Real World Risk Management

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Event Date
Start At : Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 9:00am
End At : Friday, October 1, 2010 - 5:00pm

Real World Risk Management

Advanced Project Management Training Seminar
Presented by Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development
A PMIWDC Strategic Partner

Please register early if you would like to attend.
This seminar series is extremely popular, and often sells out many weeks in advance.

14 PDUs for Certified PMs


This seminar provides 14 PDUs for certified PMs.

Date and Location

Thursday and Friday, September 30 & October 1

Course Length: 14 hours – 2 class days from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 14 PDUs

NOVA Community College
Reston 2 Center, Room 307
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190
Driving Directions 


Registration and Costs

$585 per person

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1781 71L
Please register early: The Advanced PM Training series is very popular and space is very limited.

About the Course

Project management wisdom and theory often treat Risk Management as a straightforward exercise in resource utilization. But in the real world, there are many pitfalls in attempting to plan for and address project and organizational risks. Both people and events are often unpredictable, hampering your team’s ability to identify and respond to the ever changing risk landscape.

In this two-day course, you will learn about planning and implementing a Risk Management program in your workplace using real world case studies and examples. "Topics include: creating a Risk Management Plan, determining risk sources, anticipating unknown events, analysis categories and responses, examining irrational components of decision-making, tailoring risk response strategy to analysis factors, and avoiding groupthink."

Participants will:

  • Create risk statements
  • Outline a Risk Management Plan for their project
  • Create a Risk Breakdown Structure
  • Create and populate a Risks Register
  • Identify their own relationship to risk
  • Acknowledging their personal filters leading to non-rational decision making
  • Identify their problem solving style
  • Identify and evaluate risk response strategies
  • Examine the phenomenon of groupthink, and how to minimize its effects
  • Monitor and evaluate risk responses
  • Create personal action plan regarding risk management

At the end of the class, students will be armed with tools they need to implement or improve risk management activities in their own organizations.  They will also have the insight they need to do this within the context of individual, group and their own personal attitudes and biases, which can affect or cause conflict with analyses and decisions about risk management strategies and outcomes.

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1781 71L 

About the Instructors

Michael R. Van Dyke, PMP
President, Serengeti Enterprises, Inc

After working for 25 years as a project manager for theater, music, and dance productions, Michael R. Van Dyke, PMP, is president of Serengeti Enterprises, Inc. His company provides training, and workforce development services to business teams and individuals. He is a certified coach (NCC) through the Newfield Network and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has been on the faculty at Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Amherst College.

In addition to customized training, Mr. Van Dyke offers open enrollment seminars through the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), including in the Project Management Certificate Program, and has presented several popular courses in the PMIWDC-NOVA educational alliance.

Mr. Van Dyke received a master’s degree from Yale University and was recognized with the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Workforce Trainer/Instructor.


Elizabeth A. McQueen, PMP
President,  Process Evolution Group, Inc


Elizabeth A. McQueen, PMP, is the President of Process Evolution Group, Inc. (PEG), a process development, re-engineering and consulting company.

Beginning in the mid ‘90s as a technical documentation librarian at the U.S. headquarters of Ericsson in Dallas, TX, her career has focused on helping both large and small companies to improve their organizational maturity to achieve successful certifications and assessments against international quality standards such as the CMM and CMMI, and various ISO standards.

In the course of Elizabeth’s career as a process improvement project manager, she has been responsible for the development of corporate process assets for all aspects of software, system, and service management projects and programs, including requirements development, deployment, risk management, release management, configuration / change management, internal quality assurance, and metrics reporting, trending, and analysis.

 Elizabeth is active in the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMIWDC), and has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.  As the Vice President of Records Management for the chapter for 2010-2011, she is leading an ongoing effort for the chapter to document its repeatable business processes. 

In addition to teaching in the Project Management Certificate Program for the Continuing Education and Workforce Development branch of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), Elizabeth is an instructor for the Level I Program Manager certification courses for the Department of Homeland Security through Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Advertising, specializing in market research.  She has completed graduate course work in variant statistics, in addition to SEI authorized CMMI for Development, ISO 9001 auditor training, and courses from IBM Rational University.


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