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Project Planning Part 3 – Communication Plan 15/10/2014
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Project Planning Part 3 – Communication Plan

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 35 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 70 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To consider issues around communicating your project plan effectively and to create a communication plan.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Anyone who needs to set up and/or commission and/or manage projects.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This is the third module in the Project Planning series. The first two modules must be run before this one.

If you are running this on a different date from the first two modules it would be sensible to remind participants to bring their completed project plan, risk analysis and contingency planning documents to this session.

As with the previous sessions, you will probably need several copies of the handout per participant so make sure you have enough printed.

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How Not to Tap the Bottled Water Market - Avoiding a Marketing Disaster 26/09/2014
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How Not to Tap the Bottled Water Market - Avoiding a Marketing Disaster

Using the How Not to Tap the Bottled Water Market Case Study
There are many ways in which you could use this case study and many topics for which it could provide a useful springboard for learning. We suggest some of them here. This is not a prescriptive list but obvious areas would be:
• The dangers of making assumptions.
• Marketing and market research.
• Public relations.
• Strategic thinking.

Notes:
This case study looks at Coca Cola’s disastrous attempt to launch its bottled water product, Dasani, in the UK.

Activity Example:
The following questions could be discussed in small teams. These could also form the basis of a written assignment or be used to spark a whole group discussion.
• What went wrong with Coca Cola’s launch of Dasani in the UK?
• What would have mitigated or prevented the mistakes?
• How would you successfully launch a bottled tap water product in the UK?

Other Areas for Learning:
You could also use the case study to allow participants to practice many techniques or to learn about specific theories and approaches. For example:
• Strategic Thinking.
• Sales and Marketing.
• Disaster Recovery.
• Public Relations.

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Powerful Communication - What Listeners Pay Attention To 26/09/2014
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Powerful Communication - What Listeners Pay Attention To

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 20-30 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 40-50 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To help participants understand what listeners actually pay attention to when someone is speaking.
• To provide participants with a self-generated list of the essences of powerful communication.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 15 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• A flipchart and a stopwatch for each trainer.

Notes:
This exercise can be useful in any course on communication skills or presentation skills. It works best at the start of a course as the flipchart that the participants generate can be referred to throughout the rest of the course and added to as other essences of powerful communication appear.

If you have 9-15 participants the exercise works best if you split the group into two teams.

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Project Planning Part 2 - Risk Analysis and Contingency 04/07/2014
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Project Planning Part 2 - Risk Analysis and Contingency

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 60 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 80 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To minimise the likelihood of crises and project failure through a simple risk analysis and contingency planning process.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 24 participants. Ideally, you'll have an even number of participants so they can work in pairs.

Useful For:
Anyone who needs to set up and/or commission and/or manage projects.

You'll Need:
• Post-it notes.

Notes:
This is the second module in the Project Planning series, covering Risk Analysis and Contingency Planning. The first module, Project Planning – Part 1, must be run before this one.

If you are running this module on a different date from the first module it would be sensible to remind participants to bring their completed project plan from the previous session to this one.

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Project Planning Part 1 - Introducing a 5-stage Process for Planning a Project 03/07/2014
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Project Planning Part 1 - Introducing a 5-stage Process for Planning a Project

Time:
The exercise in this module can be completed in about 100 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 155 minutes for this module.

Aims:
• To provide participants with a simple but effective five stage method for planning a project or complex task.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 24 participants. Ideally, you'll have an even number of participants so they can work in pairs.

Useful For:
Anyone who needs to set up and/or commission and/or manage projects.

You'll Need:
• Post-it notes.

Notes:
There is nothing particularly complex or difficult about project planning; it simply requires a logical approach. If you are new to the topic, we suggest you take time to read and digest the pre-module reading. You might find it helpful to work through each of the stages yourself, using a project of your own - perhaps planning a course.

Although you will have asked participants to bring the pre-module reading with them, in practice some will forget. It’s a good idea to have spare copies ready in case this happens.

It’s a good idea to print more copies of the handouts than there are participants because these may be needed if someone has a particularly complex project to plan.

We have suggested that you ask participants to work in pairs. However, this module could easily be adapted and used by a complete project team to plan one project.

