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Project Planning, Scheduling, Communicating & Implementing

  • Duration: 3 Days

Course Information


The purpose of this course is to introduce delegates to the principles of planning and organising short-term and long-term schedules at personal and team level, by practising the various techniques and disciplines required to promote effective planning and scheduling.The final day of this course explores the different skills and techniques required to influence participants to a project, together with formalising and documenting information.

Target Student

All staff involved in estimating, planning and controlling projects

Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare estimates of effort and duration required for the project
  • Develop outlined and detailed project plans showing activities, relationships, resources and timescales.
  • Agree and implement procedures to monitor the project
  • Develop and improve listening skills
  • Understand and utilise voice projection and variation
  • Presenting technical information in a non-technical manner
  • Absorb and organise information succinctly


No prior experience in project management is assumed

Course Outline

  • Understanding a Project Definition
  • Project Characteristics
Estimating Techniques
  • Types of Estimates
  • Breakdown of Project Effort by Stage
  • Basic Rules for Estimating
  • Estimating Task Effort
  • Contingencies
  • Refining Estimates
  • Understanding Soft and Hard Plans
  • Allowances and Contingency
Outline Planning
  • Calculating Staff Availability
  • Performance Adjustment
  • Time Contingency
Planning Techniques
  • Dependency Tables
  • Activity Networks
  • Time Analysis
Practical Session
Day 2
Resourcing and Task Allocation
  • Task Allocation
  • Planning Work Programmes
  • Resource Planning
  • Time Contingency
  • Resource Smoothing
  • Resourcing Issues
  • An Overview of Change Control
  • Quality Control Overview
Progress Control
  • Agreeing the Monitoring Process
  • Collecting Performance Data
  • Producing Control Reports
  • Estimated Completion Date
  • Actioning Control Reports
  • Project Management Reports
  • Progress Reports
Listening Techniques
  • Learning How to Listen
  • Interpreting Messages Said
Speaking Effectively
  • Using voice projection, tone and body language to communicate more convincingly
  • Learning how to invite and encourage dialogue
  • Understanding how to strategically control communication
Written Communication
  • Planning written communication
  • Identifying and targeting recipients
  • Outlining and structuring reports
  • Making written communication clear, effective and concise
Organising Information
  • Outlining written communication
  • Creating visual procedural maps
  • Summarising received and communicated data

Whats included in this course?

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    Course Manual
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    Experienced Trainers
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    Certificate of Attendance
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    Unlimited Post Course Support

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this course but do feel that the duration should be extended in order to allow more time to cover all of the topics. Noel was a fantastic trainer, happy to answer any questions and very good at explaining how to do something, thank you.

    Laura Chesters