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Mastering the Project Management Process (18 LUs)
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12/5/2017 to 12/7/2017
When: Tuesday, December 5 - Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 PM days one and two (December 5-6); 8:30 am - 12:00 PM day three (December 7)
Where: PG&E Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, California  94103
United States

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Project Management Mastery is designed to teach practical project management skills needed to successfully define, plan, and manage projects. This three-day course takes you through a step-by-step process for planning and managing projects of all types and sizes. Concepts and examples presented are reinforced through demonstrations and structured exercises using real-life projects. By the end of the course, each participant will have acquired hands-on experience in applying the concepts and techniques to produce a quality project plan. As California standards for building performance move in the direction of zero net energy, good project management skills can assist teams to meet and exceed minimum requirements.

Registration for this 2.5-day program is $250.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion, participants will

  1. Have an overview of a logical, structured project planning & management process;
  2. Understand and know how to properly use project management terms and concepts commonly used in successfully planning and delivering projects on schedule, within scope and on budget;
  3. Have applied the concepts and processes during the training to create a project management plan for a 'real-world' project;
  4. Have an awareness of additional resources available to further improve project management skills.


Intended Audience

Individuals from architecture, engineering, general contracting, and consulting firms seeking to gain and improve project management skills that can be applied to building projects.



  • Welcome, Intro & Safety Announcement
  • Project Planning & Implementation Course
    • Organize and Define the Project
      • Identify key project team members, their roles and responsibilities
      • Identify project stakeholders
      • Clearly state the project objective, boundary, and completion criteria
      • Anticipate project sponsor’s priorities
      • Identify and define project deliverables
      • Specify the team’s operating ground rules
      • Validate project parameters
    • Plan the Project
      • Identify all project work (Work Breakdown Structure)
      • Determine sequence of work (precedence diagram)
      • Estimate work activity duration
      • Use Critical Path Method to develop a schedule (Gantt chart)
      • Determine resource requirements
      • Optimize the project plan to meet objectives
      • Develop a Risk Management Plan
      • Validate the Preliminary Project Plan
    • Implement the Project
      • Track project progress: monitor, measure & manage performance
      • Manage project changes
      • Manage project communication & human resources
      • Monitor & manage project interfaces
      • Manage project procurements and contracts
      • Monitor & manage ongoing project risks
    • Close-out the Project
  • Course Evaluation

NOTE: While the course does not use software scheduling tools (e.g., Microsoft® Project, Primavera), the benefits and application of such tools are discussed


About the Instructor

Jack Sivak is the founder of Strategic Project Systems (SPS), a firm helping organizations improve the likelihood of project success through better strategic project planning. Jack developed the PDQ Planning Workshop™ to help organizations quickly plan new projects or recover late, over-budget, and volatile strategic projects. He also developed SPS’s Project Planning & Implementation course.

Jack’s 45+-year career began as a field engineer with Link Aviation flight simulation systems. He has since worked and consulted extensively with a broad spectrum of industries and functional organizations within those industries.

In a typical year, Jack helps organizations plan over 100 projects and coaches and educates over 500 project team members, managers and executives in project and program management processes and best practices. To each client, Jack brings his comprehensive systems thinking, personal experiences, wisdom, and research in a variety of project lifecycles and in the many dimensions of projects and project stakeholders.

Jack has a BS and MS in Systems Management.