Training - Project Management Masterclass

Course Overview

This course is about skills, tools, techniques and economic principles that transcend various company structures, environments and project management philosophies. It is about essential “hands-on” tools and techniques needed by contemporary project managers. The focus of this workshop is on the practitioner's rather than the academic view of project management including tricks, tips, soft skills and “guerilla warfare” tactics and the economics of project management in particular and strategic business decision-making in general.

Why You Should Attend?

Recent studies indicate that only 32% of our projects can be considered successful, while 44% are challenged (i.e. grossly over the budget and/or late) and 24% are outright failures (i.e. cancelled by the customers before they are even completed). Further research shows that the lion’s share of this lack of success can be attributed to poor requirements elicitation, insufficient planning and inadequate project control.

This course will demonstrate to the participants how to perform these tasks properly and efficiently by teaching them skills, tools, techniques and economic principles that transcend various company structures, environments and project management philosophies.

Benefits of the Course

  • Every course participant is expected to understand how to improve the quality of the products delivered on their projects, decrease project durations and budgets and improve both internal and external stakeholder satisfaction levels by learning the following techniques:
  • Learn about art and science of project estimation
  • Find out about effective negotiation techniques with customers and management
  • Discover how to initiate projects properly
  • Understand how to elicit high-level and detailed scope from the stakeholders
  • Find out about great stakeholder and scope management methods
  • Understand how document walkthroughs, inspections and peer reviews can save you money and time on your projects

Who Should Attend?

  • Project managers, functional managers and other external and internal stakeholders responsible for the overall project success such as:
  • Experienced project managers
  • Recent PMPs with limited project management experience
  • Individuals who have been recently promoted to the project management positions
  • Professionals who frequently have to assume project management responsibilities
  • Managers and directors who want to better understand the challenges faced by project managers and want to learn some universal skills
  • Sales and marketing professionals w ho have to provide interact with and provide “quick” quotes to customer

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • What is Project Management and Do You Really Need It?
  • The Art of Estimation
  • Are We Supposed To Negotiate on Projects?
  • How and Why Do We Write Project Charters?
  • How to Define Project Scope?
  • Who Needs Creativity and How to Cultivate It?
  • Who Needs Walkthroughs, Inspections and Peer Reviews?
  • The Science of Estimation
  • Why Manage Scope and Customer Expectations?
  • How to Control Projects? Risk, Communications, Tracking …
  • Why Bother with Lessons Learned?

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About the Author

Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP – president and founder of Thinktank Consulting is an internationally acclaimed expert and speaker in the areas of project/portfolio management, scope definition, process improvement and corporate training. Jamal Moustafaev has done work for private-sector companies and government organizations in Canada, US, Asia, Europe and Middle East.  Read Jamal’s Blog @

Jamal is an author of two very popular books: Delivering Exceptional Project Results: A Practical Guide to Project Selection, Scoping, Estimation and Management and Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects.