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Project Management for Non-Project Managers

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Learn how to streamline and manage projects more efficiently and effectively in everyday business activities.

Organisations more than ever are under pressure to operate and deliver more effectively and efficiently in order to retain their existing customer base as well as to increase their market share. This places greater emphasis on streamlining internal operations, increases focus on customer needs, and on superior service delivery in relation to competitors and within shorter timeframes.

This shift in mind-set requires managers to have the ability to execute and effectively utilise their resources to the best of their ability to derive direct tangible value through the projects they initiate. In today's economic climate, an organisation's ability to deliver against its strategic intent is a critical component to staying competitive and overall relevant.

Project Management is the discipline and process of managing the end-to-end activities within a project life-cycle from the planning, monitoring, and control of all aspects of the project to budgeting, resource management and the motivation of all those involved; to achieve the project objectives on time and to the specified cost, quality and performance, in line with the strategic intent of the organisation.

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Application Dates

Applications Open

19 October 2021

Applications Close

11 March 2022

Admission is based on professional requirements to attain new or enhance your skills.

Minimum Requirements
  • Individuals who are required to manage projects and their delivery but do not have the required project management knowledge and skills.
  • Individuals who have recently become involved with project management who need to gain an understanding of project planning and execution to improve business performance.

Admissions reserves the right to accept only those applicants who are likely to benefit from the programme.


Total Tuition Fee

R 16 900

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees and all prices are subject to change.

Note: These are the tentative schedules and the confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme. These formats are subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously.

Special Requirements

Special Needs: If you have a special need or disability, GIBS will look into accommodating this. However, it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Admissions Office. We recommend you contact before you complete your application. Religious Observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated.

Admission Process
Step 1

Complete your online application form. Please refer to the top right corner of the webpage to apply. 

Step 2

Submit your online application. 

Step 3

Application is processed and you will receive a reference number after your application is successfully received.

Step 4

Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance.

Step 5

The invoice will be issued and payment is to be made.  

Please ensure the billing details are correct when completing the application form as any request to make amendments will delay your application. Ensure you have the VAT number should your company be funding the tuition fees.

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Who should attend?
  • Individuals who are required to manage projects and their delivery but who do not necessarily have the required project management knowledge and skills;
  •  Individuals who are members of a project management team who would like to learn more about the fundamentals of project management;
  • Individuals who have recently become involved with project management who need to gain an understanding of project planning and execution to improve business performance; and
  • Individuals with at least five years' work experience.​

How you will benefit:

At the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Describe the key principles of project management;
  • Use and interpret key project tools and documents;
  • Plan projects;
  • Monitor projects;
  • Control projects;
  • Report on projects;
  • Identify and manage key stakeholders; and
  • Understand the fundamentals of project leadership​.
Key focus areas:

Day one:

  • How projects fit within organisational structures
  • What constitutes project success?;
  • What are the key principles and constructs of a project?;
  • Understanding the natural project lifecycle and the importance of adopting a project methodology (PMBOK®)
  • Depicting project management as a process with critical working components (systems thinking approach). 

Day two:

  • PRINCE2® process review;
  • Key project artefacts;
  • Importance of the project approach you adopt with reference to the waterfall and agile approach; and
  • Key roles within the agile approach.
  • Key process to agile.

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Nana Tankou has been training and consulting for over the past twelve years now. Nana is part-time faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS Business School). Nana has also been involved in multiple projects that mostly deals with streamlining business processes for medium-sized companies in order to help such businesses to improve efficiencies and reduce cost on non-value-added activities.

Nana Tankou holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School in Scotland. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA-UK) and he is a Certified Associate Project Manager CAPM ® with the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI).

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