Manage a Project Part 1: Plan & Initiate
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In this course, you will

  • Identify an opportunity
    Identify an area in your business to manage and plan projects as well as develop a plan with the support of your project advisor.
  • Use the right methods
    Gain a clear understanding of managing projects and apply a range of templates and toolkits to your guided project.
  • Develop relevant skills
    Develop and improve a selection of key skills relevant to managing and planning projects.

5 steps to success

16-20 hours over 6+ weeks

Help is always available

Project advisor support

Invaluable insider insights from your project advisor.

Up to 3 hours of 1-2-1 support.

Guides & resources

Switch on to our online library to access authentic case studies, proven business models, and practice scenarios that will help you test and deliver your plan.

Up to 4 hours of content.

Examples of tools and templates you will be introduced to

Project Initiation Document

Produce key documentation that defines your project's scope, explains its business case, explores risks, and provides other crucial details.

Work Breakdown Structures

Structure your project into deliverables and work packages so you can communicate clearly to the project team what must be done.

GANTT Charts

Schedule your project. What tasks need to be completed? When and by whom? Clearly show the interdependencies between tasks.

Risk Management Toolkit

Identify and detail your project risks using tools like SWOT, PESTLE, and Worst Case.

Power skills you will develop


Seek input for your project plan to refine your initial plan, and to iterate it along the way. Delegate and co-ordinate responsibilities across the project team, helping the team to achieve shared goals.

Critical thinking

Identify project risks that could impact outcome. Evaluate these risks to determine which are most significant and develop plans to mitigate or address the most significant risks.


Establish a vision and roadmap for the project team to deliver project goals that defines intention, management and delivery of project, encompassing future thinking. Use your guided project to deliver this vision in a way that brings together multiple ideas, people and timelines.


Analyze the project task in order to set appropriate goals. Break the project task into a series of activities and milestones needed to complete the project, assigning timeframes for their completion. Monitor progress as the plan unfolds and take steps to correct if the project deviates from the plan.  

Stakeholder management

Identify key stakeholders related to the project. Analyze stakeholder interests and influence and adapt your plan as necessary to gain stakeholder support. Communicate with stakeholders throughout the project execution, evolving the plan as necessary to achieve the project goal. 

On completion you will have

Discovered ways to manage projects

Demonstrated live project experience around a key opportunity in your business that adds to project management.

Transferable skills to use across your business

Gained proficiency in critical skills fundamental to project management that supports your career development.

Resources you can turn to again and again

A structured business plan with templates that you can download and use in future projects.

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