The Institute of Project Management currently offers an exclusive program of targeted, project management Masterclass workshops. Each workshop is highly interactive, and our semi-structured approach is dynamically responsive to the experience, needs and operating environment of the participants.

Participants are therefore encouraged to share complex, ‘real life’ examples from their professional experience that can be resolved using the best-practice principles of project management.

Participants can also extend their learning online, leading to nationally accredited unit attainment. Units can then be bundled toward nationally accredited qualifications (such as the Diploma of Project Management), and assessment is individually customised through a partnership between the IPM mentor, the student, and their employer.

Every Masterclass includes:

  • Pre-workshop stakeholder meeting
  • Contextualisation of resources
  • Integration of corporate assets
  • Course delivery
  • Certificates of Attendance
  • Comprehensive feedback

Additional services that may be quoted include:

  • Learner resources (eg notes, folders etc)
  • Venue hire (including AV)
  • Catering
  • Travel and accommodation
  • International guest presenters
  • Extended workplace mentoring
  • Accreditation

This flexible workshop program can integrate, in the context of hypothetical and real world scenarios, the following project knowledge areas:

  • Project scope management
  • Project time management
  • Project cost management
  • Project quality management
  • Project human resource management
  • Project stakeholder management
  • Project communication management
  • Project risk management
  • Project procurement management
  • Project change management

We teach the best-practice principles of each domain in the context of the project lifecycle: from initiation through planning, delivery and close.

These domains of project knowledge and application are consistent with the proven theories of PRINCE2 and PMBOK; industry specific methodologies such as Agile; as well as other well known project management frameworks and guidelines.

In contextualising this course, we are happy to share our proprietary templates and learning materials, or we can assist participants to identify the most appropriate corporate assets and tools to use, and how to use them well.

Over one, two, three or five days, the interactive workshop does not so much create over-achieving project managers; rather it introduces a common frame of reference, common purpose and common sense approach to the integrated delivery and oversight of business projects.

In this half- or one-day introduction to project management Masterclass, cinematic clips are interwoven with the real-life stories of our expert facilitators to teach the theory and practice of project management.

These short films are more than aids to learning – they are part of the learning experience itself (and a lot more fun than traditional chalk-to-board approaches)!

A range of project management principles and processes are introduced, including:

  • Project Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Project Communications
  • Project Governance
  • Scope Creep

A business case captures the reasoning for initiating a project or task. The logic of the business case is that, whenever resources such as money or effort are consumed, they should be in support of a specific business need. A compelling business case adequately captures both the quantifiable and unquantifiable characteristics of a proposal.

This course addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to prepare persuasive, evidence based business cases, including:

  • Opportunity Definition
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Estimating Costs & Benefits
  • Risk Assessment
  • Executive Presentation, and
  • The Business Case as a Project

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • reliably access, organise and monitor information
  • apply research processes and strategies to identify new data sources
  • triangulate multiple, complex sources of information
  • critically analyse and interpret data to support organisational activities
  • apply problem-solving skills to new initiatives in the appropriate organisational context, and
  • present evidence based findings and recommendations in an appropriate format, style and structure using suitable business technology

Project planning is the element of project management which relates to the development and use of schedules, such as Gantt charts, to plan, manage and report progress within the project environment.

This course provides the practical knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to provide efficient and effective project planning and control, including:

  • defining project scope
  • decomposing the project scope into activities
  • preparing a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • estimating activity durations and resource requirements
  • using project network diagrams and Gantt charts to schedule activities, and
  • managing project scope and schedule

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • interpret and analyse complex project plans and documentation
  • monitor scope and schedule, and to respond to potential and actual changes
  • apply problem-solving and analytical skills to address project scope and schedule management issues and challenges, and
  • negotiate changes to scope and schedule with a range of stakeholders

Earned value management (EVM) is a project management technique for measuring project performance and progress in an objective manner. Because EVM has the ability to combine measurements of scope, schedule and cost in a single integrated system, it is able to provide accurate forecasts of project performance problems, which is an important contribution to project management.

