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Project Management Training Podcasts from Parallel Project Training

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  • APM PPQ Provide visionary leadership for a project.

    07/03/2024 Duração: 16min

    1.1 Critically Evaluate Ethical, Flexible, Inspirational, and Collaborative Approaches to the Leadership of Others in Evolving Situations The discussion emphasises the multifaceted nature of leadership within the context of project management, highlighting the need for leaders to exhibit ethical, flexible, inspirational, and collaborative behaviors. Ethical leadership involves openness, honesty, and integrity, ensuring transparency and trust within the team. Flexibility in leadership styles is crucial to adapt to varying team and stakeholder needs, fostering an environment where the project manager's approach evolves based on situational demands. Inspirational leadership focuses on motivating and encouraging team members towards achieving project goals, cultivating a sense of purpose and commitment. Collaborative leadership underlines the importance of engaging with the team in problem-solving and decision-making processes, promoting inclusivity and collective ownership of project outcomes. 1.2 Critically Ana

  • APM PPQ: 5. Deliver the intended benefits of a project.

    31/01/2024 Duração: 22min

    In this podcast, Paul Naybour and Tom O'Shea explore the complexities of benefits management within project governance, with a specific focus on the APM's PPQ qualification. They highlight the critical nature of ensuring that benefits are measurable, meaningful to stakeholders, and align with an organisation's strategic objectives. The conversation delves into developing a benefits management strategy, emphasising the importance of setting priorities, assigning responsibilities, and defining timescales. The significance of prioritising benefits based on their contribution to strategic objectives is a key point of discussion. Naybour and O'Shea also address the creation of a benefits realisation plan, considering factors such as funding, tracking, monitoring, and scheduling. They explore strategies to maximise the achievement of planned benefits, including integrating benefit considerations into project design and management. Throughout the podcast, the importance of project managers' understanding and active

  • APM PPQ Manage change control processes and protocols

    26/01/2024 Duração: 27min

    In this podcast, Paul Naybour and Tom O'Shea discuss change control in project management, focusing on four key areas: the benefits and features of effective change control processes, methods for capturing, recording, and reviewing change options, implementing and managing approved changes, and the use of trend analysis. They emphasise the importance of understanding change control's rationale, the need for structured management approaches, and the role of trend analysis in project improvement. The discussion also highlights the challenges in adapting change control processes in dynamic project environments, underscoring the necessity of clear communication and documentation updates.

  • APM PPQ Use information to inform reviews and help manage deviations from a project plan.

    22/01/2024 Duração: 15min

    In the podcast, Tom and Paul explore the APM PPQ assessment criteria related to project reviews and management. They underscore the vital importance of critically evaluating reliable and valid information to assess various project factors across its lifecycle. They also emphasise the significance of aligning reviews with organisational, legal, and regulatory requirements. Furthermore, they analyse scenarios where deviations from the project plan may arise and discuss strategies for resolving them. The podcast underscores the need for accurately documenting deviations and highlights the advantages of doing so. Additionally, they discuss change control processes and protocols, including a critical assessment of their benefits and features. Throughout the conversation, they provide valuable insights into effective project management practices.

  • APM PPQ Structures and Hierarchies

    15/01/2024 Duração: 20min

    In this  podcast episode, Paul Naybour and Tom O'Shea discuss the PPQ assessment criteria, specifically focusing on 1.1, which relates to governance in project management. They highlight the importance of aligning project structures and hierarchies with the organisation's structure and the chosen project lifecycle. They also discuss the possibility of proposing a different approach to project management if it aligns better with the project's nature. They emphasise the need to evaluate appropriate structures and hierarchies, considering factors like organisation structure and team setup, especially when taking over an ongoing project. They mention the relevance of the seventh edition of the Body of Knowledge as a reference and provide insights into creating governance structures, such as project boards or steering groups. The conversation continues with a discussion on establishing roles and responsibilities within a project team, ensuring formal documentation and individual acceptance. They suggest methods li

  • APM PPQ Introduction

    04/01/2024 Duração: 23min

    In this Parallel Project Training podcast, Paul Naybour welcomes Tom O'Shea, the new leader of their PPQ programs. Tom shares his extensive involvement with the PPQ, including his role in its initial development and evolution from the previous PQ version. He highlights the PPQ's transition to a more efficient half-day assessment format and discusses his work in guiding and coaching candidates through the PPQ assessment process. The podcast delves into the PPQ's purpose, positioning it as a crucial bridge between foundational project management knowledge, as covered in the PMQ, and the advanced technical skills required for achieving chartered status. Unlike the PMQ, which focuses on theoretical knowledge, the PPQ emphasises practical application. It requires candidates to demonstrate their project management capabilities in real-world scenarios, particularly through case study assessments. Thomas explains that these case studies often involve turnaround situations, challenging candidates to apply their knowle

