Masterclasses

Extending OPEN, the Institute of Project Management’s instructor-led classroom training builds on our highly interactive philosophy of learner engagement. Our semi-structured approach to delivery ensures workshops are dynamically responsive to the experience, needs and operating environment of the participants.

Participants are therefore encouraged to share complex, ‘real life’ examples from their professional experience that can be resolved using the best-practice principles of project leadership and management.

In that way, learning is facilitated in as much as it instructor led. In other words, the peer-to-peer learning experience (through story-telling and analogy) is often as, or more, important than the content of the lecture slides.

Our most popular, one-day Masterclass topics include:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Raising the Stake(holder)s
  • The Bullet-Proof Business Case
  • Planning Successful Projects
  • Leveraging Project Risk
  • The Procurement Lifecycle
  • Agile Project Management
  • Leading Successful Projects
  • Project Change Management
  • Living Lessons Learned
  • Program and Portfolio Governance

The Institute further understands that adults generally have distinctly different motivations to engage in learning, so we ensure our content is relevant, learners are engaged, learning processes are active and delivery is learner-centered.

This means that we include role playing, scenarios, case study discussion, inquiry-based dialogue, small group work and problem-based learning exercises in addition to presentations, videos, and written text.

Your facilitator

Our Certified Project Trainers (CPTs) are:

  1. Proven industry experts with a minimum of 10 years’ practical experience in leading complex projects, programs and portfolios of work
  2. Inspiring communicators, and creative and critical thinkers
  3. Trained educators, facilitators and mentors

Importantly, they are not professional lecturers who have only learned project management from text-books and classrooms – they superimpose a wealth of project skill and experience from all stakeholder perspectives that brings project management to life for learners. In doing so, they look beyond the curriculum to add value to students and their employers.

Subject matter experts from within your organisation or ours – such as senior risk, procurement and stakeholder managers – can also be invited to present as part of the program, which can be easily adjusted to accommodate them on a needs basis. These presentations and the important questions and group interaction that follows can be in-person, pre-recorded or virtual, subject to technology constraints.

Therefore, to ensure optimum engagement, we recommended that classes be limited to 15-20 students and maintain a strict 1:25 instructor-to-student ratio ceiling.

In the classroom, participants are clustered in groups of 3-5 as they work with their peers through a range of practical, scenario-based problems, leveraging their collective experience and new knowledge of good-practice. These groups are refreshed daily to promote as much lateral, peer-to-peer interaction as possible.

We are also happy to share our proprietary templates and learning materials to contextualise the training to your organisation’s requirements, or we can assist participants to identify the most appropriate corporate assets and tools to use, and how to use them well.

With tailored programs running from three hours to one week in duration, our expert facilitated masterclasses do not create over-achieving project managers out of thin air. They instead introduce a common frame of reference, common purpose and common-sense approach to the integrated delivery and oversight of workplace projects.