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TECH 071 | Project Management Essentials

April 12, 2021 to April 26, 2021



Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course. If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Fellows or NIH community members being sponsored by their lab and awaiting payment authorization can tentatively hold a seat using the “Reserve A Seat” option. FAES must receive payment within 7 business days after reserving a seat or 3 business days before the start of the workshop, which ever comes first. If payment is not received in this time frame, your reservation will be canceled.

April 12, April 19, April 26, 2021 (Live session: 10 AM – 3 PM ET including one hour lunch break and asynchronous components)

Projects are any temporary undertaking that create a unique product, service, or result.  Projects are all around us—from constructing new buildings, creating software applications, conducting experiments, or setting up a new program.  Knowing the essential skills to deliver a successful project is invaluable.

In this course, students will learn tangible, best practices for effectively managing projects and working with teams.  The skills are broadly applicable regardless of your role, industry, or career aspirations. 

This course combines formal classroom instruction, in-class exercises, and outside-of-class group projects.  Participants will spend 2-3 hours per week working with others in a case study. 

This objective of this course is to impart the fundamental knowledge and practices required to execute a project effectively. 

The course leverages critical concepts and processes as defined in the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide, which is an ANSI standard.  Practical “best practices” and guides are also incorporated.

At the end of the class, participants will have the skills to initiate, plan, execute, and monitor a project.  Participants will learn how to work more effectively with their teams and engage their stakeholders. 


  • The course includes the following topics:
  • Project Management Foundational Concepts
  • Initiating the Project
  • Developing the business case
  • Creating the project charter
  • Managing Stakeholders
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Analyzing stakeholders needs
  • Managing Communications
  • Communication planning
  • Meeting best practices
  • Planning the Project
  • Scope
  • Schedule
  • Cost
  • Managing Project Execution
  • Tracking work
  • Managing change
  • Managing risk
  • Managing actions and issues
  • Decision making
  • Communicating status
  • Agile Project Management
  • Eliminating waste (Lean)
  • Optimizing flow (Kanban)

Who Should Attend
This course is open to anyone that wants to improve their project management and organizational management skills.  Scientists, program managers, and those interested in becoming more effective employees will benefit from this class. 

There are no prerequisites for taking this course.

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours.  

One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 2.0 CEUs.  

Participants will also be able to apply 20 contact hours toward their Project Management Professional certification requirement or for their Project Management Institute Professional Development Units (PDUs).

About the Instructor
Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience working in the Federal Government and Fortune 100 companies leading projects and project execution organizations.  He has delivered thousands of successful projects and major strategic initiatives. 

In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials to provide training and advisory services. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership.  He has trained hundreds of project managers, helping many to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  

He is a keynote speaker, adjunct college instructor, and works with national, professional training organizations.

Alan holds a master’s certificate in IT project management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).  He also holds multiple agile certifications from Scrum Alliance, Disciplined Agile, and Scaled Agile (SAFe).

General Training Rate
Discounted Training Rates
$895.00 - NIH Community (Trainees, Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, etc.)
$995.00 - Academia, US Government, US Military

Technology Fee

Refund Policy
100% tuition refund for registrations cancelled 14 or more calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
50% tuition refund for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
No refund will be issued for registrations cancelled 3 calendar days or less prior to the start of the workshop.

All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at
Cancellations received after 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

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