UKSG Practical Project Management: London

20 Oct 2015

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
11:30 Refreshment break
11:45 Session 2: (continued)
12:15 Session 3: Practical Exercise – creating your own project plan – Part 1
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Session 3: (continued) Practical Exercise – creating your own project plan – Part 2
14:30 Session 4: Using the project plan during a project (refreshments available)
15:30 Session 5: Extending the project management tool, review, summary and questions
16:00 Close

Workshop facilitator

Practical Project Management is facilitated by David Sommer. David has over sixteen 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: £200.00 + £40.00 VAT [20%] (total £240.00)
Non-members: £250.00 + £50.00 VAT [20%] (total £300.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Feedback from previous PPM workshops

In 2014 100% of the London and Manchester workshop attendees rated them 'Excellent' or 'Good' and all said they would recommend to a colleague.

“Fantastic – I wish I had known about this when I started my library manager role four years ago.  It would have saved me a lot of stress and headaches.  The future looks a lot brighter for upcoming projects I am leading on.”

“This is a simple, easy to use tool which will revolutionise the way I work."

“I found the workshop extremely well structured and incredibly useful.  I will certainly benefit from it immediately and I certainly think other colleagues will benefit from this course.”

“Brilliant, really useful and easy to use.  Well paced and I enjoyed working through real examples.  Very well taught."

“Well structured, clearly delivered.  An interactive course, very enjoyable.”

“Simple, logical approach won me over.  Could definitely help me run projects in a complex staff set-up as everybody can see the state of play.”

“Practical and concise workshop that delivered clear and valuable ideas and techniques for project work.”


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
297 Euston Road

Tel.: 020 7451 7300 (Reception)

How to book

The closing date for this course has now passed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Monday 12 October 2015 - full refund
From Tuesday 13 October 2015 - 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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