This workshop covers several PM sub-plans, methods and procedures that span the typical project life-cycle from initiation to project close. It is designed to give the participant the skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager. Participants will examine the role of the project manager and their involvement in managing the life-cycle of a project through defining tasks, time management, scheduling, and resource allocation. The simulation tool is used to reinforce learning.
Course Code: PM104
Duration: 2 days
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM
What parts of the workshop were most valuable and/or beneficial to you?
Discussing real world examples of important concepts
Discussion of issues specific to our company; simulation.
Discussion of the critical path, risk analysis , communication of risks, work breakdown structure
Great instructor - credible and fun!
Group discussions. Workshop brought groups that might not have the opportunity to meet together. Simulation exercise was also really well done.
I enjoyed meeting with the rest of the group and listening to the specifics of the issues they faced in their projects.
I enjoyed the Simulation, also risk management.
I like the engaging activities and exercises.
Interaction with peers, discussing situations as they pertain to daily experiences.
Introduced important project management topics and explained. Day to day activities were engaging.
John's explanation of case studies or examples - helps understand concepts via application. Enjoyed the simulation software as it challenged us.
Multi-level risk mitigation planning, formal communication plan.
Network; risk assessment.
Presenter John was engaging, smart and kept interesting with projects and examples.
Real-life examples/anecdotes. Blank exercises. Instructor's wide/deep knowledge.
Reinforced concepts, give ideas for additional use of techniques and tools in everyday PM job.
Risk management and communication was an excellent session; enjoyed the simulator
Risk management plan understanding of the different risk categories
Simulation and Interaction with colleagues.
Simulation. John's ancedotal experience. Viking game.
Step-by-step intro to PM was extremely clear, easy to follow, and provided great insight into the world of PM.
The application of concepts in the "Viking Exercise" and Gantt chart.
The content is fairly basic for seasoned PM. There is a lot of overlap with training through other venues. The simulation was an enjoyable activity, but I don’t see how it brings value to what we do here.
The discussions using real life situations and the simulator
The lecture/slide presentations. Especially WBS process and communication & risk assessments.
Working on projects together.
What improvements should be made to the workshop?
A better understanding of the project. It will be more helpful if the simulation is using cases in related research project. (Such as drug discovery projects).
Appropriate level of detail and pace. Excellent instructor.
Circulate common project planning tasks, risks, etc.
Day one a little slow.
I did not like the story.
I like everything.
I think the course could be conducted in 1.5 days.
I would have less emphasis or time on the simulation. Make it a 4-6 week project. The time spent on making changes to the project was overshadowed by trying to use practices taught earlier in the day.
I would rather work on a real project, get some intro material and then build a plan, a risk plan, etc.
Leadership skill component would be helpful.
Lecture topics not always strongly correlated to simulation exercise.
Less simulation time
More case studies
More instruction specific to pharma. Also split CTLs from PJMs at least in research if possible to allow discussion applicable to my role.
Pre-workshop software familiarity. Role playing in situations.
Simulations were fun but seemed to be more focused on a business environment than project management for pharma.
Software updates on the simulation program to all split screens. More detailed instructions on how to use the program.
Some additional examples of tools, such as Visio, that can be easily used by PTLs
Using tools that are available within the company.
Comments and suggestions for the facilitators
A clear link between lecture and simulation, ie make and use a communication plan-no time to do this during simulation.
Excellent job and nice balance of active learning vs. lecture.
Excellent, style is perfect for course
Mindfulness of potential gender biases when talking about professions and connecting the thoughts with "he" when it cold also be a "she" example leadership team..."he". Senior managers should take this class! Culture change and support from top down.
More exercises help a lot.
Some exercises were not explained adequately and teams spent some time guessing their given task.
Thanks for the excellent course.
Use of project management software (others also).
Imagine that a coworker asks: what was the workshop like for you? How will you respond?
Excellent course, worth the time.
Fantastic opportunity to learn more about the company – visibility – thought provoking.
Get exposure to management issues and how to deal with risk and issues. (Crash course).
I enjoyed it. It provided a good view on the kinds of challenges project managers face and strategies to address them.
I enjoyed the workshop, as well as interacting with the other members of the project management team. I would like to see and expansion of the creative teams concept.
I like the way concept was introduced, then practice in simulation.
I would recommend it for those new to the role or have not been exposed to the concepts. I would not recommend it to experienced PMs or project leaders.
Informative risk management
Interesting, more broad than I’d have liked.
It is very useful, worthy of investing the time to participate.
It was engaging with good speakers.
It was very useful. Concepts were well presented and the simulation exercise was great in allowing us to apply all concepts.
Most material was at an “entry level” project manager skill set, but good to have it emphasized again.
Since I’m a PJM this course didn’t introduce many new concepts, but helped re-inforce them. The simulation program offered limited learing opportunity.
Very informative, but didn’t reflect my real life and what I can implement on a daily basis.
Very practical, eye opening, helped me view PM within a a more structured framework.
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