Projects can easily go wrong and, when they do, the consequences can be significant. A poorly managed project can wreak havoc on an organisation’s profits, employee and shareholder confidence and public perception.
Many finance professionals will find that most of their work is project-based, such as those working in audit or multidisciplinary project teams, and for them, strong project management skills are essential. Other finance professionals, whose day-to-day work doesn’t usually involve projects, will often encounter a whole range of smaller one-off projects, and these too need to be well managed.
So, whether you are leading an audit, undertaking an investment appraisal, valuing a potential acquisition, securing new funding or implementing a new finance system, this course will help you to become a better project manager to ensure your project is a success.
Specifically, you will learn:
- The Project Management Institute (PMI)’s nine areas of project management which highlights the core areas you must control to keep a project on track
- The most common causes of project failure that you will need to be vigilant for to ensure you reach your targets
- The importance of stakeholder management and tips for effectively managing key relationships
- Gido and Clements’ hierarchy of project stakeholders for understanding the different decision-making responsibilities of the key project stakeholders
- The skills that a team and their project manager need in order to work together seamlessly towards a common goal
- PMI’s five-step project management process – a model that can be used to plan and organise a project to ensure it stays on track
- The elements of an effective project plan that will ensure a project is organised, managed and controlled successfully
- The stages of risk management for identifying and managing potential threats to the project that could cause it to stall or fail
- An introduction to project planning techniques including network analysis, Gantt charts, work breakdown structure and resource histograms to help you to schedule tasks and manage your resources more effectively
- An overview of tools that can be used to manage uncertainty in a project, such as PERT, scenario planning and contingency planning
Along with these key concepts and techniques, we provide a practical workbook to help you apply what you learn to your own situation, as well as additional learning questions for some topics for you to practise using the project planning techniques to which you’ve been introduced. All of this will aid you in becoming a great project manager!
- Thoroughly explores the concepts, theories and models for this topic
- The content is professionally explained by our expert tutors alongside a visual presentation
- Come with downloadable audio files so you can listen to the content offline and on the go
- Full coverage of the video content using engaging and easy-to-follow language
- A range of examples to show you how these concepts might apply to real-life situations, e.g. in finance
- A practical exercise for each module based on the subject’s application in a finance team
- A series of exercises purpose-written for the course
- Designed to get you to apply what you’ve learned to yourself and to your own organisation
- Can be used as a basis to make suggestions or improvements in your team or organisation
- A series of questions designed to test your understanding of what you’ve learnt on the course
- Designed to get you to apply what you’ve learned to scenarios and commit the theory to memory
- The visual presentation from the video can be accessed for note-taking and for browsing alongside the video or audio download
- Can be viewed as still slides or in an interactive format to move around the screen
An Introduction to Project Management