Foundations of Project Management II (2 Days)

Date & Time

Tuesday, 17 March 2020
09:00 to 17:00

Location

Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, Postdoctoral Fellows Office, and Mitacs Training

Registration Opens

Monday, 9 March 2020 - 9:00am
 
 

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 course will emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

* This session is being offered in collaboration with the MITACS program. Mitacs offers a holistic, interdisciplinary 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.

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.

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

Gary Robinson is president of E.M. Sciences Ltd, a management consulting firm formed in 1975 to meet the needs of project-oriented businesses. Specific services include organization development and culture change, management training and coaching, collaborative project planning, work redesign, team building and project partnering processes, project management critique, strategic planning, conflict resolution and continuous productivity and quality improvement. The purpose of his consulting is to increase the productivity of teams, organizations, and managers in ways that will also improve the quality of working life for people in the organization.

Gary has an M.Sc. in Engineering and an M.Sc. in Organization Development. Partly as a result of his first career as an engineering manager, most of his work is done with projects or with companies whose services and products are delivered as projects. His clients in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, India and Korea have included engineering companies, architectural firms, contractors, manufacturers, federal and provincial governments and crown corporations, city governments, high tech research and development firms, software design companies, oil companies, universities, hospitals, community agencies, and a variety of voluntary organizations.

He is a Registered Professional Organization Development consultant (RODP) in the International Organization Development Institute, a member of the Project Management Institute, and a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, March 9 at 9:00am.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to participate. Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail graduate.pathways@ubc.ca

NOTE: Postdoctoral Fellows who would like to attend this session need to register through the Postdoctoral Fellows Office.  

NO-SHOW FEE: No-shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no-show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 2 business days in advance by e-mailing graduate.pathways@ubc.ca. If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged

Accessibility

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