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There are a wide range of different project management courses available. If you would like to discuss which qualification is right for you, get in touch and we'll help you find the right training.



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Which Project Management Course Is Right For Me?

There is a bewildering range of different project management qualifications; from PRINCE2 to those offered by The Association for Project Management (APM) and The Project Management Institute (PMI).

Here at Parallel we offer training courses based on APM, PMI and PRINCE2 methods so we are ideally placed to advise you of the best route to follow to enhance your career prospects. The best qualifications or accreditation for any project manager are dependent on previous experience, current industry sector, likely future employers and whether you will be working nationally or globally. More information is available below, or give us a call and one of our consultants will help you find the right training for your specific experience and future ambitions.

Project Management Training Courses



New London House, London
20 Nov 2017
£1099
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40 Caversham Road, Reading
24 Nov 2017

£570

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10 Greycoat Place, London
30 Nov 2017
£775
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Not Sure Which Training Is Right For You Or Your Organisation?

Our Recommended Training



  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification
  • From

    £250

  • Ideal for a new project managers who want to learn the principles of project management
  • 208 page APM study guide
  • 20 bite-size video lectures
  • 24 case study episodes
  • 25 podcasts
  • One hour multiple choice exam paper with 60 questions.
  • Distance Learning
  • Public Courses
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    Onsite Training
  • PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner
  • From

    £950

  • Ideal for PMs working with PRINCE2 method
  • Provides the knowledge needed to manage PRINCE2 projects.
  • Pre-course study pack
  • Foundation and Practitioner exams
  • 5-day class room in central London
  • Foundation exam 75 questions in one hour
  • 8 questions - 10 question items per question in Two-and-a-half hours
  • Public Dates
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  • PMI
    PMP
    Certification
  • From

    £1855

  • International recognised qualification
  • Pre-course study pack
  • 5-day of training including a mock exam
  • Central London Location
  • 200 multiple choice questions in four hours
  • Exam available in most countries of the world
  • Exam taken 3-4 weeks after the course
  • Public Dates
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Advanced Courses

APM Practitioner Qualification (APM PQ)

This qualification is aimed at professional project managers with at least 3 years' experience of managing non-complex projects who would like to gain a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. The course comprises a 3-day assessment followed by detailed feedback on each candidate's professional capabilities and recommended areas to target for CPD. The assessment is based on 30 criteria for effective Project Management as established by the APM. Prior to the APM PQ course we offer highly recommend briefing sessions to help candidates understand how the assessment operates and what is expected of them during the assessment.


APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) Coaching Workshops

The APM RPP credential is the most advanced project management accreditation available and is aimed at those able to demonstrate competent leadership and an ability to successfully manage highly complex projects, programmes and portfolios with the relevant processes and techniques. It also recognises a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) and will enhance a project manager's professional status.

The Logical Framework Approach (LFA) was developed in the 1960’s by US Agency for International Development to improve its project planning and evaluation and has since been adopted by most multilateral and bilateral development agencies. It provides a set of steps and tools to aid thinking about best approach to projects. As such the process and associated learning is just as important as the output from each step.

The benefits of the LFA approach are:

  1. It places a strong emphasis on stakeholder engagement.
  2. It requires systematic analysing of a problem including identify the cause and effect relationships.
  3. It provides logical linkage between the way the project is delivered and the outcome it seeks to achieve.
  4. It places the project in the wider development context.
  5. It encourages examination of risks and stimulates accountability for the result.
  6. It requires analysis of how to measure the achievement of the objectives.

The workshop sessions will use active learning methods to engage all the delegates in the learning process. These include:

  1. Individual exercises and self-evaluation quizzes.
  2. Small group brainstorming sessions “buzz groups”.
  3. Case study syndicate exercises using a course project.
  4. Formal team presentations of the team plans for peer review by the course group and tutors

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course delegates will be able to apply the LFA framework including:

  • Understand the philosophy behaving the LFA framework, its strengths and weaknesses
  • Describing the overall process for analysis and planning of projects
  • The tools in the analysis phase including:
    • Stakeholder analysis
    • Problem analysis
    • Objectives analysis
    • Strategy analysis
  • Tools for the planning phase including:
    • Logical framework matrix
    • Activity scheduling
    • Resources scheduling
  • In addition this course will cover the project delivery controls not in the LFA framework including:
    • Control the delivery of the project using simple but effective progress review.
    • Control changes within the project to increase the chances of project success.
    • Use project management start up to develop an effective project team.

Course Structure

1. Course introduction

An introduction to the course learning objectives and structure. Delegate introductions and discussion of their individual needs, the skills they bring to the group and ideals for improving project delivery within their team.

