“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr Seuss

"Very useful. Made [the] subject seem much easier than I've previously been taught. Good use of personal experience."

Staff member, AFRC 29th August 2018

The Fistral “Espresso” Range – access PM videos for FREE

During Covid-19 everyone is pulling together to help where they can, and the Fistral team is doing our bit too. To support customers, course participants and anyone with an interest in Project Management (PM), we have developed the following bite-sized videos that we’re making free to access during the pandemic.

We call this our Fistral “Espresso” range as it’s an intense ‘shot’ of learning.

The videos below focus on Project Management and are aimed at PhD/PGR and Early Career Researchers. Each video is circa 5 minutes long, and although presented in the context of research, the tools, tips and techniques are equally useful in any project and across any industry or sector. Fistral also offer a range of webinars across our Product Suite – on PM, Leading & Influencing, Communication & Collaboration, and Personal Effectiveness which, linked to the above, we’re calling our “Americano” range. Customers can book and schedule webinars as per an onsite training session. See our Webinar Page or Contact Us for more info.

Please share these videos as widely as you can – with your network, friends, colleagues, classmates, students, relatives – in case it’s of help or interest to anyone during this time.

Fistral Espressos

In response to customer requests, we have initially focused on developing videos on Project Management topics specifically aimed at PhD, PGR and Early Career Researchers. The PM tools and techniques below will help with managing any project, but are presented in the context of research. The videos are sequenced, and we recommend you watch them in order. However if you’ve attended a Fistral PM session before, have PM experience, just need a refresher, or want a just-in-time ‘shot’ of knowledge – feel free to jump to the relevant topic.

Our focus when developing Fistral “Espressos” – as with all our training – is to ensure the content is useful, practical, has a common-sense approach, and is accessible and easy-to-understand. Based on trainers’ experiences working in industry and academia for over 20 years, and their expertise delivering highly successful consultancy and training across sectors globally, Espressos provide tried-and-tested knowledge underpinned by sound theoretical principles.

More Fistral ‘Espressos’ are planned for development, but feel free to Contact Us if you have suggestions for specific topics. To keep up to date, follow @FraserFistral, Newsletter Signup or check back here to see what’s new.

01. Introduction to Project Management – What is a Project?

What is a project? What do we mean by project management? And why is it applicable to me? This session defines what we mean by project management, contextualising it within a research environment. It also provides an overview of how to use these videos, who we are, and the Fistral approach to project management. Length 03:49

02. Project Initiation

So you’ve got a project, are preparing a bid, have received funding or been given a piece of work to complete… How should you start planning and organising? This session discusses what you should be considering, where you begin, and what key questions you should be asking right from the start. Length 04:43

03. The Project Triangle

The secret to managing any project effectively is understanding your constraints and how any change will have an impact upon other aspects of your work. This session introduces a simple but effective way to consider this. Length 04:00

04. Prioritisation

Often we have too much to do and too little time! This session introduces a method of identifying the most important elements of your project and allowing focus on them, leaving the items of less importance to later. Length 04:55

05. Stakeholder Identification

Projects do not happen in isolation – they are affected by the world around them. This session helps to begin identifying some of these key influencing factors in the form of stakeholders and how understanding these people can be extremely useful when considering our project. Length 04:12

06. The Scope Document

Managing expectations and boundaries is crucial in any work environment. This session examines simple way to begin to do this in projects of any size. Length 04:03

07. The Planning Process

This session gives a brief overview of the planning process and contextualises the tools to be discussed in sessions 08-12. We recommend viewing this session before proceeding to 08-12. Length 03:52

08. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

It might sound obvious, but a key element in planning any bit of work is actually understanding what is involved in it. In this session you’ll be introduced to a fundamental project management tool that kicks off the whole planning process and is one of the most transferable techniques around. Length 04:04

09. Task Duration

This session examines the differences between active and passive tasks, and why it is important to identify and include both when planning your work. Length 04:59

