The ProjectFlow

Experiential Project Management

Roodeplaat Dam, north of Pretoria, was the venue for the latest experiential ProjectFlow® course for the Department of Water and Sanitation staff.

The ProjectFlow® course comprises four days of classroom and experiential training using ProjectPro’s project management methodology. Each delegate receives a CD containing the ProjectFlow® methodology which is based on the latest Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th edition. This methodology takes the delegates through the sequential flow of processes and documentation from Project Charter through all the phases from Concept to Close-out. Templates and sample documents are provided on the CD for ease of use and to maintain a consistent planning approach.

The first day of the ProjectFlow® is spent reviewing generic project management theory and current best practices and introducing the ProjectFlow® methodology.

On days two and three the teams must develop a major deliverable, namely a Project Management Plan. Using real-world tools such as notebook computers loaded with the ProjectFlow® methodology, Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word, the course is placed in the correct context. The techniques learned are immediately applied to test the delegate’s understanding thereof e.g. producing a scope statement, work breakdown structure, project organisational structure, risk analysis, responsibility assignment matrix, activity networks, critical path analysis, budget, earned value management, etc.

At the end of day three each team member has an opportunity to present a portion of their Project Management Plan using presentation tools such as PowerPoint, flipcharts, etc. The facilitator gives feedback to the teams on the content of the Project Management Plan and the presentation thereof on the afternoon of day four.

On the morning of day four the teams execute the project that they have planned. This is not only a good team building exercise, but also tests the soundness of the planning e.g. risk management

Projects and courses must all come to an end. On the afternoon of day four the last deliverable for the ProjectFlow® learners is to produce a close-out report on the achievement of project objectives and to document the lessons learned.

Each delegate receives a comprehensive course manual, a Project Management Guideline, a ProjectFlow® methodology CD, worksheets, team photo and a ProjectPro Certificate of Achievement. (lunch and refreshments included).

ProjectFlow® in-house or public courses can be held throughout Southern Africa. Visit our website www.projectpro.co.za or contact training@projectpro.co.za  for more details. The next public course is on 21 June to 24 June 2016 in Gauteng.

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