Project Management Leadership Laboratory: Think, Act, Reflect with Lawrence Suda and Mike Katagiri

Prework: Yes

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the capability to manage multiple interrelated tasks, resources and project issues.
  • Prepare defensible plans, plan for changes, and use adaptive leadership techniques to sustain project integrity during execution.
  • Analyze and effectively apply the use of resources to ensure benefits delivery.


An effective project leader must be able to think systematically and act in multiple time frames. This intensive training goes beyond traditional project tools and techniques to develop leadership skills and behaviors that ordinarily take months—or even years—to acquire. A NASA-developed simulation exercise takes you through the experience of planning and executing a complex IT project and provides exposure to all the major issues faced by project managers in their daily work. The simulation places you in another time and space where you become the agent of your own learning. 

This training is a real learning laboratory—you learn from the highly experienced instructors, the simulation, and, above all, from your teammates and other learners. You are guided through a structured approach to planning and executing a complex project, providing exposure to all the major issues faced by project managers in their daily work. You must balance cost, schedule, and quality issues while interfacing with stakeholders and managing crisis events. The focus is on integrating critical management tasks such as planning, and on implementing behaviors for building working relationships and teams with key leadership. 

You will confront and must resolve an array of problems associated with tasks, vendors, contractors, quality requirements, schedule commitments, customer interactions, and a staff of varying personalities, skills, and experience, as well as other typical project elements—just like real life. A combination of rapid team-learning techniques is used, including lectures, a computer simulation, video, process consultation, assessment instruments, group discussions, and action/reflection exercises.


You will be asked to complete a self-assessment which will be free to participants.


By enrolling in this training, attendees agree to share their email address for the purpose of instructors emailing prework instructions to access their web simulation and a shared Google Drive folder.




    • Welcome and Course Overview
    • Personal Values Exercise
    • Meet Teammates, Develop an Individual and Team
    • Team Development Model
    • Project Management Overview
    • Simulation Case Study
    • Research Studies on Unsuccessful Projects
    • Relate to Simulation Case Study and NASA
    • Get Acquainted With Simulation Project
    • Project Scheduling
    • Film: “Team Leadership”
    • Comments, Suggestions, and Questions From Day 1
    • Team Exercise: Share Assessment Feedback
    • Part 2 of Film
    • Bar Charting
    • Workload/Resource Leveling
    • Resource Planning
    • Risk Management
    • Quality
    • Budgeting
    • Finalize the Project Management Plan
    • Journal Entries 
    • Comments, Suggestions, and Questions From Day 2
    • Part 3 of Film
    • Social and Communications Style
    • Present Plan
    • Simulation Decisions
    • Run Week 1
    • Review Project Reports
    • Run Weeks 2–8
    • Personal Journal
    • Comments, Suggestions, and Questions From Day 3
    • Part 4 of Film
    • Performance Management
    • Knowledge Sharing Session
    • Run Simulation Weeks 9–12
    • Complete Simulation
    • Project Closeout
    • Final Status Reports and Learnings 
    • Team Closeout

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 14 0 28.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-SP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-RMP® 0 14 0 14.00
PfMP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-PBA® 0 14 0 14.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Lawrence Suda

Lawrence Suda is the CEO of Management Worlds/Palatine Group and is a popular and senior trainer, speaker and sought-after consultant. As a simulation designer and trainer his focus is on teamwork, business culture that drives results, a forward moving vision building leadership capability in support of business strategy and achieving key business outcomes. Larry is known for his company’s project and program management simulations and is one of the early developers of simulation learning products. After 30 years in the business, he is still driven by the same passion for learning — it’s the fuel that inspires the smartest simulations in the business. He has designed and facilitated thousands of leadership and project and program management workshops for Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, and PMI Training classes around the globe. He has written and lectured widely in international forums, both at the academic and practice levels.


Mike Katagiri

Mike is a world class project leadership coach in the profession of project management on four continents for over 30 years, he coached thousands of professionals from large organizations through complex, computer-supported leadership and teamwork simulations including with: NASA Academy of Project and Program Leadership, GM University, Electronic Arts, Jabil Corp, HP, Trane Corp, and the University of Washington.

He was an officer during a decade of exploding growth: President-Educational Foundation; VP-Technical Activities; VP-Region III; Chair-Research Committee; President-Puget Sound Chapter; PMP #286.

Other experiences include: Global Program Manager, Microsoft; PMO Manager, City of Seattle; Program Director, Seattle Community Center Program; and Project Manager, Woodland Park Zoological Gardens.

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
Student Price

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