Practical Project Management

Programme overview

TEC's tried-and-tested 1-day Practical Project Management course and workshop will –

  • explain the principles and practices of project planning & management using examples and case studies
  • empower participants to use 'CPA' (Critical Path Analysis) to design and optimize a project during a ‘hands-on’ workshop

The session is delivered in two modules –


Introduction to the principles and practices of project management – using a structured case study. Special attention given to –

  • CPA (Critical Path Analysis) for planning and resource allocation for the project
  • Gantt Chart for managing the project, and re-scheduling when unforeseen ‘problems’ crop up


Hands-on workshop to design and analyse a project – based on a typical organization product. Special attention given to –

  • Specifying the project activities and their ‘precedence’
  • Estimating the resources (human and physical) required for each activity
  • Mapping the project activities using a CPA diagram to show the activities that must be completed in a specific order so that the project can be accomplished successfully and on time

Programme details


  • Introduction and emphasis on the need for project management
  • Determination of the project goal
  • Identifying and documenting project objectives, timescale for planning & implementation and available resources
  • Using DiSC and BELBIN methodologies to assess the proposed team members - making 'adjustments' as necessary
  • Undertaking the four key stems to develop a successful project and action plan
  • Understanding and using CPA (Critical Path Analysis)
  • Analysing the project to determine the Critical Path
  • Re-analysing the project activities to see if time-savings can be made
  • Identifying 'branches' that may have 'float'
  • Constructing a Gantt Chart
  • Conducting resource optimisation using 'floats'
  • Re-calculating the 'optimised' Critical Path
  • Managing the project using CPA and Gantt Chart


Selection of a 'typical' organization project

  • Hands-on team workshop
  • Identify all of the essential project activities
  • Estimate the times and other resources needed for each activity
  • Determine the 'precedence' among the activities
  • Construct the Critical Path Diagram
  • Calculate the times for each 'branch'
  • Determine the Critical Path and establish the total project time
  • Construct the Gantt Chart
  • Identify 'floats' and optimise the use of resources
  • Re-calculate the Critical Path - confirm all savings
  • Re-draw the Gantt Chart

Agree on how the project will be managed

Who should attend

Senior management, Quality Engineers, Production Planners and all staff responsible for the design and management of medium- to large-scale projects, new product introduction (APQP & PPAP) and transfer of work.

Quality Managers with responsibility for implementing the AS9100, AS9145 and NADCAP also Six Sigma 'belts' undertaking breakthrough projects.


By attending this this 1-day highly interactive course and workshop participants will lean the principles and practices of project planning and control, and be able to immediately use these new skills to plan the introduction of new products and manufacturing methods – or accomplish any type of project.

All participants will receive a training certificate containing the TEC's internationally-recognized logo – confirming their understanding of project planning, analysis, optimisation and management.


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