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Introduction to project management

Date: 18th September 2019

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

Law Society of Scotland
Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EX, United Kingdom

CPD Hours: 5hours

This one-day practical workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver projects successfully.

Effective project management skills are essential for the 21st century professional.

Business activities proactively planned with clear objectives identified and set from the outset save time, resources and increase the prospects of delivering stated aims and goals.

This course focuses on the basic aspects and key principles of successful project management, incorporating a number of easy to apply, effective tools and techniques that will improve participants confidence and competence in managing projects, when applied in the workplace.

  • Recognise when it is appropriate to adopt a ‘project’ approach to managing workload
  • Apply a simple life cycle to a project to break it into easy to manage stages
  • Clearly define projects to provide clarity in terms of background, objectives, project scope and critical success factors
  • Identify and manage risks proactively
  • Become more effective in monitoring and controlling project work, change requests and resourcing pressures by using best practice processes and techniques
  • Understand what lessons can be learnt from managing work using a project approach

This course is ideal for anyone new to project management, wanting to develop a project management approach to their work or  sharpen up their skills.

Bryan Leslie is an accredited coach and trainer, qualified in DISC personality and PIAV personal motivator profiling.

Bryan started his career in financial services in London and Edinburgh, working in operations management, business consultancy and human resources for the Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life. In 2003, he founded his own training company, Abacus Coaching Ltd, working with organisations to develop the leadership and management skills of their people.

Reduced rate (Trainees, new members, accredited paralegals)

  • £245 + VAT
  • £195 + VAT (more than one place)

Member rate

  • £295 + VAT
  • £245 + VAT (more than one place)

Non-member rate

  • £345 + VAT
  • £295 + VAT (more than one place)

Unemployed member

  • £195 + VAT

To book more than one place, enquire about bespoke and/ or in-house training please email

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 - 10:10

    Welcome and introductions
  • 10:10 - 11:10

    • Defining what a project is and how it differs from ongoing operational management
    • Exploring what the role of a project manager is and what skills and attributes great project managers need to have
    • Understanding which aspects of your current role are 'projects'

    The trainer will facilitate group discussions, and individuals will work on a summary of their past, current and future projects.

  • 11:10 - 11:25

    Refreshments break
  • 11:25 - 12:55

    • Understand the “effective” and “ineffective” project cycles
    • Learn how to prepare a project “brief” and ensure you have clear purpose and objectives at the very start of the project
    • Prepare a variety of project plans:
      • Activity breakdown
      • Milestone schedule
      • Work Breakdown Structure
      • Logic flow
      • Project plan (Gantt) chart
      • Risk assessment and risk matrix
    • Develop your project management tools:
      • Communication plan
      • Activity plan vs actual
      • Weekly reporting template
      • Change requests
      • Project team feedback

    The trainer will facilitate group discussions, and individuals/ smaller groups will analyse and prepare project 'briefs' from examples given, plus develop a project brief for one of their own projects.

    Participants will explore ways to keep stakeholders informed on project progress, and how to deal with changes to project requirements.

  • 12:55 - 13:40

    Lunch break
  • 13:40 - 14:45

    • Understand the importance of closing projects effectively, and reviewing them to learn the lessons that can be used in future projects.

    The trainer will facilitate group discussions, and individuals will explore how projects are closed and reviewed in their organisations currently, and determine any actions required.

  • 14:45 - 15:00

    Refreshments break
  • 15:00 - 16:25

    • Summary of learning, and tip sheet for participants to use back in their organisations

    Participants will develop an action plan to use in developing and implementing current and future projects within their organisations.

  • 16:25 - 16:30

    Final comments and close of day

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