Project Management for Scrutiny Officers (November)
Tuesday 16th November, 2010
Facilities requested (please notify us if you require any of the below)
• Large Print
• Wheelchair/mobility access
• Induction Loop
• Any other – please specify
Our terms & conditions
• Please note that telephone bookings cannot be accepted
• All correspondence, including amendments and cancellations, must be received in writing (fax/post/email)
• Substitute delegates can be made at any time
• It may be necessary, for reasons beyond the control of CfPS, to change the content and timing of the programme, speakers and venue
• Refunds will only be given if written cancellation notice is received within 14 days of the event
This course, delivered in partnership with local government consultants Spirals, is delivered by an expert in project management and is designed with the unique challenges of scrutiny project management in mind. This course is a must both for officers new to scrutiny task–and–finish reviews, and those needing to refresh their skills and expertise.
Past delegates have described the course as:
“valuable opportunity to share experiences of scrutiny with colleagues from other parts of the country”
“potentially hugely useful in ensuring the scrutiny we do with members has a big impact”
“the ideal – and much cheaper and less stressful – alternative to taking a course in PRINCE2!”
The programme leader has a Masters degree in business administration, is a qualified PRINCE 2 practitioner and has a public sector background. He has first hand experience of running complex and ‘politically sensitive’ projects through to smaller projects. The scrutiny components have been developed by one of Spirals senior consultants who was previously Head of Democratic Services and Scrutiny with a large county council.
Who should attend?
The core programme has now been tailored to ensure it is relevant and applicable to the needs of local authority scrutiny practitioners. There is no entry requirement for the programme as everyone will benefit from the hands on and practical nature of the programme. The programme has been designed with the following people in mind.
- Someone who has just been given the opportunity to manage a project, but feel they need some practical skills and advice to get them started.
- Project managers who have been working on small to medium size projects that would like a structure and framework to develop their skills.
- Project teams that would like to work together and develop an outline project plan.
- Project managers who feel they could be doing things better to help their projects run more smoothly.
- People who would like to make a sideways move into project management, or would like to start applying for project management secondments.
The benefits of the programme
- Cost effective with quick returns for both the individual and the organisation.
- Practical skills and techniques in only two days – so less time away from the office.
- Designed specifically to meet the needs of scrutiny practitioners.
- Regular programmes – flexible and convenient, send one person or a whole team!
The programme will provide scrutiny officers with the key skills needed to plan and deliver effective projects – but, unlike other courses of this type, it will also look at the role that Members play in scoping, monitoring and delivering work, and how the political process can impact on the work that officers do.
This is a vital development opportunity for new starters and experienced scrutineers alike, and is being designed and delivered on our behalf by a team of expert trainers with practical experience of local government, scrutiny, and working with members.
Day 2 provides opportunities to work on scrutiny based projects.
- The importance of project management to you and your organisation.
- The main characteristics of a project.
- Why some projects are not successful.
- System theory applied to projects – clarifying outcomes and outputs.
- Stakeholders’ expectations.
- A framework for delivering successful projects.
- The information required to progress a project.
- Project planning – tools and techniques.
- Risk management and contingency planning.
Day 2 – drawing on issues and examples specific to scrutiny.
- Practical ways to present your project – charts and critical path analysis.
- How software packages could help.
- Chunking up a project and the importance of stages.
- Techniques for managing a project.
- Being clear about what you want and how to manage quality.
- Monitoring and reporting progress.
- Project management skills.
- Ending a project.
We are only able to offer 12 places at this event. Overnight accommodation is not included.
When booking on–line please ensure that you complete all fields and expect a ‘Thank you’ screen when your booking has been received. If you have any problems please call 0207 187 7362
How to book:
Manchester, MCC Weston building, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB