Practical Project Management (2 day course)

2 Days
Bristol (Clifton) 10th May 2021
25th Mar 2021
11 hours

Course Overview

This course is designed for those who need a practical hands-on approach to managing projects, without it getting “heavy”. It covers all aspects of a project’s life cycle, from the project start-up sequence, application of monitoring & control to keep it on-track, and includes the activities required to close a project. Whilst the majority of the course deals with project management structure, aspects of managing the people on projects are included through team activities. Delegates are encouraged to think about their actual projects during the course and they have to opportunity to apply useful tools to a project of their choice.

This Practical Project Management (2 day course) course is available throughout the UK.

CPD Value 11 Hours

Course Locations

Practical Project Management (2 day course) London
Practical Project Management (2 day course) Manchester
Practical Project Management (2 day course) Nottingham
Practical Project Management (2 day course) Birmingham
Practical Project Management (2 day course) Bristol
Practical Project Management (2 day course) Edinburgh
Practical Project Management (2 day course) Leeds

This course is worth 5.5 Continuous Professional Development hours.Learn more about CPD


Day 1

09:30 - 10:00 Coffee, introductions and personal objectives

10:00 - 10:30 What is a project and what are its pitfalls?
(Getting to grips with the basic concepts)

10:30 - 10:45 Project roles and responsibilities

10:45 - 11:15 Personal attributes of a project manager
(Self assessment against key Project Manager attributes)

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 Step-by-step approach to project start-up
(Straight forward start up sequence to ensure a strong start to the project)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:30 Team exercise
(Fun activity exploring two key areas of managing a project)

14:30 - 15:00 Project prioritising tool
(Delegates apply a powerful prioritising tool to their own project)

15:00 - 15:30 Project initiation document
(Key project document)

15:30 - 16:00 Case study
(Consolidates the days work and sets the scene for Day 2)


Day 2

09:30 - 09:45 Review of progress against objectives

09:45 - 11:30 Planning tools.
(Delegates are shown how to apply Critical Path Analysis to their projects and practice using a Case Study. Gantt charts are also considered)

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 12:00 Estimating time and costs
(Ideas on how to improve the accuracy of estimates)

12:00 - 13:00 Managing project risks
(Delegates apply risk analysis methods to their own project)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:30 Team exercise
(Fun activity to explore the dynamics in a project team)

14:30 - 15:15 Keeping projects on track
(The minimum we need to do to keep control over a project, including how to control changes)

15:15 - 15:30 Bringing a project to a close
(Actions required to bring a project to a close)

15:30 - 16:30 Delegates work on their real project issues

16:30 Summary & Action Plans Agreed


Excellent course which has practical implications that I can put into place immediately.

Julie Wood, Audley Court Ltd

I feel it is essential that all project managers attend this course as well as sales. most enjoyable and relevant course I have attended.

Elizabeth Taylor, Optilan (UK) Ltd

This course was very informative and more enjoyable than any other! I'm looking forward to taking away everything I have learnt and to put it in to practice.

Alice Shale, BMG

Excellent course, learned loads of relevant stuff. Great/friendly trainer - has given me lots of knowledge and project planning confidence.

Jon Wilson, BMG

Great well delivered course.

Paul Swanborough, RVT Group Ltd

Very informative training session. Great examples used (real life). Knowlegeable trainer.

Amran Zahier, Human Appeal

Very good training adapted to our needs and team structure. Tracey was able to give relavant examples from her experience which was very useful.

Robin Howard, Diehl Metering Ltd

Excellent delivery of course, very engaging.

Dean Kelly, Direct Line Group plc

Excellent Course, Gil was a brilliant trainer, particularly in tailoring the course to our specific needs.

Helen Maiden, Cannock Chase District Council

Excellent course...really helped us understand how to apply principles to our work.

Cyton Biosciences Ltd

I found this training insightful with lots of practical steps to takeaway. It was also inspirational. The best part was that it was tailored to me even whilst in session.

John Pienaar, Slimming World

Excellent course, very well done and great real world examples.

Stephen Hicks, S A Brain & Co Ltd

I enjoyed the flexibility of the course - the trainer was very good at only taking us through what was relevant content which really helped my engagement.

Sara Gresko, Kingspan International Ltd

Very good delivery of training - relevant, interesting and adapted to our needs. Thank you!

Lindsy Anderson, Kingspan Insulation Ltd

Really interactive and enaging. A really good course.

