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ISS Project Management Workshop - June 2-3 & 9-10, 2014

Schedule: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: McConnell Engineering Building - Room 12

N.B.: June 3 only -  (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) - Location - Frank Dawson Adams Building (FDA) - Room 1; other times location is McConnell Engineering - Rm. 12


Participants should expect the workshop to familiarize them with Project Management (PM) precepts and help them to develop an understanding of the PM principles.

The 4-day workshop will be taught by: Lloyd Bartlett

Project Management - 2014


Summary of Teacher/Experience:

Lloyd Bartlett, is a senior project manager, consultant and trainer. He has over 30 years experience in successfully managing a wide variety of projects, on both a national and international scale. These projects have included both ‘hard delivery’ such as engineering works and ‘soft delivery’ initiatives such as studies and standards development.   The common thread underpinning the success of his approach is the focus on objectives and stakeholder commitment to those objectives.

Academic and Professional Training:

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.

In 2008, Mr. Bartlett was presented by the McGill Centre for Continuing Studies with a ‘Distinguished Teaching Award’ for his teaching of Project Management.  In 2012, he received from Project Management Institute Montreal the ‘Prix Elixir’ for contribution to project management.

Mr. Bartlett currently 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

 The cost of the workshop is $100 plus taxes for non-ISS students. The deadline to register: May 30, 2014. To register click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations requests must be made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 for reimbursement (unless a medical note is provided).


Objectives of the workshop:

Course overview:

This course is designed to prepare students to be able to organise and lead a project to successful completion.   This skill, as much as technical expertise, is being sought and valued more and more in today’s business and research environments.

This is a hands-on course, focusing not only on what project management is, but on how to apply proven tools and techniques to make project management work.

Students completing this course will be able to:

  • Apply a basic framework for managing virtually any type of project
  • Understand basic principles supporting this framework, as reflected within the worldwide standard Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Fifth Edition
  • Develop a project plan which will guide the project to completion
  • Evaluate a project and its environment, identify underlying issues, and recommend corrective action.
  • Interpret and manage inherent trade-offs between time, costs, scope and resources.
  • Articulate the key role, responsibilities and skills required of effective project managers and of productive team members.
  • Apply techniques for building and leading effective project teams.

Course format and materials:

  • Lectures, exercises, case discussions, group work
  • Course pack included in the course including presentation materials, articles and templates.

Course outline:

Day 1: The Groundwork

The Context of Project Management

  • Cost/time/quality tradeoffs
  • Stakeholder management
  • Defining the problem/opportunity
  • Pre-Feasibility Study – the ‘Business Case’

 Project Definition Phase

  • Project objectives and deliverables
  • Key roles: project champion, project manager, project team members
  • The ‘Project Charter’

 Day 2: Planning the details

 Project Planning Phase

  • Project Kick-off
  • Team Charter
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Stakeholders Analysis
  • Using MS Project to guide the project

 Day 3: Monitoring progress

Project Execution Phase

  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities through ‘RACI Chart’
  • Adjusting for resource overallocations
  • Factoring risk
  • Schedule ‘Crashing’ to recover time
  • Scope Change Management

Day 4 – Delivering the Project

Project Execution Phase (cont’d)

  • Work Progress Input Sheet
  • Project Action Log
  • Project Status Update
  • Meeting Effectiveness and Team Assessment
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Earned Value Reporting

Project Closure Phase

  • Lessons Learned
  • Final Report

Course Wrap-up


The ISS Training Program is funded in part by Funded in part by the National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada and by the Participating Universities:  

  Training program activities hosted by McGill University     ISS hosted in concert with Universite de Sherbrooke          ISS hosted in concert with Ecole Polytechnique       ISS hosted in concert with INRS