Practical Project Management This workshop makes this important discipline accessible to participants who need to understand project management. It is aimed at either professionals in services or academics working on a research project – who need to deliver some agreed outcomes to a fixed timescale and/or budget. This might be a change to the way a service operates or the introduction of something new, or it might be a research grant or bid submission or delivering on a successful bid– it might even be something you do regularly (like run a conference or arrange an event) that would benefit from having appropriate project management and structure to it. Workshop Objectives: 1. Increased confidence in your ability to manage projects 2. Identify and discuss issues around project governance 3. Identify and discuss stakeholder engagement issues 4. Identify and discuss how to manage risks and changes within your project Who is it for? • anyone who is leading or about to lead a project and who need a broad understanding of effective project management skills, tools and techniques Please note: Some experience or involvement in projects will help participants to relate to the material. What will I learn? • Why projects go wrong • How to plan, organise and implement projects to prevent things going wrong • The importance of ‘setting up for success’ - getting the basics right (ie roles and responsibilities) before considering next steps • Ways to successfully engage with all stakeholders • Key tips for managing risks and changes Benefits of attending: • You’ll get a suite of tools and techniques for planning and running projects, and an understanding of how to use them to help you deliver • You’ll understand your stakeholders more clearly, and you’ll know how to engage them throughout the life of the project • You’ll be able to recognise the early warning signs before things start to go wrong • You’ll be able to start and finish projects successfully by using the methods described Tutors: Dr Laurence Hogg Laurence is a Strategic Change Manager at the University of Leeds. He has over 25 years’ experience working on projects ranging from small activities to large-scale multi-partner initiatives. He has delivered outcomes for research projects in universities, business change projects in HE and other sectors, and technology business start-ups in the commercial world. He recently completed a 2-year project in IT at Leeds to deliver a project management framework (called the 5Ds), all the underpinning tools and techniques and a supporting project portfolio management system. Dr Tony Bromley Tony is responsible for the Graduate Training and Support Centre in the Staff and Departmental Development Unit. He is an experienced researcher and a PhD graduate of the University of Leeds. He has been delivering and running programmes of training and development activity for over ten years, firstly at the University of Manchester before rejoining the University of Leeds in 2006.