Hands-On Workshop Applying Harvard University Global System Tools
Mastering Project-Management Skills, Techniques and Proven Practices
Learn to Lead Teams; Plan Projects and Control Progress:
Scope, Deliverables, Time,
Resources, Risks, Costs, Earned Value and Change
The objectives of this intensive workshop are to provide you with the competencies, best practices,
proven techniques and tools to set realistic goals and deliverables, allocate scarce resources;
estimate time and costs (budget, commitment and cash-flow); select review milestones based on risk
and context rather than a chronological control frequency. You will hone your skills to integrate
the plan and validate current performance with earned-value management (EVM). Thus, you can prudently
predict the trend and firmly control progress by recognizing early warning signs of delays and cost
overruns, exploring corrective actions, managing change and delivering excellent results (final
deliverables’ quality, time, cost, net value, team commitment, client trust) or seeking a
graceful exit, when it is in the client's best interest.
WHY IS THIS WORKSHOP UNIQUE?
This workshop is practical by virtue of three unique features:
- The workshop leader, Alain Paul Martin, is a genuine innovator (US, Canadian and Japanese patents),
an experienced educator and a leader of projects affecting millions of professionals.
Before, during and after his years at Harvard and MIT,
Alain has truly democratized project leadership, strategic planning,
critical-path scheduling, scarce-resource allocation and advanced progress control. He is an
esteemed authority in project leadership and risk management by The Project Management
Institute (PMI), universities and large companies. His seminars have gained the recognition
of clients in finance, aerospace, biotech, IT, R&D, mining, power generation and government
(international trade, agriculture, defense, education, health, national security).
- You can say goodbye to the complex time-consuming techniques taught elsewhere and apply
the Harvard University Global System™, a breakthrough in project management.
After a 20-year research in complexity reduction and application in business
and government, the Harvard® framework and instruments make solid project
planning and rigorous progress control within the reach of everyone in the project team.
Leading companies and defense agencies have applied the Harvard® framework, in
projects varying from millions to over a billion in range, to schedule and visually
allocate resources and track progress with more visibility and accuracy than
ever; thus, delivering a superior value, frequently under inelastic deadlines, scarce resources and
and tight budgets.
- You will receive the best available course materials (see below) and a unique
certificate of completion
specifying your proficiency in project management applying Harvard University Global System™ tools.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Project management is a team endeavor, the more competencies in the art and science of project management
within a team, the higher the synergy and the competitive advantage for the organization.
That is why the greatest project managers empower their team with the proven skills and best
practices in project management. We, therefore garantee, that project leaders and every member of your project team,
including functional managers, client representatives and executive assistants,
can immensely benefit from this hands-on workshop.
Participants come from business, trade associations, foundations and governments. Candidates seeking the Project-Management
Professional’s certification or already possess a PMP designation
will discover new ways to improve their planning and progress-control performance. Guaranteed!
WORKSHOP OUTLINE (2 CEU)
1. Project-Scope Definition: Project Charter
- Start with a clear mandate: Harvard® Project Scope
- How to validate project objectives, priorities and risk-related assumptions
- Performance and value management: Progress benchmarks and impact indicators and constraints
2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
- How to brainstorm the best deliverables with Harvard® Creativity Grid
- Work Breakdown Structure: Exercise applying design principles
3. Who Is Doing What: Harvard® Responsibility-Accountability Chart
- Richard Beckhard’s fundamental principles for allocating roles
- Harvard® responsibility-charting teamwork: case study
- Exercise: Role-conflict prevention; risk mitigation
- Exercise: Building early warnings for delays and cost overruns
- Accountability and liability issues for project leaders and team members
4. The Complete Risk-Management Cycle
- Risk identification: How to detect neglected risks
Harvard® Continuous Risk-Management Framework
- Stakeholder-related risks, value-chain risks, responsibility-accountability risks
- Risk-intelligence repository: Vital for project portfolios
- Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment
- Risk-response strategies
- Options: mitigation, acceptance, avoidance, sharing and transfer
- Exercise on strategies to reduce risk to a manageable level
- Defining residual risk and contingency plans
- Risk communication
5. Scheduling, Budgeting and Resource Allocation
- Select from 18 criteria for estimating and scheduling
- Estimating: from PERT, CPM and Harvard® best practices
- Baseline scheduling: Least-cost scenario; teamwork
- How to allocate resource: Single and multiple projects
- How to streamline and, if necessary, fast-track work
- Risks of fast-tracking brain-intensive tasks
- How to manage projects with inelastic deadlines
- Exercise in budgeting, commitment and cash flow
- Best earned-value milestones for progress control
- Applications to pilot experiments and project portfolios
6. Implementation: 360° Tools and Best Practices
- How to anticipate and control changes, costs, time and value
- How to assess progress and risks at each milestone
- New schedule and cost projections: 12 validity tests
- Progress-control exercises and teamwork
7. Synthesis and Conclusion: Exemplary project leadership
WORKSHOP LEADER: Alain Paul MARTIN
A Harvard Fellow (Advanced Leadership) educated in the science and practice of strategy,
negotiation and team leadership (Harvard Business and Law Schools, Concordia, MIT),
Alain Martin is a multilingual professional speaker on exemplary leadership, negotiation and
skills to boost innovation quality, capacity, velocity and usability.
A board member in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, Alain works mostly
behind the scene coaching
executives, team leaders, scientists, negotiators, marketers, lawyers, intelligence
analysts and executive assistants. An inventor who held patents (USA, Canada, Japan),
Alain is the Chief Architect of Harvard University Global System™
the innovative framework and practical toolkit applied in strategy formulation, principled
negotiation, risk and project management, personal time management,
team productivity and product/service incubation, design,
prototyping, development, production, value extraction and client retention.
Alain has advised two prime ministers of Canada (4 years), the UNESCOs
Director General, the CEOs of biotechnology firms (BiokPlus), APOCs CEO, Desjardins
(the world's second strongest bank according to Bloomberg) for 10 years. He held risk- and
IT-management positions at Du Pont, Bombardier, Domtar and
CBC-SRC. He was twice a faculty member at the University of Quebec
where he taught negotiation and change management
in the M.Sc. and MGP Project-Management programs.
Alain led assignments
where sensitive multipartite negotiations
were of paramount importance, including:
(a) the incubation of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with Dr. Brian Morrissey;
(b) a brainstorming retreat with Health-Canadas
executives and medical professionals to prepare a risk-management strategy
nine months before Mad Cow was diagnosed in Canada;
(c) a proposal to the Prime Minister on defusing the growing tensions between Canada
and its Asian trade partners, particularly Japan, following the discovery of
mad-cow disease in Alberta;
(d) the merger of five agencies mandated to protect investors, maintain
the integrity of securities markets, and regulate financial institutions in Quebec;
(e) the creation of a trilateral cooperation network
to mobilize Canadian talent and know-how with petrodollar financing
(Kuwait, Abu Dhabi) for the benefit of the poorest nations in Asia and Africa;
(f) coaching leaders of the First Nations in British Columbia
and those of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic to apply principled negotiation
in resolving critical issues with their respective
Alain has worked with Boeing, Boliden, Bombardier, Cap-Gemini,
Desjardins (banking, insurance), E.ON
(wind energy), Foro de Excelencia (Spain), France Loisirs, GE (USA, Canada, Europe),
Skanska, Textrons Bell Helicopters and governments.
He led seminars for IEEE, PMI, operations-research
societies (INFORMS, CORS), the Ivy-Leagues Leadership Summit at Harvard,
and Japans Engineering Advancement
Association, METI, APEO, the last two International Forums of
Excellence in Spain and the UN University in Tokyo.
Early in his career, Alain led international capital projects
ranging from inter-city microwave links to roads
and bridges, funded by CIDA and the World Bank.
