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Project Management Essentials

Many of us recognize that the most important challenge in our jobs today is the management of various projects. These challenges may include managing clients, new research projects, initiating a new employee recruitment campaign, the creation of a new marketing program or new product launches.  Whatever your projects are, they require you to have sound project management skills.

Date:  October 16 - 18, 2014 (2 or 3 days | October 18: lab date for 3-day option only)
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West
Fees:
2 Days: $895 | 3 Days: $1095;
Day 3 only - Microsoft® Project Tutorial: $299

PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs):
2-day workshop - 14
3-day workshop - 21


 Description

This skill-based workshop offers a practical ‘starter kit’ for participants in the form of tools and insights.  Participants have the chance to delve not only into the solid principles of project management, but to put these principles into practice.

During the first two days fundamental project management principles and techniques are addressed.  The principles are based on the Project Management Institute's, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide), and are being successfully applied to projects of all sizes and types within the business world.  Techniques are applied through simple tools and templates that can be immediately applied to your job to address real life project situations.

Following the two day classroom sessions a third day is offered for those wishing to explore the use of Microsoft® Project 2010 as a valuable ally in developing a project plan.   Participants have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to create and monitor a project, in a ‘hands-on’ laboratory setting.


Who Should Attend

Managers responsible for projects as part of their job, professionals who are new to project management or those wishing to enter the field, members of project teams, business analysts, administrative, technical and support staff seeking essential practical knowledge of how to manage projects, as well as practicing project managers looking to hone their skills.


Objectives

 At the end of this 2-day workshop participants will be able to:

  • Develop a Project Charter and Project Plan
  • Identify the stakeholders and meet their expectations
  • Define the scope through work breakdown structures
  • Balance time/resource trade-offs
  • Manage project risk
  • Handle conflict through effective communications
  • Motivate team members

Following the 3rd day participants will be able to use MS Project to:

  • Create a project structure to support top-down planning and reporting
  • Identify and manage the ‘Critical Path’
  • Adapt various MS Project ‘views’ of project data
  • Filter and Sort Project data
  • Develop resource specific ‘calendars’
  • ‘Resource Level’ tasks to balance dual ‘resource constraints’ and ‘time constraints’
  • Set  cost and schedule Baseline

Topics Covered

  • Project Strategy and Initiation
  • Challenges in project management
  • Preparing the project ‘kick-off’
  • Strategy, people, and processes as pillars of project success
  • Team building – a key project management skill
  • Preparing the Project Plan
  • Risk assessment and planning
  • Mapping out stakeholder ‘positions’
  • Managing time/resource/cost trade-offs
  • Project change control
  • Managing progress and the status review process
  • Project closeout and lessons learned
  • Use of templates for scalability and uniformity

Facilitator

Lloyd Bartlett is a senior project manager, consultant and trainer.  He has over 25 years experience in successfully managing a wide variety of projects, large and small.

Mr. Bartlett holds an MBA (specialization in Project Management) from Queen’s University. He is a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec since 1976, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® since 1998.

He serves as coach and consultant to numerous organizations applying project management to improve their business results.  Areas of particular focus include:

  • ‘scalable’ project tracking systems to maximize our time investment
  • project initiation and ‘kick-off’
  • planning tools and facilitation
  • team development and communications
  • project management offices (PMO) to meet organizational needs

A lecturer at McGill University, in 2008 he was presented with the ‘Distinguished Teaching Award’.

Mr. Bartlett is an advisory board member of Project World Canada. He presents regularly to their annual conference, most recently on the topics of stakeholder management and project communications.   


Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.


Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.