SFA Skillnet Project Management Skills for Small Businesses, 21st November 2019

Date: 21st November 2019
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Duration: 1 day
Venue: Bank of Ireland Blanchardstown
Address: Bank of Ireland (Workbench Branch),
Ground Floor, Block 1,
Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Ballycoolin,
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 D15 AKK1
Event details

SFA Skillnet Project Management Skills for Small Businesses, 21st November 2019


This programme gives small business owners and employees the key skills needed to choose, start, run and close successful projects.  Use of project management tools and approaches has been proven to increase the chances of success in business initiatives, saving time, money and effort and maximising return on investment. 

All the topics covered are practical, proven approaches which any small business can take and immediately apply to their own situations.  Time is set aside within the workshop for participants to discuss and try the tools and techniques on their own issues, laying foundations on which to build when back in the office after the course.


Skills you will develop:

  • Effective goal setting for clear and unambiguous understanding of what is to be achieved
  • Proven communication techniques to ensure that everyone knows what is to be done, by whom, by when, and for what reason
  • Clear planning and co-ordination of activities to achieve business goals


What you will learn:

  • Goal setting – how to define and agree clear, achievable goals
  • Planning a project – how to set up a project for success by defining your intended outcomes, and putting together a roadmap on how to achieve them
  • Creating teams – practical approaches for turning groups into teams – creating engines of growth to propel your business forward
  • Communications – poor communications is the #1 cause of project failure in most studies. We’ll cover how to make sure you and your team stay on the same page and share information properly
  • Stakeholder management – the process of identifying and classifying all parties needed to be involved in the project


What you will go home with:

  • Clear, actionable ways to apply the workshop materials to your own business
  • Templates and tools you can use on your own projects and situations
  • A better understanding of how to put some order on the chaos!


Trainer overview 

 Joe Houghton has run several small businesses and has also been a global manager running projects all around the world for multinationals such as General Electric, BetzDearborn and W.R. Grace.  After gaining his MBA at UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business, one of the world’s top business schools, Joe co-created the Masters in Project Management for UCD in 2006. He has directed the programme ever since, training hundreds of full and part-time students in PM techniques.  He is Head of Learning & Development for one of Dublin’s fastest growing project management consultancies, The Project Foundry.



Conor McMenamin - IT Trainer at Aercap:

"Joe brings considerable expertise and experience to the table from both the corporate and academic world, along with a genial way of delivering his sometimes tough-to-hear observations, this makes him an excellent leadership and management mentor. Not content with simply focusing on the individual, Joe's observations also take into account the broader organisational context, resulting in valuable process and communication improvements. Thoroughly enjoyed working with Joe, and benefited hugely from his guidance."


Event Information

SFA Member rate €129 | Non-member rate €159

Date: 21 November 2019

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Venue: Bank of Ireland (Workbench Branch), Ground Floor, Block 1, Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15 D15 AKK1


Who should attend

This training is for small business owner managers, managers and employees


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