Hannah Emeridge, Kingspan Insulation Ltd

Excellent delivery and training material provided.

Lenzil Veeranna, Akka Aeroconseil UK

The training was intersting and gave a means to better undertanding of projects and all related issues.

Merleni Christophe, Akka Aeroconseil UK

Very engaging training & learned a lot.

Ben Blayds, Gowhow UK Ltd

A really impressive delivery style made the session very interesting and informative.

Catherine Roberts, GrowHow UK Ltd

A very pleasant informative presentation, well described and taught by PTP trainer. Excellent course and of great benefit.

Winston Murdock, Corporate Solutions Logistics

The course exceeded my objectives. Tracey is a highly skilled project practitioner with excellent insight into human behaviours and interactions. I intend to put the training into practice to deliver better projects and a more constrcutive working culture.

Sally Tate, AstraZeneca

Extremely knowledgeable trainer with lots of examples which helped to give context to the course.

Karen Bird, Astra Zeneca

Enjoyable course where lots was learned. Will be implementing in projects going forward.

Matthew Crawford, Astra Zeneca

An enjoyable 2 days with an enthusiastic trainer.

Craig Ashby, Astra Zeneca

Very good course and informative. Very well presented.

Lewis Barbour, Policy Services Ltd

I learnt so much! It was very geared towards my needs, has given me a much better understanding of project management and what it is to be a project manager and how to successfully deliver a project.

Anna Simpson, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Trainer was excellent and included areas outside the course content to ensure my needs were met.

Neil Reade, Lifeplus Europe

The best training course I have ever been on.

Jeff Bryant, Mondelez International Inc
Very beneficial course, practical team exercises really cemented learning. Good balance between theory and practice
Shona Wright, Brunel University
I found the course informative & useful for my personal development.
Laura Scott, Clyde & Co LLP
Thoroughly enjoyable and learned a huge amount about project management that I know will enable me to progress further in my career. Excellent tutor. Thanks.
Alex Fereday, Leafield Logistics
Found the course really reassuring and informative, thank - you.
Amy Weaver, Snow Valley
Excellent instructor.
Mohammed Darwish, Brunel University
Course was excellent at provoking new ways of thinking outside the box. I feel more confident in my project methods.
Jo Dooher, Brunel University.
Trainer was very effective in delivering difficult subject and kept all members of the group interested and engaged.
Evie Xinos, Brunel University
Very useful on highlighting tools specific to management of any project.
Alan Beacon, Brunel University
Good course
delivered what I wanted for the engineers. - Steve Trim, Eclipse Petroleum Technology Ltd
Thanks for the high quality time and information.
Pedro Garcia, Eclipse Petroleum Technology Ltd
Excellent course well split up and adapted to answer my questions on dealing with risk/anticipating problems.
Duncan Grassie, Eclipse Petroleum Technology Ltd
It was a very enjoyable couple of days & Allan made the course fun, especially with the team building exercises.
Emma Pattemore, Practiceweb
Very effectively given, good pace, very well divided into sections to keep interest, one of the only courses that I was attentive the whole time.
Andrea Whitehead, Brunel University
Fantastic delivery, can honestly say that Allan has been the most effective, detailed, flexible & approachable course leader I have ever worked with. Thanks you so much!
Lee Fuller, Brunel University
Very impressed at the way the course was tailored to our particular needs of concern. Very interactive and involving. Everyone was encouraged to participate.
Lynda Bullen, Sustain Ltd
Very much enjoyed the course. Allan’s delivery was excellent and fun. He adapted to what we wanted to know. Most of all he made it relevant.
David Forshaw, Sustain Ltd
Very practical training!
Salapete Anthony, Coats
The course was very well delivered & tailored to meet individual needs, benefitting from small number of delegates.
Matt Lyndon, Xyratex
Best course I have attended.
Carole Bromley, Brunel University


  • An understanding of how project work differs from normal daily work.
  • An awareness of the key roles and responsibilities on a project.
  • A step-by-step approach to starting up a project, which includes a project prioritising tool.
  • A tool to manage project risks.
  • Descriptions of key project documents.
  • How to apply planning tools to identify the critical parts of projects.
  • Methods to adopt which keep a project on track.
  • Steps to close a project.
  • Team exercises to explore both project methodology and project team dynamics.
  • The opportunity to resolve delegates project issues.
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