All organisations run projects – whether they are large or small, short or long term in scope, service-oriented or manufacturing based. Projects represent the future of an organisation. Without projects there would not be any new product development, research and development, feasibility studies, market surveys, market launches, quality and productivity improvement studies, technology upgrades, installation and commissioning of new equipment, IT-supported activities, mergers and acquisitions, etc. Project management is now seen as a required management skill.
Successfully planned and managed projects could translate into higher returns for a company’s investment in its projects and more productive subsequent utilisation of its resources. Together, these issues may have a significant impact on a company’s competitiveness. Organisations may conduct their projects informally but this is not the same as saying that they do not need to acquire and develop project management skills and knowledge.
Companies that are able to manage their projects will also realise an improvement in their work culture and relationship with external parties such as customers, suppliers, government agencies and the general public. The trends indicate that companies face increasing pressure to reduce their costs, improve quality, shorten lead times, and upgrade their service levels. A well-trained project team led by capable managers would enhance a company’s competitive positioning and this is an issue that they cannot afford to ignore. Changes in the business environment demands that projects be planned and managed well to ensure continued survival and success.
This programme is based on the framework developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the U.S.A. and described in the publication A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge,
4th edition (PMBOK® Guide).
This programme is also suitable as an introduction to participants who are planning to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) examination.