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October 11 2012 - 15:00
October 11 2012 - 22:00

About the Event


Workshop summary

We all have to manage projects.  Whether you are implementing a new system, migrating services, managing a vendor selection process, managing an office move or creating a new product or service, we are often managing projects without the support of a professionally trained project manager.  We are expected to deliver more with less, and it mustn’t go wrong on our watch!  If this sounds familiar, then help is at hand.

UKSG Practical Project Management is a highly practical workshop aimed at librarians, publishers and intermediaries responsible for managing a variety of projects of any size, including vendor selection, tenders, implementing systems, system migration and web site creation and change projects.  It is assumed that delegates have little or no formal project management training.

In this workshop we introduce a simple and free project management tool that enables you to run projects of any size and any level of complexity from a single sheet of paper, providing you with all the key information you need, enabling you to stay on track and deliver on time and on budget.

One of the key benefits of the workshop is that delegates can bring a real project they will be working on and use the workshop to create a real project plan for that project, so they create something valuable on the day as well as getting trained.

The workshop is very practical with a mix of tools and techniques as well as specially designed exercises to enable you to leave the workshop ready to implement the tools in your projects immediately.  Exercises, worksheets and handouts are provided for you to take away.

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be:
• confident in their ability to take on projects of any size
• more productive and efficient, resulting in less overwhelm and fire-fighting
• familiar with a new project management tool that enables them to run projects of any size and level of complexity from a single sheet of paper
• skilful at managing multiple projects, providing updates for everybody involved and seeing at a glance where attention needs to be focused
• ready to put their new skills and techniques into practice immediately to impact their job the day they return to the office.

In addition, each delegate will have the opportunity to develop a project plan for a real project they are about to begin.  This provides the opportunity for learning new skills in a highly practical way as well as doing some ‘real work’ during the session!

Workshop agenda

09:30  Registration and refreshments
10:00  Introductions and objectives of the day
10:15  Session 1: Introducing a new project manager tool, project definitions and components of the tool
10:30  Session 2: 12-steps to constructing the project plan before the project starts
12:00  Session 3: Practical Exercise – creating your own project plan - Part 1
12:45  Lunch
13:45  Continuation of Practical Exercise – creating your own project plan – Part 2
14:30  Session 4: Using the project plan during a project
15:30  Session 5: Extending the project management tool, review, summary and questions
16.00  Close

Feedback from the October 2011 and May 2012 UKSG Practical Project Management workshops

Overall percentage rating for the workshops95%
Percentage that would recommend the workshops100%
Percentage relevancy to their job:  96%

“This should make my life so much easier.  It’s the best course I’ve been on!”

Gary Corcoran, Roehampton University


“I wish I had attended this course years ago.  This tool is what has been missing in our organisation.  We needed this last year when integrating a new CRM system.  Simple, but so effective.  I can’t wait to use this back at the office.”

Faye Steady, Portland Press Ltd


“A whole raft of forthcoming projects to which I now intend to apply this methodology.”

Terry Bucknell, University of Liverpool


“This is exactly what I needed at the moment – practical, achievable and really, really useful.  Another very practical, applicable training course from UKSG.  Thank you so much.  I can really see this being of immediate and real use in my job.  Wish I’d done this ten years ago!”

Niamh Lucey, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin


“Clear, concise, expertly delivered and extremely relevant to my day-to-day job.”

Dom Mitchell, HighWire Press


“Fantastic course!  Excellent speaker, comprehensive but concise documentation, but most of all - it’s really practical.  I am going straight home to create a project plan on how to convert my entire library to this project management approach.”

Head of Library Technical Services

Workshop facilitator 

Practical Project Management is facilitated by David Sommer.  David has over fifteen years' experience in the global publishing industry.  He has worked for Blackwell Publishing and Macmillan Publishing Solutions and has developed a range of successful publisher and library products including Blackwell Synergy, ContentStore, ScholarlyStats, MPS Insight and RiskCheck.  David now runs David Sommer Consulting.  He also chairs the Executive Committee for COUNTER.  David has extensive project management experience, successfully developing and launching major industry products.


UKSG members:   £195.00 + £39.00 VAT [20%] (total £234.00)
Non-members:   £245.00 + £49.00 VAT [20%] (total £294.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch. 


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Council Room)
1 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5DB     

Tel.:  020 7451 7300 (Reception)

How to book

Please note the closing date for accepting bookings has now passed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG by e-mail or by phone: +44 (0)1865 310834  

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Thursday 4 October 2012 - full refund
From Friday 5 October 2012 - no refund

NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

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