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(Formerly called "The Power of the Plan")

Have you ever been put in charge of planning an event such as your wedding, moving to a new house, or a church picnic? Have you ever wondered how you can manage the many projects in your life such as that kitchen rennovation or fundraising campaign for your children's school? If so, then this workshop is for you.

Full of practical examples and engaging activities, this workshop will help you learn the basics of how to clarify the objectives of your projects, turn those objectives into detailed lists of what needs to get done, realistically estimate the work required, and then build a plan on how to get it done given the time and budget contraints you will have to live within.  While this session focuses on the practical application of basic project management concepts, it is aimed at regular, everyday people who will not need to learn the complexities and terminology of formal project management.  Fun yet practical, the workshop will teach you techniques you can put to use right away.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Understand what is a project
  • Define the goals of a project
  • Determine whether a project is worth doing
  • Define all of the work activities that need to take place to get a project done
  • Build a plan to get the work done that respects the people and financial constraints on a project
  • Monitor the project's health including the budget and schedule
  • Deal with surprises or setbacks
  • Determine when the project is done
  • And more...



This course is aimed at those who have no interest in becoming a formal manager but who find themselves nevertheless managing small projects like church fundraisers, family reunions, school trips, and home renovations.


There is no prerequisite for this course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, templates, and a copy of the book The Power of the Plan.

course info

Course ID: 1508
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 1/2 day or 1 day

upcoming sessions

Mar. 23, 2020 - Mar. 23, 2020
Instructor: Michael Lemiski

Event starts in: 24 days
Burlington (TBD)

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Jun. 12, 2020 - Jun. 12, 2020
Instructor: Amber Howard

Event starts in: 105 days
Whitby (TBD)

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for the 1-day version of this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 5.75 0.75 0.5
PgMP 5.75 0.75 0.5
PfMP 0 0.75 0.5
PMI-ACP 0 0.75 0.5
PMI-SP 2.75 0.75 0.5
PMI-RMP 1 0.75 0.5
PMI-PBA 1.75 0.75 0.5

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits

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