The Professional Development Institute
Harvard University Global System
Harvard® Planner Group

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

Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada

To Register, please call 1-800-HARVARD
International +1 819-772-7777. Thank you.
9:00 to 16:00 EST time. Monday-Thursday
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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.


This workshop is practical by virtue of three unique features:
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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!


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
  • Teamwork

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 with the 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


A Harvard Fellow (Advanced Leadership) educated in the science and practice of innovation, strategy, negotiation and team leadership (Harvard Business and Law Schools, Concordia, MIT, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland), Alain Martin coaches, as a thought leader, current and aspiring executives and entrepreneurs to act as exemplary team leaders; chart a bold vision with foresight; innovate; craft and execute strategy; and fulfill their mission in highly-competitive contexts; while building capacity and readiness for a sustainable future, within a collaborative ecosystem perspective.

Alain Paul Martin, Workshop Leader Alain is also the Chief Architect, Harvard University Global System (HUGS), for which his organization has the worldwide trademark license from Harvard University. He coaches, since 12 years, the Applied Research & Technology team at Teck, Canada’s global diversified resource firm and works in Massachusetts to advance the education of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Alain is Acting CEO of RUFIL, a new innovation and leadership network of thought leaders, who combine field practice with academic research in innovation and leadership, in business, NGOs and the public sector. RUFIL educators passionately build bridges, across linguistic and cultural barriers, sharing their unique experience and competence, in a spirit of global solidarity.

Alain began his career in operations research and systems dynamics, as a project leader and serial innovator, in the IT and aerospace domains, after studying advanced technology in France and graduating in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University in Montreal. He subsequently led Corporate IT projects at Bombardier and Du Pont; managed system development at Domtar; and exercised oversight over the engineering phase of collaborative CIDA-World Bank capital projects (microwave and inter-city transportation). At the CBC-SRC, he led the research to elucidate and combat media bias in news production, particulalrly during election periods, capitalizing on the precursor work of European broadcasters and applying news-content analytics, system thinking and autonomous inequity-reduction teamwork.

Alain assisted, for 10 years, Desjardins CEO craft the vision and strategic direction of the “world's second strongest bank” (Bloomberg’s rating). He advised two prime ministers (4 years), the UNESCO's head and spearheaded, with Dr. Brian Morrissey, the creation of Canada’s Food Inspection Agency; and addressed complex technology and environmental issues from the Arctic Circle (Canada, Sakha Republic) to Africa.

Alain taught strategic negotiation to M.Sc. students, project & risk management to nuclear-power teams and exemplary leadership workshops at APEO, Bertelsmann, Boeing, Boliden, Cap-Gemini, E.ON, France Loisirs, Framingham State University, GE (USA, Canada, Europe), Harvard, IEEE, Japan’s Engineering Advancement Association, METI, Procter & Gamble and Skanska, Harvard, the Ivy-League Leadership Summit, PMI, Skanska, Textron’s Bell Helicopters, UN University in Tokyo nuclear-energy companies (OPG, CANDU) and governments.

Active in civil society and inspired by Drs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, Alain led the creation of Partners in Health Canada and continues to focus 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 York’s Build Academy for global education in architecture, engineering and construction. He led funding projects for the victims of Haiti’s earthquake, Japan’s Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and Hurricane Sandy (with the support of French Embassy in Washington). He also orchestrated initiatives for CHEO Children’s Hospital, Food Banks, Canada Without Poverty and led three times Harvard’s Global Month of Service. He is a founding member of Harvard University’s Advanced-Leadership Coalition.

Alain is a Harvard Business School’s 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.

Alain was also recognized by Harvard University and Alumni Association presidents for his “Leadership, Vision and Service” and PMI for his “outstanding contribution to project management’s state-of-the-art”.

Alain was President of two Harvard University clubs and held memberships with Harvard Faculty Club and the Société mathématique de France (SMF). His book “Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counterintelligence & Surprise Events’ earned praise from scholars and business leaders. As an illustration, Harvard Business School’s Professor Warren McFarlan noted: “This is an extraordinarily thoughtful and well written book on a topic of great contemporary importance. Its advice is detailed, practical and completely on target.”


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 Harvard® road maps. The following is a list of the course materials and practical instruments that facilitate learning and mastering project-management skills.
  1. 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 responsibility charting.
  2. The main workbook covers the agenda and provides supplementary references
  3. 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
  4. Exercises, teamwork and case studies on mission and goal validity, project scoping, responsibility charting, scheduling, resource allocation, budgeting and progress control.
  5. 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).

To register, please contact us by email at 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.

Cancellation Policy
Participants registering 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.



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.

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Participants’ Feedback

"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."

Mark Arnone
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."

Don Mallory

"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 Alain’s methodologies clearly laid out in his seminal book Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence & Surprise Events. It is like the Physician’s 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 and leadership. The exercises and simulations gave a good hands-on practice."

Savi Sachdev
Director General, Space Systems
Canadian Space Agency

Note: Mr. Sachdev took Strategy, Negotiation, Leadership and 4 out of the 5-day Advanced Project-Management Workshop

"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! Many thanks!"

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."

Michel Firlotte
IT Project Manager
Health Canada

"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."

John Harbour
President, Desjardins and SAAQ (ret'd)

"Very focused seminar on practical and innovative tools that are of great value and are uniquely delivered."

Wassim Labaki, President & Chief Engineer
Advanced Manufacturing Processes
Robotic Systems

"The most thought-provoking and insightful sessions on management issues I have seen in 25 years of military and public service experience."

Alan Stewart
Sr. Project Manager
Aircraft Certification, Transport Canada

"As a new supervisor, this workshop gave me more practical tools to achieve my mission."

Louis Dufresne
Supervisor, Technical Training
Bombardier Transportation

"Very interesting and fast paced! Not a dull moment."

Rick Leach
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."

Derek Potts
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. Martin’s 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
Women’s Hospital
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