Business Excellence Skillnet


Business Excellence Skillnet

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DATES: 13th & 20th May

TIME:  9. 00 am – 5.00pm

COST:  €375 per member / €450 non member


Programme Overview

AspiraCon’s Mission is “to take the chaos out of Project Management” this training course provides detailed insight into Project Management best practices, covering all the areas specified by the PMI®. It is designed to establish a detailed understanding of Project Management terms, concepts and methodologies. The hands-on approach of this course ensures trainees “learn by doing” and gain a step-by-step, real-time experience of using the tools and implementing the methodologies and support structures. In simulating real-life environments, trainees gather the detailed knowledge required to apply the training on return to their work environment.
Practical Project Management is designed for organizations that are adopting or introducing a more formal Project Management approach to delivering their projects. We introduce project management terms, concepts and methodologies and show how these can be easily used to augment existing practices and make projects more predictable and consistent
It is delivered by an experienced and qualified Irish trainer and has been developed by certified Irish PMPs, with experience in IT, Manufacturing, Telecoms, Energy, Financial services, Construction, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical and Retail industries. Course follow-up includes provision of soft copies of a number of PMBoK-compliant Project management Tools and Templates – ready for immediate use in the workplace. This course is approved by the PMI®, and students who successfully complete this course are awarded 16 PM Contact Hours or Professional Development Units which is documented via a PMI® REP® certificate from AspiraCon.

Programme Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Execution, Control and Closing.
  • Learn the ten knowledge areas of project management (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, Procurement and Stakeholder Management).
  •  Get a detailed understanding of some of the key knowledge areas, including:
  • How to put together a Project Charter – what’s important and what’s not
  • Creating a Work Breakdown Structure and using it to make sure that you capture the full scope of the project
  • Estimation – understand how to come up with reliable effort and duration estimates

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  • Schedules – how to create and optimise a schedule so that you can have a realistic plan that can be achieved
  • Learn how to identify risks to your projects success, and some techniques to minimise the impact of those risks to the project
  • Explore some Project Communication methods that will help you get the right information to your key project stakeholders
  • Learn how apply this learning to the participant’s own particular project/environment through use of case studies and working exercises based on realistic problems and real-life project scenarios and through completion of an assignment, including individual feedback and mentorship for each person.

 Programme Content

Practical Project Management
(2 Days in class, 6 -14 students)
At AspiraCon we have adopted a range of methods to facilitate accelerated learning and to maximize future application in the workplace. Our approach recognises that trainees must be involved in the learning process and hence we incorporate a high level of interactivity during delivery in order to gauge the transfer of this learning. Interactive sessions such as brain storming, buzz-groups and breakout sessions, role-play and simulated real-life environment compliment training material and promote better retention of course content.
Each session includes an introduction during which set ground rules for engagement and
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confidentiality, learning objectives, participatory methodologies, and activities. Tailored case studies and knowledge retention tests are incorporated into each training course maximizing the opportunity for participants to learn by doing. Our trainers are adept at incorporating appropriate examples and information so that trainees will have a relevant frame of reference.
Considering that adults learn at different rates, we utilize a variety of teaching methods (accelerated learning, group work, individual exercises, encouraging participation) during delivery allowing us to stay true to the content while maximizing the experience for all learners. Our training personnel are highly skilled at listening effectively and endeavour to give constructive feedback when appropriate.

Course Timetable:
Time Day 1 Day 2
Introduction PM Concepts Project Management Framework
Identifying Risks Mitigation Contingency
10:50am Coffee Coffee
Integration Management
Cost / Resource Management
Managing Remote Teams
12:30pm Lunch Lunch
Scope Management Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Communications Management
3:00pm Coffee Coffee
Time Management Estimation Scheduling
Stakeholder Management Negotiation 5:00pm Summary Summary 5:30pm Close Close


Trainer Profile


 Target Audience

There are three categories of people who benefit most from this course:
1. Experienced project managers who had had to learn ‘on the job’ and may not be aware of the different proven tools and techniques that exist and that can make their lives easier
2. New or prospective project managers, who are looking for guidance on the “right” way to manage their projects.
3. Functional Managers, who may have to manage some projects “part-time” in addition to their real jobs. Many of the PM tools and methods can also apply to line management and deliver real value.

The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills



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