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Project Management Foundations: Managing in a Virtual World

This program can be taken as a standalone offering or eligible towards completion for any of our Executive Certificates.


December 8, 10, 15 & 17, 2020 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Today’s unprecedented work environment and future uncertainties have put a premium on project management. But at a time when profitable outcomes are more important for your business than ever before, those results are harder to achieve. Whether you are a seasoned project manager facing new and difficult challenges or are dealing with the complexity of getting your own projects done at a distance, Project Management Foundations: Managing in a Virtual World will help you sharpen your skills and improve your efficiency and effectiveness. Conducted across four live, synchronous online modules, this program is delivered in manageable three-hour blocks.
Based on decades of research (and experience working through previous crises), the program uses a two-pronged approach to help you succeed. First, you will explore the most common reasons why projects fail, and how to spot potential pitfalls before they derail your project. Second, you will gain proven tools and powerful techniques that will guide you through the project management process.
Project Management Foundations: Managing in a Virtual World is delivered online in a fully live format following best practices and principles for distance learning. Unlike other virtual programs, it builds a virtual classroom community that allows you to engage with other program participants and share your own experiences and challenges. It also includes exercises and case studies that will provide you with concrete tools you can implement immediately. The program is accredited by the Project Management Institute and counts toward the education requirement for Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and aspiring PMPs.


John Juzbasich, D.Ed.(c), MLD, PMP, partner at Merit Career Development. John has been managing projects and teaching project management for over a decade. His business experience includes a successful career at IBM and a variety of high technology firms.

Who Should Attend?

Existing and new project managers who want to explore fundamentals, avoid common mistakes, and significantly improve their success rates.

Participants in this program will:

  • Define a project upfront by writing a project charter that clearly outlines its goals
  • Develop a project communication plan (lack of this plan is one of the most common reasons projects fail)
  • Create a stakeholder analysis and engagement plan that involves key executives in a project
  • Break down a project into manageable activities and sequence those activities to use resources most effectively
  • Establish project schedules and spending plans
  • Learn and apply specific techniques for project risk management, including premortems

Program Topics Include:

  • The project management process, work breakdown structure, network diagrams, and the critical path
  • Schedule development
  • Risk management introduction
  • Resource allocation
  • Communication planning
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Risk planning and management
  • Risk identification techniques
  • Project Execution, delivery, and control
  • Project close
  • *SimulTrain - Project management simulator



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