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

"I feel this course is really useful to the researcher and others who are beginners in their career."

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.

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PM webinar series – 100% of staff say “could be applied on return to desk/lab”

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4.75 – “Great sessions. Beautifully brought together in the last session. Nice job!”

4.75 – “Great sessions. Beautifully brought together in the last session. Nice job!”

Our tripartite 'Introduction to Project Planning' webinar series ends with part 3 "Creating the Plan". This brings all the tools...

“I have enjoyed every minute of each of [these Fistral webinars].” – 4.67

“I have enjoyed every minute of each of [these Fistral webinars].” – 4.67

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“It helps [with] keeping time allocation realistic.” – Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD

“It helps [with] keeping time allocation realistic.” – Keeping on Top of Your Research or PhD

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4.78 for Professional Communication Skills webinar

4.78 for Professional Communication Skills webinar

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4.78 for Fistral’s Scoping the Project webinar

4.78 for Fistral’s Scoping the Project webinar

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“Very useful. Wish I had this in my last job.” – Intro to PM Planning webinar

“Very useful. Wish I had this in my last job.” – Intro to PM Planning webinar

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“Introduction to PM Planning” webinar- 4.69 out of 5

“Introduction to PM Planning” webinar- 4.69 out of 5

Our series of webinars introducing Project Management Planning had been very popular over the past few months. The first in...

4.81 out of 5 – “Introduction to Project Planning Part 1: Establishing Foundations” webinar

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100% of participants learned new tools and techniques – “Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments”

100% of participants learned new tools and techniques – “Making Your Case: Creating Convincing Arguments”

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“This is by far the best course I have ever attended throughout my PhD” – PM Planning webinar

“This is by far the best course I have ever attended throughout my PhD” – PM Planning webinar

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4.72 for PM webinar – “It really is useful.”

4.72 for PM webinar – “It really is useful.”

Our face-to-face Project Management in the Real World 2-day course has been compacted to an online version during Covid-19. PhDs...

“These webinars have been a gem.” – 4.74 for Assertive Communication

“These webinars have been a gem.” – 4.74 for Assertive Communication

Liverpool University Doctoral College students on our Assertive Communication webinar gave great feedback and excellent ratings. 100% of the PGRs...

“Thank you, amazing webinar.” – PM Planning Part 2: Scoping the Project

“Thank you, amazing webinar.” – PM Planning Part 2: Scoping the Project

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4.80 for ‘Influencing Without Authority’, Liverpool Doctoral College

4.80 for ‘Influencing Without Authority’, Liverpool Doctoral College

The first in a three-part series of Influencing Strategies online training sessions was held last Wednesday and received brilliant feedback....

Our ‘Planning for Uncertainty’ webinar is “very useful”

Our ‘Planning for Uncertainty’ webinar is “very useful”

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4.69 out of 5 – “This has been the best webinar I’ve attended since I started my PhD.” (final year PhD student, Liverpool)

4.69 out of 5 – “This has been the best webinar I’ve attended since I started my PhD.” (final year PhD student, Liverpool)

A recent webinar with the Liverpool Doctoral College received excellent feedback. Rating 4..69 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), our...

Kick-Off Your PhD webinar – Part 2, Scoping

Kick-Off Your PhD webinar – Part 2, Scoping

The second of our Kick-Off webinars for PhDs was delivered online for the University of Stirling. This session - 'Kick-Off...

4.86 out of 5 – Resilience Building for PhD webinar

4.86 out of 5 – Resilience Building for PhD webinar

We were delighted when, once again, our webinars were rated 4.86 out of 5 (5 being Excellent), with participants taking...

Influencing Without Authority webinar – 4.46 out of 5

Influencing Without Authority webinar – 4.46 out of 5

One of our most recent webinars - Influencing Without Authority - delivered to PhD students at Queen's University Belfast was...

“…I have heard about certain concepts in some workshops but I didn’t find much meaning like I have today. Very useful…” – Kick-Off Your PhD webinar

“…I have heard about certain concepts in some workshops but I didn’t find much meaning like I have today. Very useful…” – Kick-Off Your PhD webinar

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4.86 overall – “Planning for Uncertainty” webinar; trainer given 5 out of 5!

