Course A: Proactive Preparation and Start-up of a Project


Through a structured approach to organising the initiation and planning the PM effort, and by applying explicit facilitation of the process

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Course vision

If we initiate our projects wrongly, then success can be elusive, if not impossible. It is common sense that “well begun is half completed” – but often we tend to rush into the project implementation.

However, in an increasingly complex environment, you need to qualify the project initiation by applying a structures as well as an interactive approach at two stages:

  • For the project preparation focused on completing project analyses and overall planning, on anchoring the project towards the determining parties, and on getting the final decision to launch the project.
  • For the project start-up during which the overall project planning is extended by applying additional analysis and planning methods, and where there is focus on the creation of a well-performing team and generating trust among the participants.

This course will teach you how to make common sense concerning project initiation – to be the common practice in your projects. One means is proactively to plan and organise the relevant project management activities to take place during the preparation and start-up. Another means is to perform the management activities by applying methods which qualify the communication and promote involvement. 

Training method

The course format alternates between intensive plenary sessions and group sessions. Each group will select a real-life project presented by one of the participants in the group. This forms the ongoing case study for the group sessions. For pre-reading and post-reading, the participants will be provided with a copy of Morten Fangel’s new book “Proactive Project Management – How to make common sense common practice”. ISBN: 978-87-88818-3

Training objectives
As a participant you will learn to:

  1. Promote the project preparation and start-up concept
    Based on knowing the reasons for investing effort in the initiation stages.
  2. Organise the project preparation on start up process
    By consciously selecting the instruments for initiation
    which fit the management complexity and challenges of your project
  3. Manage preparation and start-up workshops
    By applying methods, tools and behavior designed for
    involving the parties and participants in the analyses and planning of the project.
  4. Intensify communication by skilled facilitation
    Based on insight into the role of a project facilitator, becoming more conscious of your own leadership behavior, and using tools for team-building.
  5. Structure the project management documents
    To promote visibility during the project initiation stages,
    and to make these accessible virtually for all project parties and participants.
  6. Implement improved preparation and start-up practice
    Via guidelines and tools for project initiation in your own organisation.

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Morten Fangel
Managing Director and Chief Consultant
Fangel Consulting

Post president of IPMA


Guest speakers:

Henk Bellinga
Managing Director
Advitec Consulting
The Netherlands

Jesper Schreiner
Managing Director
The Danish Project Management Association (IPMA Denmark)

ea-IPMA Course Proactive PM BookThis book is part of the course material

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