Advanced Project Management
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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.
This course can be taken separately or as part of a weekly discount fee package.
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.
Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford certificate of attendance. This will be presented to you prior to the end of the course wherever possible.
The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.
Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, 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.
To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.
Standard course fee: £495.00
Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.
All courses are VAT exempt.
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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.
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Level and demands
This course is designed specifically to benefit engineers, scientists, managers and other staff in large or small public and private sector organisations. It is designed for those who have responsibility for project and programme management who want to improve their knowledge of the latest developments in this area. Some prior experience 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.
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