It is helpful if each pair has a table of their own where they can carry out the practical exercises. If you have a large group you will probably need a breakout room.

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Boosting Glasstap's Future (NEW VERSION) 26/06/2014
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Boosting Glasstap's Future (NEW VERSION)

Time:
This game can be played in about 135 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 200 minutes (based on 2/3 teams).

Aims:
• To test participants’ abilities to analyse information effectively and identify problems and their causes.
• To test participants’ abilities to think strategically, develop long-term solutions and be able to ‘sell’ these.
• To develop team skills and test time management skills.
• To test participants’ abilities to develop and deliver a persuasive presentation.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Project management, leadership, teamwork, time management, communication, information gathering, problem solving, attention to detail, planning, creative thinking, marketing, presentation, negotiation.

Group Size:
You’ll need a minimum of 4 participants for this exercise.

Useful For:
Managers at all levels, particularly those involved in managing projects. It can also be used with other staff as a way to assess a variety of skills over a three-hour period.

You'll Need:
• One complete pack of information for each team.
• Plenty of space. (Ideally each of your teams will have a separate breakout room to work in.)
• Name cards for each member of the Parish Council – Martin Webster, Glenda McWilliams, Robert Fungle, Richard Longfoot and Denise Roberts.
• A supply of grant application forms, which you can hand out on request. (If using the simpler version of the exercise with no grants, you won’t need these.)
• Card, scissors, colour pens etc. (optional).
• A small prize for the winning team.
• A projector/screen (for the PowerPoint Calendar countdown).

Notes:
All of the documents required by participants are included in each of the Participant Packs. You can run a slightly simpler version of this exercise, without the grants, by using the ‘simpler participant pack’. The time required for this exercise will be determined by the number of teams. Each team is required to give a 15-minute presentation at the end of their preparation time (135 minutes).

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Bogo Motors vs Young Upstarts - A Business’s Response to New Competition Leads to Internal Division 26/06/2014
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Bogo Motors vs Young Upstarts - A Business’s Response to New Competition Leads to Internal Division

Using the Bogo Motors vs Young Upstarts Case Study
There are many ways in which you could use this case study and many topics for which it could provide a useful springboard for learning. We suggest some of them here. This is not a prescriptive list but obvious areas would be:
• Strategy.
• Change Management.
• Negotiation.
• Creative Thinking.

Notes:
This case study looks at a large, well established motor company that is finding it increasingly difficult to retain its position in the market place and remain profitable due to the recent successes of new competitors. The company desperately needs to cut costs and improve efficiency without alienating its already unsettled and divided workforce.

Activity Example:
The following questions could be discussed in small teams or pairs. They could also form the basis of a written assignment or simply as a tool to spark a whole group discussion.
• What options are available to Callum?
• What would you do in Callum's shoes?
• How can Callum make the necessary changes to secure Bogo's future?

Other Areas for Learning:
You could also use the case study to allow participants to practice many techniques or to learn about specific theories and approaches. For example:
• Strategic Thinking.
• Change Management.
• Creative Problem Solving.
• Negotiation Skills.

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Bringing the Cows Home - Testing Analytical Thinking (NEW VERSION) 24/06/2014
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Bringing the Cows Home - Testing Analytical Thinking (NEW VERSION)

Time:
This game can be played in about 45 minutes. In total, allowing for discussion and evaluation, we recommend allowing 75 minutes.

Aims:
• Test analytical skills and encourage clear thinking.
• Test participants’ attention to detail, individually or collectively, and to test levels of accuracy under pressure.
• Allow participants to work together to solve a specific problem.

Skills and Behaviours Tested:
Analytical skills, attention to detail, problem solving, teamwork.

Group Size:
We recommend placing participants into teams of 2–4 for this exercise. However, strictly speaking there is no minimum number of participants – this exercise can even be used to test individual skills.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• At least one Farm Map for each team; if teams have more than three people in them, you might prefer to provide teams with two copies of the map.
• One copy of the Team Brief for each team.

Notes:
In this exercise participants are presented with a lot of information and success will depend on their ability to approach the problem in a structured, methodical way and work effectively under pressure.

This exercise can also be used to examine the role of leaders within teams. If you wish to use the exercise in this way, you might want to pre-assign the role of leader to someone from each team.

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