Engineers, geoscientists, and technical specialists have identified issues that they have in common with ineffective project management practices. Some of the most frequent include:
- Lack of involvement in decisions affecting their role.
- Lack of respect between disciplines.
- Top down communications.
- Incomplete information in communications.
- Being micromanaged.
- Lack of consultation in planning, and
- Autocratic organizational culture.
Using a team approach to planning, scheduling, monitoring, and problem solving on projects prevents all of these issues. Technical project management techniques are combined with the team process needed to achieve the greatest value.
The Project Management Institute has accepted this course as contributing 14 education hours toward the achievement of the certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Documentation of hours and content can be provided for those who require it.
Teams of 4–5 members will be formed at the beginning of the course to learn and experience collaborative project team processes for:
- Planning and scheduling projects.
- Identifying and managing risks.
- Establishing agreements on team practices.
- Improving team meetings.
- Understanding how to work with different personalities.
- Monitoring and evaluating project progress, and
- Improving project practices.
- Overview agenda and introduction to workshop.
- Introduction to project management and team building.
- Forming new teams – learning from past experience.
- Working with different personalities using the Strength Deployment Inventory, a self-scoring questionnaire to understand personal and team strengths, causes of conflict, style of resolving conflict.
- Team skills in decision making:
- Guidelines for team meetings, and
- Developing a team agreement on practices.
- Basics of project planning.
- Using CPM for scheduling, and
- Overview of collaborative team project planning agenda.
- Teams prepare project plans for chosen projects.
- Risk analysis of team planned projects.
- Discussion and debriefing of risk analysis and team planning process.
- How much detail is useful in the plan.
- Making estimates realistic and preventing resource overloading.
- Monitoring progress and trends.
- Project process review and ideas for improvement.
- Feedback in teams.
- Stages of team development.
- Personal action planning to implement learning at work, and
- “Speaker knowledgeable/experience of material was exceptional.”
- “Very knowledgeable and useful. I will make some changes based on what was learned!”
- “The hands on material was effective and valuable. Gary is a very knowledgeable instructor. Definitely recommend that others take his course.”
- “Valuable information was presented. Enjoyable seminar/workshop.”
President, E.M. Sciences Ltd.
Gary Robinson is president of E.M. Sciences Ltd., a management consulting firm formed in 1975 to meet the needs of project-oriented businesses. Specific services include management training and coaching, collaborative project planning, project management practices review and critique, project team building, project partnering processes, organization development and culture change, work redesign, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. The purpose of his consulting is to increase the productivity of teams, organizations, and managers in ways that will also improve the quality of working life for people in the organization.
Gary has a M.Sc. in engineering and a M.Sc. in organization development. His clients in Canada, the United States, Australia, England, India, and Korea have included engineering companies, architectural firms, contractors, manufacturers, city governments, high tech research and development firms, software design companies, federal and provincial government agencies and crown corporations, banks, oil companies, universities, hospitals, community agencies, and a variety of voluntary organizations.
He is a professional engineer (P.Eng.) in BC, registered professional organization development consultant (RODP) in the International Organization Development Institute, member of the Project Management Institute, Master Trainer in Relationship Awareness Theory, and is a certified Neuro feedback provider.