This course provides the practical knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to perform earned value management, including:

  • activity cost estimation and allocation
  • calculating planned value, earned value and actual cost
  • schedule and cost variance analysis
  • schedule, cost and to-complete performance indexing, and
  • tabular and graphic data reporting

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • prepare comprehensive project budgets
  • conduct reviews of project performance using variance and trend analysis
  • use earned value management to identify project risks and issues, and
  • report outcomes to project stakeholders

Recordkeeping is the professional practice or discipline of controlling and governing what are considered to be the most important records of a project throughout the records life-cycle. This includes from the time such records are conceived through to their eventual disposal.

This course provides the practical knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to manage project records, including:

  • how to review the status of a record
  • providing information from and about records
  • set up a business or records system for projects, and
  • monitor and maintain records in an online environment

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • systemically collate comprehensive project records
  • conduct reviews of project records using configuration analysis
  • use advanced diagnostic skills to identify desktop risks and issues, and
  • report outcomes to project stakeholders

What is more valuable in the long run? A project manager or a project leader? Project leadership means using your skills, experience, confidence, and good reputation to take charge of the project team, your customer, and sometimes even the senior leadership in your organisation, and drive – not manage – them toward a successful conclusion.

This course addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to successfully employ leadership and development activities for project teams, including:

  • establishing a structure to align individual and group competencies with project tasks
  • identifying, planning and implementing team development activities
  • instituting and applying communication, counselling and conflict resolution protocols
  • monitoring and reporting on individual and team performance, and
  • implementing continuous improvement processes

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify and allocate project responsibilities to staff
  • motivate staff, convey expectations and ensure outcomes are met
  • successfully resolve conflict
  • coach and mentor staff to boost performance
  • manage and improve staff performance, and
  • analyse and review team outcomes, and identify improvements

The role of project governance is to provide a decision making framework that is logical, robust and repeatable to govern an organisation’s capital investments. In this way, an organisation will have a structured approach to conducting both its business as usual activities and its business change, or project, activities.

This course provides the practical knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to provide efficient and effective project governance, including:

  • differentiating roles and responsibilities
  • documenting performance expectations and outcomes
  • supervising management of the project, and
  • contributing to productive meeting practice

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the relationship and differences between project steering committees and organisational management
  • provide supervision to project management activities
  • review, analyse and evaluate income, expenditure and performance targets within budgets
  • resolve issue and change requirements in a timely manner, and
  • communicate and negotiate to work cooperatively with other steering committee members, management and staff of the organisation, key stakeholders and members of the community

Risk has traditionally been viewed as something to be avoided or transferred; however, it is now recognised that if we understand risk, and how it is caused an influenced, we can change it (the risk treatment) so that we are more likely to achieve our objectives, and improve our organisational efficiency.

This course is consistent with AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management, and addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to manage risk, including:

  • establishing the risk context
  • identifying risks
  • analysing and prioritising risks, and
  • selecting and implementing treatments

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • develop a risk management plan which includes:
    • a detailed stakeholder analysis
    • explanation of the risk context
    • critical success factors
    • identified and analysed risks, and
    • treatments for prioritised risks
  • detail monitoring arrangements for a risk management plan, and
  • evaluate the efficacy of risk planning and treatment

Change management is an organisational process aimed at helping stakeholders to accept and embrace changes in their business environment. This course shows how to determine strategic change requirements and opportunities; and to develop, implement and evaluate change management strategies.

The course takes a project-centric approach to change management, and addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to manage change, including:

  • managing change within projects
  • using projects as a vehicle for change
  • continually improving project delivery, and
  • linking programs and portfolios of projects to the strategic objectives of the organisation

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify strategic change needs through an analysis of organisational objectives and the operational environment
  • undertake cost-benefit analysis for high priority change requirements and opportunities
  • undertake risk analysis, identifying barriers to change and mitigation strategies consult with relevant groups and individuals for input into the change process
  • activate strategies for embedding the change, and
  • conduct regular evaluation and review, and modify plans where appropriate to achieve change program objectives

A contract usually only protects the rights of parties in worst case scenarios. This course shows how to proactively manage contractual relationships so that agreed outcomes are efficiently achieved, without recourse to legal remedy.

