Workshop - Avoid Knowledge Areas Common Pitfalls thru Building a Toolkit

Workshop - Avoid Knowledge Areas Common Pitfalls thru Building a Toolkit

Every organization has the foresight to want their projects succeed … despite the clamoring for insufficient resources and time. Project managers often respond by trying to do too much with a near-empty project management tool kit! This introductory workshop utilizes current tools/techniques and best practices for every PMI’s Knowledge Area in managing projects, aligning them with strategic direction and making the best use of limited resources and situations.

Friday November 9, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Key Learning Objectives

Using real-world examples and learning a basic tool kit and techniques, participants will learn how to develop and enhance the contributions they make to the organization and their overall project management career by:

(1) Understanding what it takes to successfully manage a project all the way from project initiation through focusing on PMI’s Knowledge Areas skill areas.
(2) Developing toolkit’s skills necessary to advise, execute and lay the necessary foundation for overall project success… regardless of what phase the project may currently be in or what the limitations of what a formal job description may be.
          - VIA numerous professionally designed project management tools and templates, in both hard copy and electronic formats
(3) Becoming competent in the use of essential tools and techniques from the project management disciplines that are necessary to orchestrate and achieve total project success.
          - For example: Understanding the unique needs and challenges for each stakeholder group, how these needs vary from phase to phase and what tools and techniques are most appropriate for any given time or challenge.
(4) Participating in interactive practice sessions that reflect the project management challenges typically found in a variety of industries.
(5) Meeting, networking and building professional relationships with others in the class as we regularly mix it up in a fun and supportive environment.

Please note that this is an introductory-level class. Participants may benefit even more by having a working understanding of how project management is practiced in various environments.


SG Part II
     o Jan has not only the wealth of experience & knowledge of the subject matter; but she is also an exceptional; facilitator & coach. Due to her practical approach to learning, I have been able to learn the subject well enough to start implementing immediately.

• PME Final Evaluations
     o Jan was very friendly & upbeat & demonstrated her considerable experienced-based knowledge of subject matter
     o Presentation was very effective & thorough; Real-world examples and group interaction kept the tension at a high level
     o Very helpful to my current and upcoming projects
     o I feel smarter than when I arrived and can put what I learned into my work
     o Huge gain for me as I just became a project manager
     o Showed importance that everyone involved in a project must understand the advantages of project management tools / techniques and be able to monitor the project for it to succeed.
     o Clarity of explanation, organization, pace of presentation, encouraging interaction, knowledge of subject and ability to hold attention – excellent on all counts
     o Provided useful tools to help me manage projects

About the Presenter

 2 Headshot Jan Mahar Sturdevant  

General Project Management Experience:
Professor / Lecturer (Portland State University, Penn State University, UCSD
Project Manager (Department of Defense, Department of Energy (under PSU award)
Consultant (Accenture, Capitol One, Chemtura, Saint Gobain)
Corporate experience (IBM)

Currently she is teaching project management course she designed to PhD and MBA students at Portland State University’s School of Business.
Mahar Sturdevant was a Professor of Practice at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). At Penn State University, Mahar Sturdevant was responsible for designing and implementing the first IST project management course with Lockheed Martin entailing student research projects in Criminal Justice Information Systems. She created / taught IST 302: Project Management in Information Systems involving companies such as IBM, PwC, KPMG, BAE, JnJ, Accenture Deloitte. Additionally she developed IST 390: Professional Development - Theory and Practice, which helps students jump-start their professional careers. Previously taught and developed methodology to enhance the online user experiences in courses such as Project Management and Information and Organizations at Penn State University.

Additionally Mahar Sturdevant taught project management at the Rady School of Business, University of California, San Diego as well as at Portland State University’s PhD program in Engineering Technology Management.

Research / Project Management Consulting
In addition to her academic work, Mahar Sturdevant served as the program manager for several Department of Defense and National Science Foundation awards. The following past grants are:
• National Science Foundation: Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship For Service; Aug 2011-July 2018; $2,671,354;  Co-PI
• DTRA – Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program; 2007-2013; $2,700,838 Award, DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency Principal Investigator
• Department of Energy Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings; November 2010 - April 2011; $129,000,000; Established the Program Management Team
• DTRA’s Student Research Associate Program; 2005 – 2010; $1,424,000 Award, DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency Program Manager
• NSF – Broadening Participation In Computing – DP; 2009 “Developmental Community For Recruiting & Retaining Women To CISE Education” (Partnering With Cornell University) PSU Principal Investigator
• NSF- STEM $448,793 “Exploration Of The Effects Of Race, Diversity, And Socio-Economic Class On Gender”; Principal Investigators: Eileen Trauth, Lynette Kvasny, K.D. Joshi (WSU) Investigator: Jan Mahar Sturdevant

Initially at Penn State, as the Assistant Director of Business & Career Solutions, Mahar Sturdevant was responsible for providing strategic leadership and business planning, as well as representing IST during client visits. She re-engineered many processes to improve student placement resulting in IST having one of the highest placement rates at the University. Currently she continues to develop partnerships with business, government, and other related educational institutions.

Corporate Experience
Mahar Sturdevant worked thirty years for IBM in their laboratory, manufacturing, statistical modeling research and 3-D graphic corporate office. As an SAP Educational Corporate Consultant for IBM, she developed and deployed SAP education worldwide in Logistics to IBM’s Production Procurement Division. Mahar Sturdevant also consulted for IBM in the area of project management, designing and educating their management in this area.

Education and Background
M.A., Operations Research/Administrative Management Union College 1975
B.S., Mathematics Grove City College 1970

Project Management Professional (PMP) 2009
IT Project+ Certification, Project Management 2006



  • $425 Non-members
  • $325 Chapter Members
  • $175 Chapter Student Members
  • $25 Earlybird Discount for registrations by 10/7/2018
  • $50 Late Fee for registrations after 11/2/2018
  • Registration closes 11/9/2018

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Portland World Trade Center
25 SW Salmon
Portland, OR, 97204

  • Parking available at attendee's expense
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided.  


The course will apply to the PMP, PMI-ACP, RMP and SP. It will be 8 PDUs. The PMI Triangle breakdown will be:
  • Technical = 8 PDUs
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Event Properties

Event Date 11-09-2018 8:30 am
Event End Date 11-09-2018 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-24-2018
Cut off date 11-02-2018 11:55 pm
Individual Price $425.00
Late Fee $50.00(From 11-02-2018)
Location World Trade Center Portland
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