10. Activity Sequencing

Working efficiently involves identifying the best order in which to perform the different tasks and figuring out where multi-tasking will work or where tasks just have to be done one after the other. This session establishes a method of easily identifying the optimal dependencies of task, establishing which are the key time-dependent activities and which have greater flexibility. Length 05:27

11. Activity Scheduling

The famous Gantt Chart! This session demystifies the most popular of project management artefacts, the Gantt Chart. It demonstrates how it can be a powerful tool if developed correctly but is only as good as the information entered in to it so should be used with great care. You will be shown how to create a Gantt Chart properly! Length 04:46

12. Resource Allocation

All projects require several resources – even those where it only seems to be us alone doing the work! This session considers resource planning to allow others to make time for you. It also examines that if we’re in a resource constrained project (e.g. it genuinely is only us!) how to optimise our schedule. Length 07:08

See our Product Suite or Online Training page for topics and to see more Fistral ranges – e.g. video (“Espresso”) and face-to-face (“Grande”) training. Or Contact Us for more information.

For Customer Comments see Testimonials

PhD student -“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“

PhD student -“The tools will help you if you feel overwhelmed“

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“Especially useful for the research environment” – Introduction to PM

“Especially useful for the research environment” – Introduction to PM

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“Really practical [PMRW] session with good use of evidence and experience” say Uni staff

“Really practical [PMRW] session with good use of evidence and experience” say Uni staff

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100% of Space Sector attendees recommend Leadership Skills – rating 4.75 out of 5

100% of Space Sector attendees recommend Leadership Skills – rating 4.75 out of 5

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“Essential information for managing projects” – PM Techniques for Research

“Essential information for managing projects” – PM Techniques for Research

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“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM webinar rates 4.71

“Useful tools applicable for research projects” – PM webinar rates 4.71

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“Really applicable to PhD life” – Procrastination Busting

“Really applicable to PhD life” – Procrastination Busting

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“Useful, relevant and well delivered” – PM Webinar Part One

“Useful, relevant and well delivered” – PM Webinar Part One

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“Good in-depth overview” – CAPM prep webinar

“Good in-depth overview” – CAPM prep webinar

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“Very helpful in preparing for CAPM Exam” – Webinar feedback

“Very helpful in preparing for CAPM Exam” – Webinar feedback

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“Perfect to do before PhD” – Project Management in the Real World for CDT

“Perfect to do before PhD” – Project Management in the Real World for CDT

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“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – 5 out of 5 for Managing Complex Research Projects

“Strategies that can substantially improve our research planning” – 5 out of 5 for Managing Complex Research Projects

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“Lots to put into practise” – PM Essentials for Researchers

“Lots to put into practise” – PM Essentials for Researchers

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Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.7

Advanced Project Management – Rated 4.7

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“Real-life examples shared by an experienced project manager” – 5/5 for Advanced Techniques webinar

“Real-life examples shared by an experienced project manager” – 5/5 for Advanced Techniques webinar

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“Will transform the way I work” – PM Essentials for Researchers 4.72

“Will transform the way I work” – PM Essentials for Researchers 4.72

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“Very useful for teambuilding” – Leadership & teambuilding webinar 4.71

“Very useful for teambuilding” – Leadership & teambuilding webinar 4.71

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“An epiphany” – Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC

“An epiphany” – Maximising Your PhD Performance Using DISC

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“Really important for PhD students” – Risk Management rated 4.70

“Really important for PhD students” – Risk Management rated 4.70

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“It’s a must for researchers” – Introduction to Project Planning

“It’s a must for researchers” – Introduction to Project Planning

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“Helpful for planning your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning

“Helpful for planning your PhD” – Intro to Project Planning

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“More useful than the average training session” – Advanced Project Management 4.67

“More useful than the average training session” – Advanced Project Management 4.67

