Better Project Planning: How to Leverage Project Management Connections

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Event Date
Start At : Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:00am
End At : Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:00pm

Risk Assessment as a Project Team-Building Activity

Advanced 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 1444-70L

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, February 27, 2015
Course Length: 7 hours – from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 7 PDUs

Now Metro Accessible! (Silver Line - Wiehle-Reston East Station)
NOVA Reston Center
Room 309
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190

Driving Directions

Registration and Costs

$335 per person

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1444-70L

About the Course

Course Description:

We know from the PMBOK that risk identification and evaluation allows Project and Program Managers the chance to proactively examine threats and opportunities to the project. Then we can plan the appropriate response and use risk assessment data as an input into time and cost estimates. The key to being effective is in the word “proactive” and being consistent in reviewing the Risk Register. I can almost hear the groans from here: “When will I find time to fit this into my already packed schedule?” If you are trying to do it all by yourself, the prospect may seem burdensome and be avoided – worse, the project will suffer from a single (biased) point of view. Use this critical project task as a team-building activity for the project team, engaging multiple points-of-view.

In this one-day seminar participants will review best practices in Risk Assessment (identifying risks, qualifying risks, quantifying risks, and planning responses to risks) and explore a variety of group techniques to engage team members and other Stakeholders as desired. Using “real life” cases, participants will practice the technical skills from the PMBOK in a group setting, leading the conversation to evaluation of data and effective decision-making regarding risk response options. Participants will create an action plan to implement their insights to their current projects or programs.

Specific objectives include to:

  • Through the use of appropriate group techniques:
    • Review identification of risk - threats and opportunities
    • Explore bias in assigning values to probability and impact scales of the Risk Matrix
    • Examine the quality of data for quantifying risk occurrence
    • Establish sound decision-making technique for planning responses to individual risks
  • Establish sound processes to remind us what to do and when as part of the Risk Management Plan
  • Prepare to be right in our Risk Assessment - and prepare to be wrong
  • Apply the outcome of Risk Assessment to estimates of time and cost
  • Develop an action plan to implement after the seminar

About the Instructor

Michael R. Van Dyke, PMP, CEO, Serengeti EnterprisesMichael R. Van Dyke, PMP

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.


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