Better Project Planning: How to Leverage Project Management Connections

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Event Date
Start At : Friday, October 18, 2013 - 9:00am
End At : Friday, October 18, 2013 - 5:00pm

Better Project Planning: How to Leverage Project Management Connections

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

  • Register online; or
  • Register by phone at 703-450-2551.
    Reference course code BUSC 1445-70L

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


This seminar provides 7 PDUs for certified PMs.

Dates and Location

Friday, October 18, 2013
Course Length: 7 hours – from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 7 PDUs

NOVA Reston Center
Room 354
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190

Registration and Costs

$355 per person

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1445-70L

About the Course

Course Description:
There’s good news.  Your company won the contract and you’ve been selected to lead the new project.  Your boss calls you in to her office and shares the news -- and it goes something like this:  “Congratulations. Here is your project, here is your budget and here is your schedule.”
But wait!  You didn’t have a chance to ask crucial questions about the scope of the project during the bidding process!  Your boss explains that they didn’t ask too many questions during the proposal phase because they didn’t want to risk helping the competition.
But wait!  You can tell at a glance that the schedule is way too tight!  Your boss explains that she is certain you can get it done on time.
But wait!  There is no way you can complete this flawed project on this tight schedule with the limited funding you’ve been given!  Your boss asks if she should find someone else to lead the project. 
“Don’t worry,” she says.  “We’ll make it all up on change orders.”
For many project managers, this is the real-life world of project management.  There is a better way.  It involves understanding the connections within projects, and how to use those connections to help you plan projects more effectively.  In this course you will learn how to identify problems in a scope statement.  You will learn how to turn a scope statement into a WBS.  In addition, you’ll walk through how to use the WBS to identify project activities.  Finally, you will put all the pieces together and learn how to develop a draft schedule and budget that are consistent with the project scope.   All in one day!
Spend a day getting some of the most practical, hands-on project management experience imaginable – you’ll be leveraging this knowledge on projects for years to come. 
Through lecture, discussion, and experiential activities, participants will:
  • Examine levels of conflict ranging from healthy debate to destructive sabotage
  • Explore the role of organizational influences that encourage conflict or solution
  • Review proactive strategies project managers can employ to minimize conflict
  • Examine their personal preferences toward addressing conflict
  • Create an action plan to increase their effectiveness managing conflict

About the Instructor

Ron Taylor, MBA, PMP, The Ron Taylor Group, Principal
Ron Taylor, MBA, PMP

Ron Taylor is an internationally-known leader, lecturer, author, and consultant, and is the principal and founder of the Ron Taylor Group. He is Past President of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Project Management Institute, the largest PMI Chapter in the world, with over 10,000 members. During Ron’s tenure as President, the Chapter was named PMI Chapter of the Year and Ron became the only person in the 33-year history of the Chapter to be named Leader of the Year of the 500,000-person Project Management Institute.

Ron began his career as a member of the faculty of the University of Kentucky, where he was nominated Teacher of the Year. After moving to the U.S. Census Bureau, he managed several multimillion-dollar projects and led the Bureau's Project Management Board of Directors. He has been a featured speaker at several conferences and symposia and for a wide variety of groups, including the National Press Club, The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the CIA, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the Center for Advanced Studies in Munich, the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Mason University and the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Ron is Adjunct Professor in the Executive MBA Program at Virginia Tech, Adjunct Professor of Management at George Mason University, and co – author of “77 Deadly Sins of Project Management.” He has been quoted in several books and periodicals devoted to project management and leadership, and is a frequent guest on radio programs. His latest book, “Leadership: Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense” is now available on He is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau.

Ron has an MBA from the University of Kentucky and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute. Additional information can be found at: or or at his website:


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