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Troubled Project Recovery

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Group discounts available (see below for details)

We’ve all heard the stories of projects that are in trouble due to constantly changing requirements (“scope creep”) and the devastating impact that this has on project plans and teams. How do we avoid getting caught in “design churn”?

Other projects get in trouble because they lack effective sponsorship and communication with stakeholders or face meddling stakeholders who constantly interfere with the operations of the project. How do we deal with issues raised by these stakeholders in the face of short timelines and small budgets?

Using case studies to bring the topic to life, Troubled Project Recovery introduces participants to the major causes of troubled projects. You will learn strategies for avoiding troubled projects in the first place and how, if facing one, a structured framework for recovery along with some practical techniques that can be applied.

NOTE: This is a 1-day seminar split into two half-day sessions. This seminar also provides a total of 7 PMI PDU’s.

Learning objectives

During this workshop, you will learn to understand:

  • common causes of troubled projects and how to avoid them,
  • a framework describing a structured approach to project recovery, and
  • multiple techniques to battle common troubled project issues

Program details

Dates: TBD
Time: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Atlantic)
Location: Virtual
Fee: $695 (+HST)
Instructor: Kevin Aguanno

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Group Discount: Send 3 or more participants from your company and receive a 10% discount. Contact an account manager for more information.

How this seminar works

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.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for intermediate and advanced project managers across all industries.


Kevin Aguanno (CMC, CSPM (IPMA-B), PMP, Cert.APM, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, SDC, SMC, SPOC, FPMAC, FAPM) is currently the president of Procept Associates Ltd. and its two subsidiaries: Procept USA LLC and TidalShift Inc. With over 25 years of managing complex systems integration and software development projects, Aguanno is known in the industry for his innova­tive approaches to solving common project management problems. He focuses on three project management specialty areas: agile project management, troubled project recovery, and project methodology consulting.

As a well-known keynote speaker, trainer, and executive coach in agile management meth­ods, Aguanno has taught thousands of people how to better manage high-change projects by using techniques from Scrum, Extreme Programming, Feature-Driven Development, OpenUP, and other agile methods. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and private corporate events where he delights audiences with practical advice peppered with fascinating stories from his own experiences in the trenches practicing agile project management.

He has taught for several years at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto where he won the coveted SCS Excellence in Teaching Award and is a regular guest lecturer in software engineering and project management classes at several other universities.

Kevin Aguanno holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master's in Project Management from the School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University.

He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and his competency is certified by IBM as a Certified Executive Project Manager and by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) as a Senior Project Man­ager (IPMA Level B). He is also certified by the Scrum Alliance as both a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). He is also certified by the Project Management Association of Canada as a Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM) and holds the PMI Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) designation from the Project Management Institute. Lastly, Aguanno holds the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada).

Kevin is an active member of the Project Management Institute (U.S.A.) including the Information Systems SIG, the Association for Project Management (U.K.), the Project Management Association of Canada where he is a founding director and the current President, the Agile Alliance, and the Scrum Alliance.

He is accredited by the International Project Management Association (founded in Switzerland) as a project management competency assessor, and he performs IPMA assessments for the ASAPM in the U.S.A. and the PMAC in Canada, for both of which the IPMA awarded him the honorary designation of First Assessor.

In 2013, the PMAC formally recognized Aguanno with its highest honor by naming him a Fellow of the Project Management Association of Canada (FPMAC) and in 2015, the UK's Association for Project Management honoured Aguanno by naming him a Fellow (FAPM).

Kevin Aguanno is the author of over 30 books, audiobooks, and DVDs in addition to a number of articles published in magazines and journals worldwide.

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