Despite the principle of Legal Project Management receiving a lot of attention within the profession, lawyers with project management skills are still rare and therefore highly marketable. This course is delivered flexibly online and is 6 hours verified CPD. There are a range of videos, documentation, templates, links and interactive elements; you can therefore select the resources that best suit your style of learning.
Assessment is undertaken online, via multiple choice questions, at the end of each of the four modules.
Learning outcomes Section 1 - Project Basics and Business Cases At the end of this component delegates will be able to: Discuss the benefits of project management Define the pre-requisites for project management Describe the different phases of a project lifecycle Identify the main features of a business case (including project definition and project analysis) Discuss optimism bias and planning fallacy and describe how they impact on successful project management Describe how reference class forecasting can help with accurate scoping Discuss the concept of Return on Investment Describe the methodology used to choose and rank projects Describe the concept of opportunity cost Identify reputation issues associated with projects
Section 2 - Project Scopes, Risk and Compliance At the end of this component delegates will be able to: Discuss the process of drafting scopes of work Describe the ways in which scopes can be controlled Describe Gantt charts and how to use them effectively Identify appropriate milestones for projects Describe the concept of risk Discuss how to identify and assess risk Identify measures to manage and control risk Describe how to manage risk at a project or programme level Describe Etzioni's classic compliance theory
Section 3 - Project Communication and the Multi Project Environment At the end of this component delegates will be able to: Discuss the importance of project communication Describe the techniques used to create an effective project communication plan Identify how and when project status reports should be employed Identify the key concepts of a multi-project environment (functional, project based and matrix) Describe the difference between portfolios and programmes Identify key problems that can cause overload Discuss the concept of over-resourcing Describe the theory underpinning teamwork Describe the flattened management concept Identify who would be best suited to join a particular project team
Section 4 - Project Performance, Handover and Abandonment At the end of this component delegates will be able to: Describe and explain how Key Performance Indicators can measure the outcomes of a project Describe and explain Earned Value Management Discuss the process of project handover and close-out Identify the barriers to abandoning unsuccessful projects