Project team workshop

Overview

Our Project Team Workshop brings together selected representatives of a project (eg, the client, project team members, suppliers, resource providers, sponsors, etc) in order to review a specific project and put in place the vital task and team requirements for a successful project outcome.

Training objectives

Typical benefits obtained by clients from a Project Team Workshop include:
  • The strategic goals and priorities for the project are clarified
  • Ownership of the project within the business is defined
  • Project roles and responsibilities are agreed
  • The credibility and robustness of the project plan are enhanced
  • Performance measures and reporting procedures are agreed
  • Critical risks are identified and contingencies are agreed
  • The roles and responsibilities of the key players in the project team

Audience

Workshop participants should comprise selected representatives of the project (eg, the client, project team members, suppliers, resource providers, sponsors, etc).

Format

By definition, this workshop is highly participative, relying on the expert trainer to facilitate the experience through presentation of appropriate tools and techniques (the STAR system® toolkit) and leadership of the CPI review.

Depending on the project and the number of participants, the workshop can take either one or two days to produce the required outcomes.

Special features

This unique workshop programme is a cost-effective way of arriving at the resolution of project-specific problems without engaging expensive consultants. The format has been developed and refined by the expert trainer over a number of years and has now proven itself time and time again.

The expert trainer

John is a highly qualified (BSc, MSc, CEng, MIMechE, MAPM, AMInstP) independent consultant specialising in project and change management. He established his consultancy practice in 1990, following 20 years of industrial management experience, and now offers a wide range of management training and team development programmes. He also provides facilitation and consultancy services to help clients with specific projects or to assist them with staff and management development programmes.

Before setting up his consultancy and training business, John was a senior manager with Ilford Limited, a leading manufacturer of specialist photographic products. Having starting as a development engineer, he progressed through technical and team leadership roles and was appointed Manager of Engineering Development in 1980. In this role he was directly involved in a major company restructuring programme whilst managing a diverse portfolio of multi-disciplinary engineering projects. His project management role subsequently grew to include a range of business projects, including manufacturing improvement programmes and new product introductions. John was also involved in co-ordinating international technology transfer activities and in strategic business development studies within the Ilford Group.

John’s project management experience includes the design and installation of new manufacturing equipment, the development of new products, the improvement of manufacturing procedures, the relocation of offices and staff and organisation restructuring. John has also co-ordinated international project teams and carried out assignments in support of strategic business development programmes.

Prior to joining Ilford Limited, John trained in the automotive industry and gained an honours degree in Applied Physics. He went on to conduct post-graduate research in cryogenics at Oxford University for which he was awarded an MSc in Engineering Science. John is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Institute of Physics and The Association of Project Management.

John’s client base includes leading organisations in Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Defence, IS/IT and Education. He is an associate with Loughborough Business School and is a senior consultant and course director with a number of well-known training organisations. Whilst his work is centred in the UK, he frequently works internationally in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

A highly experienced, popular and professional trainer, John’s courses are always much appreciated by the participants, as the following comments show:

‘I really liked the practical exercises’

‘There was certainly a lot to think about’

‘John’s experience was excellent’

‘The group was encouraged to interact very well’

‘A very useful course’

‘A very worthwhile, productive and enjoyable two days’

Workshop structure

The structure for a workshop is tailored to the project in question and the stage it has reached. Using the STAR system® to provide a framework, the typical workshop has three key stages: identification of issues, resolution of issues and action planning.

  1. Introduction
    • Why this workshop is being held
    • Review of participants’ needs and objectives
    • Introduction to the STAR system®
  2. Identifying the issues
    • The ‘Critical Process Indicator’
    • The five management processes critical to eventual project performance
    • Identification of current key issues
  3. Resolving the issues
    • Using the STAR system® toolkit
    • Participants work through the key issues requiring attention
    • Team discussions are facilitated with the aid of the STAR system® toolkit, enabling the team to resolve each of the issues in a logical and systematic manner
  4. Action planning
    • Participants agree actions to be taken
    • How progress will be reviewed
    • Conclusion

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