FNL Project Management Training

Creating and Using a Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ATRF Auditorium
This event qualifies for 8.00 PDUs*.
Presented by Lee R. Lambert

Abstract: "How Did I Get to Cleveland”

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) continues to expand in "epidemic like" proportions in each of its four year improvement cycles. At the heart of the profession remains the fundamental concepts of project management that are realistically not all that complex. The plethora of automated tools used to support those longstanding basic concepts is increasing at an exponential pace providing an endless opportunity for rationalizing why projects are challenged and often times considered failures--it's the system's fault or it's the organization's fault. It seems we often lose sight of where responsibility and accountability rests -- with the people! Good people. Fun people. People who want to be successful in the world of PM AND successful in life must take it upon themselves to establish and follow a plan for success. In the project world we call this plan a Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB). In the world of personal /professional development I call this a --- Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)!! Are they the same? Are they mutually exclusive? Remember, if you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.

This workshop will make you think about the PMB like you never have before. You will see how and why you should capitalize on the potential power of the PMB in achieving your professional AND personal life objectives. Real world examples of the role the PMB plays in projects, in the profession of medicine, in the success of athletes, and even the world of vacation travel will confirm value add. Upon completion of this workshop you will fully grasp the importance of the PMB and how it can be created and used to take you to levels of performance and success that you may never have dreamed possible. You will spend a day in the world of NO fault, NO blame where ownership has the mantra: Git R Dun! You will go forth and reap the rewards! But, if you don't "git it", there's a high probability you could end up in Cleveland!

Seating is limited to 30. Please email your interest in attending this seminar to Teresa Stitely at mailto:teresa.stitely@fnlcr.nih.gov.

Course Outline:

Morning Session

Defining and Planning Project Requirements
Developing a Project Work Breakdown Structure
Conducting a Risk Assessment
Developing a Realistic Project Schedule (work flow)
Assigning Resources to Work Packages (skill set match)
Selecting Meaningful Objective Indicators of Progress (milestones)

Afternoon Session

Measuring Progress/Achievements Against Plan (status)
Identifying Problem Areas (variances from plan)
Conducting a Problem Root Cause Analysis (cause)
Projecting Existing Condition to the Future (trends)
Identifying Corrective Action Options
Implementing Required Changes
Communicating New Condition to Stakeholders

Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO
Lee Lambert takes the saying; "been there, done that, got the T-shirt" to new heights in project management training, by incorporating a pragmatic perspective and a unique use of personal analogies to help bring the subject matter to life. No other Project Management educator can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing delivery - not to mention his humorous, engaging, CommonSense™ style that has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 21 countries. Lee has been an honored and distinguished member of the project management community since 1968 and was part of the original team that formulated and implemented the PMP Certification Program. He is recognized as one of the most effective project management educators in the world.

Not-so-Secret Tools for Efficient Productive PM (With or Without a PMO)
Don't Worry, Be Happy! A PM Oxymoron?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
ATRF Auditorium
This event qualifies for 8.00 PDUs*.
Presented by Lee R. Lambert

This brand new workshop opens a new frontier in the field of project management learning! Project people who have fun while they work are more productive and what they produce is of higher quality. Face it, PM isn’t brain surgery. So why is it that some professionals are outstanding and other just muddle along mired in mediocrity?

Accord to Harvard's Shawn Achor, in his book, The Happiness Advantage, "Happiness is the precursor to success, note merely the result... happiness and optimism can actually fuel performance and achievement". Unfortunately, over the past decade I have discovered that project management professionals are generally NOT having fun at work. It is time to change the paradigm and inspire PM professionals to respond to unrealistic schedules and often woefully inadequate budgets with a new "can do" positive attitude.

The idea of capitalizing on The Happiness Advantage, while expanding the use of the tested and proven PMBOK concepts, tools, and techniques, shines a new light on the possibilities of successful delivery in today's high stress, resource poor, powerless Matrix driven project execution environment. Throughout this workshop, the concepts and components of The Happiness Advantage (The Fulcrum and the Lever; The Tetris Effect; Falling Up; The Zorro Circle; The 20 Second Rule; and Social Investment) will all be discussed in association with common PM concepts, tools and techniques.

Much like the project management process was the "glue" that held the IBM recovery of the 90s together, those professionals who master The Happiness Advantage and benefit from its associated efficiency and productivity will provide the "thread of continuity" that successfully weaves together the myriad PM tools and techniques in the challenging years ahead. Remember, PEOPLE get projects done and HAPPY people get MORE projects done! Don’t Worry. Be Happy!

