Making Governance Work: The Gold Standard Technique. Psychology, Roadmaps, Success Strategies, and Practical Tools with Oscar Wasilik

What You Will Learn

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

  • Apply the psychology and neuroscience-backed Gold Standard Technique in adaptive governance— the result of CEO surveys in C-Suite offices around the world. The Gold Standard Technique was built from successful toolboxes and frameworks used by CEO, CTO, CIO, CFOs, and project management offices (PMOs) in the corporate, government, and NGO sectors around the world. Acquire world-leading clarity regarding governance models, and effective execution to achieve success in stakeholder and PMO main goals.
  • Employ cutting-edge conflict resolution systems and risk management approaches that stem organically from adaptive governance strategies. 
  • Measure and improve their personal and PMO’s Adaptability Index using proven, world-renowned governance exercises and key performance indicators (KPIs).


Train to think like a CEO. Unprecedented challenges face today’s project managers. How do you construct a sustainable governance structure to address the many changes of modern projects? This training introduces the Gold Standard Technique of adaptive governance to address today’s chaotic challenges. Governance is often thought of as a slow-moving aspect of modern project management. Unfortunately, this understanding is outdated and superseded with adaptive governance aspects. How can governance be a project’s major strength? Learn the secrets of leading high-performance CEOs, PMOs, executives, and Nobel Prize-winning economists in next-generation adaptive governance approaches. This training is unique in that it addresses the specific challenges with government, corporate, and NGO projects and programs in a delineated way for each project sector. Unique challenges for government, corporate, and NGO governance domains are addressed with practical, takeaway solutions. We build roadmaps custom for your organization and practical tools you can use immediately to great effect.

This training will shed light on formulas for proven adaptive strategies and tactics in large-scale projects within all sectors. You will be coached on known security, conflict, risk, and stakeholder challenges. Further PMO-improving insights will show how simple and quick adaptive governance changes can lead to better conflict resolution, risk management, and benefits realization. You will be empowered with the knowledge for nudging and influencing governance rapidly, even when you have no formal authority within the PMO organization.  

This training will provide tools to build a resilient and adaptive governance framework for any project. The practical Gold Standard Technique in adaptive governance will outline the leading-edge approaches to enhance your PMO’s resilience to change. Case studies and breakout groups will provide key takeaways that can be used the next day to improve your project at any level and stage. Leading PMOs around the world have shared their techniques for influencing governance when you have no formal power to do so. See how to unlock your existing organizational value and address complexity head-on with less effort than you ever thought possible.



  • Theme: Introducing Governance and Adaptability Metrics and Concepts

    • How are a government, corporate, and NGO PMOs unique? And what are their main challenges? Articulate and define the DNA of PMO governance, both shared and distinctive. 
    • Recognize and categorize specific elements of governmental, corporate, and NGO organizational value. 
    • Identify the key stakeholders and their expectations to be responsible, accountable, consulted, and informed. 
    • Learn what strategy, tactics, and governance are and how these apply to major projects during planning and implementation. 
    • Collect the 12 specifically identified stakeholder groups impacted by governance and infer their viewpoints to enhance conflict resolution:
    1. Procurement/contracts team 
    2. Finance 
    3. Middle management
    4. Executive
    5. Public-facing parties
    6. Subject matter experts (SMEs)
    7. Operational team 
    8. Security
    9. Audit
    10. Legal counsel
    11. Project delivery group
    12. Close of project stakeholders
    • Recognize the governance differences inherent in major, bespoke projects (+US$100 million) versus recurring, operational projects. Use these differences to your advantage by charting roadmaps of possible roadblocks and alternate routes to guide your PMO. 
    • Identify the five key elements of governance-led benefits realization in major projects.
    • Learn the distinctive risk factors and success mechanisms in major projects. Different viewpoints of project success. 
    • Appreciate the differences in project approaches around the world. 
    • Find out why governance complexity can lead to conflict and bottlenecks. 
    • Learn about examples of navigating governance complexity with successful and practical tools (case study, breakout group simulations).
    • Organize and demonstrate three effective conflict resolution formulas.
    • Measure your resilience to change and identify how this impacts your PMO’s abilities to execute.  
    • Measure your personal and PMO Adaptability Index and use class exercises to improve this key metric. Use the Adaptability Index in simulations to build adaptive governance in the individual and organizational domains.
    • Decode basic governance using the Nobel Prize-winning principal-agent model and extend to adaptive governance practical tools and tips. 
  • Theme: The Gold Standard Technique: Adaptive Governance

