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Project Management Essentials

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PM Essentials is designed to give participants the skills and tools needed to improve his or her project management (PM) success from kickoff through completion. This is a hands-on workshop where participants learn and apply essential PM techniques to a case study before applying them to their own project. Based on the top reasons that projects fail, the content of this workshop will increase project success. By the end of the day, learners will have a personal project plan workbook ready for immediate application.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a project plan for a personal project
  • Apply essential project management techniques to their project
  • Create a risk management plan
  • List project work packages
  • Prioritize project work
  • Develop a project work schedule
  • Examine the role of the stake holder
  • Manage expectations through communication
  • Use the critical path to manage a project

Topics & Content

  • Why projects fail
  • Project startup and scope
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Communication plan
  • Project work packages
  • Work prioritization
  • Critical path and its importance to project management
  • Schedule development
  • Project risk identification
  • Risk management

Course Information

Course Code: PM106
Duration: 1 day
Targeted Audience: Anyone interested in PM

  • CBRN - 7 CEU(s)
  • OPM - 7 CLP(s)
  • PMI - 7 PDU(s)
  • SHRM - 7 PDC(s)

Course Feedback

What parts of the workshop were most valuable and/or beneficial to you?

Learning about project management

Some examples that were provided.

Hands on workshop.

Had the opportunity to work through key concepts to get a better understanding of material.

It went through the basics well.

Importance of WBS and its uses among other activities such as costs by interval, RACI, critical path.

Understanding how to determine time and put together network charts.

The network scheduling exercise.

All of it.

I enjoyed the stories and information. Thought it was informative.

Different forms and parts of project management

Team exercises.

Group activities which allowed our teams to brainstorm answers to various prices.

Critical path, risk analysis/issue.

Exercises/real-life scenarios.

Communication plan, Gantt chart.

Learning about the Gantt chart.

Group activities.

I enjoyed that the instructor talked about our real-world scenarios.

Group work

Terminology, methodology, frameworks are industry standards.

Evaluating risks

Risk management

Risk Management

To have an eye on quality

I found the risk management portion very interesting and informative.

Group work and exercises provided in-person experience with a new concept

I enjoyed the group activities.

The real life examples

Working in groups, was good to see in practice how principles might show up

The group exercises were most beneficial

The amount of detail the instructor went into explaining each concept

Project time management, using the Microsoft Project software

Group activities, textbook

Learning how to request funding and create statements of work. This is a core practice of our company.

Group exercises that demonstrate key concepts

I thought doing examples provided insight into applications and usefulness in various diagrams.

In-class group projects were very beneficial in learning concepts

Hands on exercises.

The discussions of quality and Six Sigma

What improvements should be made to the workshop?

Some collective perspective of issues in an organization like ours and how to tackle in a practical world.



Incorporate into the slide deck the slide which was added after question. Also incorporate the Titanic material into the handout.

None - excellent.


I thought this workshop covered the appropriate amount of material.

Don't know.

16 x 9 slides, further group activity.


No suggestions.


A little shorter.

I think an integral part of learning project management is through exercises. I think it'd be beneficial to make this 2 days with a bigger exercise component.

Fixing the projector.

Splitting the course over 2 days would make paying attention much easier.

Although interesting, I don't know if the history of some of the methods needs to be said.

It's my experience that we focus on proposing projects over managing a team. More focus on this practice would be appreciated.

Assume a basic understanding is known of project management

Maybe less time spent doing group activities. Too much down time.


More group activities to break up the lecture

More real-life examples throughout, not just at the end.

Maybe go more in what the company does if that's possible?

Less time 4-5 hours

Condense the material

Make it shorter

Keeping team activities to a shorter time

Comments and suggestions for the facilitators

A few ums and uhs (very few). Took several tries before hypothetical PMs were female in anecdotes.

Cannot make the class better. Was skeptical as this was project management and was expecting it to be dry.

16 x 9 slides.

Nice work explaining risk management.

Very enjoyable day. Thank you.

None - excellent.


John, you did a fantastic job.

Interesting - best instructor I have had in quite a while.

Examples helped a lot!

Great instructor; great examples; very interesting. I was impressed that John knew our names and the details we shared about ourselves during the introductions and weaved that into the class.

Great instructor, great presentation skills, connected with class. Good use of exercises

It was good. I like the stories.

The instructor was great and very knowledgeable.

Great class!

Great class

Enjoyed the class

Great job the class was very informative

Knowledgeable, informative

Your experience/stories help and are quite interesting

Very knowledgeable and engaging presenter

One or two jokes to change the environment

Very knowledgeable of the material. Good speaker, easy to talk to and kept the class engaged.

Keep personal stories short

No suggestions.

John is a true professional and excellent presenter.

Imagine that a coworker asks: what was the workshop like for you? How will you respond?

Very helpful for understanding projects from multiple perspectives. Also helpful for personal project management.

Enjoyable experience, reinforced areas of PM and project planning, and communication.

I will let them know how informative it was and share some of the knowledge I learned.

Excellent class and instructor and a great overview of project management essentials.

Allowed me to better understand and utilize the PM processes and techniques.

Informative and helpful yet mildly long. You must take this class. Good use of your time.

Great, informative, must have.

Very informative in the essentials and enjoyable.

Very good information to take back and apply on the job.

It was very informative and I recommend it to others.

Thought that this workshop is relatable to everyday life.

Very informative and practical.

Beneficial/worthwhile, engaging.

Very interesting, worthwhile to attend

Worth attending

It was good, worth taking.

Learned basics in project management

It was very beneficial and provided helpful information on the basics of project management

Is a good start to get to know the world of PM

Sufficient for an introduction to Project Management

It was a little long and some parts lost my attention but overall good

Was very useful for my project


Informative without being overbearing

It was very interesting and related well to our job

Interesting and useful for the future

Informative class on project management.

I learned a lot.

Very informative; gave me the project management essentials I need for my team.

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