FNL Project Management Training

Project Management Essentials (two-days)

with Carl Pritchard
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24-25, 2015
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
ATRF Auditorium
16 PDUs

How do we get work done? How do we get to where we need/want to be? There are two approaches. We can trust past experience and capability and hope that we’ll wind up where we should be eventually, or we can use tested and practiced processes that clearly enhance our probability of success. In Project Management Essentials, Carl Pritchard takes you through the fundamentals of defining work, establishing plans based on logical work elements and scheduling and pricing work according to the nature of the requirements, rather than just past experience and gut instinct. The program also examines how work should be tracked to ensure there is a full accounting that everything that was supposed to be done is actually completed. As no project is successful without a team, the course is presented in hands-on fashion, with team efforts to work through practical case study examples.

Seating is limited to 30 for this two day seminar. Attendees are expected to attend both days. Please email your interest in attending to Teresa Stitely at teresa.stitely@fnlcr.nih.gov no later than Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Course Outline:

Project Management Terms and Concepts
What’s a project?
Basic project management premises
Project life cycles
The triple constraint
Project objectives and the scope statement
Planning in detail – the WBS (a task- or deliverables-oriented focus)

Project Plans-Scheduling
The WBS in the schedule
Basics of network diagramming

Project Plans-Cost and Resources
Ballpark estimating
Detailed estimating
Setting baselines
Reflecting on the life cycle

Risk Management
Basics of risk
Risk vs. issues
The Risk Management process
Qualitative risk analysis
Quantitative analysis
Response development
Risk Response control

Project Tracking and Prioritization

Change Control
Baselines and interim baselines
Change control forms and practices
Change control forms and practices

Project Tracking
A look at the options
Earned value

Project Teams
Establishing and maintaining motivation
Building on team insight – lessons learned

Lunchtime Seminar Series Sponsored by the CPAD PMO

The Contract Planning and Administration 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.


Thursday, February 12, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
All too often, even before requirements are developed, project deadlines are cast in stone. These immovable deadlines create an environment where only the constraints of cost/resources and scope are malleable. In this hour, Carl looks at how to examine, early, where those adjustments may be made to greatest effect and how early communication of the options can drive a far more readily accepted solution than last-minute tweaking to come in “under the gun.”

Lessons Learned at Leidos (NCI at Frederick)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
The person in the next cube knows something you don’t. Really. In this session, you get a chance to find out what it is. This hour focuses on the keys in capturing and sharing lessons learned through real-world rehearsal. Participants will share their best insights on surviving and thriving in the Leidos environment and will examine ways to get their messages out across the Leidos community.

10 Questions to Risk Appetite and Attitude

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
The risk community is awash in conversations about the distinctions between risk appetite (what we can “stomach”) and risk attitude (how we act on it). It’s not a big problem when we’re the only people in the room. But in managing others, it’s a good idea to find out just how far they’re willing to go with risk and what the implications are for our projects and the organization as a whole.

We the Willing… I am Down to My Last Nerve… Today is Not Your Day… Cubicle Wisdom—An Oxymoron?

Thursday, May 7, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
In this hour, Carl Pritchard argues that cubicle wisdom and the land of Dilbert® provide powerful insight into how we, as managers should (or in most cases, should not) be behaving. Carl looks at one organization that forbids negative talk on the cubicle wall and why that may not be the best solution.

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.