A Non-Bootcamp Review of the PMBOK® Guide for Real-World Practitioners with Joyce Brown and Thomas McCabe

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to: 

  • Create key project artifacts such as the team charter with service level agreements (SLAs), work breakdown structure (WBS), schedule, Gantt chart, performance measurement baseline/CUM cost S-curve, communications management plan, and risk register.
  • Explain the difference between predictive versus adaptive approaches and when to use them (tailoring).
  • Evaluate which project management tools are appropriate to avoid issues such as scope creep, cost overruns, unrealistic schedules, poor quality, team conflicts, and stakeholder disengagement. 


If you’re looking for a starting point to explore the rigors of becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder, this is the training for you! Learn what you need to know to complete your projects on time, within budget, and with satisfied customers inside and outside an organization. This engaging, 4-day training provides an in-depth review of project management standards, tools, and techniques as presented in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

This training will be supplemented with games, case studies, exercises, and quick team quizzes to bring the standard to life and demonstrate core concepts through hands-on activities. Attendees will learn proven strategies for dealing with typical, real-life project threats such as scope creep, unrealistic schedules, quality challenges, and cost overruns.

By the end of the training, learners will have covered all of the project management principles and processes presented in the PMBOK® Guide. They will also gain a sound understanding of the differences between predictive, plan-driven project management and adaptive, change-driven project management. An eight-part case study will be used to provide practical knowledge about some of the key project management artifacts/documents such as the business case, project charter, and scope statement.

Although this is not a PMP® certification exam prep course, you will learn important fundamentals. It is intended to be an interactive co-learning experience without pressure, memorization, or timed tests. It can also serve as a refresher for those who have a PMI certification, such as the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, PMP certification, and Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification, but want to learn more about the PMBOK® Guide and high-level changes.



    • Strategic Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives, and Organizational Project Management (OPM)
    • The Mashup Between Stakeholders and Communications and How to Use Salience Models 
    • Pre-Initiation: The Importance of the Business Case and Benefits Management Plan 
    • Project Life Cycle Versus Project Management
    • Requirements Elicitation: The Lost Art 
    • “Build a House” Scope Exercise and Discussion 
    • Scope and Schedule in Predictive Versus Adaptive Release-Planning Environments
    • Estimating and Beyond: Using Fibonacci Numbers for Decision-Making
    • Cost Estimates, Time-Phased Budgets, and Performance Measurement Baselines With S-Curve
    • Earned Value (EV) Exercises
    • Control Quality Versus Validate Scope—Bring a Checkbook
    • Team Member Role-Play Using the Tuckman Ladder
    • Situational Leadership—Applying the Blanchard Model to Team Dynamics
    • What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why Is It Important?
    • Projects Are Risky Business—Identifying and Mitigating Risk
    • Procurement: Understanding Contract Types and Risk
    • The Project Manager’s Role as Integrator—Group Discussion 
    • In-Flight Projects and Change Control 
    • Review of Templates and Takeaways
    • How to Apply Your Learnings Within Your Organization
    • Wrap-Up

The instructors covered a lot of ground, kept it interactive and interesting, and had something for everyone.

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 14 7 7 28.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 7 7 7 21.00
PMI-SP® 3 7 7 17.00
PMI-RMP® 4 7 7 18.00
PfMP® 0 7 7 14.00
PMI-PBA® 0 7 7 14.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Joyce D. Brown PMP

Joyce D. Brown is managing director of W. W Mentorprises, Inc. She instructs on project, program, and portfolio management at the University of Connecticut School of Business. She is also an adjunct professor of project and program management for several graduate programs at UConn’s School of Business / Stamford campus. Previously, Ms. Brown spent more than fifteen years as vice president of operations for three global luxury goods companies. In these positions her responsibilities included logistics and distribution, construction, procurement, production and manufacturing, after sales service, and security. Her earlier experience includes a role as a retail / wholesale industry consulting manager at a “Big 4” consulting firm. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.


Thomas F. McCabe PMP

Thomas F. McCabe is managing director of W. W. Mentorprises, Inc. He instructs on project, program, and portfolio management at the University of Connecticut School of Business. He is also an adjunct professor at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business where he teaches project management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His previous positions include e-Infrastructure consulting manager at a “Big 4” consulting firm, and vice president, global risk management for a major financial services organization. Professional expertise includes: eBusiness transformation, PMO establishment and organization, project risk assessment, business continuity planning, software selection, new product development, and business process re-engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fordham University and a master's certificate in project management from George Washington University. Mr. McCabe has held several global volunteer positions for PMI. He was a co-founder of PMI’s eBusiness Specific Interest Group (SIG) and formerly served as its chairman & executive advisory chair. He also served as vice-chairman of programs for both the PMO SIG and Financial Services SIG. He is cited in the PMBOK® Guide — 5th Edition as a contributing subject matter expert.

Training Information

23 - 26 September 2024
4 Days


Member Price
(US$2745.00 before 12 August)
Nonmember Price
(US$2945.00 before 12 August)
Government Price
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