Foundations of Project Management I

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Monday, 4 February 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 5 February 2019 - 5:00pm

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Thea Koerner House, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Point Grey campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs



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.

"This was one of the best ways I could engage in professional development. I learned a ton about project management and developing teams." - UBC Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Learning teams of approximately five people each will be formed at the beginning of this session and will work together throughout the session. This will enable the participants to enhance their learning from each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create and execute their projects.

Workshop Objective:

This 2-day workshop provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits firsthand.

Learning outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of foundational project management principles
  • Have an emphasized understanding of the importance of team and team dynamics within the context of project management and meeting project deadlines
Key topic areas:
  • Principles of project management and team building
    • Forming new teams and learning from team members past experience
    • Understanding self and others using the Strength Deployment Inventory, a self-scoring questionnaire that identifies, motivations, personal strengths in relating, causes of stress or conflict and each individual’s typical response to conflict
    • Personal styles of learning and problem-solving
    • Creating a team agreement on practices and processes that will enhance their work together
    • Techniques and tools to increase team effectiveness at decision making
    • Planning and conducting effective project meetings
  • Leadership:
    • Role of the leader in decision making
    • Modifying leadership behavior to meet the needs of the situation
  • Project planning concepts
    • Developing and building effective project teams
    • Project planning and scheduling: basics of the critical path method (CPM), work breakdown, time calculations, and shortening the project
    • Collaborative techniques and processes for planning and scheduling projects, establishing positive project practices and procedures, and the monitoring and reporting of progress
    • Risk assessment on the projects planned
  • Review and discussion of learning
    • Providing constructive criticism for positive results

Registration in this workshop is required, and will open closer to the workshop date. Those postdocs who are successfully registered will receive a confirmation email within one week of the workshop date.

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