FNL Project Management Training

PM at the Improv

with Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO, PMI Fellow
August 26, 2014
8:30am - 4:30pm
ATRF, Auditorium
8 PDUs


Listen. Laugh. Learn. Lee R. Lambert, PMP, PMI Fellow brings the Critical PM Skills to “life”

If you are looking for a refreshing experience where you have an opportunity to have your PM questions answered in a straight forward, to-the-point way, this is the program for you! If you want to add value and become the “go to” person, don’t miss this chance to learn from the Master.

Attendees at this ground breaking session will actually develop the core content from the audience. Based on questions or problems gathered from the students, specific PM tools, techniques and soft skills will be examined by Lee using an improvisational approach to illustrate the use, challenges and value-add potential of each. The program will be an enjoyable adventure unlike anything the students have experienced before. Lee will leave no stone unturned. Using real-world PM application stories--gained through 44 years of experience--he will spontaneously and honestly expose the “good, the bad, and the ugly” of the profession. Each student question will be answered with an application story that will demonstrate the reality of the “dog eat dog” business environment and clearly illustrate how individual users can take the aggressive steps needed to improve their ability to consistently and productively implement the content of the PMBOK, while fulfilling their primary professional obligation of delivering “impact” decision support information. Laughter has been medically proven to be therapeutic so plan to join Lee for a full day “treatment” that will relieve you of your PM pain—at least temporarily.


1. Simple Techniques to Improve Requirements Definition
2. Easily Applied Integrated Scheduling Approaches
3. Using Statistical Methods to Quantify and Manage Risk
4. Approaches to Predicting Outcomes and Avoiding Disaster
5. Quantifying Resource Impacts in a Matrix Environment
6. Why PMOs Have Not Achieved Their Potential
7. A New Look at the Importance of Project Closeout

This unique and ground-breaking approach to learning was piloted in Washington D.C. to a Standing Room Only crowd of 300+. The result: the most positive feedback and evaluations of any Lambert program ever!!

What have past students of this program said....

• "Lee is the consummate trainer, engaging, insightful, and packs a wallop of real world, in the trenches, wisdom"
• "Lee did an excellent job of mixing real life situations with humor and levity to keep everyone's attention"
• "Based on the format, I don't think it could have been any better. Longer would actually have been better"
• "I really enjoyed the different format of the program. Lee's experience, knowledge, and humor were a great mix. He has such a presence and knows how to control the audience. Also great to hear from others in the audience to know that they experience similar things regardless of the type of company they work at in regards to PM"
• "It was an interesting day. Lee is an excellent speaker and I was never bored. The information was straightforward and honest"
• "It was a very insightful class and it was very different from other courses with a set agenda. I also liked the fact that it was short"
• "It is good to be able to ask real world questions and get real world experience to formulate a plan"
• "A lot of information but I would have liked a more structured content"
• "Lee's insight and explanations were well-grounded in his real-world experience and resonated with my own understanding and exposure to the realities and challenges of project management. His ability to, in an entertaining and engaging way, bridge the gap between the guidance provided by the PMBOK and the how-to needs of the PM role were invaluable. Great emphasis and discussion on Risk. The example of the project dashboard and communicating "bad news" was great"
• "Enjoyed all the anecdotes, and Lee's willingness to "say things like they are". Also thought it was great to be challenged, to go and improve the worldview of Project Management by actually doing it right"
• "Great real life experience related in an entertaining forum and very interactive"
• "Lee teaches PM skills in a fun way"

Seating is limited to 30. Please email your interest in attending this all day workshop to Teresa Stitely at teresa.stitely@fnlcr.nih.gov no later than Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Lunchtime Seminar Series Sponsored by the CPAD PMO

The Contract Planning and Administration Directorate is pleased to continue the Lunchtime Seminars presented by Carl Pritchard. The one-hour seminars are scheduled at Noon in the Café Room of Building 549. Seminar descriptions and dates are provided below.

Short Cycle Time Project Management

Thursday, July 17, 2014, Noon - 1PM
Project management is not a leisure practice. For many projects, project management is either short-circuited or abandoned altogether because there's "not enough time". That argument implies project management is the exclusive province of large efforts or long-term efforts. Modern project management challenges that notion. Project managers on quick turnaround projects have, at their disposal, the same tools that they have always had. But a fear of administrative weight and bureaucratic delay drives them away from best practice. Carl Pritchard looks at tools and techniques that allow the project manager to pursue best practice project management in a short cycle-time environment.

Selling Project Management

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Noon - 1PM
It's not enough just to have the mechanics of project management. All too often, a well-crafted project is lost to poor public relations. A failure to self-promote can lead to reduced team satisfaction, reduced customer satisfaction and poorer overall project acceptance. During this lively discussion, you'll identify some key venues for sharing the project management story with your management and your peers and some tips on how to make that story part of your day-to-day routine, in a way that others will want to participate.

Leidos Project Management Training and Professional Development Opportunities (for Leidos employees)

The Leidos Project Management Professional Credential Training Program is designed for qualified Leidos project managers to prepare them for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Professional Credential Examination (www.pmi.org). Other project team members or functional staff should typically consider the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential.

Leidos is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). You can visit SAIC (ISSAIC) resources to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) used by PMI's Project Management Professionals (PMP®) to maintain their credential.

HHS University Training Opportunities

HHS University through the HHS Learning Portal offers a variety of project management courses at no cost to you as a government employee or contractor. Log on to the HHS Learning Portal (https://lms.learning.hhs.gov/ to view all training opportunities available. Instructions on how to logon to the learning portal can be found at https://hhsu.learning.hhs.gov/lms/logon.asp .

Other Training Opportunities

For those of you who are PMPs interested in earning PDUs, or interested in sitting for the PMI PMP exam, or simply attending PM courses, click here for classes offered by Carl Pritchard, PMP, EVP, RMP.