Parallel Project Training can offer a wide range of short CPD workshops. Typically lasting between 2-3 hours these are for experienced project managers and include the following topics:
- Project Management – T5 vs Wembley – What can we learn?
Heathrow Terminal and Wembley are two high profile projects which are both for different reasons perceived as less than successful by the public. With London 2012 just around the corner, what can the profession learn from these two very different case studies?
- Earned value “Is it worth the effort?”
This is a quick overview of the principles, benefits and pitfalls in applying Earned Value Management and a workshop on the barriers to earned value implementation and how they can be overcome. In the end I link it back to the project management maturity level in the organisation and the role earned value can have in developing PM maturity.
- Real Risk in Project Management
In this session we look at why the real risk are missing from many risk registers and we can identify the unknown unknowns. This is because many risk registers focus on the “comfort” risk which are easily identified and manager. However the real risk are much more difficult to grasp and almost impossible to manage but cause more damage.
- The critical role of the project sponsor, Process or Behaviour?
This wide ranging talk will take you through the role of the project sponsor, it will look at all the major bodies of thought including the APM, APMG, and NAO and encourage an interactive debate on the role, the need for it and how it can be best implemented. It will be led by John Bolton, a well published and authoritative speaker on the role of the sponsor with significant experience of interacting with the sponsorship communities in major construction and transportation organisations.
- Benefits Management – An essential discipline?
Taking a sideways glance at the nature of Benefits Management principles and how best to deploy them, the presentation evolves into the nature of real benefits, how many we can and how many we cannot really measure as well as challenging the belief that they can be systematically measured. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice some with case studies and enjoy each other’s views in an interactive and engaging way.
- What can we learn from Lean Project Management?
This session draws the parallels between Henry Gantt and Fredrick Taylor and how manufacturing has developed significantly beyond the principles of Scientific Management. I argue that project management is still to wedded to the principles of scientific management and we need to learn from the changes in manufacturing such as the Toyota Production System. Compare the quality of cars produced today with those produced in the 1970’s. Using approaches such as waste reduction, critical chain, last planner, pull scheduling and harnessing the power of the team could be transformational.
Further information: Parallel Project Training Advanced Courses