Foundations of Project Management I

Date & Time

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
09:00 to 17:00


Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Rd, UBC, Point Grey campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Step

Registration Closed / Past Event


This is a 2-day workshop. Participants must commit to attending full days, both Tuesday, Oct 21 and Wednesday, Oct 22.

Seats are limited to 24 participants. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:

* This session is being offered in collaboration with the MITACS Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.

Workshop Objectives

Gain a clear understanding of the planning, scheduling, leadership and team-building tools necessary to manage a successful project. Benefit from experiential learning by working in groups to develop a project.

Learning Outcomes

You will understand:

  • Foundational project management principles
  • How to get the most from your project team
  • How to meet project deadlines

Key Topics

Principles of Project Management and Team Building

  • Forming new teams
  • Planning and conducting effective project meetings
  • Utilizing the experience of team members
  • The Strength Deployment Inventory
  • Personal styles of learning and problem solving
  • Team agreement on practices and processes
  • Team decision making


  • The role of leaders in decision making
  • Leadership behaviours in different situations

Project Planning and Scheduling

  • Basics of the Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Work breakdown, time calculations, and shortening the project
  • Collaborative techniques and processes
  • Positive project practices and procedures
  • Monitoring and reporting progress
  • Risk assessment

Review and Discussion

  • Constructive criticism for positive results

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.

Who will benefit most from this workshop?  Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have gained some experience in project management through other courses, their studies or on the job.

Refreshments: Light lunch and beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own mug.

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If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.