This is an introductory level course that will give delegates an understanding of some core project management skills. The course is aimed at individuals who need to learn a simple project management approach for managing small to medium-sized projects or tasks.

Are you involved with implementing changes/initiatives within your business? Are you involved with a large task that will span several months or more? Do you need to collaborate with people internal or external to achieve a business objective?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, or face a similar situation in your role, this course will be beneficial to you. You will learn about the Goal-Focused Project Delivery (GFPD) approach and how it can be used to improve project success through the use of a few simple techniques, templates and a small documentation set. GFPD can be used either as a stand-alone approach or in conjunction with methods such as PRINCE2®, the APM, and the PMBoK® Guide. It is a highly interactive and collaborative approach, ensuring engagement of the sponsor, project manager and the project team.

What is GFPD?

Goal-Focused Project Delivery is a project management approach which has its strength in its straightforward and clear framework. Based on Goal-Directed Project Management (GDPM) which is a pragmatic, light-touch, non-bureaucratic and people based approach originally introduced in the 1980s by a group of project management consultants, GFPD focuses on the project end goal identifying what outcomes (not deliverables) are required rather than getting immersed in the detailed activities of how they will be achieved. It is a well tried and cost effective approach without the need for expensive systems, licences, qualifications, accreditation or extensive learning.

Suitable for individuals at any level who:

  • Have to deliver a project and neither need or have any formal project management training
  • Are looking to adopt a simple project approach to managing your workload
  • Deliver initiatives as part of their role and want to take a more project-focused approach

If you are looking for a more comprehensive introduction to project management please see our two-day 'An Introduction to Effective Project Management' course.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Start with the end in mind and remain focused on the final result (goal) that’s required
  • Manage your stakeholders who could be positively or negatively affected
  • Plan goal achievement through practical milestone achievement
  • Identify the work required and who is responsible for each element
  • Use straightforward planning tools including a milestone plan
  • Control a project using a simple approach to reporting
  • Employ a small documentation set (e.g. Project Brief, Milestone Plan and Schedule)
  • Close down the project and extract any relevant lessons to be learned
  • Recognise common pitfalls and utilise best practice top tips

The principle of this approach is to focus on achieving the required result – the goal. The workshop is based on a straightforward case study and will cover:

Feasibility

  • Completing a project brief - to set out and justify your project
  • How to ensure all key stakeholders are sufficiently on-board
  • If required – how to complete a simple business case
  • Defining your deliverable and the work required to complete it
  • Establishing an initial timescale and budget

Planning 

  • How to launch a project effectively
  • Using a practical lifecycle to define and organise the project work
  • Structuring the work using a milestone plan
  • Defining the key roles and responsibilities using a RAM/RACI responsibility chart
  • How to create a timeline using milestones and simple structuring tools
  • If required – how to create a simple budget
  • Engaging with the stakeholders to support effective planning
  • Setting up a straightforward document set

Execution (Monitoring, Controlling and Reporting)

  • How to ensure collaborative working with all stakeholders
  • Taking action to ensure milestone achievement
  • Straightforward reporting for straightforward projects

Handover and Closure

  • The importance of an effective handover – what’s involved?
  • How to handle minor problems with your deliverable
  • The key closure actions and reporting
  • Capturing lessons to improve future projects