In mining, oil and gas, Alain advised the government on large-scale
risks in Canadas North and Arctic (2014-16) and continues,
for years, to counsel executives and scientists of Tecks Applied
Research & Technology on strategy and project management.
Alain was selected as a 2012 Harvard Fellow in Advanced Leadership
(ALI) with peers committed to address important
issues including the environment, health, education and
governance. During his fellowship, Alain honed his expertise
in large-scale risks, mentored and delivered leadership
seminars to Harvard Universitys and other Ivy-Leagues
students and led the incubation of a complexity-reduction lab.
A current member of Harvard Faculty Club,
Alain graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from
Concordia University and is a Harvard Business Schools
alumnus in entrepreneurship (OPM, 1997-1999). He fine-tuned
his skills in management of change and social psychology
at MIT and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He is also
certified to teach negotiation in the corporation by Harvard
Law School where he was privileged to learn from Robert Mnookin,
Lawrence Suskind, Bill Ury, Bruce Patten and the late Roger Fisher.
Recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
for his outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art
of project management, Alain was also honored by
the Presidents of Harvard University and Harvard Alumni
Association for his Leadership, Vision and Service
to Harvard community. He is the author of the book
Harnessing the Power of Intelligence
which was recommended by
leading scholars, corporate executives and
the competitive-intelligence community in Fortune 100 companies,
the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces
and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
of the US Department of Defense.
Building exemplary teams and leaders is the subject of Alains upcoming book.
Alains pro-bono work focuses on funding and providing advice
to advance health, education and poverty reduction. He is a founding
sponsor of Roger Fisher House, a conflict-resolution catalyst that
is now part of Mercy Corps. He is an Advisory Board Member of both Social
Hearts (Japan) and New Yorks Build Academy for global
education in architecture, engineering and
construction. Inspired by Drs. Jim Kim and Paul Farmer, Alain
led the creation of Partners in Health Canada by mobilizing resources to (a)
incorporate PIH as a charitable organization; (b) link PIH to
strategic allies and philanthropies; (c) host funding events and (d) manufacture
and deliver a fuel truck for PIH clinics in Haiti. He led funding
projects for the victims of Haitis earthquake, Japans Tohoku earthquake and
tsunami and Hurricane Sandy (with the support of French Embassy in Washington).
He also orchestrated initiatives for CHEO Childrens Hospital,
Food Banks, Canada Without Poverty and led three times Harvards
Global Month of Service.
COURSE MATERIALS OF LASTING VALUE
A total attention to quality is featured in the versatile course materials from
the pre-readings, the exercises and case studies to the most practical toolkit and complexity-reduction
road maps. The following is a list of the course materials and practical
instruments that facilitate learning and mastering project-management skills.
- The pre-readings from Alain Martin’s papers on project leadership,
stakeholder’s analysis and key players’ dynamics, strategy formulation, brainstorming and
creativity, authority and soft power, the fundamental drivers of excellent decisions, goal validity and
- The main workbook covers the agenda and provides supplementary references
- Alain Paul Martin's book titled "Harnessing the Power of Intelligence",
which includes several tools to analyze the stakeholders and identify project opportunities and risk
early through the risk-incubation paradigm
- Exercises, teamwork and case studies on mission and goal validity, project scoping,
responsibility charting, scheduling, resource allocation, budgeting and progress control.
- Harvard University Global System™ road maps and work-improvement templates:
- Harvard® Complete Framework: Vision, Strategy, Policy and Project Management
featuring both ongoing and sequential tasks that no manager can ignore
- Harvard® Project Scope Definition to define the project value chain (objectives
and linkage to client’s mission, deliverables, resources), the critical success factors
(performance indicators) and the evaluation plan
- Harvard® Negotiation Mandate: A template to prepare negotiations and manage deadlocks
- Harvard® Principled-Negotiation Road Map for planning and running effective negotiations
- Harvard® Creativity Template
- Continuous Risk-Management Road Map and accompanying guide titled Neglected Risks:
Identification and Management Primer Applying Harvard University Global System™ Tools
- Harvard® Responsibility/Accountability Chart to clarify everyone’s role and
obligations and prevent role conflicts
- Harvard® Time-Management Road Map to help you plan your time.
