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Introduction to Project Management Course Details

SAQA ID 120385
UNIT STANDARD TITLE Apply a range of project management tools and techniques
NQF Level 4


SAQA ID 120372
UNIT STANDARD TITLE Explain fundamentals of project management
NQF Level 4


Anybody who would like to gain an understanding of the main components of Project Management.


Any team and management experience beneficial. No Project Management experience necessary although it is beneficial.


3 Days


$675.00 If you are currently resident in South Africa you will need to pay VAT at 14%.   *Discount available

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$99   *Bring a PC

Note: information may change without notice.

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About Introduction to Project Management

A 3-day introductory project management workshop that gives a comprehensive overview of the main features of Project Management from setting priorities to controlling expenses and reporting on results. This project management course is ideal for a manager without a formal project management qualification who needs a grasp of the terminology and methodology of project management in order to effectively lead a team involved in managing projects. Also good as a refresher course.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Overview
    • Learning Objectives
    • What is a Project?
    • Project Management Basics
    • Project Management and Change Management
    • Why Do Projects Fail?
    • Three Ways to End a Project
    • Approaches to Project Management
    • Traditional or Waterfall Project Management
    • Prince2® Principles, Themes and Processes
    • PMBOK Knowledge Areas
    • Agile Project Management
    • Choosing the Best Approach
  • Roles and Responsibility in Waterfall and Agile
    • Organisational Breakdown Structure
    • Project Manager
    • Sponsor
    • Business Analyst
    • Project Administrator
    • Project Planner
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • Contracts Manager
    • RACI
  • The Project Life Cycle
    • Phases or Stages of a Project
      • The Initiation phase
      • The Planning Phase
      • Execution Phase
      • Termination Phase
    • The Prince2® Project Process
    • Initiating the Project
      • Understanding the Problem
      • The Problem Solving Model
      • Mental barriers to understanding the problem
      • Gathering Information
      • The Whys 
      • Fish-bone Method
      • Finding Solutions
    • Decision-Making Style
      • Choosing your Decision-Making Style
      • Autocratic Style
      • Participatory Style
      • Democratic Style
      • Consensus-Based Decisions
      • Decision-Making Matrix and AHP
      • Decision Tree
      • Other tools
      • Implementation
    • Goals and Objectives
    • Project Charter
    • Statement of Work
      • Defined Purpose
      • Statement of Scope
      • Project Deliverables
      • Goals and Objectives
      • SWOT
      • Cost and Schedule Estimates
      • List of Stakeholders
      • Authority Levels
      • Assumptions and Agreements

Day 2

  • Statement of Work
    • The Communication Plan
      • Communications
      • Media
      • Channels
      • Strategy
    • Writing Reports
      • Four Stages in Report Writing
      • Investigation
      • Planning
      • Writing
      • Revising
      • Basic Formats
      • Indirect Approach
      • Direct Approach
    • Working with Virtual Teams
    • Using Social Media platforms
  • Risk Management
    • About Risks
    • Managing Risks
  • Constraints
  • Contingency Planning
  • Planning and Scheduling
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Preparing a Basic Schedule
    • Estimates
    • Scheduling My Project
    • Milestones
    • PERT
    • The Network Diagram
    • Gantt Charts
    • Sample Project Plan
  • Costs
    • Costing Methods
    • Controlling the Budget

Day 3

  • Change Management
    • Sample Project Plan
    • Anticipation of Change
    • Consequences of Change Management
  • Scope and Quality Management
    • Quality Management
    • Scope and Change
    • Controlling Scope changes in each of project stages
    • Scope and Issues
    • Change Control vs Issue Management
  • Tracking Progress
    • Earned Value Management (EVM)
    • How to get a project back on Schedule
    • How to get a project back on Budget
    • Approach to getting the project back on track
  • Agile
    • Scrum
      • Roles
        • Product Owner
        • Scrum Master
        • Team Member
      • Scrum Artifacts
        • The Product Backlog
        • The Sprint Backlog
        • Burn Charts
        • Task Board
        • User Stories
      • Estimating Scrum tasks
      • Definition of Done
      • The Sprint Cycle
      • Sprint Planning Meeting
      • Daily Scrum
      • Story Time
      • Sprint Review
      • Retrospective
      • Abnormal Sprint Termination: When Good Sprints Go Bad
    • Kanban
      • Flexibility in planning
      • Minimising cycle time
      • Efficiency through focus
      • Making metrics visual
      • Moving toward continuous delivery
    • Scrum vs. kanban
  • Team Management
    • Importance of Teamwork
    • Building a Winning Team
    • Approach to developing Teams
    • Team Performance Model
    • Rewards / Recognition for software developers
  • Managing Meetings
    • Team Meetings
    • Individual Meetings
    • Information Gathering
    • Agenda
    • Running the Meeting
    • Committees
    • Allocation of Work
    • How to Present in a Meeting


Delivery Method

Instructor Led classroom based training. Scheduled classes are normally held in Woodmead - near to Sandton in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Stationary and textbook included. Refreshments, including 2 tea breaks and a cooked meal for lunch are provided for full time courses. Contact hours are between 9am to 4pm.

Scheduled Dates

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Note: places are only fully secured once payment has been made.

Start Date Duration  
Wed 1 Nov 2017 3 Days Book Now
Mon 11 Dec 2017 3 Days