Certificate In Strategy, Change and Leading Projects at Work
This course aims:
- to provide you with a working insight into the nature of change, the formulation of strategy and the implementation of change through projects in the workplace.
- to equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques, to help you apply what you learn in a practical way – and to learn from that experience.
- to help you build your insight, knowledge, skills, competencies and other attributes that will help you to engage successfully with change, strategies and projects undertaken in the workplace.
By the end of the course, participants:
- will be able to analyse and manage change effectively and establish the aspirations of the organisation and the strategy needed to achieve those aspirations.
- will be in a strong position to contribute to the analysis, planning and implementation of change.
- will be able to carry through the associated practical workplace projects, to achieve your organisation’s strategic objectives and add value to your organisation in the process.
Course Outline The nature of change
- How do you feel about change?
- Different types of changes
– Developmental to transformational
– Closed, contained or open?
– Continuing waves of change
– Readiness to change
– Culture, Power and Political Drivers of change
– The changing organisational context
So what’s the strategy?
• Strategic planning
– Mission and vision
– Cautionary note
– The external context
– STEEPLE analysis – Zones 3 and 4
– The internal and immediate contexts
– The internal organisational context– Zone 2
– The immediate context – Zone 1
– Assessing the overall picture – SWOT Analysis
– Change proposals and strategic choice
Implementing change through project working
– What is a project?
– The project life cycle
-Project initiation and definition
• Project planning and organisation
– Project implementation
– Monitoring and review
– Project closure and evaluation
Project initiation and definition
• Project stakeholders
• Gauging support and opposition
• Driving and opposing forces
• Force-field analysis
• Project vision statement
• Setting objectives
• Key milestones
• Project scope and framework
• Constraints 85 Project risk analysis
– Sources of risk
– Identifying and responding to risk
– Calculating the probability of success
– Contingency planning
– Strategies for managing risk
• Building a project team
– Team roles
– Development of team processes
• Work breakdown structure
• Resource planning
– Other resources
• The commitment matrix
• Project network techniques
– Activities and dependencies
– AoA network diagrams
– Activity on Node
– Float in network activities
• What is a Gantt chart?
• Taking stock
• Start-up meeting
• Making and monitoring progress
– Reviewing and reporting progress
– Monitoring progress against plan
– Factors that can change projects
– Problem identification
– Problem-solving techniques
Project closure and evaluation
• Project-related information
• Project reports
- Project debrief and learning
Techniques for problem solving and decision making
• Ishikawa/fish-bone diagram
• Nominal group technique
• Six Thinking Hats technique
• Plan–Do–Check–Act or PDCA cycle
• Paired comparisons
• Comparison tables
• Pareto analysis
• Decision-tree analysis
• Scenario for the decision tree
This course is designed for:
- Managers, supervisors, officers and staff experienced in strategy, planning, change and projects.
- Internal or external change facilitators, project in charge or project team members interested in a career in change management or providing meaningful change management support on projects.
You will work in teams on practical case studies to gain detailed hands-on experience using the tools and techniques discussed throughout the course. You will test various ideas to establish what works for you. Update yourself with the latest trends and best practice developments.
Case Studies This highly practical course includes studies designed around best-practice companies based in the United States, UK, and Middle East
Assessment And Certification
After completing all the learning modules, there will be a series of straight-forward multiple-choice quizzes based upon the content covered during the course. There will also be short break-out sessions where you will work on assignments and these may involve short follow up presentations.