Managing Projects: A Pragmatic Approach
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Having made the investment decision, sharpen your core project management capabilities by gaining the planning, communication, and leadership skills crucial to projects. Discover tools and practices for managing projects of all sizes and complexities with the latest industry principles and methods.

This course integrates with and builds on our sister offering “Project Appraisals”.  Having made the investment decision, this course will help you develop the essential skills and apply them in a pragmatic way to bring your project to a successful conclusion by answering the following questions:

  • What is success and who is defining it?
  • What do you need to do and when?
  • Who and what do you have to help you?
  • How will you measure and evaluate progress?
  • Who do you need to inform and when?
  • What could go wrong and what will you do if (and when) it does?
  • When will you know you have achieved success?
  • What has been learned?

Recommend Background

This course is suitable for anyone starting out in project management, irrespective of industry sector or organizational context, as well as practitioners who are moving on to manage projects of increasing complexity. 

What you will learn

Project management is a process and a set of generic skills and techniques, now practiced in many different sectors and organizations. Therefore you’ll learn how to use the process and apply these in a pragmatic way, tailored to your own context, using a mix of theory, examples from case studies (of both successful and not so successful projects) as well as the real-life practical experience of the course facilitator.

Course format

  • Practice-based learning and critical engagement is a key theme through all our courses allowing delegates to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills immediately in their own working environments.
  • A comprehensive set of materials will be provided on the day including all presentation materials used by the course facilitator.


Day 1:    


  • Defining the project context: analysing the major characteristics of your project and understanding the impact on your management approach.
  • Understanding the business case and developing a robust project charter.
  • Stakeholder analysis: identifying and analysing stakeholders. Who are your project’s advocates and adversaries? Separating the players and context setters from the subjects and crowd. Stakeholder management strategies. 
  • Work breakdown structure: different methods for breaking your project down into manageable chunks.
  • The logic network: visualizing project implementation. Critical path and critical chain analysis. 


Day 2:


  • Estimating, resources and scheduling: understanding and applying the basic principles.
  • Configuration management: how to deal with change within the project boundary. 
  • Managing risk: identifying and assessing risks and pro-actively defining risk management strategies.
  • Project control: how much and when? Measuring, evaluating and reporting progress.
  • Project closure and analysis:   what went well and why, what could have been improved and why, what will you do next time? 



Participant feedback

*** A course with 10 participants is very good to favour the interactivity. Thanks for the perfect course content and lecture.

*** Very good course, teacher, and approach. Material available on-line prior the course + request to the participants about their expectations from the course.

*** I strongly recommended this training to my colleagues as I found it very useful.

*** I think this was one of the best course I've ever attended. The trainer, Mrs Maureen, was extremely pedagogic and the structure of the course was very well planned with just the right mixture of theory versus practical examples and exercises.

*** It was a very enjoyable course. The group was small which made it easier to be 100% involved.  The exercises and case study were absolutely great and necessary to put the theory in practice. A very knowledgeable teacher.

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Course Lecturers

Stan Snowball

Stan Snowball is PhD (Life Sciences) and MBA qualified with over 25 years project and programme management experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry having held regional management positions in clinical R&D, strategic marketing and management information systems. Currently working in the central Technology Transfer Office of a major Belgian university, Stan also has 12 years experience as an Associate Lecturer on the MBA programme of a triple accredited global business school covering “Strategy” and “Managing Knowledge” as well as the final, evidence-based management module “Making a Difference”.  

Kris Blommaert, MBA

Kris Blommaert has over 20 years of international experience in both finance and general management for local and European based organisations and businesses. He has been an associate lecturer at a triple accredited global business school for 10 years at MBA level. He has lectured "Managing Performance and Change" and "Management Perspectives and Practice" in Belgium, Switzerland and France.  