Fees include books, hand-outs, road maps and other course materials of lasting value (see above), and a daily
continental breakfast plus hot and soft drinks during the morning and afternoon pauses, but exclude hotel
accommodation (if required).
REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION PROCEDURES
To register, please contact us by email at email@example.com
or call us toll free in the USA and Canada: 1-800-HARVARD; international: +1 819-772-7777.
We are open Mondays through Thursdays (9 AM - 4:00 PM EDT); voicemail: 24/7.
Please pay in advance by credit card.
as a group must send substitutes in lieu of canceling.
For other clients, cancellations are accepted if made at least 10 working days
prior to the course, and are subject to a $150 service charge per person. Full
fees are payable by anyone who fails to attend or cancels less than 10 working
days prior to the session. One substitution or transfer to a later course of
the same duration is accepted.
WORKSHOP LOCATIONS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
BRING THIS WORKSHOP TO YOUR ORGANIZATION
We deliver in-house versions of this workshop worldwide to business and governments, NGOs and bar
associations and other societies. We would be delighted to work together with your team anywhere. Ask us
for a proposal based on the number of participants, the seminar duration and a selection of cutting-edge
course materials and case studies most applicable to your environment.
Our fees are reasonable. The travel expenses, if any, for seminar leaders are on cost-recovery basis. If applicable in your jurisdiction, sales and value-added taxes (HST and PST or VAT) are extra.
The client is responsible for the conference room and audio-visual materials.
"Alain Paul Martin has a long and valued association with Teck Metals Ltd™
; We believe
that Alain's teachings go far beyond the typical project management focus on scope, schedule, cost,
and, sometimes, quality. Alain delves into topics that project managers working with complex topics
or program managers dealing with multiple complex and often inter-related projects need to know about
and must become skilled at to be successful. These teachings are supported by tools that we and our
teams use on a regular basis to move ideas and concepts into well-defined projects that can be managed
with conventional project-management tools."
Rob Stephens, PhD
Director, Applied Research & Technology
Teck Metals Ltd.
"Alain delivered, over a 4-year period, Advanced Project and Risk-Management workshops to our nuclear project
managers and executives at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) ... These sessions covered the complete project management
cycle from project and risk incubation to stakeholder analysis and strategy formulation to operational
planning including estimating, resource allocation, budgeting, earned-value planning and progress control.
Including myself, the sessions were taken by approximately 200 OPG Project Managers, Sr. Engineers and
Executives. Feedback from all sessions were excellent. Course materials and instruction exceeded all of
the requirements established by OPG."
Vice-President, Nuclear Refurbishment
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
"I found the course content, your presentation and the group-interaction
discussions stimulating real-life cases very enlightening.
The learning of a new material surprised me because I have 28 years
of industrial experience and held
a corporate position for 8 years...
Your course, because of its thorough analysis of the issues,
will be useful
to researchers considering entrepreneurship."
Noel P. Mailvaganam
Principal Research Officer
National Research Council
"Companies like PDI... set the highest standards of quality
in product and services. I am sure
I speak for others at Boeing when I say it is good to
have you as an ally."
"Alain Paul Martin is a true authority on the subject of risk,
complexity reduction and
the transfer of universal skills. At some of the darkest hours
in leading complex
projects and managing global risks, I turn to Alains methodologies clearly laid out in
his seminal book Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence & Surprise
Events. It is like the Physicians Desk Reference for strategists and practitioners alike.
Alain is a masterful public speaker and he captivated an audience of fellow HBS alumni and guests
when I hosted him at the French Embassy in Washington. Alain receives my highest praise."
