Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success

Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success
June 16th, 2024


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Build a solid foundation of project management knowledge, techniques and tools and boost your career

• Use the SMART model to define project requirements
• Develop your own Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
• Learn how to run effect project status meetings
• Use the Project Triangle (triple constraints) to plan

Key Competences:
• Project management skills
• Managing the workloads
• Change management
• Using key PM tools
• Managing resources & costs
• Risk management

The Right Programme for you

You are a manager and have run some projects already. You want to move to the next level and improve your project management skills, learn about key tools and deliver projects on time and on budget

Typical Participants:
• Managers
• New Managers

Learn, Practice and Use

• Ensure that your projects are set up for success from the start
• Learn the basics for effectively gathering and documenting requirements
• Understand the role of the project manager, business analyst, and others in managing projects
• Develop an integrated project plan including realistic scope, schedules, budgets, and risks—and turn that plan into successful action
• Learn how to effectively track and report on project progress
• Gain the respect of your project team and build credibility with top management
• Create a project communications plan
•  Identify the elements of administrative and contractual project closure procedures
• Schedule the workloads for all the project team members
• Share your knowledge and challenges with your peers and MCE's highly experienced faculty

Programme Modules

What will you learn and practice?

Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success is a 3-day or 4 live online sessions hands-on training programme. Highly interactive with exercises and role plays.


1 – The Project Management Framework

  • Define the Basic Project Management Framework 
  • Describe Key Project Management Terminology 
  • Explain the Triple Constraints (Project Triangle) 
  • Differentiate Between Operations and Projects 
  • Describe Project Management in a Business Context 

2 – Initiate the Project

  • Describe How Projects Are Initiated 
  • Describe the Difference Between Project Requirements and Product Requirements 
  • Describe the Purpose and Content of the Project Charter 
  • Describe the Purpose and Content of the Product Requirements Document 
  • Use the SMART Model When Writing Requirements 
  • Identify Information-Gathering Techniques 

3 – Identify the Work

  • Discuss the Purpose of a Kick-Off Meeting 
  • Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) 

4 – Estimate the Work

  • Discuss Guidelines for Making Better Estimates 
  • Explain the Use of Three-Point Estimates 

5 – Schedule the Work

  • Describe Task Dependencies 
  • Identify the Sequence of Tasks via Precedence Diagramming 
  • Develop the Project Schedule 

6 – Create the Budget

  • Determine the Personnel Costs Needed for the Success of the Project 
  • Determine the Expense Costs Needed for the Success of the Project 
  • Differentiate Between Bottom-Up and Top-Down Cost Budget Planning, and State Which Is More Appropriate for Different Situations 

7 – Complete the Plan

  • Create the Project Communications Plan 
  • Describe the Project Risk Management Processes 
  • Describe the Purpose of the Project Procurement Plan 
  • Discuss the Purpose of Reserves 

8 – Execute the Plan

  • Create a Project Status Report 
  • Describe the Key Elements Required to Determine Project Health 
  • Describe How to Run an Effective Project Status Meeting 
  • Describe the Change Management Process 

9 – Close the Project

  • Identify the Elements of Both Administrative and Contractual Project Closure Procedures 
  • Describe the DifferentWays That Projects Can Be Terminated 
  • Explain the Importance of a Repository and Lessons Learned 


Damien Jelsch

George Merguerian

Gunter Englisch

Ingo Zborschil


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“Very interesting topics, international and multicultural environment. Very professional coach.”

Alessandro Foresio, Vice President, Logic S.p.A., Italy


“The subjects covered were extremely relevant and gave input to my personal development.”

Rosa Karen Schmidt, Senior VP-Assistant, Novo Nordisk, Denmark



What time does the programme start and finish?
MCE programmes start at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Lunch is a 1-hour break and there are two coffee breaks too. On the last day, the programme finishes at 16:30 as we know a lot of people have to catch planes and trains.

