Advanced Project Management

Course summary

Advanced Project Management



Overview

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This intensive one-day Advanced Project Management course will explore the nature of managing projects.

The day focuses on the "three Cs": challenges, causes and cures. Major projects are inherently risky due to long planning horizons, complex interfaces and multi-actor processes, and non-standard technologies and designs.

One of the main challenges in project management is inadequate benefit, cost, and time forecasts.

Consequently, benefit shortfalls, cost overruns, and delays are common during project implementation and often projects are challenged from the beginning.

Programme details

This course was designed and developed by the CPD Centre in conjunction with staff from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

  • The course starts with looking at characteristics and challenges in project management. 
  • The course then looks at causes of risk and three types of explanations of causes are addressed: technical explanations, psychological explanations, and political-economic explanations.
  • Finally, the course discusses cures, and in particular how to de-bias projects through reference class forecasting; and how to avoid projects running out of control, so called Black Swans, through reducing social and technical complexities of projects.

The course offers a condensed, yet comprehensive, overview of current and emerging best-practice methodologies and techniques for meeting the challenges of managing multiple, complex science and technology projects.

We also offer a course for those new to project management, Essentials of Project Management.

As organisations seek to increase efficiency and cut costs in the increasingly challenging business climate, a focus on selecting, prioritizing and delivering the right projects that directly support the strategy of the organisation is more important than ever.

Key to this strategic objective is effective Project Management, a framework to ensure that investments in projects, resource allocation, monitoring and evaluation is optimised throughout project life-cycles and through to delivery and close-out.

In short, Project Management ensures organisations do the right projects the right way.

Certification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants who attend the full course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample shown is an illustration only and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

Fees

Standard course fee: £425.00

Tutors

Dr Alexander Budzier

Speaker

Fellow in Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Alexander Budzier’s research focuses on transformative projects and their management challenges in the field of IT, construction, energy and events.

To secure impact for his research outside academia, Alexander is widely engaged in advisory activities for the top management of several of the largest and most complex projects around the globe.

Prior to coming to the University of Oxford, Alexander worked as a consultant with McKinsey's in Düsseldorf and Chicago, and at T-Mobile International, London.

Alexander is teaching on the MBA, MPP and MSc for Major Programme Management, a part-time executive degree at the University of Oxford, as well as the Major Project Leadership Academy, a leadership development programme for the top 300 project managers in the UK civil service.

His work has been widely covered by the Financial Times, Forbes, BBC Radio 4, MIT Technology Review, ComputerWeekly, McKinsey Quarterly, InformationWeek, BBC News, and many others.

Application

If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying for this Advanced Project Management course, please contact:
Course Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958
Email: business@conted.ox.ac.uk

 

Level and demands

This course is ideal for Scientists and Engineers who have responsibility for project and programme management in large or small, public or private sector organisations and who wish to enhance their knowledge of the latest developments in this area of management. Some prior experience of the essentials of Project Management is expected.

If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please email us with any questions you may have.