Seating is limited to 30. Please email your interest in attending this seminar to Teresa Stitely at teresa.stitely@fnlcr.nih.gov.


  1. Integrating The Happiness Advantage* into PM (*based on the Harvard Happiness Course and Shawn Achor's International Best Selling book: The Happiness Advantage)
  2. Understanding the reality of your expectations AND the Expectations of Others
  3. Knowing What You Don’t Know before you knew you didn’t know it. Agility is a must
  4. Developing a Strategy for making the impossible possible—most of the time
  5. Plan like you mean it—even if no one else does
  6. Could be Risky—Do you really want to go there?
  7. Where have you been, where ARE you going? What, it changed AGAIN?
  8. Knowing the difference between data and information—Can we talk?
  9. Measuring the critical gap between truth and the perception of truth
  10. Opening the project Window to the Future-- You can see clearly now
  11. Overcoming the Hansel and Gretel effect—It’s over, move on

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

  • Smile and laugh AND work at the same time, while substantially reducing stress and increasing productivity/efficiency
  • Define and clarify project and personal objectives/roles/responsibilities
  • Recognize and separate project knowns and sorta knowns from mostly unknowns (uncertainty equals Risk)
  • Visualize the BIG picture (strategy) and recognize how/where their work (tactical project) fits
  • Prepare an accurate (realistic) plan that considers all facets of the project lifecycle
  • Measure the project status and articulate what it means for the future and/or the need for change
  • Sort through mountains of data to find the relevant project information for communication
  • Recognize truth is a perceptual thing and the "reality" gap between two truths depends upon whose truth it is
  • Understand that whatever happened in the past will continue to happen in the future unless someone does something about it—and you may be that someone.

Tools/Techniques to be covered during this workshop:

  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Rolling Wave Planning/Agile Approach
  • Integrated Logic/Work Flow—Critical Path Schedule
  • Milestones/Objective Indicators
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Data Projections/Forecasting/Trend Analysis
  • Performance Measurement Baseline Management
  • Record Retention/Learning Curve Archive

Students will enhance learning through completion of hands on exercises in:

  • WBS Development
  • Risk Evaluation/Management
  • Work Flow/Critical Path
  • Data Analysis/Forecasting
  • People reading/Communication


Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO Lee R. Lambert--one of the Thought Leaders in the profession. He is one of the Founders of the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification credential and is known throughout the world as a “Pragmatic Evangelist”. His delivery is based on the realities of practical application of PM NOT text book theory. Over 50,000 past students from 23 countries are singing the praises of his entertaining and “to the point” delivery of what is traditionally a challenging, and potentially boring topic. Student feedback on his platform work has confirmed: He makes learning FUN!

Lunchtime Seminar Series Sponsored by the MSD PMO

The Management Support Directorate PMO is pleased to continue the Lunchtime Seminars. The one-hour seminars are scheduled at Noon in Building 549. Please note seminar locations. Seminar descriptions and dates are provided below.

Futures Thinking

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
Taking a look into the crystal ball. One of the steps forward in risk management in the past few years has been a focus on futures thinking. That’s the concept that if we can identify the range of possible futures, we can better shape the world to create a higher probability that the most desired future will become reality. In this session, participants will look at their own futures, identify impediments to the desired future and examine what it will take to get to that optimal outcome.

HEY! I Have an Idea!

Thursday, July 23, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
One of the great challenges in any environment is coming up with new ideas. The wonderful aspect of this is that they are all around you. In this one-hour session, Carl offers dozens of resources for building the body of ideas and points to the possibilities that abound in the world around us. (Bonus points for coming to the session having watched at least one episode of Cosmos or Connections.

Positive Intent

Thursday, August 13, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
You’re not paranoid if they are out to get you. But most of the time, they’re not. And investing time in that “they’re-out-to-get-me” place is self-defeating and depressing. This end-of-summer session takes a look at the practice of assuming positive intent and how it is becoming progressively more prevalent in global society. The implications in project management are legion, as we rely largely on the support of others to make our projects succeed…and consistently hope that they’re working in our best interests. We’ll look at how assuming positive intent actually feeds on itself and makes the entire environment more positive, leading to better and more consistent outcomes.

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.