  • APM ChPP - Competence 7. Stakeholder management and communication management

    31/08/2023 Duração: 12min

    In this episode, we discuss competence 7. stakeholder management and communication management. The professional practice criteria are PP1.1 Determined stakeholder interests, and levels of influence for a project. PP1.2 Produced a communication plan and undertaken effective stakeholder engagement based upon it. PP1.3 Monitored effectiveness of the communication plans and stakeholder engagement activities. PP1.4 Adjusted the communication plan and responded to any changing stakeholder engagement needs. PP1.5 Employed relevant communication methods and media to meet stakeholder requirements and expectations. PP1.6 Disseminated clear, timely and relevant information to stakeholders. PP1.7 Obtained, and responded to, feedback from stakeholders which may have an impact on a project.   For more guidance on the Association for Project Management Chartered Project Professional (ChPP), or any other project management training, please visit www.parallelprojecttraining.com or call 0118 321 5030

  • APM ChPP - Competence 6. Risk and Issue Management

    31/08/2023 Duração: 13min

    In this episode, we discuss competence 6. Risk and issue management. the professional practice criteria are PP1.1 Continually identified risks within a project. PP1.2 Created a risk register including potential impact and suitable responses. PP1.3 Assessed the probabilities and impacts of risks and planned their responses. PP1.4 Capture and recorded issues, how they were resolved, and their implications to inform planning for future projects. PP1.5 Reacted, assessed, and planned responses to issues. PP1.6 Implemented responses to risks and issues including escalation, recording lessons learned. PP1.7 Transferred and/or formally closed unresolved risks at the end of a project or phase.    For more guidance on the Association for Project Management Chartered Project Professional (ChPP), or any other project management training, please visit www.parallelprojecttraining.com or call 0118 321 5030.

  • APM ChPP - Competencies 5a. Leadership and 5b. Team Management

    31/08/2023 Duração: 21min

    In this episode, we discuss competencies 5a. Leadership and 5b. Team management   The professional practice criteria for 5A. Leadership  PP1.1 Maintained a team’s understanding of, and commitment to the vision, values, and objectives of a project. PP1.2 Selected an appropriate leadership style based on the situation and/or context. PP1.3 Collaborated with others to maintain the momentum of a project. PP1.4 Encouraged others to adopt behaviours which built trust, confidence, and collaboration either within or between teams. PP1.5 Established environments which presented opportunities for empowered and autonomous working. PP1.6 Established leadership approaches to work with remote teams, colleagues and stakeholders. PP1.7 Identified and addressed difficulties and challenges through facilitating open discussions in a timely manner.   The professional practice criteria for 5B. Team management are PP1.1 Agreed team objectives and ways of working to achieve the vision and goals of a project. PP1.2 Evaluated the mat

  • APM ChPP - Competencies 4a. Integrated Planning and 4b. Schedule Management

    31/08/2023 Duração: 19min

    In this episode, we discuss competencies 4a. Integrated planning and 4b. Schedule management   The professional practice criteria for 4A. Integrated planning  PP1.1 Considered constraints and assumptions when creating an integrated plan. PP1.2 Considered dependencies and governance arrangements, when creating an integrated plan. PP1.3 Demonstrated compliance with organisational practice when establishing the size, structure, and contents of an integrated plan. PP1.4 Included other relevant components, plans and documentation to support a comprehensive integrated plan, and ensured formal acceptance of it.  PP1.5 Completed formal sign off and acceptance of an integrated plan. PP1.6 Continually monitored the progress of a project against the integrated plan. PP1.7 Adjusted the integrated plan utilising a change control process PP1.8 Applied configuration management to a plan once it had been formally accepted.    The professional practice criteria for 4B. Schedule management are PP1.1 Defined tools and technique

  • APM ChPP - Competencies 3a. Governance and 3b. Reviews

    31/08/2023 Duração: 18min

    In this episode, we discuss competencies 3a. governance and 3b. reviews.   The professional practice criteria for 3A. Governance are PP1.1 Defined reporting, decision-making hierarchies, and levels of authority for a project. PP1.2 Established the relationship between a project’s governance and the organisation’s governance structures. PP1.3 Designed the project governance structure taking into account context, complexity, and potential impact. PP1.4 Adapted or adjusted the governance structure as required PP1.5 Ensured clarity of ownership and levels of authority by agreeing the responsibilities and accountabilities with relevant individuals.  PP1.6 Ensured effective decision making through maintained governance structures. PP1.7 Ensured effective reporting through maintained governance structures for appropriate staffing and maintenance   The professional practice criteria for 3B. Reviews are PP1.1 Considered factors which need to be evaluated during a review. PP1.2 Established and implemented a schedule of

  • APM ChPP - Competencies 2a. Change Control and 2b. Conflict Management

    31/08/2023 Duração: 16min

    In this episode, we discuss competencies, 2a. Change control and 2b. Conflict management. The professional practice criteria for 2A. Change control; PP1.1 Established a suitable change control process. PP1.2 Implemented and maintained a suitable change control process. PP1.3 Captured and recorded proposed changes to the agreed project scope. PP1.4 Determined the high-level impact of proposed changes to the project scope including reference to relevant sources. PP1.5 Determined the detailed impact on time and cost estimates of options relating to a proposed change. PP1.6 Reached justified recommendations on the approval, rejection, or deferral of proposed changes to a project and updated stakeholders as necessary. PP1.7 Updated plans and schedules reflecting the approved changes to a project demonstrating configuration management. PP1.8 Used trend analysis to help determine the performance of the current and future projects.   The professional practice criteria for 2b. Conflict management; PP1.1 Taken a proact

