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Project management methods and tools

Bad decisions and faulty project planning can set you back millions… even billions! But schedule and budget overruns seem to be the norm rather than the exception, and outcomes often fall short of expectations. Being able to manage a project with aplomb is a key leadership skill in today’s business world.

This seminar will provide you with what you need to get a better handle on each of the stages of a project and strengthen your abilities to mobilize your resources to achieve your strategic objectives. The result? You will be in a position to sharpen your organization’s competitive edge and propel your productivity.


$2,095 + taxes


Three days – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Course given in French

Offered online
November 1, 2, 3, 2021
January 14, 21, 28, 2022
April 19, 20, 21, 2022

Offered at HEC Montréal
October 20, 21, 22, 2021
December 8, 9, 10, 2021
February 28, March 1, 2, 2022
July 12, 13, 14, 2022

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  • Master the approach advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in terms of developing a systematic project management process:
    1. Ensure your project is built on a solid foundation;
    2. Plan the stages of your project thoroughly and realistically;
    3. Manage project tasks;
    4. Monitor and control the work involved;
    5. Finalize the project in a constructive way.
  • Acquire tools and methods central to project management.
  • Make the appropriate decisions in critical situations.

Is this for you?

  • Professionals
  • Managers
  • Mid-level and senior executives

This program is for you if:

  • You have multiple projects under your remit.

Special features

  • Practical formula that allows participants to share their experiences and take away valuable lessons.
  • Greater confidence in your deliverables, even in a challenging context.
  • Opportunity to develop simple reflexes that can be put to immediate use.

“This is an excellent seminar and one that everybody who has projects to manage should take.”

Ursule La Rocque, Senior Adviser, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

“Excellent course that all project managers should enrol in to optimize/organize their output, both now and in the future.”

Christian Desjardins, Project Manager, SNC Lavalin


Marc Messier
Marc Messier

Core concepts

  • Project management vs. operations management
  • Three key project variables
  • Five project management processes and the corresponding deliverables

Project start-up

  • Turning a good idea into a great project
  • Developing a business case
  • Preparing a preliminary estimate
  • Drafting a project charter
  • Understanding your project stakeholders
  • Kicking off the project

Project planning

  • Allocating tasks
  • Planning the necessary resources
  • Estimating time and effort
  • Identifying and interpreting critical paths
  • Defining schedules and budgets
  • Leveraging project management software
  • Implementing a risk management plan

Project follow-up

  • Managing change requests
  • Handling pending issues
  • Tracking project timelines
  • Tracking time and expenses
  • Updating stakeholders on project progress

Leadership and team dynamics

  • Wielding influence, leadership, authority and power
  • Motivating team members and contributors
  • Dealing with various personality types
  • Coaching underperformers
  • Managing conflicts and negotiations

Project closure

  • Evaluating project outcomes
  • Running a project post-mortem
  • Dynamic mix of pedagogical techniques
  • Discussions about concepts, based on participants’ own experiences
  • Team exercises
  • Case study to present the step-by-step approach of getting a project up and running

Participants in all of our seminars will receive a certificate of completion from Executive Education HEC Montréal.

Participants should expect approximately one hour of homework a night for the first two days of the seminar.

For more information about this program

 Make an appointment with:

Claudie Laberge

Claudie Laberge
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