Books we studied for you

Companies who attended our courses


AG Insurance
Allianz Benelux
Argenta NV
AXA Belgium
Baloise Insurance
Banca Monte Paschi Belgio S.A.
Bank De Groof
Banking Association (Kosovo)
Belfius Investment Partners
BNP Paribas Fortis
Bpost Bank
Buy Way
CBC Bank
Celio Finance SPRL
Delen Private Bank
Delta Lloyd Life
Deutsche Bank AG
DKV Belgium
Ethias SA
Euler Hermes Services
Euroclear Bank SA/NV
Euroclear Investments
Europ Assistance
European Investment Bank - EIB (Luxembourg)
European Union - EDFIMC / ElectriFI
Flanders Investment & Trade
Gras Savoye Belgium
Incofin Investment Management
ING Bank België
KBC Bank
Ministry of European Integration (Kosovo)
National Bank of Belgium
NN Insurance Belgium
Record Bank
Société Générale Private Banking
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Triodos Bank
VGD International -Audit & Tax
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
Zurich Insurance plc, Belgium branch
Vanbreda International
Afton Chemical SPRL
Air Liquide
Allnex Belgium SA/NV
ANL Plastics
Arcelor Mittal ( Belgium & Luxembourg)
Axalta Coating Systems 
BASF Antwerpen
BASF Belgium Coordination Center
Beaulieu International Group
Borealis Polymers NV
Bridgestone Europe SA
CNH Industrial Belgium NV
Cofely Fabricom
Cytec Belgium
DOMO Chemicals (Germany)
Dow Corning
Electrolux Appliances AB - EMA- EMEA (SEE)
Engineered Pressure Systems International
European Owens Corning Fiberglas
Fost Plus
GDF Suez
Griffith Foods
Hamon & Cie
Heraeus Electro-Nite International NV
Jacobs Belgium
Milliken Europe
Niko Group
NXP Semiconductors - Prodis  (Netherlands)
SPX Cooling Technologies
Synventive Molding Solutions (Germany)
Vinçotte International
VPK Packaging Group NV
Yara Belgium NV
Antwerp World Diamond Centre
AVEVE Biochem NV
Carrefour Belgium
Delhaize Corporate Group
Abbott Logistics B.V. (Netherlands)
AbbVie (Canada)
Agfa HealthCare NV
AZ Sint-Blasius
Baxter International (Austria)
Catalent Pharma Solutions
CinnaGen (Tehran)
Datwyler Pharma Packaging International
Groep OZ ESV
Landelijke Christelijke mutualiteit (LCM)
Mutualités Libres: MLOZ
Novartis Pharma
SA Bristol- Myers Squibb Belgium NV
Stryker (Netherlands)
Terumo BCT Europe NV
Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen
AW Europe
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN)
Corelio Printing
De Persgroep Publishing nv
EDF Luminus
Elia System Operator
Engie Electrabel NV/SA
Eni Gas & power
Fluxys Belgium
Itineris NV
Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen
Europees Parlement
Ministry of European Integration
National Agency for Protection of Personal Data
Nationale Loterij
SD Diensten NV (SD Worx)
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Stad Antwerpen
Stadsbestuur Harelbeke
Syntra Brussel
UGent - FBW
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Acturus sprl
ARC Europe
BIA Africa
Bia Overseas
Brooser BE Operations 
Cipal Schaubroeck
Computer Task Group
Deloitte Accountancy
Egemin International
Enhesa International
FIS (former Clear2Pay)
Interel Group
K&L Gates
Matexi NV
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
PwC Tax Consultants
Vinçotte International sa
Alstom Belgium
ARC Europe 
Brussels Airport Company
De Lijn
D'Ieteren Auto
Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen
Globachem nv
GSC Greensea Chartering 
HONDA Motor Logistics
Neovia Logistics
PSA Antwerp nv
Retail & Wholesale
Seatrade Reefer Chartering
Thalys International
Trimble T&L
Volkswagen Group Services
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Zeebrugge NV
Witzenmann Benelux nv

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