ESR training course 'Project management'

Date: From 06/10/2015 13:00 to 06/10/2015 17:00

Location : ONERA, Ch√Ętillon, Paris

The project management training session will follow the 36 month network meeting on 6th October 2015. 

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To introduce a set of generic project management concepts and techniques which can be used to deliver successful research projects and will be relevant in the commercial world of project delivery

By attending this session you will be able to:

Make use of practical project management techniques to support current research projects and understand the project management approaches used across commercial organisations


The training will be delivered by Sarah Wilson of 54 degrees. Sarah is a highly experienced and qualified project manager and project management  trainer. With over 20 years of experience in both private and public sector organisations, Sarah has a wealth of experience in both projects and programmes. Sarah is also a qualified APM (Association for Project Management) practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with PRINCE2 and MSP based methodologies. 

Session Overview:

The session will be a fast paced interactive look at how the use of structured project management can support projects of all types. We will look at the environments in which projects begin and the standard journey from project initiation to project closure. The session will include a look at the reality of delivering projects in the commercial world.

The session will refer to your own work and will use an example of putting a grant application in for a research project to demonstrate some practical project management techniques.

Session Content:

  • What does project management mean to you?
  • What are the benefits of using structured project management?
  • Project scale – what is a project and where do they come from? Consider the difference between projects, work streams, tasks and programmes
  • The Project Lifecycle – talk through the stages of a project, include the idea of a business case, what does planning mean?, talk about control during the delivery stage and the importance of the closure stage
  • What needs controlling by project management? What are the challenges to successful project delivery?
  • Research Grant Application - what information is needed?  Is this a project? How does it fit into the project lifecycle?
  • Project People – consider the people involved in project delivery – what are their roles? Introduce the idea of project hierarchy and stakeholder management
  • Project Processes – introduce Work Breakdown, Risk Workshops and Change Control to show how you can plan and control your project. Apply to the Research Grant Application example
  • Project Methods – introduce Prince2, APM, PMI, Agile – what is used in the real world? What are your options for skills development?

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