The Lonza PM Fundamentals Training Programme

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How to become more successful in your project.

Why do projects fail?

Many organisations struggle with the lack of success of the projects they initiate and run.

For a diversity of reasons, projects fail or are challenged when they do deliver, but over budget, not meeting the required milestone dates.

Even if they deliver, the expected benefits are not achieved.

What are the most common reasons project fail?

One key reason is found in the way projects are initiated in big companies as well as public organisations:

  • Organizations initiate too many projects and overwhelm the business and project managers with projects to execute. Senior management doesn’t know how to prioritize (less is more) and stop projects with low business value.
  • Another reason is that key project stakeholders cannot agree on the objectives of the project leading to poor decision making in steering committees.

Some of the other reasons why projects are challenged or even fail are:

  • Unclear scope definition and unknown or missing requirements
  • The lack of user and stakeholder involvement
  • Customer expectations of the project sometimes change and are unknown to the project manager and so, unmanaged
  • Lack of communication and stakeholder engagement
  • Unrealistic schedules and budgets and poor planning
  • Poor change control & Scope creep
  • Poor management of contractors and suppliers
  • Inadequate or non-existing risk management
  • Insufficient testing of the project deliverables
  • The project manager lacks experience and is asked to manage a big and complex project with many stakeholders

This PM Fundamentals course will give you the basics of good practice project management based on the PMI (Project Management Institute) framework.

The course is a combination of knowledge transfer and hands-on work in small groups on real projects.

The course will provide you with a lot of ideas to improve your project management capabilities and will encourage you to apply this in your next project!

One day, when you have more experience running projects that are successfully completed you will be ready to go for the Readynez PMI-PMP (Project Management Professional) training and certification.


24-25 March

5-6 April

17-18 May

14-15  June

30 Jun - 1 Jul

12-13 Jul

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These are the topics we´ll cover in your training programme:

  • Project initiation: understand the business case, benefits realisation and project charter development
  • Project planning: how to develop a sound plan taking scope, schedule, budget, and resourcing into account
  • What’s the role of risk and quality management in your project and how to run it?
  • How to work with the project stakeholders: communication management, stakeholder engagement and team management
  • How to manage the project’s suppliers and contractors?

The Curriculum

  • Introduction to the PMI methodology and other methodologies
  • Projects and the Business case
  • From projects to deliverables, to benefits realization
  • Projects, Programmes, Portfolios
  • Development approach: traditional vs agile
  • The Project lifecycle: from Project Initiation to Closure
  • The Initiating phase: The Business Case & Project Charter (+workshop)
  • Project governance
  • Stakeholders: communication & engagement (+workshop)
  • The Planning phase:
  • the project plan: the scope, schedule & cost baseline (+2 workshops)
  • The Planning phase (continued):
  • the project plan: the scope, schedule & cost baseline (+2 workshops) (continued)
  • managing requirements, quality, risk (+workshop)
  • stakeholders and communications
  • managing contractors (+workshop)
  • The Executing phase:
  • from plan to deliverables,
  • team management
  • Monitor and Control the project:
  • Project status, performance, and reporting
  • Managing project changes (+workshop)
  • The Closing phase: lessons learned.



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