What should I wear (dress code) when participating in an MCE Programme?
Most participants wear Business Casual clothes. A formal business suit is not necessary.

Are there MCE approved/recommended hotels?
Yes, each programme has recommended hotels that have the best rates. We include details of these hotels in your registration pack.

Are meals included? I don’t eat certain food. Can I order special meals?
Lunch is provided every day and we always organize a buffet so you have a good choice of foods to cater for different needs.

Are there evening activities?
Your evenings are free, although there some exceptions (e.g. On the MCE Leadership Development Programme there is an activity on day 3)

Is there a free Wi-Fi?
For programmes at MCE in Brussels, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the building. For other locations, the services can vary, but in most locations we have organized free Wi-Fi.

What level of English do I need to take part in an MCE Programme?
MCE’s participants come from over 90 different countries but all of our open enrolment programmes are run in English. You need to have a good working knowledge of English to be able to fully participate in the programme and network with other participants. If you have difficulty understanding these questions, the programme might be difficult for you too.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the programme?
Yes, a certificate of attendance is provided to you upon successful completion of the programme.


Are MCE programmes certified by an official body/organization?
10 of MCE’s top selling programmes are approved by Project Management Institute and you can find more information on these programmes here.

What is the MCE approach to learning and development?
All of MCE’s Open Enrolment programmes are based on MCE’s FEEL-THINK-DO and 70-20-10 principles to enable effective learning transfer.

Who designs MCE programmes?
Our Portfolio team together with the core MCE Senior Associates design all of our programmes based on the ROPES model.

Are MCE’s Programmes practical?
MCE’s programmes are all designed to allow to practice what you have learnt. So you will have lots of time to practice, practice and practice.



Are VAT rates included in the price?
The price advertised in this page is VAT excluded and applicable to clients and companies legally based in the European Union.

All clients outside the European Union (EU), e.g. Middle East, Africa, Asia and America, are exempt from VAT rates. For them, the price advertised here is the final price to be paid.

  • One exception: Training Programmes in France. All clients (inside or outside the European Union) following training programmes in France are liable to 20% VAT rates in all cases.

When are VAT rates applicable to me?
In the case of clients and companies legally based in the European Union, VAT rates will be added to the price in the following cases:

  • If the client is a natural person (B2C) without a VAT number. 21% VAT applicable.
  • If the training programmes runs in France: 20% VAT applicable.
    • Also applicable to clients outside the European Union (EU)
    • Except when
      • The client is VAT-exempt
  • If the client is legally registered in Belgium (independent from where in Europe the training programme is followed): 21% VAT applicable.
    • Except when:
      • The client attend the training programme in France: 20% VAT applicable instead.
      • The client is VAT-exempt
    • If the client does not provide a corporate VAT number or does not have any VAT number: 21% VAT applicable (Only applicable to clients in the EU).

I don’t have approval from my finance team yet, can I make a tentative registration?
Yes, simply contact us and we will hold a place for you.

Is hotel accommodation included in the programme fee?
No, participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation and travel. The Programme fee covers the programme attendance, materials, lunches & refreshments.

Does MCE give discounts or grants for individual registrations?
MCE works mostly with companies and organizations and we can provide corporate deals for group bookings or preferred supplier deals. If you would like to discuss a corporate deal, we will be happy to talk to you.

Can I pay with my corporate credit card?
Yes, you can. We accept VISA, Mastercard and Amex.

Does MCE have corporate deals/frameworks available?
Yes, we have. Please contact us for more information.

Can I cancel or change my booking free-of-charge?
At MCE, we understand that business people have commitments and changes do happen. So you can cancel or change your registration up to 21 days before the programme starts without any fees or charges. After that date, you will need to pay full fees, but you are allowed to transfer once to a new programme date.


The MCE Team is ready to answer any questions you have. Please contact us by phone, email, contact form or even website chat. We would be happy to talk to you!


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