England & Wales HR, workforce and communications, Personal and organisational development

Workshop: Practical Project Management


Projects tend to mean change and change tends to mean projects and in the environment of constant change that is Local Government, an ability to manage and participate effectively in projects has become a major staff development issue.

For major projects certificated approaches and methodologies are important.  However, there is also a need to equip people on the fundamental principles in a way that can be scaled-up for use on any size of project.

This workshop will give participants a thorough understanding of good project management process in an easily accessible and practical way.  This will equip you to be effective members of project teams, serve as a useful refresher for established Project Managers and provide a foundation for new Project Managers.  It is based on the principle of 8 key steps or documents.


  • A thorough understanding of practical project management steps
  • An understanding of the 8 key stages/documents
  • A chance to consider people management issues sometimes missing in other approaches
  • An opportunity to practice the application of the principles


09.30 Welcome and Introduction

09.45 Projects and their importance in the context of the organisation and organisational change.

10.00 What constitutes a project – defining factors?

Setting up the project and building relationships.

10.15 Why do projects go wrong?

10.50 The ‘chocolate cake’ exercise

11.00 Break

11.15 The phases of a project and the 8 key elements.

Understanding tools for use in project monitoring.

A Summary of project management models – Work breakdown, Gantt

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Working in the project team – Key Roles and finding the right blend

14.00 Major Project Case Study – Major exercise to plan Public Sector based project, use the tools, consider contingencies etc.

15.30 Practical application – The 25 Key questions

15.50 Personal Project Management actions arising from today!

16.00 Close



Keith Crampton, Wiz Training and Development Ltd.

Keith is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator specialising in Local Government but with experience in private sector organisations as well as charities. Specialising in organisational and culture change Keith has worked with Authorities of all types. His experience before forming Wiz was as a Training and Organisational Development specialist working in both Local Government and the NHS. He brings an enthusiastic and engaging approach coupled with a focus on achieving real improvements in individual and organisational performance.

Who should attend?

This seminar will be relevant for officers and managers new to or familiar, with project management.