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Research and Development Project Management

R & D is a unique activity requiring unique project management. R&D tends to be done by a single person or few team members, who feel they are scientists or researchers, not Project Managers. Most of the time it is difficult to estimate how long the research will take, or how many experiments have to be performed. Most organizations manage R&D projects by a ‘seat of the pants’ approach. But …

John Rakos at the Canadian Mint

John has been contracted to deliver two Project Management courses for the Research and Development group at the Canadian Mint. This involves interviewing the Project Managers for their needs, customizing the topic list, developing a custom course, and presenting the courses in Ottawa and Winnipeg. It is a big challenge to do project management in a research and development environment. How do you estimate? How long will it take do …

CBSA PM course held using 6 half day sessions

Canadian Border Services Agency wanted a three day Project Management course, but were unable to dedicate staff to ¬†three consecutive whole days. John Rakos was able to manage this by providing 6 half day sessions in a two month period. “This was ideal for our busy staff,” said Serge Caya, Project Manager at CBSA.

“Although three consecutive days is preferable for retention of knowledge from session to session, this is …

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