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Practical Project Management Principles

This 5 Day course provides training for project staff and stakeholders in the practical techniques and methods that are available for managing projects. The course relates these techniques back to day-to-day usage within your own environment.

This course includes examples, data, templates and techniques. The subject matter is supportive of the recognised knowledge areas, principles and techniques of local and Australian competency standards, International standards from Europe and the Project Management Institute Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®).

Students undertake group work using exercises based upon client requirements

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  • Managers and project leaders who wish to formalise or improve their project management methods and techniques.
  • Staff who are about to be given project management or planning responsibilities.
  • Project and team leaders who are participating in planning and controlling systems development and implementation.
  • Team members, associated staff and users who need a detailed understanding of the characteristics and problems of projects and the relevant management methods.


Learners will be able to:

  • Understand - Why do projects fail or succeed?
  • Initiate and plan a project.
  • Identify and schedule the tasks involved in managing an IT project.
  • Monitor and control the actual project.
  • Identify, produce and control project deliverables and documentation.
  • Ensure an appropriate quality product.


Introduction to the realities of projects

An introduction to the course and project management experiences. A review of successes and failures of projects in the Information Technology (IT) industry; an analysis of why they occur; a review of potential benefits based on published results. Students identify their experiences, frustrations and problem areas, which are then referred to as new techniques are discussed.

Principles of Project Management

Introduction to the principles of project management and management by objectives. This module outlines the material that will be expanded upon throughout the week.

Using the Life Cycle Concepts

Description of different Life Cycle models; project stages; products and tasks; milestones and baselines; introduction to and assessment of alternative project structures and strategies.

Organising Roles and Responsibilities for a Project

What does organisation mean in terms of a project? The types of reporting structures used, roles and responsibilities that typically occur for a project. Project organisation structures and project office duties. Discussion on how to obtain the right commitment for a project and why it is essential to clarify roles and obtain commitment.

Initiating a Project

A description of the important first stage of a project, the Project Kick Off. The activities that occur in initiating a project, including identifying and managing risk, dependencies, constraints and assumptions. Contents of a Project Initiation Document, Project Charter and Project Contract.

Project Planning Techniques

Description of what project planning involves; products, tasks, resources, finances and estimates. Contents of a project plan; different types or views of a plan; planning aids and techniques; Bar charts, network analysis, critical paths, PERT; how to develop a plan.

Project Monitoring and Control

The bulk of the work - keeping on-track is essential. This module looks at identifying what needs to be monitored and why; the planning, monitoring and control cycle; tracking, evaluating and adjusting work and finances, roles and responsibilities; scheduling resources; measuring, reviewing and reporting progress.

Cost Benefit Analysis

What is a cost benefit analysis and why should one be done? How to evaluate if your project is financially justified. Techniques to be considered, Net Present Value and Discounted Cash Flow, the importance of time; categories of cost and benefit; presenting and using the cost/benefit analysis.

Identifying Project Issues and Risks

An introduction to Risk Management. The need for risk analysis; how to identify, assess and manage risks for a project. A checklist is provided of risk areas that can apply to Information Technology projects.

Basics of Maintaining a Team

What is a team, differing management styles, Theories X, Y and Z; qualities expected in a manager or project leader; job of the leader. Discussion on motivation models.


A variety of exercises are applied throughout the course including syndicate work applying the key concepts. 40% of the course work is undertaken as practical exercises.


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