Wednesday 23 November 2016

Project Management for Publishing


Projects are vital to all publishing organizations to move forward and implement change. Everyone gets involved in them. They may involve developing new products, new processes and systems, adopting new technologies, reaching new markets, acquiring new business, selecting new suppliers or improving existing processes. Projects are also challenging and often fail to achieve the desired results. This course provides those managing projects as well as those working on them with a template and many supporting tools that can be applied to all projects, large or small, to help ensure successful outcomes. It has a strong emphasis on getting things right at the outset because this is where most problems with projects arise. The programme is highly practical and includes break-out sessions using real project scenarios provided by delegates as well as providing publishing case studies as examples of what works and what doesn’t.


  • The need for project management
  • Project management overview, principles and life cycles
  • Project management methods: starting projects, planning, tracking and controls
  • Publishing case studies
  • Avoiding failure: managing risk, issues
  • Managing change and the people side It’s a team game: roles and responsibilities
  • Break-out sessions throughout using real publishing project scenarios provided by delegates. 

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

Appreciate the benefits of a structured, common sense approach to projects; make new projects achievable and manage them with confidence; bring struggling projects back on track; be aware of the ‘people’ and related ‘change’ factors that can undermine projects; bring together cross-discipline teams to achieve success; make a bigger difference!
Follow up telephone & email consuoltancy support now available.

Who should attend (Level 2 course)

The course will help first time managers and others responsible for managing projects that introduce change in any area within an organization. It will also be suitable for those who are involved in projects as team members. It is relevant to all functions and disciplines within any publishing organization, ranging from large publishing groups to smaller society publishers.

Delegate Comments

"Good overview of different elements of project management. I enjoyed the case studies and breakout sessions." Heather McKenna, IOP Publishing

"Good mix of presentations/ slides, and interactive activities. Pitched at just the right level. Great day!" Jayne Burton, BMJ 

"Jim didn’t just read through the notes, lots of discussion which was interesting and the course notes will be useful for reference." Rachel Walker, Society for General Microbiology 


Jim Russell, RPM AssociatesJim Russell

Jim is a highly experienced project management consultant who runs his own training and consultancy company. He has extensive experience in the publishing industry where he has managed and advised on many projects as well as providing training, coaching and strategic consultancy. He has worked with a broad range of organizations within the publishing sector and continues to be a practising project manager which ensures his training retains a practical and current edge.

Bridget Pairaudeau, IOP PublishingBridget Pairaudeau

Bridget has worked for IOP Publishing for 17 years first as a project manager, then programme manager and she is now Head of Programme Office. She has extensive experience of running IT and business change initiatives. Some of her favourite projects have been: the rebuild of the journals publishing platform, replacement of in-house peer review system with ScholarOne and the on-boarding of a significant partner with complex change requirements. Bridget’s project management style varies to suit each project, from traditional waterfall to agile. Whatever the approach her focus is on benefits driven design that delivers real positive change within the organization. 

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: 41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH, T: +44 (0)20 3176 2182 (Map) 
Contact: Melissa Marshall  T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team. 

The combination of methodology, theory and case studies was really useful. Thank you!

Emma Bohan, School of Advanced Study

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 23 Nov 2016
  • Wed 23 Nov 2016
  • 41 Portland Place, , London