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Project management for planners

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
The Hatton (etc Venues), 51-53 Hatton Garden, London
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 standard price

Projects are increasingly the way you do things.  So everyone needs project management skills.  So we have developed this seminar to meet the needs of everyone who has to manage projects, tasks, or assignments to meet challenging targets under time and resource constraints.

Your project role is possibly just one part of your ‘real job’ and you want to learn how to do it well.  Equally, this seminar will help those who are just embarking on a career in project management and who need a short, intensive introduction to the concepts, methods and techniques that help projects succeed.

Benefits of attending

  1. Be able to apply a systematic, structured approach to project work
  2. Be able to capture the customer brief effectively and define your project clearly
  3. Powerful tools to plan your work and that of other team members
  4. Simple process to identify, analyse and manage risks associated with project work
  5. Understand how to ensure that work is implemented and delivered on time

Who should attend?

  • Policy planners and officers
  • Team leaders and managers
  • Development control managers
  • Planning consultants
  • ‘Non-project’ managers and specialists
  • Project team members new to the role



1 Building the foundations for success

Why do some projects go well and others badly? What are the ingredients of success? Is there a simple model for setting up and managing project work that improves everyday performance? This session addresses each of these questions and provides a simple model to help delegates structure their project work and decide where to focus efforts to improve future performance.

  • The characteristics of projects and project work
  • The project management triangle
  • Essential lessons from past projects; the key success factors
  • The four key phases of a project
  • Discussion of delegates current projects

2 Define your project:  Clear goals, objectives and scope

The first essential element of a successful project is a clear definition of what your project is and is not.  This is often easier said than done and this session shares some tried and tested methods and techniques that can help, whether working one-to-one with a ‘customer’ or as part of a larger group.

  • Negotiating and agreeing the customers’ requirements
  • Creating a clear project definition
  • Scoping your project
  • Involving stakeholders and gaining commitment
  • Exercises and examples

3 Developing the plan

Everyone agrees the importance of planning, but how can smaller projects and work assignments be planned without the burden of too much bureaucracy? And how can we get all the relevant people to take the planning process seriously and commit to work programmes when they have so many other priorities? This session explores some key tools and techniques for planning, shows how to match the planning activity to the scale of the project and how to get the key players involved.

  • Defining the tasks with a work breakdown structure, milestones and Gantt Charts
  • Creating a timeline
  • Estimating timescales, costs and resource requirements
  • How to analyse your stakeholders
  • Setting out clear roles and responsibilities for team members
  • Identifying risks and deciding how to manage them
  • Exercises and examples

4 Delivering your project

It’s all very well having a great plan but this doesn’t guarantee that anything will get done! Successful people know how to get things done with and through others and are skilled in the arts of delegating, communicating, keeping track of progress, managing their own time and responding positively to the day-to-day problems that inevitably occur. This session explores the art of executing project work and working effectively as a member or leader of multiple project teams.

  • Getting things going – initiating the work
  • Understanding how to monitor progress and maintain control
  • Controlling change on your project
  • Effective project team management
  • The project manager’s personal checklist – the importance of time management
  • Orderly closedown of your project
  • Summing up and individual action planning


Trainer: Dr Mike Clayton, Independent Trainer and Performance Coach
Author of “Brilliant Project Leader” and “Risk Happens!”