Executive Overview of Project Management

What do the Great Pyramid of Giza and an effort to build a new accounting system have in common?

Both are examples of projects that had, as many projects do, an impact on their societies or organizations. 

Not every project impacts society in the same way that the Great Pyramid did.  But every project has the capability to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organizations.  Those who manage projects follow a proud tradition of creating results and a host of challenges that make projects tough.

As organizations cope with the scarcity of resources, demands for increased productivity and service levels, and a rapidly changing workplace, project management will be one of the key skills of managers.

Managing projects is always a challenge, especially when those projects involve multiple stakeholders, new or unproven technology, shifting or unclear project requirements, and constrained resources.  Those project challenges multiply in a fast-paced, highly competitive workplace.

Projects today can be more difficult than in the past because they:

  • Operate in an environment of often-conflicting goals and outcomes

  • Involve many layers of stakeholders with varied interests

  • Are allowed little tolerance for failure

  • Operate in organizations that often have a difficult time identifying outcome measures and missions

  • Are required to be performed under constraints imposed by administrative rules and often-cumbersome policies and processes

  • Require the cooperation and performance of agencies outside the project team for purchasing, hiring, and other functions

  • Must often make do with existing staff resources

  • Are performed in organizations that may not be comfortable or used to directed action and project success

This one-day workshop is designed to introduce executives and managers to the need for project management, the benefits of it to agencies and organizations, a project management framework, and the challenges of applying good project management in their organizations.

This workshop is compliant with the project management methods established by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the world’s largest and most respected association of project managers.  It complies with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition).

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the workshop

  • In this module, we will detail the course objectives and schedule and identify participant interests and concerns

Module 2: The changing workplace and the role of project management

  • In this module, we’ll examine how the workplace has changed and why project management is an organizational imperative.  We’ll examine the competing values model of the organization to gain insights into the demands on organizations and the tools that they might apply to meet those increasing demands.

Module 3: The project management framework

  • In this module, we’ll examine the project management framework defined by the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition.  We’ll define key terms and identify critical organizational success factors for projects and the necessary skills for project managers.

Module 4: Three essential methods for successfully managing projects

  • In this module, we’ll examine three tools that are essential to project management: the project charter, the work breakdown structure, and risk management.  We’ll provide an opportunity for participants to apply these tools to their projects.

Module 5: Workshop wrap-up

  • In this module, we’ll wrap-up the workshop, make concluding comments, address remaining questions, and evaluate the workshop


This workshop is targeted to executives and managers who see the need for improved productivity and greater success in achieving designated outcomes.  No experience in project management is required.