2023 September The PM Training Trifecta Edu Workshop - 3 PDUs - Virtual

Ways of Working



The PM Training Trifecta

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

Title: Founder

Company: RTConfidence, Inc.

September 16, 2023 

Presentation Description

Description of General Topic:

This set of courses examine (via case study examples) how portfolio management aligns organizational strategic goals and objectives, along with project planning, and monitoring & controlling projects through to project completion.  Ways to proactively manage project and program stakeholder expectations are explained, as well as how projects are effectively controlled.   Learn some key tools and techniques that facilitate the monitoring & controlling process to continuously “re-balance” project plans using valid KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to track and govern project team performance.

Part 1: Creating and Using a Valid & Effective Project IMS (Integrated Master Schedule)

  • Successful Project Execution Enabled via a Valid & Dynamic IMS
  • Easily Creating, Validating, Baselining and Updating an IMS Using Chrono™
  • Create, Update and Baseline an IMS Yourself – Doing it can Break Down Unwarranted Barriers

Part 2: Applying and Benefitting from an Effective Project SRA (Schedule Risk Analysis)

  • The Rationale and Practical Benefits behind Overall Project Risk Analysis
  • Perform an Overall Project Risk Assessment Using the Chrono™ SRA Tool
  • Set the Stage for the Ultimate PM Trifecta: IMS, SRA and EVM (Earned Value Management) Made Easy

Part 3: Applying EVM (Earned Value Management) Effectively and Successfully

  • Risk-Adjusted EVM Made Simple for Successfully Monitoring & Controlling Projects
  • Proactive Project Risk Management Enables Success by Controlling/Containing the “Cost of Change”
  • Project Success is Bolstered when Employing Good/Useful/Affordable Tools & Techniques

Description of Topic/Presentation Part 1 (Creating and Using a Valid & Effective Project IMS):

  • The Key Concepts Behind Project Scheduling
  • Practical Application of Creating an IMS through Actual Hands-on Experience
  • Creating a Valid IMS Using Chrono™, that:
    • Eases the Development, Baselining, and Updating of Plans and IMS’s
    • Sets the IMS Up to Readily Integrate with Other Compatible Advance Tools & Techniques
    • Improves Team Performance and Enables Greater Project/Organizational SUCCESS
  • Overview of Other Chrono™ Features

The hands-on experience requires downloading Microsoft Project desktop version (bring your laptop) and also downloading the Chrono™ add-on. Those without Microsoft Project can team up with those that do have it, or download a FREE One-Month Desktop Trial Version of Microsoft Project®  and a FREE One-Month Version of Chrono™

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.


This session will be delivered via online webinar. The link will be sent to all registered attendees on the Friday before the day of the workshop. 


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 (3.0 PDUs, 3-hour session, 2 breaks)
11:30 a.m. - Wrap-up
12 noon - Adjourn

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




Registration Deadline: Must register before 8:30 AM the 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: September 16th, 2023

Hour: 8:15AM to 12:00PM

Registration close date: September 16th, 2023 at 8:30AM

# of PDUs: 3


Double click me!Members: $20.00

Non-members and Guests: $20.00