2. Introduction to Logical Framework Approach

The LFA provides a step by step guide to planning development projects. In this session we will examine the overall structure of the LFA and the benefits of adopting a structured approach to projects.

3. Analysis Stage: Understanding the Current Situation

A successful project needs a good understanding of the current situation if it is to deliver successful. The LFA framework has a number of tools to help, understand the background to the project. These include:

  1. Stakeholder analysis
  2. SWOT analysis
  3. Venn diagrams
  4. Spider diagrams

In this session we will review these tools and apply them to case study project to get a better understanding of the current situation.

Syndicate Exercise: Analysis of the current situation using tools from the LFA.

4. Analysis Stage: Problem and Objectives Analysis

Problem analysis is about understanding the root causes and the effects of a problem and objective analysis is identifying what opportunities exist of overcome these problems. By understanding the underlying root causes then we can identify actions to address these root causes. Again the process is as important as the output. In this session we look at the application of problem analysis to a typical project.

Syndicate Exercise: Problem Analysis for a case study project.

5. Analysis Stage: Analysis of Strategies

Based in a detailed understanding of the current situation and the objectives for the project we can decide on the most appropriate strategy to follow. The selection of the most appropriate approach can be based on clearly define criteria such as effectiveness, feasibility, cost and/or environmental impact.

Syndicate Exercise: Complete an analysis of the most appropriate strategy for a case study project

6. Planning Stage

The first stage of planning is to complete a Logframe matrix. This documents the objectives, purpose, results and activities required for the project, and how these will be measures and verified. Finally the Logframe captures the assumptions. It provides a logical link between the activities in the project and the overall objective. In this session se look at the process of preparing and presenting a Logframe matrix.

Syndicate Exercise: Complete a Logframe matrix for a case study project.

7. Developing the Project Schedule.

Understanding the dependencies between the delivery of different work packages and teams at an early stage is vital to the smooth delivery of projects. The precedence diagram is the method to develop these linkages between activities, work packages and teams. We will explore a range of linking relationship available to develop a fair representation of the work plan. This session includes:

  1. Development and use of the precedence diagram.
  2. Typical dependencies including finish-start, start- start, finish-finish.
  3. The use of leads and lags.
  4. Critical path.

Syndicate Exercise: defining the project schedules for a case study or real delegate project.

8. Risk Management

All projects involve risk and so understanding and planning appropriate mitigation strategies early in the process can significantly reduce the chances of project delay and overspend. In this session we will apply the principles of project risk management.

Syndicate Exercise: defining the project schedules for a case study or real delegate project

9. Project control, reporting and change control

Successful project execution requires regular communications to ensure any issues are identified early and action is taken to keep the project on track. This requires simple but effective reporting and a rigorous control of change. In this session we will look at case studies which have suffered from poor change control and report and evaluate how these have affected the project outcomes.

10. Project team development

“People deliver projects”. In this session we will look at how the project management processes can be used to engage team members and build commitment to the planned changes.

11. Self-reflection and action planning

The final session includes the presentation of the plans prepared in syndicate exercises for peer review by the group, followed by individual action planning to define the next steps to apply what has been learned in the course in the workplace.

Individual Exercise: Planning next steps in the work place

Delegates will be automatically registered on the Parallel community of practice, where they can join others who have been part of the programme, share experiences and develop their knowledge through the forum for as long as they want.

Distance Learning

As an alternative to public courses we offer Distance Learning packages, which are a successful, cost-effective solution that avoid time away from the workplace and allow people to work at their own pace at a time, and in a location, that suits them. Our market-leading materials include a printed study guide, podcasts, webinars and online e-learning modules all backed up by online tutor support. Our Distance Learning packages have the same high standard as our more traditional courses and achieve consistently excellent exam pass rates for all professional project management qualifications. These packages provide the flexibility to fit learning in with other commitments without sacrificing quality or success rates.

 

DISTANCE LEARNING

Corporate Training

As well as public courses for your employees delivered at one of our training centres, these same courses can be provided at your own premises for a more cost-effective solution. We also develop training programmes specifically for your organisation, working to understand your culture and objectives so your project managers can learn the required practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Our courses are truly tailored to your specific requirements, incorporating internal project management frameworks, where necessary. They include challenging and realistic role play, and behavioural and leadership development so delegates improve their real-world skills enabling them to deliver better outcomes for all of your projects.

 

CORPORATE TRAINING

About Parallel

We give all of our clients a personal service, blending traditional and modern learning techniques to deliver a flexible training solution. We are a small and specialist project management training provider with a global reach. Our consultants are best in class and are equally at home delivering off the shelf courses or a solution tailored to your specific needs. We have designed this website to give you a flavour of what we do. If you like what you see, please do get in touch to discuss how we can support your organisation.

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