GPS/Mitacs Event: Foundations of Project Management I: A Team-based Approach (2 days)

Date & Time

Thursday, 24 October 2013
09:00 to 17:00

Location

Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Step

Registration Closed / Past Event

 
 

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day workshop (Thursday, October 24 & Friday, October 25) and participants must commit to attending both days to register.

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.

Learn to plan and work with others to get things done! We encourage you to take this opportunity to experience firsthand the power of effective project management! From academia to industry to your personal life, these skills will help you succeed.

All graduate students and post doctoral fellows are invited to attend this two-day Project Management Workshop. You will learn to fine-tune your ability to organize and complete your work and research.

Learning Outcomes

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 in their projects.

  • Forming new teams and learning from team members past experience
  • Principles of project management and team building
  • 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.
  • Creating a team agreement on practices and processes that will enhance their work together
  • Techniques and tools to increase team effectiveness at decision making
  • Project planning concepts
  • Using Critical Path Method (CPM) to schedule project activities
  • Collaborative project planning - teams will follow an interactive agenda to develop plans for selected projects
  • Risk assessment on the projects planned
  • Review and discussion of learning
     

Who will benefit most from this workshop? Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have attended the Introduction to Project Management session or who have gained some experience in project management through other courses, their studies or on the job.

Instructor: Jim Brosseau. Jim 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.

Registration: Seats are limited to 24 participants. Participants must commit to attending both days. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please visit http://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g2c7e .

Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail.

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

For information on upcoming GPS Events, please visit Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies-Graduate Pathways to Success Program.

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.