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Page updated 5 September 2023

Project management is the ability to clearly define project or programme goals, purpose, and criteria for success. The project manager builds a detailed project plan and carefully monitors progress against it ensuring roles and responsibilities are defined to deliver against agreed milestones.

Training in Project Management will be available as part of our course catalogue offerings for 2023-2024.

Who is this course for?

This one-day course is for all staff who wish to develop an understanding of project management. Specifically, this PM² Essentials course will cover the key concepts of the PM² methodology, including the what, when, who and how of the PM² life cycle. The training will also outline governance, mindsets, key templates, and processes as they relate to the PM² methodology. 

PM² Project Management Methodology

The purpose of PM² is to enable project managers to deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations by effectively managing the lifecycle of their projects. You can read more about PM² methodology here.

PM² is being adopted as the project management methodology across UCD. This approach intends  to standardise a project management methodology  across the university,  so that, at an enterprise level, we  have a defined, consistent way of working on projects. The process of adopting this methodology is being supported by UCD Agile

How long is this course?
This course is 7 hours in duration.

What topics will be covered?

  • Introduction to projects, programs, portfolios and PM methodologies
  • The PM² focus on outputs, outcomes and business implementation
  • The PM² Governance model and its roles & responsibilities
  • The PM² Mindsets
  • The PM² Project lifecycle - Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitor & Control, Closing
  • PM² management processes, key tools, core techniques
  • Key PM² templates
  • The four PM² Logs and the Stakeholder Matrix
  • PM² Essentials Certification - tips and tricks. Examples of exam questions are presented, and answers discussed.

Do I need to prepare anything before or after the session?
There are no formal prerequisites to booking or attending PM² Essentials training.

Participants if they wish can undertake the ‘PM² Essentials, Project Management Methodology' e-learning module prior to their attendance at the in-person PM² training session. This module, which takes about 90 minutes to complete, is available on the EU Academy e-learning platform. You can access the e-learning module here: (opens in a new window)PM C1 - PM² Essentials, Project Management Methodology (registration required).

Those who complete the PM² Essentials training course should note that, following their attendance at the training, their name will be shared with the UCD Project Management Community of Practice (PM CoP). This group is for project managers, programme managers and other interested people who play a role in managing projects in UCD. The purpose of the CoP is to tap into the experience of project managers across the university to build and share knowledge, skills, tools, and ways of working, as well as to develop an informal network of like-minded individuals.

For details of upcoming events or to book your place on available courses, please visit the (opens in a new window)HR - Professional Development booking centre  If your chosen course is fully booked or no longer available, you can access the UCD LinkedIn learning portal via your UCD Connect login where you will find a range of eLearning courses. 

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact (opens in a new window)peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

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