Today's corporate organisations have developed a completely new way of doing business that has overturned the rigid, hierarchical and divided system of labour in years past. This new model hinges on projects: distinct activities grouped together with the aim of attaining a specified goal – whether it's a new university campus, a marketing strategy or a new course offering.
Modern organisations are characterised as dispersed, technology driven, human focused and skill based. Rather than relying on pigeonholed workers to conduct single routine tasks, they rely on teams of connected experts to work together on holistic projects, focusing their energy on one goal at a time. Projects are completed by teams of people who are specially chosen for their skills, knowledge and potential to contribute to the final result.
The team is led by a project manager. He or she is responsible for keeping the project tasks on schedule, communicating with all stakeholders and managing resources – the people, money, tools, and time needed to achieve the goal. The project manager is the centre of the project and the driving force behind the team.
The discipline of project management is extremely versatile and can be adapted to any business or industry. Its strength is inherently predicated on focused teams of experts who can quickly adapt, organise and troubleshoot, meaning that most problems can be resolved in an efficient manner using the appropriate project management procedure.
The human element is perhaps the single most important feature of project management. The following outline details the fundamental Project Management Procedures and tools required to efficiently and successfully manage projects. In essence it is designed to build human capacity to aid in a comprehensive response for the needs of today’s businesses. Prior knowledge of project management is not a requirement for this course. The target audience is ideally individuals who are working in a project management environment and those who are interested in acquiring superior project management skills that may be applied anywhere in the world on certification.