This program is underpinned by the need for effective governance, full stakeholder commitment, an engaged team, led by a reflective project manager.

Developed for organisations that want their projects to deliver business value and business benefits.

About Project Management:

Project management today faces many challenges for various reasons including new technologies, the organisations adoption of more digital business models, higher levels of uncertainty, new approaches to project management, and many stakeholders with varied expectations. All of this applies to ICT, business transformation and capital projects.

Organisations are adopting multiple approaches to project management, including the traditional predictive/waterfall, and the newer Agile (arising out of ICT originally) which is being adapted to business transformation and even some of the principles applied in capital projects. Organisations also are adopting hybrid approaches being a mixture of these.


Learning Structure:

Level: Skills for anyone involved in projects.

Class Numbers: Face to face: Up to 16 participants.Online no restrictions.

Face to Face participation: 3 days face to face plus on-line work.

Online participation: 4 days (equivalent to four days of face to face learning)

  • This will consist of a number of audio tutorials of around 20 minutes duration on each topic, and will include several multiple-choice questions, and a brief exercise for students to undertake, with suggested answers. In addition there will be some reading material.
  • Also there will be several online class sessions, facilitated by the lecturer, which will include discussions and group exercises. These can be mandatory or optional depending on the organisation’s approach.


Project: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing


  • Understand the project management life cycle in order to manage a project from start to finish, while recognising the challenges of constraints, building a performing team, and working collaboratively with sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Particular emphasis will be given to areas that create problems for projects such as estimation, scoping, implementation, stakeholder management, and benefits.
  • Awareness of the multiple approaches to Project Management that can be adapted for various types of projects and organisations
  • Comprehensive slides and course notes, the material also references multiple sources that participants can follow up on as and when required on various topics

Topics and coverage Include:


  • How projects fit into an organisation’s delivery system and interface with other functional areas
  • Project life-cycle – initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing
  • Project justification and initiation
  • Overview of traditional waterfall predictive and agile approaches

Knowledge areas and life cycle activities – Note: as we move through these topics we consider both traditional PM and agile approaches side by side and how we can learn and adapt.

  • Planning
    • scoping
    • estimating
    • scheduling
    • cost and budgets
    • resources
    • risk
    • quality
    • stakeholders, communications and managing change
  • execution and change control
  • teamwork
  • monitoring and controlling progress, reporting
  • Hand over and implementation
  • closure

Other topics include:

  • governance of projects
  • hybrid approaches – combining both traditional and agile approaches
  • future trends for PM

Our Facilitator: Harold Ainsworth

Experienced Business Manager, Practitioner and Educator who has worked across a number of industries in Australia and Internationally.

  • Adjunct Lecturer two Universities – Project Management Masters Programmes.
  • Author – ‘Project Risk’, ‘Governance’, ‘Program Management’.