Project Management for Non-Project Managers


(You can sign up for the entire course here, at once, at a discounted rate; or you can sign up for individual modules by clicking on the module titles below)

Course Director: CHARLES H. PAUL

Charles Paul is an instructional designer and management consultant with over 30 years' experience providing training and consulting services to regulated industries. He has installed quality systems and designed and developed GMP and operational documentation and training programs for foods and beverage, pharmaceuticals, biotech, cosmetics, and consumer product & OTC industries.

What do you do? Here is a common scenario. You are three years out of college in your first engineering job. You are sitting in a meeting about the introduction of a new packaging line in your pharmaceutical plant. You are half listening to the presentation while thinking about some of the other work you need to complete on different matters. The installation will take a year to execute and will require the coordination with several functions inside and outside of the company.

Suddenly the Director of Engineering turns to you and says "Allison, this would be a great first opportunity for you to manage a very interesting project. Let's meet tomorrow and discuss your initial plans for getting started."

This is an all-too-common occurrence in today's business environment. Today more than ever before the job titles that we hold are not entirely reflective of the work that we do. Global teams and collaboration often place those in positions of team leadership that have the least foundation to manage all facets of complex projects. Project management requires specific knowledge of the key project facets that must be carefully managed. The interactions across divergent corporate functions, culture, language, and time zones all pose unique challenges to the new project manager.

Any member of a cross functional project team:
  • Engineers
  • Marketing Associates
  • Product Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Contract Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Research & Development Associates, Managers, and Directors
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Technicians
  • Anyone that participates in or has the potential to manage team-based cross-functional projects.
This course crosses all industries and functions it is however particularly suited for the health sciences and other regulated industries where much project-based work is accomplished. The types of industries that are targeted include:
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech organizations
  • Cosmetic and foods manufacturers
  • All other industries

Unfortunately, project management is not a subject given much attention in college and university these days. The answer? Get some training - some basic understandable project management training that will provide you with a solid foundation for managing that first project or to simply sharpen existing project management skills.It is not just important to learn about project management – project management has its own body of knowledge – its own set of standards that all project managers follow called the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Any valuable training must teach/present the content comprising this Body of Knowledge.

This curriculum will take the novice first-time project manager from having no clue about the project management process to preparing and managing the project plan and controlling all aspects of the project critical to its success. This curriculum will also serve the professional that has managed projects before but has had a difficult time doing so.


I think this course is of benefit to any manager, newly made or otherwise. It provided an understanding of what influences our interactions and how to make those interactions with direct reports more useful, more collaborative and more focused on development both to the benefit of the manager and the employee. - Director of Operations, LiteCure
I enjoyed refreshing, fine-tuning and expanding my management knowledge & skills. The methodical approach shared will help me tackle management tasks with a more balanced approach growing my staff with openness and better communication for the good of the organization. - Quality Coordinator, University of Iowa
This course by Charles Paul is fantastic. Our team loved it and would certainly rate highly when it comes to effectiveness. We will definitely recommend this course to others. - Technical Project Manager, Particle Technology Labs

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