedules including milestones and deadlines, time estimation techniques, monitoring and controlling progress, managing project teams, and project handover and evaluation.

Who should attend

This practical and thought provoking course is designed for Managers and Department Heads such as Commercial and Contract managers, Sales and Marketing Managers, Operations Managers, and all those who are assigned to manage a project.


Initiating and scoping the project

  • The role of the project manager and project stakeholders
  • Conducting a Feasibility Study: Establishing objectives and key success factors
  • Creating a Statement of Work
  • Scoping the project: identifying main components through a work breakdown structure
  • Identifying risk

Planning the project

  • Identifying activities and resources to create a Resource Matrix
  • Creating schedules and Gantt Charts
  • Time estimation technique using PERT analysis
  • Identifying deadlines, milestones and the Critical Path

Monitoring and controlling project progress

  • Measuring and reporting progress
  • Tracking and managing project issues
  • Responding to problems
  • Change control process

Managing the project team

  • Building a project team
  • Communicating to the project team and stakeholders
  • Motivating to sustain high performance
  • Delegating work
  • Group decision making

Project handover and evaluation

  • Closing the project and project handover
  • Recognising success and learning lessons
  • Creating an evaluation report
  • Improving future projects

At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the responsibilities and requirements of the project manager and other stakeholders
  • Determine the feasibility of a project along with senior stakeholders
  • Create an effective project plan
  • Manage team project
  • Deliver a project to deadline and within budget
  • Use timely reporting techniques to keep stakeholders informed of progress
  • Respond effectively to problems and make changes to project schedules accordingly

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