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Fundamentals of Project Management // Skills Programs

Learning Objectives

This hands-on one day program is designed to provide participants with essential project management skills.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the five steps of the project management framework
  • Apply the five steps to an upcoming project utilizing common project management tools
  • Define the planning fallacy and its impact on project management
  • Identify the preliminary thinking prior to initiating a project
  • Define roles and responsibilities of key project stakeholders and discuss the importance of collaboration to better manage projects
  • Define organizational culture and its impact on managing scope, quality, costs and dates
  • Identify and quantify risks and explore risk-mitigating strategies
  • Apply various time management tools to insure smooth project execution
  • Describe the importance of formally closing projects, celebrating successes and completing lessons learned sessions




  • Introduction
  • Learning objectives
  • Best/worst
  • Planning an event

Five Steps to Project Management

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Overview of framework
  • The planning fallacy and implications
  • Introduction to common tools

Initiate (Preliminary Thinking)

  • Define project outcomes
  • Establish timelines and milestones
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Define roles and responsibilities
  • Assess cultural implications
  • Information known and needed
  • Resources required
  • Assumptions
  • Define dependencies

Build the Project Plan

  • Identify actions
  • GANTT chart/RACI chart
  • Identify risks and mitigation strategies

Communication Plan

  • Importance
  • Difference between status, progress and forecasting
  • Common project tracking techniques
  • Impact and input

Execute + Manage

  • Review progress
  • Managing time
  • Managing conflict
  • Best practices

Wrap Up

  • Recognition and celebration
  • Capturing and applying lessons

Workshop Close