Anyone who wants to improve their effectiveness at planning, managing and evaluating the success of research projects, whether agency- or client-side.

Projects are the cornerstone of much of a researcher’s work: they enable us to deliver actionable insights to our stakeholders. When projects go wrong, the consequences can be considerable, not just in terms of business impact but also on our relationship with those stakeholders and the trust they have in us.

Although in some cases, circumstances might be beyond your control, this highly practical course aims to develop your own personal ability to master those areas that are within your direct influence.

Project management is an art, which can be learnt. Indeed to be truly effective researchers, insight professionals and trusted advisors, it is one that must be learnt. This interactive workshop will equip you with some of the fundamental tools, skills and processes to do that.

Learning Outcomes

  • define the key skills of an effective project manager;
  • control the project management life cycle, including scoping, planning, implementing & reviewing effectively;
  • approach project management from both a people and commercial perspective, taking into account the requirements of key stakeholders and the needs of the business and / or client;
  • initiate & scope a project effectively and agree its success measures;
  • plan effectively, including task definition, scheduling, agreeing milestones & resource allocation;
  • improve the likelihood of success, by identifying & mitigating those risk factors which might cause a project to fail;
  • stay on track throughout the project by applying core skills such as time management, effective delegation, problem-solving, ongoing stakeholder communication, collaboration & running productive meetings;
  • review & evaluate the project’s success, as well as identifying learning to apply next time;
  • identify your own strengths & areas for improvement as project managers, so leaving with a concrete action plan that will have a tangible, positive impact on your projects, personal effectiveness and stakeholder relationships.

The Old Trading House, 15 Northburgh Street,London,EC1V 0JR

Daniel Wain runs Daniel Wain Consulting, specialising in creative & bespoke training, coaching and strategic learning & development (L&D) consultancy. Previously he was Worldwide Director of Learning & Development at Research International, responsible for designing and driving the company's L&D strategy across its global network. An experienced researcher and business developer, his clients have included Royal Mail, Audi, Boots, Virgin, Chanel, Next and BT. He is a Full Member of MRS, Equity, the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, and a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a published playwright, and award-winning conference speaker & actor.

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