Foundations of Project Management II

Date & Time

Monday, 11 March 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 12 March 2019 - 5:00pm

Location

TBA

Organizer

Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Mitacs and Graduate Pathways to Success

 

 

This session is being offered in collaboration with MITACS Training (formerly Mitacs Step). Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.

PLEASE NOTE: Foundations of Project Management I is a pre-requisite for this course. You will not be allowed to attend if you have not completed this pre-requisite. This course uses the same binder of materials given to you in FPMI and it is your responsibility to bring this set of materials with you to this course.

*This is a two-day workshop, and attendance in both days is required.*

Participants will work in learning teams of approximately 5 people formed at the beginning of the two-day course. Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this coursewill emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

Course Objective:

This 2-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to build on the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership identified and applied in Level I, while exploring key concepts in greater detail to further develop participants skills and knowledge in the area of project planning and management.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Through participating and completing this course, participants will: 
  • Solidify concepts and learning from Level I
  • Broaden grasp on project planning and implementation
  • Refine knowledge of CPM application
  • Be able to effectively integrate estimation and budgeting in to project plans
  • Learn planning methods to reduce risk and manage crisis
  • Have a deepened and continued understanding of the importance of team and team dynamics within the context of project management and meeting project deadlines

Key Topics Areas:

Level I: review and discussion on success and application of skills introduced in Level I

Project Plan Implementation

  • Preparing a project overview statement
  • Refinements in the use of CPM: cost and resource planning, and resource constrained schedules
  • Estimating and budgeting
  • Resource scheduling
  • Project procedures: developing a practices manual, responsibility charting, and document schedules
  • Monitoring, measuring and reporting: time and cost reporting systems, trend analysis, and project change control

Crisis management

  • Buffering or protecting bottlenecks or constraints
  • Positive management of project crises
  • Causes and ways of resolving conflict for mutual gains
  • Conducting comparative analyses to evaluate alternative solutions
  • Conducting a post-project review or critique of project practices

Creating the ideal project culture for creativity, innovation, and productivity

  • Collaborative techniques for problem solving and decision-making
  • Giving and receiving constructive criticism
  • Situational Leadership
  • Group process skills, resolving conflict, personal management styles, and working effectively with different personalities
  • Managing contract relationships whether client or contractor

Personal Planning

Learning, review, action planning and project closure

Facilitator

Jim Brosseau has worked in the high-technology sector since 1980, in a variety of roles and responsibilities. He has held successively more responsible positions in military and defence contracting, commercial software development, and training and consulting. He has worked in the QA role, and has acted as team lead, project manager, and director. Jim has been involved with the BCIT Bachelor of Technology program, mentored students at SFU Surrey and the Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow program, acts as a mentor in the New Ventures BC competition, and has been on the Business Advisory Board of the Advanced Systems Institute of BC.

Registration

*As of 9:30 AM on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, this session is full. Those registering after this date will be placed on the waitlist.*

Registration in this session is required, and is now open. There are limited seats available in this session, and those successfully registered will receive an email within one week of the session date.

Graduate students, please register through Graduate Pathways to Success.

** Please note that lunch will not be provided as part of this session. **