Courses and Workshops
Our style for all courses is to be interactive and engaging. We find that this approach leads to greater success in developing detailed understanding of important issues and enables more contructive approaches to solving problems. Our latest workshops are on Governance and on Project Success. These one day events are designed to provide direct and immediate benefits to you. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
As well as longer term support in delivering project management services, we also have a range of short courses and workshops available on
An interactive workshop to help ensure that you understand the requirements from a broad perspective, and so enable you to put good governance into your business. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
This workshop is designed to include all stakeholders, enabling you to recognise the many different expectations for all of them, and help you to identify the key ingredients for reaching a shared goal for successful projects. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
An inital workshop on your vision for the future of your organisation will assist in setting out your long term expectations, vital to your colleagues, and to creating your business plan. Dependent on this, there might be subsequent workshops to develop the strategy, but setting out the goal in a single session is a vital first step on your route to success. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
Every orgnisation relies on its data for day-to-day work and decision-making. Do you know how good your data is, and whether it meets your needs? An inital workshop with staff would help identify weaknesses in your data and lead to improved data management and greater effectiveness. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
An end-to-end review of your processes could reveal significant opportunities for improving them, identifying possible weaknesses through blockages, duplication, loss of time or communications, all affecting profitability. A one day workshop could help key staff work through this. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
All projects require and involve change, not necessarily perceived by everyone to be positive. Before embarking on any project - all involve change - it helps to be able to understand what is important to everyone involved. We can work with you to provide a short workshop deigned to provide an overview of the issues involved in business change, drawing out the most important for your organisation. This will enable you to take action to ensure that you can deal with any barriers and take advantage of extra opportunities successfully. Please contact us for an informal discussion.
A one day workshop on risk management could be crucial in enabling you to recognise and take action on key risks which could affect your business, and plan to deal with them. These cover operational as well as financial issues, Developing an appreciation of the risks involved in any business, as well as in specific processes, assists in identifying the overall strategy, potential investments, and new initiatives, as well as in working out what is preventing progress or might one day put the business at risk of failure.Please contact us for an informal discussion.
Achieving Project Success
What does project success mean to the client? To the project team? To the evental users? To the suppliers? To the wider stakeholder groups such as the general public as taxpayers?
We can run a workshop on project success, designed to engage with the whole team to determine what project success means for everyone involverd, what prevents success, and enable them to leave with something to do to help achieve it. This workshop goes beyond the client perspective of what they want the project to deliver, and why it matters to them, and how it is aligned with their strategy, by involving the wider team to see what success means for eveyone. To illustrate the importance of this, let us consider, here, a common situation.
Based on research and experience the workshop is designed to ensure that everyone from the CEO to the youngest recruit understands what project success is, what their role is, and what needs to happen for real success to be achieved.
- For strategy development we should use material directly relevant to your company and its market, obtained as part of the exploratory stage of an assignment. We then work with you and your team to develop your own strategy.
There are gneeric aspects to data management which can be drawn from a number of different sectors. We can use these as part of a workshop to help you to producer and update a data management strategy specific to your organisation.
- This workshop ensures that you are fully aware of the most important data for your company, and have processes in place to keep it up to date and available to the right people at the right time. Data, used and maintained well, provides a great competitive advantage.
As well as the workshop on project success outlined above, we also provide workshops and mentoring on the whole of the project process, in line with best practice, enabling your project team to select, procure and manage projects from concept to completion and handover ready for use.
- We can cover the whole range of project management requirements from selection to completion and review. This should ensure that you manage projects effectively, engaging with everyone as necessary to deliver them on time, within budget, and that the results are fit for purpose.
Process Review and Process Mapping
All projects require and involve changes to processes. The introduction of a call centre, for example, requires changes to how customers are contacted and how interactions with them are recorded so that any follow-up meets their needs. This is an example of an organisation needing to review and update processes to reflect changes in the way they, their suppliers, and their customers work. What would training and mentoring provide?
- It is vital to businesses to ensure their processes are efficient and effctive. In our courses we aim to enable you to reveal bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Thios enables the particpants to identify the causes and so help solve the problems.
In one case, the overall work of a full process review reduced the time of some processes by over 50%. What could you save?
All projects require and involve change, and people resist change. When embarking on 'change management' it helps to be able to understand what might be involved in managing change.
- This is designed to provide an overview of the issues involved in business change, recognising that all projects and all businesses are involved in change.
- We then explore how business conditions will affect you and your plans, enabling you to take action to ensure that you identify essential changes and deal with them successfully.
Risk management in the context of business and organisational risk begins with a discussion on what we mean by risks, and develops into an understanding og what they are for the business itself, and on what can be done to ensure that the risks are managed successfully.
We can create with you a practical framework for risk management for your own organisation.
Our courses are all interactive, developed and based on experience drawn from a wide range of industry, including construction, oil, pharmaceutical, utilities, and the public sector.