Participants must commit to attending both days (September 20 and 21)
* This session is being offered in collaboration with the MITACS Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.
Learning teams of approximately five people each will be formed at the beginning of this session and will work together throughout the session. This will enable the participants to enhance their learning from each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create and execute their projects.
This 2-day workshop provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits firsthand.
Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:
- Gain a clear understanding of foundational project management principles
- Have an emphasized understanding of the importance of team and team dynamics within the context of project management and meeting project deadlines
Key Topics Areas:
Principles of project management and team building
- Forming new teams and learning from team members past experience
- Understanding self and others using the Strength Deployment Inventory, a self-scoring questionnaire that identifies, motivations, personal strengths in relating, causes of stress or conflict and each individual’s typical response to conflict
- Personal styles of learning and problem-solving
- Creating a team agreement on practices and processes that will enhance their work together
- Techniques and tools to increase team effectiveness at decision making
- Planning and conducting effective project meetings
- Role of the leader in decision making
- Modifying leadership behavior to meet the needs of the situation
Project planning concepts
- Developing and building effective project teams
- Project planning and scheduling: basics of the critical path method (CPM), work breakdown, time calculations, and shortening the project
- Collaborative techniques and processes for planning and scheduling projects, establishing positive project practices and procedures, and the monitoring and reporting of progress
- Risk assessment on the projects planned
Review and discussion of learning
- Providing constructive criticism for positive results
Jim Brosseau has worked in the high-technology sector since 1980, in a variety of roles and responsibilities. He has held successively more responsible positions in military and defence contracting, commercial software development, and training and consulting. He has worked in the QA role, and has acted as team lead, project manager, and director. Jim has been involved with the BCIT Bachelor of Technology program, mentored students at SFU Surrey and the Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow program, acts as a mentor in the New Ventures BC competition, and has been on the Business Advisory Board of the Advanced Systems Institute of BC.
Registration opens on Monday, September 12 at 9:00am.
NO SHOW FEE: No shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 48h in advance by e-mailing email@example.com. This will allow us to add someone from the waiting list and run a full session. If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged. Participants must commit to attending both days (September 20 and 21)
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to register. Priority will be given to currently registered UBC graduate students. If you are a non-UBC student or a postdoctoral fellow and would like to register, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For UBC graduate students, the workshop registration form will appear at the bottom of the event page on community.grad.ubc.ca. If you do not receive a registration confirmation or waitlist e-mail from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org within 2 working days of registering we recommend e-mailing us to follow up as this indicates we have not received your registration submission.
If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email@example.com, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.