Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Introduction to Project Management (Project Management)

Available dates

Mar 3—4, 2020
2 days
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
CAD 1255 ≈USD 948
CAD 627 per day
Mar 5—6, 2020
2 days
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CAD 1255 ≈USD 948
CAD 627 per day


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About the course

Practical and effective management techniques for the successful manager

The Introduction to Project Management 2-day course is designed to give new project managers and project team members the essential tools they need to deliver successful projects on time and on budget. The course covers the complete project lifecycle, from initial project proposal and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often neglected project completion phase

What You Will Learn

This course is made up of short lectures, definitive case histories, role plays and theory joined with the latest real life experience. There are small, focused discussion groups that will challenge you, non-traditional assignments that will cause you to question your preconceptions, and plenty of learning-by-doing:

  • Identify and select projects
  • Establish a project framework to complete the project
  • Develop a project charter (authorization)
  • Develop a project plan
  • Develop a communication plan
  • Identify project risk and mitigation strategies
  • Manage a routine project

Program Content

Project Management Fundamentals

What are projects? Why do we do them? In this module, discover the art and science of project management.

  • What is project management and why is it valuable?
  • Project constraints
  • Critical success factors
  • Project lifecycles
  • PM knowledge areas
  • PM processes
  • Project organization and roles

Project Initiation

Defining the "what" and "why"of a project is the first step to success.

  • Preliminary scope statement
  • Identifying objective
  • requirements, assumptions and constraints
  • Project steward: manager or leader?
  • Establish project vision
  • Project charter

Project Planning

Processes and tools to mature the project scope, develop the PM plan and identify and schedule activities.

  • Detailed scope statement
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • network diagrams
  • Critical Path Method
  • Scheduling

Project Execution

Once the plan is established, it's time to execute to achieve the project objectives.

  • Risk identification and analysis
  • Risk prevention and mitigation
  • Communications management
  • Stakeholder identification and assessment

Monitoring and Control

Processes for tracking, reviewing and regulating the progress and performance of the project, including implementing changes as needed.

  • Change control
  • Earned Value
  • Status Reporting

Project Closing

Processes performed to finalize all activities across all Process Groups to formally close a project or phase.

  • Close out activities
  • Knowlege management
  • Close out report

Change Management

Projects by their very nature create change, and experience change as they progress, requiring managers that can lead and be responsive.

  • Project and change integration
  • Human reactions to change
  • Planning organizational change
  • Making change sustainable

Simulation and Course Review

Participants will work in teams to put the knowledge and tools from the previous modules into practice on a simulated project. A course review will wrap up the two days.

Who should attend

The Introduction to Project Management course is ideal for those in any industry or sector who are working on projects. You do not need a university degree to attend. Past participants have included:

  • New managers and project managers
  • Those undertaking unique projects
  • Corporate department heads
  • Property developers and realtors
  • Senior executives with business planning responsibilities
  • Systems, manufacturing and operations personnel
  • Engineering professionals
  • Technology and research managers
  • Event managers

Trust the experts

Dale Christenson

Dale Christenson is the founder and president of the Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc. He is a Certified Management Consultant and Project Management Professional specializing in project management consulting and training. He combines an extensive academic background with real-world ex...


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