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Project Management: A Team Approach

A common approach in project management has been to just give teams more hard skills to solve their problems. This workshop develops under-appreciated soft skills such as collaboration and diversity to strengthen trust, respect and resilience so you can achieve better outcomes with the hard skills that you already have.

This is an experiential and collaborative learning opportunity, designed to accommodate different learning styles to increase engagement and learning retention. The first part of the workshop focuses on aspects of communication, collaboration and conflict management. In the second half of the workshop, we work in small learning teams for a number of exercises including the collaborative development of a large scale project schedule that includes consideration of risk. It’s in this exercise that we implement the skills that we learned on the first day in a practical way.

Available in person or online for 2 full days or 4 half days.

Additional materials in:

  • Leadership
  • Estimation
  • Kolb Learning Styles
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Resource scheduling
  • Crisis management
  • Developing an organizational culture

are also available and can be mixed and matched for a follow-on workshop. Please contact us to discuss.

“This project management workshop was transformational from a TEAM leading perspective. You can have the right tools, the right resources, the right people, but you also need the right people skills to keep the team going strong. This workshop gave me a measurable, effective way of better understanding individual differences and the impact of better interpersonal communication skills!”

Joelle Choueiry

Ph.D. (candidate), University of Ottawa

  • Intentionally form new teams and learn from the past experiences of team members.
  • Understand yourself and others using the Strength Deployment Inventory by Elias Porter, a self-scoring questionnaire that identifies motivations, personal strengths in how we relate to others, causes of stress or conflict and each individual’s typical response to conflict. These insights are practically applied in our collaborative team setting.
  • Create a Team Agreement on practices and processes that will enhance collaboration.
  • Introduce techniques and tools to increase team effectiveness for decision making.
  • Plan and conduct effective project meetings.
  • A deeper review and discussion on various hard skills used in running projects.
  • Develop and build effective project teams.
  • Engage in project planning and scheduling: basics of the critical path method (CPM), work breakdown, time calculations, and managing shared project expectations.
  • Use collaborative techniques and processes for planning and scheduling projects, establishing positive project practices and procedures, and monitoring and reporting progress.
  • Practice risk assessment techniques on the projects planned during the workshop.
  • Provide appreciative feedback for positive results.
  • Gain a clear understanding of foundational project management principles and how to intentionally craft a team culture.
  • Experience and understand specific skills and techniques to intentionally bring teams to a higher level of maturity and performance
  • Experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and see the benefits firsthand
  • Have an expanded understanding of the importance of team and team dynamics within the context of project management and project success.
*The Team Approach workshops were developed by Gary Robinson.

**Relationship Awareness® is a trademark of Personal Strengths Publishing®, publishers of the Personal Strengths Inventory®.