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Often leaders have to deal with complex situations, where both the current status and the desired status are unknowable. Complexity science and psychology have come together to offer insights into these intangible matters, and the course will demonstrate some practical techniques for dealing with complexity. 

The course will address Project and Programme concepts and disciplines, highlighting key themes, principles and processes and establishing linkages with organisational strategy and strategic objectives. Your own personal perspectives will be surfaced early on and used to inform discussions based on relevant experience and endeavour throughout the course. Fundamental elements of the UK Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge will be introduced to establish the foundations for learning. The relationship between project and programme, and to a limited extent portfolio management, will be explored and the key processes governing structures and individual roles associated with each will be drawn out through a number of case studies and plenary discussion. The course demonstrates the practical relevance of project and programme management to your own organisations and areas of responsibility, and highlights the benefits associated with adopting and continuing to develop such management approaches in the context of the international security and development sector. Recent developments associated with UK defence reform will be used to illustrate how the UK has developed project and programme management and portfolio management in the context of enabling improved security capability. The course will establish and reaffirm a baseline of student knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of project and programme management and explore the key principles, processes, tools and techniques underpinning project and programme management in the context of security and development Sector.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,050

What you will learn

Project and programme management disciplines are relatively new and as such, many leaders including very senior ones may not have had the opportunity to think about the role of leaders in delivery. The course will have something for people at all levels: the new team member, the newly appointed project manager, the donor or sponsor and the senior practitioner.

Core content

The course will comprise a combination of plenary lectures and discussions, case studies and practical exercises. The overarching approach to learning will be problem based and experiential. Key curriculum topics will include: Strategy and the Project Life Cycle Business Case Scope Management and Scheduling Budget and Cash Flow Estimating Risk Management Organisation Structures & Roles Soft Skills (inc. teamwork, communication and leadership) Multi-cultural management Programme Management Introduction to portfolio management. On successful completion of the course the student will be able to: Understand the basic theoretical concepts that underpin effective project management and its links to programme management Describe published Bodies of Knowledge and distinguish between BoKs (APM, PMI) and a method (PRINCE2, MSP) Explain the lifecycle approach, its principles, application and benefits Understand the relationship between business strategies, portfolios, programmes and projects Critique project management tools and techniques, and be aware of their intelligent application and limitations Assess appropriate use of a range of 'hard' and 'soft' skills to a variety of project scenarios Recognise what is meant by appropriate governance in project and programme management and be able to define the responsibilities of key players. This course may also be offered as a Masters’ level credit-rated short course, to suitably qualified applicants, which may be credited towards a part-time MSc in Security Sector Management.


Dr John McCormack

External speakers vary.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

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How to apply

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