Project Management in Practice

We can tailor our Project Management in Practice course to suit your training needs. It might cover all aspects of project management, or focus on a specific area which will help enhance your project delivery.

From £POA

Aimed at: Project managers at all levels

Teaching type:

  • Online course
  • Distance learning
  • In-house classroom

Your study options
Parallel can tailor the study options for this course to your organisation. Whether you would like your delegates to come together in a face-to-face session or bring colleagues together virtually from all over the world, we can discuss options to suit you.

Virtual classroom

Our online learning options are very popular and are particularly useful for those clients whose delegates might be spread across the country or the world. Virtual classroom training doesn’t just involve sitting and listening to the trainer talk – delegates will be encouraged to participate in discussions and understand theoretical concepts through real-world examples. 

In-house face-to-face training

We have more than 15 years’ experience delivering training courses for corporate clients. We can provide dedicated face-to-face training for your team to help them enhance their project management skills. Our corporate clients value bespoke project management training approaches which will ultimately help to improve project delivery and efficiency.

Course overview

At Parallel, we are experienced at tailoring the PMiP course to individual client needs. The course is designed to allow us greater flexibility to ensure the course meets its objectives.

In a bespoke project management training course, it is crucial to ensure that the training programmes are specifically targeted towards meeting the needs of the business. Over the years, we have developed a structured development process, working closely with our corporate clients to deliver training that caters to their unique requirements and delivers measurable business benefits. To achieve these goals, we follow four simple phases that can be tailored to suit your needs:

  • Discovery phase: Defining the learning outcomes and course outline.
  • Design phase: Creating the course materials and completing a dry run.
  • Delivery phase: Scheduling and managing the delivery of the training.
  • Evaluation phase: Monitoring short-term and long-term feedback and evaluating the business impact.

Using a standard course outline (see below), we work closely with clients to develop a detailed curriculum, materials and activities that align with the learning objectives identified. This might mean enhancing, removing, adding or reducing certain topics from the list. If your organisation has identified a weakness in risk management, for example, we will enhance this area of the course to ensure a greater focus.

During the course development, we will also assist in selecting appropriate training methodologies and creating presentation materials, case studies, exercises and resources, such as study guides and videos.

practical exercise APM PMQ training course

What topics are covered

Our standard course outline can be tailored to you. We can focus on key areas or remove topics that are not relevant to your organisation. You can find each of the topic areas listed below, but please contact us if you would like clarity on key areas or would like additional support in other areas. We use a range of exercises to help engage delegates and demonstrate project processes.

communication methods in project operating environment

How projects impact on business-as-usual

We explore how projects generate change in business-as-usual and give an overview of the tools and techniques used by project managers to implement change. This will include clarity about the roles of the sponsor, project manager and users and the use of a project life cycle to provide a structured approach to project management.

assessing project risks

Defining the project objective

At the start of any change, it is important to fully understand the objectives, constraints and assumptions to be made. We will analyse the external context using the ‘windows of wisdom’ to identify the success criteria for projects, the constraints that apply and the role the project plays in corporate strategy.

checking ROI for risk management on a project

Stakeholder management

We will examine how to develop a plan for project communications based on an analysis of the different stakeholder groups.

project team discussing initial plan

Developing the business case

A full understanding of the business case is developed by considering a number of options and the relative merits of each. Once a clear strategy has emerged, then a business case (or project brief) can be used to authorise the project.

project manager reviewing project scope

Developing the scope

The foundation of good project planning is a clear definition of the project scope. This can be derived from an analysis of the project deliverables and requirements, followed by the progressive development of the work breakdown structure. We will examine a number of ways in which a clear project scope can be defined including formal and informal techniques such as the work breakdown structure or the ‘rope of scope’.

project manager updating project schedule

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 the range of linking relationships available to develop a fair representation of the work plan.

deciding project roles and responsibilities


Accurate estimating of cost and timescales is vital for many project plans. We will look at different tools and techniques to produce accurate estimates. This includes analytical, parametric and analogous estimating techniques.

project manager communicating project risks

Risk management

Every project is subject to risk and also generates risk for the business. We will look at how to manage risk on a project, including risk identification, assessment and planning techniques.

group of people learning basic project management skills

Project control, reporting and change control

Successful project execution requires regular communication 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. We will look at case studies which have suffered from poor change control and evaluate how these have affected the project outcomes.

Close up women hand on writing on notebook and work with smart phone

Self-reflection and action planning

The course will conclude with the presentation of example plans prepared throughout the course 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 to the workplace.

Paul Naybour, CEng, MBA, BSc(Hons), MAPM, MIET, Business Development Director

The PPQ is a fascinating course to teach. We have had some excellent conversations about how we could apply project management to a case study. There is no right answer, and it’s very interesting to see the different approaches to the case study proposed by the different teams. It is especially useful for people to consider projects outside their day-to-day experience.


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More about our bespoke approach

Over the course of our many years of project management training, we have developed a strategy for creating bespoke project management courses. The aim of a bespoke project management course for beginners is to create programmes that are specifically targeted at key organisational needs. Our structured development process involves us working closely with our clients to ensure we achieve a project management course that suits their project managers and their organisation. Although not aimed at gaining a project management qualification, it will provide a training process which leads to measurable business benefits and improved project delivery on complex projects.

Our approach involves 4 key phases to improve the project management skills within your organisation:

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