Improving Project Performance Brochure

Improving Project Performance Designed to accelerate your career and transition from manager to leader.

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The experience was amazing, varied and touches different elements as well as challenging. My favourite parts were the activities, where we interacted with different people to get across multiple mind-sets and personalities. This programme is highly recommended, a real-life example of project nature with so many life lessons to be taken away.

You will never regret it! Sara Al-faraj Programme Manager at BAE Systems Saudi Arabia

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Projects are at the heart of everything we do. Nothing new is created nor change delivered without projects taking place; they are central at every level in every business. How these are designed, managed and executed is a fundamental of business success and requires both technique and skill. This unique programme has been developed to help you grow the techniques and skills that will take you further, accelerate your career and give you the confidence to make the all-important transition from manager to leader . A project management course from Cranfield, run in conjunction with the ECITB. Approach This is a demanding, intensive, rewarding but enjoyable course with never a dull moment! It is delivered through a combination of theory, discussion and practical sessions, at every stage, you will have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. Much of your work on this course will take place in teams and these are regularly changed to give you as much experience as possible of working with different people in pressured and collaborative situations. These include, amongst others, managing a complex construction project, an investigative team interview in a TV studio and a presentation to an industry board. All of these are designed to reinforce your learning by doing and increase your self-confidence.


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What you will learn

What your organisation will gain Organisations that invest in developing project management and people skills together are much more likely to develop the culture of success which is essential for survival in the developing economic climate. Who is the programme for? All executives involved in projects of any type across a wide range of industries. This programme is appropriate regardless of your role in the organisation.

What you will gain from this programme • Learn what it takes to build and work in a team. • Understand others and how they see you. • Discover the anatomy of projects. • Comprehensively understand how planning and financial management works. • How to gain and keep control of the work. • Deeper knowledge of contract styles. • Greater self-awareness. • How to respond in challenging situations. • Enhanced communication and presentation skills. • A developed understanding why collaboration is a key business skill.


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Programme structure

Day one

Day two

The way you and those around you learn. About teams and your role preferences. Collaborative techniques and why they are relevant today. A practical collaborative exercise.

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An overview of projects and programs. Can you run a simple project? A simulation team work exercise. Stakeholders: who is involved in your project and why you should take care.

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Case study preparation.

Case study preparation.

Day three

Day four

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Why we need to do projects.

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Cr eating budgets and cash-flow.

Learning from failure.

Project finance.

Developing project scope.

Project monitoring and control. Using Earned Value techniques. Project simulation preparation.

Project planning and scheduling. Understanding the difficulties in estimating. Project simulation preparation.

Day six

Day five

Different contract styles and their relevance to project managers.

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Presenting your business case.

The project simulation.

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L earning to negotiate.

Preparing your post-project review. Presenting your post-project review to your sponsor.

Awareness of your preferred conflict style.

Learning to be collaborative.

The importance of research capability to project managers. Case study research and preparation.

Day seven

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Improving your presentation skills. Case study rehearsal and feedback

Day eight

Dealing with a crisis.

Case study presentation to invited sponsors. Action planning and programme close.

Crisis management case study. Dealing with the media, live in a TV studio. Case study preparation and rehearsal.


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Programme director John Algar

John specialises in international project management and dispute resolution issues on medium large contracts, with an emphasis on contracts, proposals and tendering issues, risk at all levels, cultural and people/relationship issues. His specialist areas of interest and research are: executive education benefits delivery, risk management, collaboration, contractual strategies and efficiencies, rule based relationship research, international contractual negotiations, facilitation, individual and team development.

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ECITB funding

If your organisation is affiliated with the ECITB, you have the opportunity to apply for a grant that will cover the expenses of the programme. To learn more about accessing the training levy, please don’t hesitate to contact your dedicated ECITB account manager and they will provide you with all the necessary information and guidance you need to take full advantage of this funding opportunity.


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