Project Management Essentials: Part 1 - The Fundamentals

  • Project Management
  • Course Code: 96006

Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage real world projects with success.

This course covers the complete project life cycle — from project initiation and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often-neglected project completion phase. Integration of a realistic project simulation throughout the course challenges participants with the same kinds of twists and turns that real projects often experience. With expert facilitation by some of today’s top thought leaders in project management, this course is ideal for those that want to obtain a solid foundation in project management fundamentals.

This is the first of three courses within our “essential series”, however, project team members and project managers involved in small to mid-size projects may find that this is the only project management course they will ever need.

For organizations, this course supports Project Management - adopting flexible approaches to project-based work.

Do you need a different date or location? We offer Courses On Request.

How You Will Benefit

Through project simulation, group exercises, and discussion, participants completing this workshop will be able to…

  • Identify key contributors to project failure and apply specific project management techniques to reduce those causes
  • Identify options for structuring a project team, and select the most appropriate for a situation
  • Plan specific actions to overcome key challenges of working within a Matrix Organization
  • Use specific project management tools, designed to obtain high level buy-in among key project stakeholders before investing large amounts of time in detailed planning
  • Identify key areas of project risk, assess their impact and identify options for responding
  • Develop a work breakdown structure to break a project down into discrete, manageable activities complete with measurable deliverables
  • Model the flow and timing of a project during the planning stages, and test different “what-if” scenarios to both optimize and ensure that a project is “doable” before starting
  • Identify “critical path activities” to reduce unnecessary project delays and undertake high priority tasks first
  • Recognize appropriate uses of contingency to minimize the negative effects of unknowns on the schedule and allow resources time within the schedule to complete non-project activities without impacting project deliverables
  • Given several ways of using contingency, assess the pros and cons of each
  • Assess project resource requirements, recognize resource assumptions and evaluate resource conflicts and potential solutions
  • Apply specific techniques to reduce scope creep during project planning, monitoring and control
  • Use specific tools and techniques to improve communication with project stakeholders
  • Apply specific tools and techniques to create a productive project team environment
  • Compare current project status to an original plan to identify potential problems and make proactive decisions based on accurate data
  • Recognize elements of a properly closed out project, and avoid the syndrome of the “project that never dies”


Who Should Attend


Individuals who are both new to project management and experienced project managers who have not had formal project management training, project team members, subject matter experts who contribute to projects and “accidental” project managers - those for whom project management is a secondary part of their role.

When delivered in-house, Project Management Essentials is very effective in “jump-starting” a team embarking on a medium to large-scale project, and can be held over three consecutive days, or 1 day/week over three consecutive weeks.




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Course Reviews

  • Past Participant, Refugees And Citizenship Canada Mar 19, 2021

  • Past Participant, Canada Lands Company Ltd Jan 20, 2021

    The PDF manual - too much space wasted on the page for the copyright notice, would like to make this smaller/move to bottom so we have more space for note-taking. This text often overlapped important course content on the page.- Miro - although a great tool, it seemed all over the place. Would have been beneficial to have the activities in more of an organized placement, trying to travel throughout the big document was a bit tricky on the brain- Would have appreciated the booklet with the digital templates on day 1 versus last day- First day - too much time to do house keeping and intro's - slow to get into the meat and potatoes on this day- The slides with photos of the templates are very hard to read - text is too small, fuzzy- Would prefer to work with different group members each day so we have a chance to meet with and partner with everyone- Slide 73 has text overlap - needs to be fixed- Format of page 91 is wonky, the copyright is blocking some of the page; also it would be helpful if the 'legend' and activity was colour coded- Would have been great to see a demo of project management scheduling software instead of theoretically talking about it- too many slides - a bit overwhelming. We raced to the finish line at the end and there were a lot of slides I felt she could have cut out.

  • Past Participant, The Beer Store Jan 20, 2021

    This course was very excellent. It help me connect its material and philosophies to the practical application of my work.

  • Past Participant, Office Of The Superintendent Of Bankruptcy Canada Jan 20, 2021

    very well crafted course and the examples really made you think about the PM process. Was not boring since Carl kept you engaged the entire time and the content was excellent and relevant. good that there was No 101 type of information. Organization of the course was excellent, excellent and excellent......and most of all seamless. breaks were very well managed with a timer for the amount of the break....this allowed folks on line to manage betterconference calls and group chats were excellent.

  • Jack Barron, IT Manager, Town of Essex Sep 15, 2021

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