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“Not only applies to work, could be applied to everything in life” – Risk Management 4.83

“Not only applies to work, could be applied to everything in life” – Risk Management 4.83

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CAPM Prep webinar – 5 out of 5

CAPM Prep webinar – 5 out of 5

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“Useful and applicable”- Advanced Project Management 4.78

“Useful and applicable”- Advanced Project Management 4.78

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Introduction to Project Planning – 100% of CDT Attendees would recommend

Introduction to Project Planning – 100% of CDT Attendees would recommend

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UKSEDS National Student Space Conference 2022 – Fistral highlights

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CAPM Preparation webinar – Rated ‘Very Good’ by CDT

CAPM Preparation webinar – Rated ‘Very Good’ by CDT

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“A must for Researchers and Project Managers” – Intro to Project Planning 4.80

“A must for Researchers and Project Managers” – Intro to Project Planning 4.80

Postgraduate researchers and research staff at the University of Bath logged on to our Introduction to Project Planning webinar, some...

“In academia or working for a company, it would be useful to take into account and prevent the risks of any type of project.” – 4.73 for Risk Management

“In academia or working for a company, it would be useful to take into account and prevent the risks of any type of project.” – 4.73 for Risk Management

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“Recommended! Lots of transferable skills.” – PM at the University of Manchester

“Recommended! Lots of transferable skills.” – PM at the University of Manchester

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“Very informative and instructive” – Influencing without Authority

“Very informative and instructive” – Influencing without Authority

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“Very useful for your research” – Project Planning rated 4.75

“Very useful for your research” – Project Planning rated 4.75

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Time Management for PhD – Rated 4.85

Time Management for PhD – Rated 4.85

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“Super useful in order to pass the exam” – CAPM Training

“Super useful in order to pass the exam” – CAPM Training

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4.81 – “I’m excited to fully apply these [PM] techniques to my PhD”

4.81 – “I’m excited to fully apply these [PM] techniques to my PhD”

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“Many things I can apply” – Decision Making webinar for the Space sector

“Many things I can apply” – Decision Making webinar for the Space sector

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“Gave me confidence for the rest of my PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning 4.81

“Gave me confidence for the rest of my PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning 4.81

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“100% worth doing” – 4.90/5 for CAPM Prep course

“100% worth doing” – 4.90/5 for CAPM Prep course

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“Training applicable for a PhD student” – Intro to Project Planning

“Training applicable for a PhD student” – Intro to Project Planning

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“Real solutions not clichés” – Procrastination Busting 4.89

“Real solutions not clichés” – Procrastination Busting 4.89

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“I wish I’d done this training earlier in my career”; “I’ll be able to apply this to my work.” – staff on PMRW

“I wish I’d done this training earlier in my career”; “I’ll be able to apply this to my work.” – staff on PMRW

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“Useful in context of PhD” – CDT webinar feedback

“Useful in context of PhD” – CDT webinar feedback

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4.75 for Intro to PM – “Trainer’s experience of PhD study gave a helpful insight into how the techniques demonstrated could be applied in our context.”

4.75 for Intro to PM – “Trainer’s experience of PhD study gave a helpful insight into how the techniques demonstrated could be applied in our context.”

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“A good session to help you start your PhD journey” – Introduction to Project Management

“A good session to help you start your PhD journey” – Introduction to Project Management

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“Informative and helpful”: Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship webinar

“Informative and helpful”: Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship webinar

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Project Management in the Real World onsite training – Rated 4.86 out of 5

Project Management in the Real World onsite training – Rated 4.86 out of 5

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“Applicable to PhD research but also in any future job” – Advanced Project Management

“Applicable to PhD research but also in any future job” – Advanced Project Management

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“This course gives several tools to use in different circumstances” – Communication skills

“This course gives several tools to use in different circumstances” – Communication skills

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“Very insightful” – Project Planning 1-4

“Very insightful” – Project Planning 1-4

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