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Create Opportunity in Your Project NOW!

The Challenge
The PMBOK® tells us that risk can be negative or positive. We all know about negative risks, but when was the last time you found positive risk? Do you routinely watch for positive risks in your project? Probably not; very few project managers do. Why is this so? Positive risks are Opportunities. Are there really so few opportunities available in this ocean of risk?

The Solution
During this exceptionally uplifting and empowering treatment of Opportunity in projects, you will hear that there are plentiful Opportunities available in every project, if we know how to find them. This project management course explains why we tend not to see the Opportunities that are there, and what we can do to turn that around. Participants learn how numerous factors, including current project management practice and even the language we use to describe risk, actually prevent us from seeing Opportunity. Then attendees learn what they can do to make all this change. They are presented with a revised Risk Model with a novel view of the origin of Threat and Opportunity, and discuss techniques that can uncover Opportunity even under what appear to be dire circumstances. With this in hand, attendees work through a field-tested Seven Step approach to discover multiple Opportunities in their own projects. This course includes:
  • How opportunity enhances Business Value
  • Two kinds of opportunity
  • Aspects of current project management practice that blind us to opportunity
  • How much of opportunity is hidden
  • Introduction of a new Risk Model
  • Vocabulary that supports constructive work with opportunity
  • Techniques based on the new Risk Model that help us discover opportunity in our projects
  • How stakeholder involvement can help surface opportunity
  • The Seven Step approach to finding opportunity
Who should attend

This advanced Risk Management course can benefit Project and program managers, project leads, PMO staff, anyone who manages project managers, functional managers with project responsibility.


This project management training assumes experience in the role of project manager. It is not required that attendees complete any specific project project management course in advance of the program, but completion of Effective Project Management or Project Management for Technical Professionals is helpful (see the Project Foundations curriculum.)

Course Outline
  • Definition of opportunity
  • Standard risk model
  • Risk in project plans
  • Managing risk
  • How beliefs and behaviors regarding opportunity may not match
  • Comparing opportunity with threat
  • How opportunity enhances project success
  • Two kinds of opportunity
  • Why opportunities are missed
  • How watching for threats can lead us astray
  • The need for better risk language
  • An updated model of risk
  • Seven Step Approach to Project Opportunity
Learning Approach
  • In this advanced PM course, a highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, hands on exercises, group discussions and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in all of your future projects.
  • If you have modest project management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Student Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • Create Opportunity in Your Project Now! presents a novel approach to working with project risk. The message is clear: we are not the pawns of fate; we can find opportunity even where we would least expect it.
  • Explore the real implications of an exciting extension of PMBOK® theory for your projects.
  • Take this advanced PM training and learn what you can do to make full use of the positive side of the risk spectrum.
  • The exercises in this project course will give you the hands on experience you need to put best practice and new tools to immediate use.

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We can deliver the training program you need onsite and at an attractive discount. Call us toll free in the US at 1.800.877.8129, or +1.919.495.7371 International.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 3020
Duration: 1 day
Class size: 6 - 24
· PMP® certified instruction
· Student Guide
· Participation Certificate
· 6 PDUs

Download this course description as a printable PDF document.
Pricing Information
On-site discounts are available.
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