Managing Projects - Surrey (February 11, 2014)

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Managing Projects - Surrey

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (Registration opens at 8:00am)

Where: Simon Fraser University - Surrey

Room: SUR 5320

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for graduate students. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to students who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page:

Workshop Description

They say that “failing to plan is the same as planning to fail”. By focusing on developing sound project management skills and processes, projects are more realistically budgeted for and resourced, risks are managed and mitigated, and projects are far more likely to be executed on time without severe consequences to people.

This is a project management workshop with a difference. As opposed to a day of dry theory, participants are exposed to a live, simulated project where they have to build a physical structure within an allotted time. As the project management methodology is introduced through the day, participants apply it to the simulation over successive rounds, and the difference in project execution becomes evident in a compelling way. Not only is the learning intense – it is also fun!

Learning Outcomes

Results Participants Can Expect:

  • Improved project execution
  • More realistic project plans and budgets
  • Improved communication with stakeholders
  • Better management and mitigation of risks
  • Increased ability for the organization to improve through learning from past projects

Key focus areas:

  • Project life cycle
  • Project charter
  • Creating a project schedule and budget
  • Critical path analysis
  • Risk management
  • Monitoring variance
  • Managing stakeholder relationships
  • Closing a project
Class Date: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 8:00am
Simon Fraser University - Surrey
13450 102nd Avenue
V3T 0A3 Surrey, BC