2023 August NEW Portfolio Management Edu Workshop - 3 PDUs

Ways of Working



Project Portfolio Management

~ A NEW Four Part Series ~

Session 2 - Project Planning Workshop

Speaker: Michael M. Bissonette, MS, MBA, PfMP

Title: Founder

Company: RTConfidence, Inc.

August 12, 2023 

Presentation Description

Description of General Topic - Portfolio Management:

This set of courses examine (via case study examples) how portfolio management aligns organizational strategic goals and objectives to project charter requirements.  Ways to proactively manage project and program stakeholder expectations are explained, as well as how projects are effectively initiated and planned.   Learn some key tools and techniques that facilitate the planning process to establish “balanced” project plans from which to benchmark, track and govern project team performance.

Description of Presentation - Project Planning:

  • Project Charters
  • Establishment of a “Balanced” Project Plan
    • Project and Product Requirements
    • Scope of Work
    • Schedule
    • Resources (e.g., People, Equipment, Facilities, etc.)
    • Budget & Funding Profile
    • Within Organizational Risk Tolerances
  • Project Planning Tools & Techniques
  • Project Management Tools & Techniques
  • Project Management Plan

Bring your laptop to get the best learning experience.

Speaker Bio(s)

Michael M. Bissonette, PfMP

Michael M. Bissonette (MS, MBA, PfMP) is a highly successful engineer-turned-businessman and is considered both a thought-leader and subject matter expert in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management within several diverse industries (Aerospace and Defense, Consumer Electronics, Clean Tech, Industrial Equipment, and SaaS [Software as a Services]).

His work experience spans over 40 years of product development and organizational management, including executive positions in large Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of two books.  His first book, “Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach” was published by PMI in 2016.  His second book is on the subject of “Strategic Project Management” and was published in 2021.  He is an adjunct instructor at Clarkson University where he teaches “Strategic Project Management” in a MS in Engineering Management curriculum.

Mike is an entrepreneur (Founder of RTConfidence, Inc. – developer of Chrono™, the most advanced and affordable integrated IMS (Integrated Master Schedule)/SRA (Schedule Risk Analysis)/ESM (Earned Schedule Management) SaaS Tool on the market.  He is also a PMI chapter board member for the Orange County, CA chapter.  Mike has spoken at many events (domestic and international), is a volunteer in probation at juvenile detention facilities, is an avid sports enthusiast, and enjoys oil painting.

Instructor’s Book: “Achieving Epic Business Results”: Amazon.com: Achieving Epic Business Results with Strategic Project Management: 9781735399904: Bissonette, Michael, Cocotis, Thomas, Lowder, Ace: Books.


Vanguard University, 2599 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, Smith Hall 101



8:15 a.m. - Registration, Networking (in-person attendees), and light breakfast

8:35 a.m. - Intro (Zoom to open at 8:30 a.m. for online attendees)
8:45 a.m. - Presentation (3 PDUs, 3-hour session, 2 breaks)
11:50 a.m. - Wrap-up
12 noon - Adjourn

Refreshments: Morning (Bagels, Donuts, Coffee, Juice)Mid-morning break (drinks and light Snacks) 




Early Bird

Today to Jul 25th

In Advance

Jul 26th to Aug 10th

At the Door

On Aug 12th, 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.

Member Pricing - In person




Non Member Pricing - In person




Virtual/Online (click for virtual details & registration)



Not Applicable


Registration Deadline: Must register before 9:30 AM on day of the event.

PDUs: 3.0 - Ways of Working (2.0); Business Acumen (0.5); Power Skills (0.5)

This is a hybrid event, and all in-person attendees will meet in Smith Hall, room 101. Parking is available in the Smith or Main parking lots. Please register early as space is limited.

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This program, while located at Vanguard University, is not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by Vanguard University.



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Type of category: Special Events

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: August 12th, 2023

Hour: 8:15AM to 12:00PM

Registration close date: August 12th, 2023 at 9:30AM

Late date:: 12 August 2023 to 9:30AM

# of PDUs: 3


Double click me!Members: $40.00

Non-members and Guests: $45.00

Late member: $45.00

Late non member: $50.00


Vanguard University

2599 Newport Blvd, Smith Hall 101
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627