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

"Will apply tools to my own role, gives me greater understanding of wider project management principles."

Staff member, Scottish Qualifications Authority 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

“Grounded in real-life practical issues” – Project Planning for PhDs

“Grounded in real-life practical issues” – Project Planning for PhDs

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“The best workshop I’ve been to so far, hands down” – Project Management Course

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“Can’t wait to start using the techniques!” – PM webinar

“Can’t wait to start using the techniques!” – PM webinar

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4.79 for Risk Management

4.79 for Risk Management

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4.75 – “Training was useful and really felt like it was tailored for academic/PhD setting”

4.75 – “Training was useful and really felt like it was tailored for academic/PhD setting”

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“Useful tools to apply in research projects”, 4.70 rating from staff

“Useful tools to apply in research projects”, 4.70 rating from staff

We held a three-part Project Planning webinar series attended by staff from Heriot-Watt University. The series included sessions called Establishing...

“Toolkit now in place to make the most out of my PhD” – Time Management Training

“Toolkit now in place to make the most out of my PhD” – Time Management Training

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Procrastination Busting helps PhDs “be aware of potential pitfalls and how to overcome them”

We hosted a group of PhD students from Edinburgh Napier University on a webinar session entitled Getting Unstuck – Procrastination...

“Useful information for your PhD project” – Introduction to Project Planning

“Useful information for your PhD project” – Introduction to Project Planning

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LSE Space staff say Agile PM provides “Important and useful concepts” for Space projects

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Agile PM is “Very useful” for UK Catapult staff, 100% would recommend

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Senior research staff say Managing Complex Projects is “Definitely worth attending”

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Resilience Building webinar -“It’s given me a new perspective on how I approach my PhD”

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“Immediately applicable” for CDTs – Introduction to Project Planning

“Immediately applicable” for CDTs – Introduction to Project Planning

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4.92, Planning for Uncertainty – “This is probably the only project planning course to learn all you need to for any research work”

4.92, Planning for Uncertainty – “This is probably the only project planning course to learn all you need to for any research work”

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“The tools explained could be really useful for e.g. grant proposal writing” – Managing Complex Research Projects

“The tools explained could be really useful for e.g. grant proposal writing” – Managing Complex Research Projects

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Introduction to Project Planning (Part Three) – 5 out of 5

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Creating a Good Supervisory Relationship – “It will help not only develop your relationship with your supervisor but understand what type of student you are too”

We hosted a group of PhD students from the University of Liverpool Doctoral College on a webinar session entitled Creating...

“Great for getting off the ground with PhD” – 4.81 for Intro to Project Planning (Part Two)

“Great for getting off the ground with PhD” – 4.81 for Intro to Project Planning (Part Two)

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“Helps look at the bigger picture of a PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning (Part One)

“Helps look at the bigger picture of a PhD” – Introduction to Project Planning (Part One)

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4.88 – Project Management training at UoBath

4.88 – Project Management training at UoBath

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“Very effective” – Time Management webinar at UoLiverpool

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“A brilliant session!” – Project Management: 5 Key Tips for Undergrads (new course)

“A brilliant session!” – Project Management: 5 Key Tips for Undergrads (new course)

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“As an innovation organisation [Agile PM] is a good insight into how we can improve our proposal and design development process”

“As an innovation organisation [Agile PM] is a good insight into how we can improve our proposal and design development process”

Staff at one of the UK's Catapult Centres - Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult (ORE) logged on to Fistral’s online training...

Time Management – LSE Space – 100% would recommend & 100% will be able to apply the learning

Time Management – LSE Space – 100% would recommend & 100% will be able to apply the learning

Staff at LSE Space GmbH logged on to our Time Management Strategies webinar. The space sector staff gave an overall...

5 out of 5 from UKRI CDT- Intro PM, onsite, “Actually shows how project management is useful to our process”

5 out of 5 from UKRI CDT- Intro PM, onsite, “Actually shows how project management is useful to our process”

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“Great course” – Kick off your PhD

“Great course” – Kick off your PhD

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PM Planning – 100% of MSc group would recommend to a colleague

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“I wish we had done this a year ago!” – University Staff

“I wish we had done this a year ago!” – University Staff

Staff from the University of Dundee logged on to two Fistral webinar sessions “Introduction to Project Planning” and “Planning for...

“Loved it!” – Project Planning webinar 4.63

“Loved it!” – Project Planning webinar 4.63

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QUB MSc students give 4.65 for Project Planning

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BME ECR post-conference skills – 4.56 for Maximising Your Potential

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Maximising your potential – 100% will put the learning into practice

Maximising your potential – 100% will put the learning into practice

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Research staff and students rate Project Planning 4.88 out of 5

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Edinburgh Napier University – Stress, Resilience, Procrastination Busting

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Space Sector staff give 4.80 for PM Principles skills training

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Managing complex research projects for senior research staff – 4.61

Managing complex research projects for senior research staff – 4.61

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Project Management Essentials for Research Staff – 4.58

Project Management Essentials for Research Staff – 4.58

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4.71 “Super useful” – Procrastination Busting

4.71 “Super useful” – Procrastination Busting

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4.75 – Avoid Drifting webinar

4.75 – Avoid Drifting webinar

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Project Management Essentials for Research Staff (Part 2)

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Managing Complex Projects for senior research staff (1/2)- 4.71

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“Should be mandatory” – Space sector attendee

“Should be mandatory” – Space sector attendee

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The Effective Teamworker in the Space sector – “Very well balanced, definitely applicable to real-life work situations.”

The Effective Teamworker in the Space sector – “Very well balanced, definitely applicable to real-life work situations.”

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“Really useful things that I can take away and use for my work” – Time Management Strategies for researchers

“Really useful things that I can take away and use for my work” – Time Management Strategies for researchers

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“Great series of workshops” – 4.67 across all sessions

“Great series of workshops” – 4.67 across all sessions

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