    • Learn the seven success strategies for adaptive governance implementation. 
    • Find out how to work within rigid requirements, while maintaining PMO agility.
    • See how modern adaptive projects leverage stakeholders to respond to change. 
    • View the project life cycle through the lens of the PMI framework and see where common bottlenecks lead to suboptimal project performance. 
    • Learn to assess what factors are within and out of your PMO’s locus of control. Case studies show how the best PMOs address these factors using indirect versus direct influence. 
    • Practice creating a sense of urgency at every level of the project pipeline (in breakout groups). 
    • Identify the main goal of a government project within the framework of public accountability and transparency.
    • Find out why locating the main goal for stakeholders is important for marshalling the limited resources in major projects.
    • Simulate applying adaptive governance formulas for each of the seven business cases (above) and see how they work at an individual level.
    • Learn how to leverage active listening to win over blockers and bottlenecks. 
    • Identify how to lead by example within an adaptive framework (using one case study).
    • Assess the risk factors in implementing adaptive governance in your own PMO. 
    • Illustrate security concerns with PMOs using risk mitigation tactics for the most common challenges.
    • Review typical issues and roadblocks stalling governance changes in major projects.
    • Summarize current thinking and approaches toward collaborative networks and adaptive governance.
    • Compare agile and adaptive governance frameworks and how both can strengthen the resilience of a PMO and project (via one case study).
  • Theme: Practice the Gold Standard Technique 

    • Practice the Gold Standard Technique in adaptive governance by formulating plans, strategies, and tactics and applying these frameworks to your own projects and PMOs.
    • Gain insight into the impacts and research of human recognition and consequential performance boosts. 
    • See the person behind the machine—learn emotional quotient (EQ) techniques for PMO environments where project tools are limited. 
    • Find out why respecting governance rules leads to sustainable PMO value. 
    • See how adaptive governance offers solutions to identifying and responding to risks, major program complexity, and goal incongruence.
    • Learn how to apply governance in a comprehensive approach focusing on benefits realization and PMO results. 
    • Practice the techniques for applying governance approaches. 
    • Learn the secrets of successful governance frameworks that are resilient to changing factors (remote work, reallocation of resources, for example).  
    • Identify the key hallmarks of benefits realization management and how they dovetail with adaptive governance.

Excellent material, presentation and discussions!

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® 7 14 0 21.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-SP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-RMP® 3.5 14 0 17.50
PfMP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-PBA® 0 14 0 14.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Oscar Wasilik PMP

Oscar is an accomplished Senior Project Manager with over 10 years of experience successfully leading projects beyond $100 Million in value. He authored the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All paper (2012) along with three world-renowned subject matter experts in international energy projects. Oscar has a particular expertise in driving government and public-sector projects as diverse as G7 embassy projects, arctic power plants, military sites, international data centers and, most recently, the restoration of the Parliament of Canada.

As the youngest graduate of the University of Oxford's master's degree in Major Programme Management, Oscar benefited from, and contributed to cutting edge approaches in international program management with Nobel Prize winning economists, executive practitioners, and experts from around the world. Oscar is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and holds two professional engineering licenses in Canada. His work was featured in the Financial Times, Economist, New York Times, and other publications.

He has led to completion and analyzed 13 years’ worth of projects, from venture capital, public sector, private sector, military, and United Nations perspectives. His paper on P3 public-private partnership governance between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Government of Canada was co-authored with a former US Supreme Court Justice and addressed the particularly successful practices for large-scale, modern government projects. Oscar is a charismatic presenter and a former world-level debater who ranked within the top 50. He emphasizes emotional intelligence, practical approaches, and a let's get it done attitude that has been described as inspirational and motivating.

Training Information

19 - 21 November 2024
3 Days


Member Price
(US$2065.00 before 7 October)
Nonmember Price
(US$2265.00 before 7 October)
Government Price
Student Price

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