4.86 overall – “Planning for Uncertainty” webinar; trainer given 5 out of 5!

We were delighted when our "Planning for Uncertainty" webinar was given such a high rating. PGR/PhD researchers at Edinburgh Napier...

“Assertive Communication” – 100% would attend more Fistral webinars

“Assertive Communication” – 100% would attend more Fistral webinars

Our first outing of this webinar for QUB was very well received by researchers. A full-house rated the session 4.34...

4.84 – another successful Fistral webinar!

4.84 – another successful Fistral webinar!

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Procrastination Busting webinar rates 4.50 out of 5 from PhDs

Procrastination Busting webinar rates 4.50 out of 5 from PhDs

A recent webinar - Getting Unstuck: Procrastination Busting Techniques - held with Edinburgh Napier University received lots of positive comments...

“This is great for a web seminar, lots better than others I’ve attended.” – 4.75 for Risk

“This is great for a web seminar, lots better than others I’ve attended.” – 4.75 for Risk

The first outing of our two live Risk webinars was extremely well received, with participants at the University of Strathclyde...

More free transferable skills training videos from Fistral online now

More free transferable skills training videos from Fistral online now

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Project Management Webinar – 4.47 out of 5 overall, 80% say “This was a useful session”

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PM “demystified” – NEW FREE Videos uploaded

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FREE – Fistral PM Videos available online now

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Fistral Project Management Webinars Released

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Fistral FREE PM Coaching/Mentoring for work linked to Covid-19

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“Tools for use in real life scenarios were very useful as seeing the practical application makes it easier to see how it can be used in own role.” – 4.9 for Business Analysis

“Tools for use in real life scenarios were very useful as seeing the practical application makes it easier to see how it can be used in own role.” – 4.9 for Business Analysis

Our Business Analysis course held for staff at the University of Dundee received excellent comments and ratings. Run with the...

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Clap for Carers – 8pm, Thu 26th March 2020

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Fistral Webinars available now

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Fistral “Virtual” Office open

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Leadership and Teambuilding Techniques – “Totally recommend”

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Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

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“Was really relevant to be able to plan better my PhD project, overcome risks, problems and handle them.” – PMRW

“Was really relevant to be able to plan better my PhD project, overcome risks, problems and handle them.” – PMRW

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4.69 – Managing Complex Research Projects

4.69 – Managing Complex Research Projects

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Control Your PhD – “Definitely recommend to other students. Also transferable to my ‘real life’ role.”

Control Your PhD – “Definitely recommend to other students. Also transferable to my ‘real life’ role.”

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4.95 out of 5 – “I’m going to plan the final stages of my PhD more thoroughly using techniques provided.  I feel more confident I can plan and finish on time now.”

4.95 out of 5 – “I’m going to plan the final stages of my PhD more thoroughly using techniques provided. I feel more confident I can plan and finish on time now.”

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Decision-Making: “Worth it and valuable to our everyday work/life.” LSE staff

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Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) rate Introduction to PM 4.40

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4.91 & 4.81 – UCC staff: “I’ve done a lot of PM training & refreshers but I think today was the most practical. Really valuable techniques.”

4.91 & 4.81 – UCC staff: “I’ve done a lot of PM training & refreshers but I think today was the most practical. Really valuable techniques.”

Our courses delivered with Staff Welfare & Development at University College Cork (UCC) once again got excellent ratings. Two practical...

Careers Office staff – Intermediate PM rated 4.81 out of 5

Careers Office staff – Intermediate PM rated 4.81 out of 5

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“This is the best training I have had through OPD … ” – University of Dundee staff

“This is the best training I have had through OPD … ” – University of Dundee staff

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4.95 for PMRW from QUB

4.95 for PMRW from QUB

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MSc group rate PMRW 4.88 out of 5

MSc group rate PMRW 4.88 out of 5

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4.75 out of 5 – PM Principles Level 1, LSE Space GmbH

4.75 out of 5 – PM Principles Level 1, LSE Space GmbH

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