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Project management for planners

Thursday, 08 June 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 for non-members
RTPI Conferences

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 jobs 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 review their current project work and decide where to focus efforts to improve future performance.

  • The characteristics of projects and project work
  • The four key phases of a project
  • Essential lessons from past projects; the key success factors
  • Achieving success through the 'Team-Action Model'
  • Challenges of the multi-project situation
  • Discussion of delegates current projects

2. Agreeing the goals and defining the tasks
It has been said that 'If you don't know where you are going, any route is good enough!' One of the most vital elements of success in project work is to have clearly defined and agreed goals. 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.

  • Defining and agreeing the customers' requirements
  • Involving other stakeholders and gaining commitment
  • Using questioning skills to define goals and success criteria
  • Defining what has to be done; building the task list
  • Agreeing roles and responsibilities for the work
  • 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.

  • Developing a programme and creating a timeline
  • Estimating timescales, costs and resource requirements
  • Planning exercise: delegates develop a project plan
  • Identifying risks and deciding how to manage them
  • Using the plan and keeping it up to date
  • Exercises and examples

4. Implementing the programme
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
  • Techniques for monitoring progress; using trend analysis
  • Managing project meetings; resolving problems effectively
  • Managing multiple projects - the importance of time management
  • Summing up and individual action planning


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