Advanced Contract and Project Management

Getting the Best out of Projects in a Contracting Environment

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10 Days

Introduction to the course

This Advanced Contract and Project Management training course will help you to develop the advanced skills required to implement projects in a contractual context. Organisations frequently use projects to implement change and to achieve benefits, and increasingly we do this by contracting the project activities out to others. This can simplify management, but it introduces additional risk, which, unless managed properly, can increase the probability of project failure. This training course will cover the skills required in both of these areas to maximise the probability of delivering successful projects in this environment.

You may have experience in managing projects, contracts, or both. This training course will build on that knowledge in an easily understandable way so that you expand your capability and effectiveness. More importantly, it will give you some practical tools and techniques that you can apply, which will give a tangible increase in the benefit that you will gain from this training course.

This Advanced Contract and Project Management training course will highlight:

  • The key stages in managing contracts and the critical skills required
  • The crucial interface between project and contract management
  • The importance of post-award contract management
  • How to implement strategy via programmes and portfolios
  • Putting in place the conditions for project success
  • Understanding project financing
  • Alternative project delivery methods and when to use them

Course details

This training course will equip you with all of the knowledge that you need to be effective when managing projects in a contractual environment.

At the end of this Advanced Contract and Project Management training course , you will understand:

  • Methods for improving contract performance
  • How to deal with common issues including slippage, scope creep and cost growth
  • How to handle claims and disputes successfully
  • Key “soft” skills to help you solve problems and get the best out of people
  • How to utilise alternative project strategies and methods of implementation
  • Ways to increase organizational project capability and maturity
  • Advanced project financing concepts
  • Programme and portfolio management techniques to implement strategic change

The Advanced Contract and Project Management training course is full of practical techniques and examples, intended to enhance knowledge and give practical benefit. The worked examples, case studies and team exercises will make applying the knowledge gained much easier. Often, helpful insight can be gained from discussion with other delegates, and the training course delivery style will provide opportunities to do this.

By sending delegates on this Advanced Contract and Project Management training course, organisations will maximise the value that they gain from implementing projects via contractual means, and reduce the risk of poor performance, financial loss, reduced value and reputational damage. The organisation will also gain:

  • Increased capability to deliver strategic change
  • Greater predictability in the benefits produced
  • Increased confidence in returning value.

Delegates who attend this Advanced Contract and Project Management training course will learn how to ensure that contracts deliver the results required, that the relationship between contract parties remains good and that difficulties and adverse events can be overcome. Importantly, they will learn how to manage risk and change, and how to get the best out of everyone involved. In addition, they will:

  • Understand how to create the conditions for project success
  • Deepen their knowledge of project financing
  • Learn how to implement strategic change for their organisations.

Implementing project activities through contracts is commonplace, and will touch a range of people working in project management and related disciplines. This Advanced Contract and Project Management training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Contract holders
  • Contract & procurement team members
  • Project managers
  • Project team members
  • Project Management Office (PMO) staff
  • Project Directors
  • Project Sponsors
  • Senior Management
  • Assurance and quality management staff

Daily Agenda

{heading_content}Module I – Advanced Contract Management:
DAY 1:
Introduction and Review of Basic Principles
  • Why contract management?
  • Benefits of doing it right and problems with doing it wrong
  • Overview of overall contracts & procurement cycle
  • Relationship to project management
  • Developing effective procurement strategies
  • Common contract types – pros, cons, and risks
  • Key roles and responsibilities
DAY 2:
Post Award Management
  • Preparation for contract post award phase
  • Handover from contract award
  • Process overview, including inputs and outputs
    • Initiation stage
    • Planning stage
    • Delivery stage
  • Change management
  • Risk management
DAY 3:
Contract Closeout
  • Closeout process overview, including inputs and outputs
  • Contract closure
  • Handover and transition
  • Operations and support
  • Handling premature close
DAY 4:
Key Management Skills
  • Relationship and stakeholder management
  • Communication
  • Performance management
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership
  • Documentation and record keeping 
DAY 5:
Encountering and Solving Problems
  • Common issues and risks, and how to deal with them
  • Disputes
  • Claims
  • Completion, sign off and payment problems
  • Recap of material
  • Reference Material
  • Things you can do when you return to your desk
{heading_content}Module II – Advanced Project Management:
DAY 6:
Implementing Strategy via Projects, Programmes and Portfolios
  • What is strategy and how can the project world help to deliver it?
  • The increasing velocity of change and how we handle it
  • Delivery of change – common vehicles, when to deploy and how to manage them
    • Projects
    • Programmes
    • Portfolios
  • Managing for benefits and value
DAY 7:
Advanced Project Delivery
  • Determining and managing the project environment
  • Setting the conditions for project success
  • Alternative delivery models, including Waterfall, Agile, Hybrid and Evolving
  • Change management and transition to BAU
  • Project procurement strategy
DAY 8:
Doing the Right Projects and Doing the Project Right
  • Governance – methods
  • Effective sponsorship
  • Supporting the project organisation
  • Gaining and maintaining assurance
  • Focus on people and leadership 
DAY 9:
Project Finance and Project Maturity Models
  • Understanding project funding
  • Comprehending project accounting
  • Effective investment appraisal
  • Getting better at projects - using maturity models
    • Organisational considerations
    • Why project maturity matters
    • Common models
DAY 10:
Ethics and Professionalism
  • Project professionalism
  • Ethics
  • Competence
  • Learning and development
  • Communities of practice
  • Recap of material
  • Reference Material
  • Things you can do when you return to your desk

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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