Project Management Fundamentals for Professionals

Establishing a project management level set in your organization.

Course Description

Today’s fast paced and complex work environment is putting a premium on project management and related skills. Effective management of projects is critical to the success of every organization and its overall profitability, with every employee contributing in various roles. Whether you are new to project management or an experienced manager facing new challenges, Project Management Fundamentals for Professionals will enhance your effectiveness in planning, setting up, and executing a successful project.

Designed for those interested in project management, or those currently involved in projects who wish to obtain a deeper understanding of key principles, this one-day workshop will cover best practices around scope, establishing timeline and budget, roles and responsibilities of a project team, working on projects with people from diverse backgrounds, assessing risks, and addressing challenges.

What You’ll Learn

  • A thorough understanding of best practices in project set up, planning, and execution
  • Best practices in effective and efficient project management
  • Hands-on tools for monitoring and supporting your projects throughout the project lifecycle
  • Acquiring and developing the right project team
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Why projects fail
  • Controlling change and closing the project

Who Should Attend?

Project Management Fundamentals for Professionals is an ideal workshop for anyone interested in learning foundational tools to execute successful projects within their organization. This session is not intended for current project managers or as a preparation for the PMP certification but rather as an introduction to project management concepts and best practices which can be immediately applied in the workplace by all team members.

Registration and Payment Form

This is an open enrollment program. Application is not required. Course registration is complete when payment is processed. Upon registration, a representative of Wake Forest will contact you to validate the registration information and to assist in fee payment. 

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Additional Program Information

December 2, 2022

Denis MeierProfessor Maier spent 20 years in international industry and management consulting before returning to academia. He held various positions in operations related functions and worked for
over ten years for BMW as a Senior Executive at the headquarters in Germany and in the U.S. at Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina. Throughout his career Professor Maier has led and
successfully implemented numerous projects in different roles as an internal and external consultant, as a project leader and as a responsible executive. Professor Maier has been teaching now for over ten years at the University of Minnesota and since 2014 at Wake Forest University.

He has extensive experience with on ground, hybrid and online courses (synchronous & asynchronous) in Undergraduate and Graduate Programs (Master’s of Science in Management; Part-Time MBA for Working Professionals). Besides his main focus on Operations/Supply Chain Management and Project Management, he has also taught Business Ethics and International Business Management. His research interest is sustainable operational excellence in manufacturing and in service industries like Healthcare, Financial Services and Retail. As a Professor of Practice, he is also heavily engaged in industry consulting activities and author of the book Sophisticated Factory – The Vital Mindset Shift for American Manufacturing in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Ph.D., Operations Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany
M.B.A./M.S., Management and Industrial Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Program Cancellation

This course is offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment. If a course must be cancelled, all registered participants will be notified at least five (5) calendar days before the course’s start date. All registered participants will receive a 100% tuition refund. No fees will be charged for cancelled courses.

Individual Cancellation – Refund Policy

Prospective participants who withdraw at least 10 days prior to the start of a course will receive a full refund of tuition paid.

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in paper format during the course.

7:30 – 8:00 Arrival and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 Introductions and program overview

8:15 – 10:00 Session 1 – Initiation of Projects: Best Practices

Show me how your project begins … and I will tell you how it ends

  • Introduction to PM and selecting projects
  • Effectively establishing and organizing projects
  • Working in projects with people from other cultures

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:45 Session 2 – Planning of Projects: Best Practices

We tend to go either overboard with planning … or almost skip it

  • Breaking down the project (activities, time, budget)
  • Developing an effective plan (phases, milestones, critical path)
  • Assessing risks and establishing contingency plans

11:45 – 12:00 Morning recap & group review

12:00 – 12:35 Lunch

12:30 – 2:15 Session 3 – Execution of Projects: Best Practices

Too many projects are not successful … or significantly over time/budget

  • Monitoring and controlling projects
  • Evaluating and closing projects
  • Driving progress and mastering challenges

2:15 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 4:00 Session 4 – Application of Learnings

  • Lessons Learned from reviewing struggling real world-cases
  • Summary of best practices for project management
  • Applying lessons learned/best practices to your projects
  • Key takeaways from the course

4:00 – 4:30 Review and group discussion

Wake Forest Charlotte Center

200 N College Street #150

Charlotte, NC 28202

The cost for the December 2, 2022 program is $985 which includes materials, and is due in full at time of registration.

Wake Forest University alumni, faculty, and staff receive a 25% tuition discount. If multiple participants are interested in attending from your organization, please contact us for multi-attendee discount information. For more information please send an email to

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