This course addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to systematically manage the life of contracts, including:

  • the procurement stage: the process leading up to contract execution, when the roles and responsibilities of parties are clearly defined
  • the commencement stage: from the time of implementation through the commissioning process to the start of payments, when delivery of the services required by the output specification begins
  • the service delivery stage: covering the provision and use of the contracted services during the remaining life of the contract, and
  • the contract expiry or termination stage: the period leading up to and after
    contract expiry or termination.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • manage stakeholders information, knowledge and change
  • eliminate uncertainty in the interpretation of contracts
  • anticipate and manage contingencies, risks and disputes
  • monitor and report on performance, and
  • review and recommend improvements to the management of future contracts

Our beginner to advanced Microsoft Project Masterclasses can be delivered on the 2010, 2013 and 2016 platforms either in our own labs or your workplace. In additional to demonstration files and comprehensive learning notes, we can also provide full software licences to participants, allowing them to take the learning home.

Unlike in traditional project software training, as genuine experts with significant experience in leading a variety of complex projects, our mentors can give practical context to the learning with real-life examples. Connecting project management theory and best-practice with the technical skills of project management enables your planning and reporting teams to get the most out of the software.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting to Know MS Project
  • Creating a New Project
  • Creating Tasks
  • Scheduling
  • Resourcing a Project
  • Resourcing Concepts
  • Assigning Resources
  • Resource Levelling
  • Assigning Materials
  • Costs
  • Constraints and Deadlines
  • Project Tracking
  • Printing and Reporting
  • Project Views
  • Tables
  • Controlling Project Data
  • Formatting Projects
  • Printing Gantt Charts
  • Graphical Reports
  • Project Templates
  • Microsoft Project Files
  • Linking and Combining Projects
  • Shared Resources
  • Downsizing Larger Projects
  • Other Applications
  • Microsoft Project VBA
  • Custom Fields
  • WBS Codes
  • Visual Reports
  • Custom Views

Stay organized and keep your projects on track with Microsoft Project! Save time by using the enhanced project templates and keep up to date with the progress of your project using the powerful and well-designed reports. Learn how to use the enhanced collaboration tools to keep you in touch with your entire team right from within your project.

Forensic project management is the investigation, analysis and synthesis of the key elements of scope, schedule, budget and related human factors to understand and explain the root cause of project management failure or success. Applied to project reviews, it enables a new level of rigour in gathering evidence to determine the status of the project and derive recommendations.

This course addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to systematically conduct forensic project reviews, including analyses of:

  • people
  • processes
  • resources, and
  • environment

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • reliably access, organise and monitor information
  • apply research processes and strategies to identify new data sources
  • triangulate multiple, complex sources of information
  • critically analyse and interpret data
  • apply problem-solving skills to new initiatives in the project management context, and
  • present evidence based findings and recommendations in an appropriate format, style and structure using suitable business technology

The internationally renowned IPM colloquia bring together proven project and program management experts from all around the world to speak on issues of relevance to our profession today.

These events are often linked to regional tours of high profile projects, giving participants a peek behind the curtains at some of the world’s most famous and successful projects today.

Privileged access together with unparalleled networking opportunities make the IPM colloquia and study tours the most sought after tickets in the profession today.

COST

We work with our clients in a number of capacities including on a negotiated hourly, daily or a fixed rate basis. Corporate clients are usually charged a fixed fee, as opposed to a per participant rate; although a cap may be placed on participant numbers (usually 25 people per workshop) to guarantee optimum levels of interaction.

At present, we do not offer individual (public) seats on our corporate Masterclasses.

Thanks again for assisting us through this. I’ve had some fantastic feedback from the team about the course. It was really well executed and provided the team the opportunity to reflect on the way we currently do things and they are now keen to work through introducing some changes to our methodology – great outcome! A few of the more vocal team members will be forming a working group to get started on developing our standards and implementing them across the teams which is a great step forward for us. I’m really pleased to see that it hasn’t just been another training course for us and that we are looking to transfer the skills moving forward.
Lynette Redward