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Project Management Essentials

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CMPW 8043

Special offer: New discounted price!

One of the most important challenges in our jobs today is the management of various projects. Some of these challenges include managing internal and external clients, research projects, marketing campaigns, and a new product launch (to name a few).

Over six half-day sessions, Project Management Essentials will provide you with an introduction to the key elements that leaders or team members working on projects need to know in order to be successful.

Program details

Date: June 16-18 & June 23-25, 2020 (six half-day sessions)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Offered via virtual training
Fee: $1395 +HST $1245 +HST

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Method of delivery

This course was created using sound instructional design principles and is specifically tailored to an e-learning environment, taking advantage of the latest tools in our e-learning platform to create a learning experience that is interactive, engaging, and effective.  While training will still contain some elements of instruction (lectures) with slides and voiceover, we also include a video window in which the learners can see the instructor’s face, and this makes the experience more personal. Additionally, where learners have their own webcams, we may allow learners to see each other as participants ask questions or provide input.

Additional interactivity is included with the ability to have online polls and quizzes throughout the Instructor-Lead eLearning course delivery. For example, to assess comprehension, participants may be asked to complete a short online quiz at the end of each course module. The results of these interactive polls and quizzes are immediately available to the facilitator who can use the data to address any gaps or areas of confusion.

Facilitators may also create online “breakout rooms” in which the online class is divided into smaller subgroups, with each group being given their own online discussion space and activities. When in breakout mode, participants can hear the voices of the others in their group and may see their webcam images, if this feature is enabled by the facilitator. In addition, the group members may share their own screens with each other if they have materials they wish to show the group. Facilitators can monitor the progress of each group and can join each subgroup to answer questions or help them along with their group activity. This ensures the course participants feel connected with the other learners and the instructor.

The online learning technology, combined with a skilled facilitator, will ensure a positive and productive learning environment.

Learning objectives

Introduction and PM Context

  • Portfolios, programs, projects
  • Project success, project life cycles
  • Workshops: Project priorities, project success

Initiating the Project

  • Stakeholders and requirements
  • Project team, working in a matrix
  • Workshops: Project stakeholders, project charter

Planning the Project

  • Work breakdown structure
  • Project change control
  • Communications planning
  • Estimating
  • Project risk management
  • Critical path scheduling
  • Workshops: WBS, critical path scheduling, change control, project communications plan, risk management, project schedule

Project Execution

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Scope management
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Workshops: roles and responsibilities, conflict management, schedule updates, reporting and control

Project Closure

  • Closing and lessons learned

Who should attend?

This seminar is suitable for individuals who are responsible for managing smaller projects, or those on a project team of any size, especially those who have not yet been exposed to the tools, techniques and terminology of formal project management.


Janice Petley has over 20 years of project management experience as an Executive Producer, Producer, and Production Manager. Her typical assignments are definitely project management, but are anything but “typical”. Her event experience spans a wide range of projects: from classical theatre at the Stratford Festival and symphony concerts in the United States, to stadium and arena opera productions in cities such as Tokyo, Munich, and Brussels.

She holds both a BA from University of Western Ontario, a BEd from Queen’s University, and has her Project Management Professional designation. She also has an MBA.

Don Dickson is a project and portfolio management consultant with 25 years of project management experience ranging from team member to managing programs and both establishing and running project management offices (PMOs). This experience spans various industries from government, heavy construction, ship building, nuclear and information technology.

Helping companies implement and optimize their PMO governance processes, Don specializes in Demand Management, Capacity Management, Resource Management, Portfolio Management, and Project Management as supported by CA Technologies' Clarity PPM Software.

Don has a Diploma in University Teaching which he used for ten years as an instructor of undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Business. He continues to use these skills now as a corporate trainer for Procept.

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