Public-Sector Project Management Immersion

This workshop is for public project managers who want to optimize project outcomes and make a positive contribution to their agencies and organizations. It's for those who have worried about meeting a deadline for a project or getting the support of outside organizations. It's for those who have wondered about whether or not they knew what was being requested of them by their managers or stakeholders. It's for those who didn't get the results they wanted or who are concerned about new demands and challenges in a high-speed and very demanding environment.

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) and the Government Extension to the PMBOK® Guide, Third Edition, which is also a PMI® publication.

Course Outline

Day 1:

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 challenges of public-sector project management, the competing values model, and the relevance for project management for public-sector managers

  • In this module, we'll examine the importance of project management to public-sector managers using a model developed for the assessment of organizations. We'll explore the implications of that model for project managers and discuss the challenges of project management in the public sector.

Module 3: Project management foundations

  • In this module, we'll examine the project management framework and foundations described by the PMBOK® Guide, Third Edition and the Government Extension to it. We'll define key terminology and detail the processes, process groups, and knowledge areas necessary for effective public-sector project management.

Module 4: Project integration

  • In this module, we'll examine the processes necessary for integrating the various aspects of the project. We examine the creation of the project plan and the management and monitoring of project work. We'll focus our attention on the initiation of the project including the creation of the project charter.

Day 2:

Module 6: Creating and managing the project schedule

  • In this module, we'll identify methods for creating and managing the project schedule. We'll focus our attention on the creation of the project network diagram and the identification of the critical path. We'll describe and apply methods for project duration compression.

Day 3:

Module 8: Managing project communications and human resources

  • In this module, we'll examine ways to build and nurture our project team within the constraints of the public sector and describe methods for improving communications. We'll build a communications plan and employ creative methods for building consensus, managing conflict, and optimizing stakeholder interest and support.

Day 4:

  • Module 10: Identifying and managing project quality in public projects

In this module, we'll examine methods and tools for identifying and managing quality criteria for public-projects. We'll introduce the requirements cycle and the attributes of good requirements as we explore meeting customer requirements as a definition of project quality.

Day 5:

Module 12: Tools for managing the complexity of public projects

  • In this module, we'll identify and apply a special set of supplementary tools for the management of chaos and complexity in our projects. Though good project planning is intended to reduce the complexity of the project environment, in many public-sector projects, outside factors introduce high levels of complexity. We'll describe and apply three tools for managing those influences.

Module 13: Workshop wrap-up

  • In this module, we'll make concluding comments, answer remaining questions, and evaluate the workshop.


This workshop is targeted to public-sector project managers or those who may become project managers. An understanding of public-sector organizations and processes is recommended. It is designed to be an intense experience with clear impact on the skills and performance of the participant.