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Project Management Essentials for Working Professionals

Executive Education | Open Enrollment

Course Date
1-day program
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Establish a project management level set in your organization.

Today’s fast paced and complex work environment is putting a premium on project management and related skills. Effective management of projects is critical to the success of every organization and its overall profitability, with every employee contributing in various roles. Whether you are new to project management or an experienced manager facing new challenges, Project Management Essentials for Working Professionals will enhance your effectiveness in planning, setting up, and executing a successful project.

Designed for those interested in project management, or those currently involved in projects who wish to obtain a deeper understanding of key principles, this one-day workshop will cover best practices around scope, establishing timeline and budget, roles and responsibilities of a project team, working on projects with people from diverse backgrounds, assessing risks, and addressing challenges.

This program is not currently accepting registrations, please join our mailing list to be notified the next time this program is offered. 


Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of best practices in project set up, planning, and execution
  • Tools for monitoring and supporting your projects throughout the project lifecycle
  • Acquiring and developing the right project team
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Controlling change and closing the project

Who Should Attend?

An ideal workshop for anyone interested in learning foundational tools to execute successful projects within their organization. This session is not intended for current project managers or as a preparation for the PMP certification but rather, is an introduction to project management concepts and best practices which can be immediately applied in the workplace by all team members.

Additional Information

  • Dates, Location, Schedule

    Date: TBD

    Location: TBD

    Schedule 8:30am -4:15pm

    • 8:00 – 8:20 Arrival and Breakfast
    • 8:20 – 8:30 Introductions and program overview
    • 8:30 – 10:00 Session 1 – Initiation of Projects: Best Practices
      • Show me how your project begins … and I will tell you how it ends
      • Introduction to PM and selecting projects
      • Effectively establishing and organizing projects
      • Working in projects with people from other cultures
    • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
    • 10:15 – 12:0o Session 2 – Planning of Projects: Best Practices
      • We tend to go either overboard with planning … or almost skip it
      • Breaking down the project (activities, time, budget)
      • Developing an effective plan (phases, milestones, critical path)
      • Assessing risks and establishing contingency plans
    • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
    • 12:45 – 2:30 Session 3 – Execution of Projects: Best Practices
      • Too many projects are not successful … or significantly over time/budget
      • Monitoring and controlling projects
      • Evaluating and closing projects
      • Driving progress and mastering challenges
    • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
    • 2:45 – 4:00 Session 4 – Application of Learnings
      • Lessons Learned from reviewing struggling real world-cases
      • Summary of best practices for project management
      • Applying lessons learned/best practices to your projects
      • Key takeaways from the course
    • 4:00 – 4:15 Review and group discussion

  • Cost

    The cost of the program is TBD and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch, and is due in full at time of registration.


    Wake Forest University alumni, faculty, and staff receive a 25% tuition discount.


    If multiple participants are interested in attending from your organization, please contact us for multi-attendee discount information.


    Please contact for more details.

  • Materials

    Course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in paper format at the beginning of the workshop. Electronic materials can be provided upon request.

  • Refund and Cancellation Policies

    Program Cancellation

    This course is offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment. If a course must be canceled, all registered participants will be notified at least five (5) calendar days before the course’s start date. All registered participants will receive a 100% tuition refund. No fees will be charged for canceled courses.


    Individual Cancellation – Refund Policy

    Prospective participants who withdraw at least 10 days prior to the start of a course will receive a full refund of tuition paid.


  • Contact Us

    For more information, or to speak with a program adviser, please send an email to

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