Module 1: Planning and Initiating Projects

Live online (VILT)
6 x 3.5 hour sessions

In Person Instructor-led

3 x 1 day sessions

Learning outcomes:

  • The four types of projects and how to classify any project (or work package) as one of these four types

  • Popular PM methodologies such as PRINCE2, Lean and Agile and these align with the four types of project

  • The PMBOK® Guide’s 10 knowledge areas, four-phase project life cycle, and five process groups

  • Key concepts such as the Iron Triangle, the cost of change, scaling for complexity, and planning

  • The “Why Axis” – a thinking tool for ‘zooming’ from a tactical/technical view of the project work to a strategic understanding of the project and the benefits, outcomes and corporate goals that it supports.

Assessment information and support

​The following supports you embed what you've learnt in between training modules:

  • 1 hour Assessment webinar

  • Team of coaches to provide individual feedback email us to make an appointment

  • Module 1 Assessment due 10-14 weeks Module 1 training sessions


Course overview, Contemporary Project Management overview

Explores the role of projects in today’s fast-moving and complex world, and how project management practice can contribute to making organisations efficient, effective, agile and sustainable.

Initiation Phase, Governance

Participants are formed into small working groups to workshop the business case and project charter for the case study project.

Planning Phase, Scoping projects, WBS

Continues the interactive small-group activities around the case study project, with a ‘deep dive’ into the planning phase, focusing on scoping and scheduling.

Scheduling projects, Gantt Charts, Project Cost Estimate

This session includes group work and discussion as participants develop a Work Breakdown Structure and Network Diagram from first principles (using post-it notes), then develop a Gantt chart using their choice of digital scheduling tool.

Planning Quality Management, Planning Risk Management

Focusses on developing the rest of the Project Management Plan (PMP), with groups tick-tacking between short bursts of theory/explanation and practical activities to develop the project governance structure, Organisation Breakdown Structure (OBS), Roles & Responsibilities Table, Procurement Plan, Project Cost Estimate, Quality Plan, Communication Plan and Risk Register.

Planning HR Management, Planning procurement, Planning communication

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“I absolutely loved this course. Not just the tools being presented, but being able to apply them to real‐life projects during the course gives me confidence in applying the concepts at work. An eye opener and a really positive experience for me.”

Mark - Finance Manager