  • APM ChPP - Competencies 1a. Budgetting and Cost Control and 1b. Financial Management

    31/08/2023 Duração: 11min

    In this episode, we discuss the first two competencies, 1a. budgetting and cost control, and 1b. financial management. The professional practice criteria for 1A. Budgetting and cost control are; PP1.1 Established estimates for different project costs. PP1.2 Established and gained agreement to a project budget. PP1.3 Set up funding drawdown arrangements based on cash flow forecasts. PP1.4 Applied metrics to establish cost trends within a project. PP1.5 Refined budget allocations based on cost analysis, applying change control processes as required. PP1.6 Produced financial reports for stakeholders based on financial performance monitoring. PP1.7 Upon project closure, produced final financial reports and distributed them to relevant stakeholders.   The professional practice criteria for 1B. Financial management are; PP1.1 Established estimates for different project costs. PP1.2 Established and gained agreement to a project budget. PP1.3 Set up funding drawdown arrangements based on cash flow forecasts. PP1.4 Ap

  • APM ChPP - Becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP)

    31/08/2023 Duração: 05min

    In this episode, Parallel Project Training discuss some further details around the application process for ChPP. We also start to look deeper into the Technical Knowledge and Professional Practice statements. These statements are written on a number of mandatory and elective competencies, and we set the scene for the upcoming podcasts on each competence. For more guidance on the Association for Project Management Chartered Project Professional (ChPP), or any other project management training, please visit www.parallelprojecttraining.com or call 0118 321 5030.

  • APM ChPP - An Introduction to Chartered Project Professional

    31/08/2023 Duração: 24min

    In this episode, Parallel Project Training offer an introduction to some APM ChPP topics. We cover; What is ChPP, and why might someone want to become chartered? The application process What is different with the new version of the Chartered Standard. An introduction to technical knowledge and professional practice.   For more guidance on the Association for Project Management Chartered Project Professional (ChPP), or any other project management training, please visit www.parallelprojecttraining.com or call 0118 321 5030.

  • APM PMQ (BoK7) Procurement

    03/05/2020 Duração: 22min

    In this APM Project Management Qualification (BoK7) podcast, Paul and John discuss procurement. This podcast is ideal for anyone doing one of the APM PMQ project management courses and aims to address the following assessment criteria: Explain the purpose, typical content and importance of a procurement strategy Differentiate between different methods of supplier reimbursement (including fixed price, cost plus fee, per unit quantity, and target cost) Differentiate between different contractual relationships Explain a supplier selection process A procurement process is used by companies in the acquisition of goods and services. This will usually have a defined procurement strategy document and include details on selecting suppliers, setting up contracts and management of those contracts. Because the procurement strategy document is a standard project document it needs to be in place at the start of a project as it is an important factor at the same time as considering the business case of a project. Typical

  • APM PMQ (BoK7) Scheduling

    01/05/2020 Duração: 17min

    In this APM Project Management Qualification (BoK7) podcast Michelle and Paul discuss scheduling. This podcasts aims to address the following APM PMQ assessment criteria; Describe ways to create and maintain a schedule (including critical path and Gantt charts) Differentiate between critical path and critical chain as scheduling techniques This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management Qualification. This approach includes a wide range of learning resources including a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

  • APM PMQ (BoK7) Stakeholder Management

    01/05/2020 Duração: 16min

    In this APM Project Management Qualification (BoK7) podcast, Paul and John discuss stakeholder management. This podcasts aims to address the following APM PMQ assessment criteria; Explain the relationship between stakeholder analysis, influence and engagement Explain the importance of managing stakeholder expectations to the success of a project This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management Qualification. This approach includes a wide range of learning resources including a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

  • APM PMQ (BoK7) Estimating

    01/05/2020 Duração: 18min

    In this APM Project Management Qualification (BoK7) podcast, Paul and John discuss estimating. This podcasts aims to address the following APM PMQ assessment criteria; Explain the approaches to producing estimates (including parametric, analogous, analytical and Delphi) Explain the reasons for and benefits of re-estimating throughout the project life cycle This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management Qualification. This approach includes a wide range of learning resources including a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

  • APM PMQ (BoK7) Project Management Plan

    01/05/2020 Duração: 16min

    In this APM Project Management Qualification (BoK7) podcast, Michelle and John discuss the project management plan. This podcasts aims to address the following APM PMQ assessment criteria; Explain the relationship between the deployment baseline and the development of a project management plan in linear and iterative life cycles Explain the importance of producing a project management plan Describe the typical contents of a project management plan This podcast is just part of the parallel learning system for the APM Project Management Qualification. This approach includes a wide range of learning resources including a printed study guide, on-line e-learning, a tutor lead study group and a wide range of project management courses

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