Dante A. Disparte
Founder and CEO at Risk Cooperative
Co-Author Global Risk Agility and Decision Making
Harvard Business School Club, Washington (DC)
"I enjoyed acquiring new ideas in strategy formulation, negotiation skills
The exercises and simulations gave a good hands-on practice."
Director General, Space Systems
Canadian Space Agency
Note: Mr. Sachdev took Strategy, Negotiation, Leadership and 4 out
of the 5-day Advanced
"The tools and strategies provided by this course will be of
practical use in all aspects
of my work! Powerful tools delivered by a leading-edge instructor!
Carl Finniss, Project Manager
Customs & Revenue Agency
"I found this to be a content-rich course with a real-world focus.
It has changed the way
I approach strategic thinking and has significantly added to my
risk and negotiation tool chest."
Mark Maltais, Manager
Risk Assessment, CDIC
"Excellent value for a senior manager."
Col. Tom Lawson
Department of National Defence
"Alain Martin's real-life examples and experience add so much value
to the learning
experience that it made the learning material much easier to understand."
IT Project Manager
"Project Management was the first seminar I took with Alain Martin. I have since
participated in five workshops led by Alain who has, for over 10 years in two companies
I have presided (Desjardins and SAAQ), delivered excellent in-house executive-development
seminars applying Harvard University Global System™
tools in risk and project management,
strategy formulation, principled-negotiation skills, management of change and exemplary leadership.
Our senior executives and their teams have acquired invaluable competitive skills and instruments
for project leadership, planning, progress control and impact evaluation. I strongly recommend
Alain's workshops. Because of their immediate relevance to the real world, Alain's in-house sessions
were a resounding success."
President, Desjardins and SAAQ (ret'd)
"Very focused seminar on practical and innovative tools that are of great value and are
Wassim Labaki, President & Chief Engineer
Advanced Manufacturing Processes
"The most thought-provoking and insightful sessions on management issues I have seen in 25
years of military and public service experience."
Sr. Project Manager
Aircraft Certification, Transport Canada
"As a new supervisor, this workshop gave me more practical tools to achieve my mission."
Supervisor, Technical Training
"Very interesting and fast paced! Not a dull moment."
Team Leader, Financial Planning, EDC
"All managers should take this seminar. Everything we touched on will be great help to me."
Roger Provost, Ice Services Specialist
Weather and Environmental Prediction Services
"An extremely unique and valuable course with great new tools that can be broadly applied."
Chief, NHQ Computing Facilities, CIC
"Excellent program; good use of examples. Alain uses his very diverse knowledge base to focus
the principles of this risk and project-management seminar."
Dr. Keith Garel
Senior Project Manager
Nuclear Feeder Integrity Project
Ontario Power Generation
Workshop Leader's Endorsements
"Mr. Martin tirelessly invests his energy to leverage his successes and networks into solutions
that have a direct, positive impact on the poor
Mr. Martins management background and extensive experience in advising
global leaders, alongside his motivation to eradicate poverty and its ill
effects, qualify him to make a uniquely valuable contribution to addressing
inequity on a societal level. With demonstrated skills in entrepreneurship,
negotiation, and issue analysis, he is precisely the sort of thoughtful, versatile
leader we need to advocate on behalf of the poor and underserved."
Prof. Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD
Chair, Global Health & Social Medicine,
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Global Health Equity, Brigham and
Co-founder, Partners In Health
"I was privileged to work with Alain Paul Martin at Harvard University, attend his
lectures and provide technical support for his research on complexity reduction.
Alain cares deeply about the students he mentors, Harvard staff and his
Advanced Leadership colleagues. He is passionate about social justice.
His compassion for the less privileged is genuine. Candid to share his mistakes,
he welcomes critical scrutiny of his work, listens, validates and acts on suggestions.
A model leader and educator with a touch of humility and captivating public speaker!"
Cochise Pearson, M.Ed.
President, Ivy Scholars Success
Senior Consultant, Harvard University