Why Projects Fail and Under Perform: Turn Lessons from the Past into Future Success

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Event Date
Start At : Friday, June 3, 2016 - 9:00am
End At : Friday, June 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

Why Projects Fail and Under Perform: Turn Lessons from the Past into Future Success

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 weeks in advance.


This seminar provides 7 PDUs for certified PMs.
PMI Talent Triangle Categories - Leadership, Strategic & Business Management

Dates and Location

Friday, June 3, 2016
Course Length: 7 hours – from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 7 PDUs

NOVA Reston Center
Room 309
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190

Driving Directions

Registration and Costs

$335 per person
Refreshments Provided

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551.

About the Course

Course Description:

Projects fail - it happens. Sometimes it happens despite your best project management efforts. Unfortunately, projects don't fail or under perform because of one or two things; they fail or under perform because of an intertwined set of problems. As a project manager you have the unique responsibility to integrate the project - to stay on top of all the things that could possibly go wrong. This interactive course will look into some of the common causes of project failure and explore the skills that project managers can develop to avoid them.

By the end of this interactive and hands on session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize a project’s area of weakness and identify tools available to help manage them
  • Determine what leadership and management skills are needed and how to be a more present project manager
  • Understand how to use influence when you don’t have a role of power
  • Analyze communication styles and use them to navigate project challenges

Bring your toughest problems or past failures to this workshop and we will break them down and work on solutions. We’ll also analyze interesting case studies on failure and use them to learn our own lessons.

Topics covered include:

  • Communication Challenges - improve your communication skills and that of your team
  • Project Management Integration - focus on the business case for your project and learn how to make sure it remains front and center for your team and sponsors
  • Accountability - learn ways to effectively hold yourself and your team accountable
  • Risk Management - be prepared for failure. Understand what might happen and how to manage it.
  • Scope Creep - when the lack of details or weak leadership creates problems for project completion. What do you do as the PM?

About the Instructors

Melissa Panagides-Busch, MPH

Melissa Panagides-Busch, MPH

Melissa has more than 20 years’ experience in project management, management, operations and process improvement. Over the course of her career she has worked in a variety of sectors including education, testing/assessment, health, and administration.

In 2011 she established a Project Management Office (PMO) to manage the post-merger integration and transformation of two large non-profit organizations. Her team of project managers were responsible for over 80 discrete projects designed to bring the two organizations together. She then managed a Corporate PMO designed to oversee corporate projects and strategic initiatives.

She is currently a Senior Manager at BDO USA, LLP where she is helping to build their new Management Advisory Services practice. In this capacity, she consults with organizations and teams in many different sectors to improve project management, operations and streamline processes.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


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