Many of us recognize that the most important challenge in our jobs today is the management of various projects. These challenges may include managing clients, new research projects, initiating a new employee recruitment campaign, the creation of a new program or a new product launch. Whatever your projects are, they require you to have sound project management skills.

This skill-based workshop offers a practical ‘starter kit’ for participants in the form of tools and insights. Participants have the chance to delve not only into the solid principles of project management, but to put these principles into practice.

During the first two days, fundamental project management principles and techniques are addressed. The principles are based on the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK®Guide), and are being successfully applied to projects of all sizes and types within the business world. Techniques are applied through simple tools and templates that can be immediately applied to your job to address real life project situations.

Following the classroom sessions a third day is offered for those wishing to explore the use of Microsoft® Project as a valuable ally in developing a project plan. Participants have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to create and monitor a project in a ‘hands-on’ laboratory setting.

Topics Covered

  • Project Strategy and Initiation
  • Challenges in project management
  • Preparing the project ‘kick-off’
  • Strategy, people, and processes as pillars of project success
  • Team building – a key project management skill
  • Preparing the Project Plan
  • Risk assessment and planning
  • Mapping out stakeholder ‘positions’
  • Managing time/resource/cost trade-offs
  • Project change control
  • Managing progress and the status review process
  • Project closeout and lessons learned
  • Use of templates for scalability and uniformity

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this 2-day workshop participants will be able to:

  • Develop a Project Charter and Project Plan
  • Identify the stakeholders and meet their expectations
  • Define the scope through work breakdown structures
  • Balance time/resource trade-offs
  • Manage project risk
  • Handle conflict through effective communications
  • Motivate team members

Following Day 3 participants will be able to use MS Project to:

  • Create a project structure to support top-down planning and reporting
  • Identify and manage the ‘Critical Path’
  • Adapt various MS Project ‘views’ of project data
  • Filter and Sort Project data
  • Develop resource specific ‘calendars’
  • ‘Resource Level’ tasks to balance dual ‘resource constraints’ and ‘time constraints’
  • Set  cost and schedule Baseline

Who Should Attend?

Managers responsible for projects as part of their job, professionals who are new to project management or those wishing to enter the field, members of project teams, business analysts, administrative, technical and support staff seeking essential practical knowledge of how to manage projects, as well as practicing project managers looking to hone their skills.
Section(s) offered
Section Title
Project Management Essentials
Language of Delivery
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Feb 23, 2023
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Mar 02, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Downtown, Montreal
Delivery Format(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $895.00
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 16, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Feb 16, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
No withdrawal request allowed after enrollment
Section Notes

A minimum number of registrations is required for this course section to be offered. The School reserves the right to cancel any course section when a minimum number of registrations has not been reached 7 days prior to the start date. In the event of a cancellation, the course fee will be refunded in full.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd.conted@mcgill.ca.

  • Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
  • Receive a refund minus $50 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
  • No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.

Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

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