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Principles of Project Management – 2-Day Program

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Almost every business activity involves projects.
Whatever is not a routine process, for better or worse, is likely a project. External activities for clients and customers, or internal for growth, expansion, improvement, innovation, and virtually all activities involving creativity follow the path of a project, whether you and your team recognize it as a project or not.

It is often reported that 70% of new projects fail to meet expectations. The better an organization can manage projects, the more successful it will be.

This 2-day course in Dallas provides leaders with a clear understanding of the essential elements of project management and the tools to help assure success. You or your participating team members will learn how to identify and design projects, manage projects effectively, explore key areas of expertise and learn how project stakeholders and organizational structures affect outcomes, and how to align them for your greatest benefit.



Being an effective project leader requires a clear understanding of the essential elements of project management. In this course, you will learn the basic characteristics of a project and how to manage one effectively, explore key areas of expertise and learn how project stakeholders and organizational structures affect outcomes. Using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), published by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, you will discover the five process groups of project management: initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing.

Who Should Enroll: 

  • Anyone involved in project management who wants to refresh or improve their skills
  • New project managers
  • Business managers and project team leaders with little or no formal project management training

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what a project is, and what it is not
  • Have a basic understanding of the project management process groups
  • Have a basic understanding of the project management knowledge areas
  • Understand and be able to create a basic project charter
  • Be able to identify stakeholders and create a stakeholder registry
  • Understand risks vs. issues
  • Have the ability to estimate how long a project might take
  • Be able to communicate project status and manage stakeholder expectations
  • Know how to successfully close out a project

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand the characteristics and purpose of a project
  • Understand why the project management process groups and the project management knowledge areas are essential for a successful project
  • Learn to create a realistic project plan, including scope and schedule, and how to adjust the plan mid-project
  • Discover how to acquire, develop and manage a project team effectively
  • Learn what is necessary to manage a project
  • Build strategies to keep stakeholders and team members informed

Projects are typically done using teams of individuals with various skillsets. Students will be grouped in teams of three to six individuals depending on the number of individuals who sign up for the course. Students will decide on a factitious project to develop during the class. As the instructor goes through the various aspects of creating and doing successful projects, project teams will be applying the various principles and process of project management to their selected projects. This gives each individual a clear understanding of how to use the tools provided in class. These tools include but are not limited to a Project Charter, stakeholder register, a risk register, completing a work breakdown structure for the project and much more.

Companies who send 3 or more individuals to this class are welcome to work together on actual company projects in class and apply the course materials directly to those projects. We ask that no confidential or classified information be used in class. This will help formalize project management methodologies within your organization and projects.

Continuing Education Hours: 

Project Management Institute: 13 PDUs-Technical
Continuing Education Units: 1.3 CEUs
Society for Human Resource Management: 13 PDCs-Business Acumen
Society for Human Resource Management: 13 PDCs-Leadership and Navigation

and a Certificate of Achievement from The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Consilium to document and commemorate your progress on your journey of becoming your best.


Garry D. Patterson, a native Texan, and retired Colonel from the United States Army is currently the President/CEO of GDP Consulting and works as an independent consultant providing his program/project management and operations expertise to aid in the training of candidates for project management professional certification. Patterson is a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified project manager with a strong program and project management background. Patterson developed enhanced leadership skills through professional experience as a career military officer, senior program manager, small business owner, and ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. Additionally, Patterson serves as a Project Management Certification course instructor for The University of Texas at Austin and has obtained certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® as an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) instructor.

Garry holds a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in physical education with minors in biology and mathematics from Texas A&M University, graduating with distinction. In addition, he has advanced degrees from the United States Army War College and United States Army Logistics Management College. He has extensive experience as an instructor in support of various professional training programs at the United States Army’s Combined Arms Training Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Garry possesses extensive experience in both a predictive and agile management environment. This management experience has resulted in practical hands-on experience in the areas of contract management, budgeting, scheduling, integrated change control, quality assurance, strategic planning, procurement, risk management, manufacturing, business development, and customer relations. He has utilized his in-depth knowledge of project management to teach PMP certification training classes since 2015 with more than two hundred former students successfully passing the PMP® exam on the first attempt and obtaining their PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Class Size:  This class is limited to 30 participants, and must meet a certain minimum enrollment to proceed.  If you are unable to register due to capacity limits, you may request to be waitlisted by sending an email to  In the event minimum registrations are not met, the organizers reserve the right to cancel this event and provide full refunds to each registrant.

Texas Advocates – Individuals who believe in our mission and who want to connect with opportunities that involve working to improve Texas businesses are welcome to join us as a Texas Advocate.  Advocate dues and a long list of benefits have been established, including saving at least $100 on training programs like this one, free attendance at our monthly breakfasts and much more. See the benefits and join now prior to registering at

Networking – All attendees can participate in our networking introductions, so this is a great opportunity to meet others interested in improving business in Texas.

Tuition  – 2-day courses in Austin cost $2,950 plus travel and hotel. Through Texas Consilium, you can enroll in our Dallas program for only $2,595, saving you hundreds of dollars and a day of travel time.  BONUS: Enroll one team member and bring a company colleague free! Two for the price of one, and if you would like you can bring a real company project to work on in class.

DALLAS-UT McCombs School of Business, The Centrum, 3102 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Date:  Tuesday & Wednesday, September 13-14, 2022 8:30am-4:30pm Lunches included