Project Management Institute

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


Topics: Leadership Development | Decision Making Techniques | Leading Project Teams

An effective project leader must be able to think systematically and act in multiple time frames. This intensive seminar goes beyond traditional project tools and techniques to develop leadership skills and behaviors that ordinarily take months, 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.

The seminar is a real learning laboratory—you learn from the highly experienced instructors, the simulation, and above all from your teammates and other participants. You are guided through a structure approach to planning and execution of 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 implementing with the key leadership behaviors for building working relationships and teams.

You confront and must resolve an array of problems associated with tasks, vendors, contractors, quality requirements, schedule commitments, customer interactions, a staff of varying personalities, skills and experience, and 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.

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

Disclaimer: By enrolling in this seminar, Registrants agree to share their email address for the purpose of Instructors emailing pre-work instructions to access their web simulation and a shared Google Drive Folder.

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What You Will Learn

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

  • Deliver on strategic objectives through the application of project management useful practices
  • Prepare and execute team development activities that contribute to creating high performing teams
  • Demonstrate 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

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®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM / 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
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*Please note that the asterisked row above applies to all PMI Agile certifications, this includes DASM, DASSM, DAVSC and DAC.

Seminar Instructor(s)


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 SeminarsWorld workshops around the globe. He has written and lectured widely in international forums, both at the academic and practice levels.


Mike Katagiri

World class Project Leadership Coach in the profession of project management on 4 continents for over 30 years.

Coached thousands of professionals from large organizations through complex computer supported leadership and teamwork simulations: PMI SeminarsWorld, NASA Academy of Project and Program Leadership, GM University, Electronic Arts, Jabil Corp, HP, Trane Corp, and the University of Washington.

PMI 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.

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

Course Information

4 Days
11 - 14 October 2021


Member Price
(US$2884.00 before 30 August)
Non-Member Price
(US$3090.00 before 30 August)
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