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Achieving project success

The Project Success Master Class takes you through the key aspects which need to be covered in order to ensure success for your projects and therefore your organisations. By attending you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the reasons that projects succeed from a leading practitioner.

This essential course includes:


 A detailed introduction to projects including an explanation of the different structures, and terms

• A detailed explanation of what is meant by success including an appreciation of the criteria for success, and success factors

• An appreciation of how we measure success, and what affects it

And much more...including how to establish projects so that they do succeed, considering all aspects of projects, stakeholders, controls and communications.

About the Organisation:

Established in 1993, Barry Tuckwood Associates provide management consultancy services, focusing on strategy, change management, and project management services to clients in the public, private, and hot-for profit sectors, working as necessary with associates and other consultancies.

Barry has written a number of short articles on Change Management, published by government-related organisations, available via www.tuckwood.com. Barry also works as a distance learning tutor for Durham Business School, for which he rewrote the project management course, and he is the Chief Examiner for the Information Systems Examinations Board’s Consultancy Practice exam.


About your Masterclass Leader:

Barry Tuckwood   


Barry Tuckwood has been an independent management consultant since 1993 having previously worked with Ernst & Young. Prior to this he had some 15 years in construction, in client organisations, consulting engineers, and a specialist supplier. The largest project he has worked on was a new refinery; one of the smallest was a bridge demolition.

Barry's focus on Project and Programme Management has led to a variety of roles within the public and private sectors, including strategy reviews, project reviews, project organisation development, marketing, business process design and change management. He has a strong view that projects should always be aligned with strategy, change is an inevitable part of all projects, and clarity of vision is vital to success.

As a result of his work he has produced a series of articles on Change Management published in the public sector all available on his website, www.tuckwood.com. He has also lectured on project management and operations management at Greenwich University at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and, since 1994, he has been a tutor and supervisor for Durham Business School supporting MBA and MA in Management distance learning students through a variety of courses and their dissertations.

He is a committee member for the Association of MBAs, where he was presented with the Chairman's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Association, leads their independent consultants group in London, and is a Council Member for Richmond Group, a consortium of independent consultants.


Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Introductory session

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

• Introduction, identifying participants’ expectations, and outlining the course
• Syndicate discussions
a. What is a project
b. Definitions
• Projects: what causes them to happen?
a. Purpose
b. Examples
c. Objectives

9:45 Morning Coffee

10:15 What is Success?

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

• Syndicate discussions
a. What is the project for
b. Time, Budget, Quality
c. Defining success
d. Stakeholder Ambitions
• Project failure - causes
a. Syndicate discussion
b. Plenary exploring responses using real examples

11:00 Project Benefits

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

11:30 Success Criteria and Success Factors

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

12:00 Project Controls

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

a. Organisation for projects
b. Planning
c. Cost, Quality and Time
d. Project Stages
e. Project Closure

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Project Success and Project Management Success

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

• Syndicate discussion
• The effect of changes
a. Changes to the project
b. Changes to Success Criteria
c. Changes of Personnel
• Measuring Success

14:30 Why do initiatives appear to fail

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

• Syndicate discussion
• Plenary

15:00 Organisational structure

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

a. Roles and responsibilities
b. The key players

15:30 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Key steps for success

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

a. Organisation
b. Ambition
c. Decision making

16:20 Conclusion

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates

16:50 Close of Master Class

Barry Tuckwood

Barry Tuckwood, Managing Consultant, Barry Tuckwood Associates


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

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