Boyle Practical Project Management Consulting
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Boyle Practical Project Management

Boyle Practical Project Management was formed in 2012 and is registered with the Companies Registration Office. BPPM is an international company with customers just like you in five continents. With headquarters in Ireland, the primary objective of the company is to assist and empower you to complete new projects. This is achieved by equipping you with the tools and techniques of Project Management, and by giving you insight into how others have completed similar projects. BPPM is about achieving exactly what it is you want with the resources available to you.
BPPM works with you to plan personal projects, startup projects or improvement projects within your established company. The BPPM approach is a practical method of introducing project management tools and techniques to new managers,while also planning their respective projects.

Why Project Management?

After many years of challenges and successes in an operational environment within the Public Health Sector, I was thrust into the role of Project Manager because of my expertise within Payroll and Information Systems. Like many others I was handed a role of Project Manager without any expertise of formal project management. I began looking for opportunities to further my knowledge of managing projects.  My efforts eventually lead me to the Masters in Project Management (MPM) at the Centre for Project Management (CPM) at the University of Limerick (UL).

Project Management Attraction

Here are the reasons that lead down the formal project management route. Hopefully, these insights will prove helpful to people awarded project management roles because of their expertise in other areas.

1. Projects fix things. 

Projects afforded me the opportunity to fix things.  All my life I loved to take things apart to see how they worked and then put them back together again. While sometimes the re-built item did not look exactly as it should, the exercise helped me understand how it worked.

Projects are not unlike taking items apart and building them back up again. You have a product or service with a set of parts.  You would like to improve this product or service. In the first instance you must understand existing processes. Just like putting something back together again there are limited instructions on how to achieve success. However with projects you need to create a project plan to determine the, (a) what, (b) how, (c) who, and the (d) how much.

2. Projects force you to think outside the box.

As a Project manager I have to deal with constant risk and uncertainty. A bit like a small child constantly asking that often difficult to answer “why” question I normally ask the “what if” question.  I find that projects often mirror real life scenarios. We don’t ever know what’s around the corner but we learn to adapt.

3. Projects bring the best out in people.  

I thrive on bringing the best out in people.   As a payroll and Information Systems functional specialist, I understand guiding people in a respectful way had a great impact on the project’s outcome. I was fortunate during my career within the HSE to have been mentored by a man with enormous intellectual talent.  The payroll manager who became the Systems Accountant had the gift of bringing the best out in people. In hindsight I can see his reasoning in this, as he was the boss over the payroll the newly formed Financial Systems section at that time. One of a project manager’s most powerful skills is the ability to lead a team. While processes and technologies tend to behave in a somewhat predictable inanimate manner, people often do not.

In retrospect, working with people on project teams to achieve successful outcomes as well as helping them grow professionally has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my project management career. I once said about the largest project team I worked with “that my greatest achievement on the project was not my contribution as an expert on the project subject matter but putting the team together. One of the project team members called me aside afterward and said that was the nicest thing that anybody ever said about her professionally.  Her career has spiralled upwards since that time.

4. Projects yield measurable results.

I believe that my ability to produce a good team was paramount to project outcomes. I have never been slow to point this out to project teams I have worked with. When I was a payroll specialist, I was tasked with creating and implementing a set of project deliverables. I was rarely on a project long enough to see the complete implementation process and final results.  

When I became a project manager, I began to see how I had responsibility for the outcomes. The project’s outcomes were more than the successful installation of a process or technology. It had to create a predefined benefit.

The production of visible results from a project can be very exciting. I managed the implementation and rollout of an Integrated Capital Projects information system that saved much stress and anxiety amongst users of the legacy system from the get go. Benefits realisation was immediate. Normally I would have moved to the next project prior to benefits realisation and I often miss that “wow” moment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Boyle Practical Project Management?

You should choose BPPM as it is our mission to satisfy your requirements. If you cannot decide based on information contained on this website then feel free to make further enquiries.

Who is the project management course for?

The project management course is for persons:
* currently working or about to commence a project.
* wanting to develop project management planning skills.
* requiring a working knowledge of BPPM’s approach to project planning.
* Wishing to apply project management tools and techniques to any project within any industry.

Are there any prerequisites?

Each participant, as part of the course,  must have a project to complete. Participants enrolling in this course should be planning to lead a project or be part of a project team. A working knowledge of word and spreadsheet processing packages is desirable.

What is covered in the project management course? 

* essential principles, tools and techniques of project management planning
* stakeholder analysis
introduction to project management information systems
BPPM planning framework for success
managing risk
procuring products and services
budget/cost management
project communication
project reporting
putting it all together

Does BPPM provide on-site services for companies?

Yes - our in-company programme can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of individual clients. In-company training is a convenient and cost effective training method designed to give the client flexibility in terms of specific areas of interest. However, this service is currently available only to Irish-based companies.

Is the course accredited?

The course is accredited by the company in which the project is to be implemented, upon successful completion of the course and dependant on project plan approval.

Course participants from a diverse range of  companies have had projects plans which they completed as part of the course implemented within their respective companies.

The practical course is designed to assist you with the completion of your project plan. The production of the project plan involves using the essential processes within project management. Your proof of completing the course is witnessed by BPPM. The project plan is aproved by a qualified person on behalf of the company in which the planis to be implemented.

The course assignments and project plan are examined thoroughly and are deliberately structured in building blocks to equip you with a strong set of business tools and techniques that will assist you with your current and future projects. The course assignments will demand that you learn the fundamental theory, know how to use the tools and techniques of project management and be in a position to apply them practically.
The more work and effort you put in, the greater the reward and the greater satisfaction you will gain. The Accreditation Award is only made to candidates who complete the course and have their projects approved.

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