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Managing projects efficiently

In the design industry you need to be able to manage a variety of different projects – with different timelines, deadlines and budgets – and most likely, you’ll need to manage them all simultaneously.

How can you make sure you meet all these deadlines, stay within budget and, most importantly, keep clients happy?

At this half-day workshop with design industry expert, Lorna Dallas-Conte, you’ll find out about a series of essential and practical project management tools that will allow you to keep a handle on all your projects and deliver them efficiently.

Following a five step framework, you’ll discover how to manage the process and the people involved, by examining the theory and then working through the practicalities.

Through exercises and discussion this session will cover:
  • Why projects succeed and why they fail
  • How to prioritise conflicting needs
  • Getting the most from software
  • Pitfalls to avoid and how to prevent things going wrong
  • Top tips for managing the project management process
  • You’ll leave with a 5 step framework for effective project management.

By managing your projects efficiently, you’ll ultimately help to increase profitability, positively impact your business and achieve better results for your clients.

Delegate feedback:

“Excellent facilitator, very hands on and challenging/thought provoking.” Suzanna Bailes, Company Secretary/Project Manager, Cohesion Design

“A great workshop to pick up new ideas on improving project management, with just the right amount of discussion and participation.” Paula Anderson, Marketing Executive, Front Page Design

“Great to learn the foundations of the criteria for success in project management.” Abi Murr, Account Executive, Creative Sponge

“A comprehensive workshop to suit everyone from beginner to advanced, where you’ll learn the tips and tricks to manage a project efficiently.” Amanda Smith, Social Media and Digital Projects Manager, Gavin Willis

“A super useful insight into my own capabilities and how to put these into play in my working environment.” Nadja Orwell, Account Executive, forpeople

About: Lorna Dallas-Conte

Lorna’s professional qualifications, career and portfolio span both design and business. With a first degree in Banking followed by a Masters in Design Management, Lorna has first hand experience of project management from a variety of stand points both practical within the sector as well as theoretical.

Lorna has her own consultancy practice which in the past has been commissioned by the Design Council and the Arts Council as well as Business Link regionally and nationally to conduct research and develop tools and services for the Design sector. Lorna has also worked on several projects linked to the regeneration through creativity in the South East. Her business clients include Awarding Bodies, Design and Branding Consultancies as well as micro businesses and individuals.

Lorna is currently combining her consultancy work with supervision of Masters students studying Management of Innovation and Applied Imagination at Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London.


Available as a half-day in-house session for a group of 6 or more. Prices per person:

  • Standard rate £325+vat (£390)
  • DBA members £210+vat (£252)

We are able to offer the following discount structure to the standard ticket price, based on the numbers attending the session:

  • 8-10 people – 5% discount
  • 11+ people – 10% discount

To discuss availability, please contact us at or call 020 7251 9229.

All DBA events and training courses are subject to standard terms and conditions which can be read in full here.

Image credits: © Oleksandr Brylov


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