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 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 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, Canadas 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 (Bloombergs rating). He advised two prime ministers
(4 years), the UNESCO's head and spearheaded, with Dr. Brian Morrissey, the creation
of Canadas 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,
Japans Engineering Advancement
Association, METI, Procter & Gamble and Skanska, Harvard, the Ivy-League
Leadership Summit, PMI, Skanska, Textrons 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 Yorks Build Academy for global
education in architecture, engineering and
construction. 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. He is a founding
member of Harvard Universitys Advanced-Leadership Coalition.
Alain 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.
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 managements 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 Schools 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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