Educate. Develop. Improve.
Lucidus has a longstanding relationship with both international companies and leading universities in the UK and across the world. Bringing together rigorous academic teaching and research with industry best practices is what we do.
Our latest development is in the use of project simulation to help develop competence in project teams and drive improved project performance.
Lucidus has been providing education and skills-based management development in project, programme, change and risk (threat and opportunity) management for over 20 years. Our team has been delivering such events for even longer.
Finding the Right Approach
Our learning programmes and courses use a variety of methods to ensure learning is achieved. These include accelerated learning techniques, business simulations and highly interactive, facilitated plenary discussions. Where appropriate we also use a blended learning approach via our Moodle-based learning platforms.
Our approach is scalable and includes the multi-department and multi-company learning platform, Iomad, enabling corporates to manage multiple learning programmes with minimal administrative effort.
Here are some examples of our education and training
- Training to support the role out of a new project management methodology for the quality function of an international pharmaceutical company.
- Bespoke development to improve in-house project management capability for the drug development function of an international pharmaceutical company.
- People-related project management skills training and APM Introductory Certificate training for a UK IT-networks company.
- Introductory and advanced project management training for an Indian Energy company operating out of the UK.
- Project risk management training (basic and advanced) for a UK defence contractor.
- Bespoke APM PMQ training for two international insurance companies based in Hong Kong.
- Bespoke APM PMQ training for a consulting engineering firm and a construction company based in Hong Kong.
- Coaching and mentoring of project staff for a UK port operator.
- Project risk training and development for a UK nuclear power station operator.
- Project risk management training for an oil and gas service provider.
- Project risk management training for civil and building company based in Qatar.
- Risk management support at corporate level for a major international mining company.
- Facilitation of workshops for an international electrical component supplier based in Germany.
PEST simulations are designed to provide a teaching method to help people develop essential project management skills that is both effective and fun. PEST can be used as a highpoint at the end of a project management training course, as a standalone learning event or simply as a competitive team-building exercise.
Many projects are still planned using single-point, deterministic estimates with no clear understanding of what to do if the estimates prove to be incorrect. The result of this is often the failure of projects to deliver on time and within budget. PEST provides the vehicle to test a simulated project’s execution strategy that considers the variable nature of estimates for cost and time.
In its simplest form, it is a transaction-based simulation where the teams submit the actions and orders they want to make during a project period. This is then input to the computer-based project simulation which responds with a progress report showing what has happened during that period.
PEST can be used as part of assessment centre when determining if an individual is suitable for a key role in the project.
Teams study the progress report and decide what actions and orders they want to make in the next period. This process continues for up to 30 periods or until the project is shown as 100% complete: this can be easily completed in a normal working day. Teams control their own pace through the exercise but typically 15 minutes per period is realistic.
PEST simulations are most effectively run in a face-to-face environment but can be run remotely if necessary and can accommodate between 1 and 20 teams simultaneously.
Teams will need at least 6 hours to read and understand the briefing documents and prepare their schedules and cost projections. This can be over a longer period of time (perhaps days) and can be achieved remotely. However, as the outcome can be shown to be dependent on team performance, it is beneficial for the teams to meet and work together, even briefly, before the event starts.
Lucidus can provide a 2½ or 3-day package which will include basic skills training, an introduction to the simulation, planning supervision and facilitation, running the simulation and a closing summary of the results. Lucidus can also provide different arrangements to fit with a client’s requirements.
The basic skills training includes: reasons for failure, critical path analysis, the importance and use of float, basic budgets, cash flow and finance, resource management, understanding risk, monitoring, control and reporting.