The Professional Development Institute
Harvard University Global System
Harvard® Planner Group
Certificate of Completion
Value: 2 Continuing-Education Units (CEU)

Unique in North-America, this exclusive certificate is awarded to the participants who have successfully completed Martin’s Hands-on Project-Management Workshop Applying Harvard University Global System™.

Project-Management Certificate

Video Testimonies
Executives who completed Negotiation Excellence, Team Leadership and Project Management

Vice-President, global IT company: Participated in 4 workshops. Applied HUGS for 6 years

Director of Engineering (global mining company): Participated incProject Management and Negotiation Excellence Seminars: Used HUGS for 9 years

CEO, Large banking conglomerate (Staff: 48,000): Participated in 5 workshops. Used HUGS for 8 years

Participants’ Feedback

"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
President, 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

Upcoming Seminars
Applying Harvard University Global System™ Tools;
Planned in Boston, New York and Canada
Harvard University Global System™ (HUGS)
in English, French, Spanish
and Mandarin Shipped Worldwide

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.

"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)


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: PMBOK and Harvard® Project Scope
  • How to validate project objectives, priorities and 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
  • Project-Portfolio Management: Pre-requisites for WBS Dictionaries

3. Who Is Doing What: Harvard® Responsibility 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

4. The Complete Risk-Management Cycle

  • Risk identification: How to detect neglected risks with the Harvard® Risk 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 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 (HUGS), 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 Paul Martin, Workshop Leader Alain has advised two prime ministers of Canada (4 years), the UNESCO’s Director General, the CEOs of biotechnology firms (BiokPlus), APOC’s 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-Canada’s 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 federal governments.

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, Textron’s Bell Helicopters and governments. He led seminars for IEEE, PMI, operations-research societies (INFORMS, CORS), the Ivy-League’s Leadership Summit at Harvard, and Japan’s 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 Canada’s North and Arctic (2014-16) and continues, for years, to counsel executives and scientists of Teck’s 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 University’s and other Ivy-League’s 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 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.

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 titled “ 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 Alain’s upcoming book.

Alain’s 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 York’s 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 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.


A total attention to quality is featured in the versatile course materials from the success stories, the pre-readings, the exercises and case studies to the most practical toolkit and attractive and durable Harvard® road maps. The following is a list of the course materials and practical instruments that are invaluable in accelerating the learning process and the acquisition of lasting 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 highly-praised 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 exceptional 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 weekdays (9 AM - 4:30 PM EDT) at +1 819-772-7777; toll free in the USA and Canada: 1-800-HARVARD and pay in advance by credit card.

Send your money-order payable to: The Professional Development Institute PDI Inc.

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 most reasonable. If required to support your request, we would provide supporting evidence for service fees recently billed to governments and companies.

The travel expenses for seminar leaders are on cost-recovery basis. They include airfare, ground transportation, meals, gratuities, airport taxes and hotel accommodation. There is no travel expense for seminars held in the cities of New York, Boston, Cambridge and Ottawa where we hold regular public workshops. 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, audio-visual materials including 2 flip charts, an 8x8 feet projection screen, internet access, a digital projector for PowerPoint presentations and a laptop computer (as a back-up machine). We also recommend round tables, each seating five participants, in a crescent arrangement, to face the workshop leader.


This workshop provides universal skills that are in high demand as pre-requisites for excellence in every leadership and professional position. When these skills are acquired at a reputable institution like ours, they will stand out on your CV, as a notable accomplishment.

For us, that is necessary but not sufficient, as we want you also to excel in the workplace so we can succeed with you. To this end, you will be armed with cutting-edge knowledge, practical skills, sound techniques and Harvard University Global System™, the finest framework and toolkit for high achievers. And with our outstanding faculty of distinguished workshop leaders who combine graduate-level teaching in leading universities with ongoing international field practice, we aim to help you gain and maintain no less than the competitive edge.

To prevent misrepresentation and maintain the trust in the marketplace, we also count on our participants who are certified to have successfully completed this workshop to be rigorous in including it in their resumé exactly as indicated below, either in multiple lines or in a single contiguous string.

Mastering Project-Management Skills, Techniques and Proven Practices

Optional lines:
Applying Harvard University Global System Tools
Led by Alain Paul Martin
The provider: The Professional Development Institute
City and date, e.g. Cambridge (MA), May 14-16, 2018


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You will be reminded the first day to dress the way you feel most comfortable for a photo session the next morning.

Although every effort will be made to ensure a pleasant learning environment including a suitable temperature, we recommend you bring a sweater or a jacket to the classroom as individual comfort zones differ and sudden variations in the weather can temporarily affect air conditioning.

Also please kindly refrain from using strong fragrances during the session in order to accommodate your fellow participants who suffer from asthma.

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