This workshop has been designed to provide Local Government professionals and managers with an opportunity to gain first-hand appreciation of important principles and practices that are involved in project management. The workshop will provide participants with a sound understanding of modern tools and techniques used in dealing with both large and small projects.

Who should attend

Local Government Professionals and Managers.


  • An overview of the process
  • The life-cycle & anatomy of a project
  • Defining objectives, deliverables & scope
  • Assessing risks and constraints
  • Initiating a project
  • Setting baselines, monitoring progress
  • Analysing & interpreting progress reports
  • Updating forecasts
  • Generating plan vs actual reports
  • Producing a ‘work break down’ structure
  • Producing a Task Schedule
  • Determining the critical path and float
  • Working with Gantt and PERT charts
  • Allocating resources
  • Predicting and resolving overloads
  • Projecting cashflow


  • Gain mastery over concepts, principles and terminology of project management.
  • Grasp an understanding of appropriate project management methodologies.
  • Acquire technical skills involving project planning, scheduling and budgeting, process reporting and project control.
  • Gain an appreciation of the capability and function of a modern project management software tools.


The facilitator will use practical activities and group discussions to assist you to transfer your learning to the workplace.


Dr Sam Sharp, Director of Numerix, is a leading authority on project management having been a practitioner, consultant and workshop leader for over twenty years.

Sam is a specialist in project scheduling and control techniques, financial modelling and operations research and the use of corresponding software tools. 

Sam is a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.  He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science, a M.Sc in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. degree in Geo-Engineering