Project Management for Publishers

Understanding_Project_Mgmt_594109826.jpgPublishing houses outsource increased amount of work to freelancers and vendors who are managed by in-house staff across all departments. As a result of this, fewer personnel juggle more complex publications in less time, and this development expects staff in all departments to organise their own time effectively, to develop project management skills and to use them proficiently.

In this course you will learn how to use project management tools to approach a task in a structured way, learn how to identify pitfalls and how to avoid them so that you feel confident pulling the strings: act instead of react.

This course was originally called 'Understanding Project Management'.

Who will benefit from this course?

Publishing professionals whose daily life is increasingly complex and need to successfully steer one or more projects to deliver key objectives. If you work with freelancers and vendors, including Designers, Editors, Media Producers and Digital Product Managers, then this is the course for you.


Enrol on this course

Learn how to…

  • organise your time efficiently to achieve goals in less time
  • learn how to plan a project as part of the life cycle and how to prepare yourself for stumble blocks
  • balance budget, schedules and scope to ensure profitability, publication on time and high quality while minimising stress
  • build relationships and communicate efficiently to establish yourself as the lynchpin of the project.


  • Time management
    Acknowledging tasks and time needed
    Planning your work
    Categorising and prioritising tasks
  • Project planning and the project life cycle
    Stages in the project life cycle
    The benefits of having a life cycle
    Reviewing the plan
  • Budget
    Achieving realistic estimates
    Monitoring budget and spend
    Communicating budget and spend
  • Scheduling
    Setting up realistic schedules
    Identifying milestones
    Monitoring progress
    Bringing the schedule back on track
  • Risk management
    Ways of approaching risks
    Risk management plan
    Communicating risks
  • Scope and change
    Defining scope and gathering requirements
    Controlling change
  • Communication and team work
    When communication is not working
    Communication plan
    Conflict and negotiation
    Leading the team without reporting line.


Course Director

John Deans
Sam Derby




Our short courses are run at a variety of venues in Central London. Information and directions can be found on our Contact Us page. Please check your Joining Instructions for your specific course venue.

Note that most of our short courses can also be run as In-Company events.


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A one-day course


  • 13 May 2020


A number of discounts are available

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