Graduate School Graubünden

April 3, 2020 – April 15, 2020


Projects are all around us. Specifically, in science the planning and management of projects is highly complex and requires a set of tools and techniques to perform successfully. Project management includes excellent techniques to allocate, use, and monitor resources to achieve a goal in a desired time frame. In a scientific setting, goals may include the set-up of experiments, the allocation of grants, publishing a paper, or even achieving tenure.

In order to develop a common language, this comprehensive workshop imparts a toolbox of project management skills for doctoral candidates and/or postdocs from various disciplines. It provides basic project management concepts and principles based on international standards (PMI). During the workshop, scientists will go through the full project life cycle to develop highly valued transferable competencies to enhance their professional portfolio.

TRAI­NERDr. Sina Hen­richs, ManageScience
DATES & TIMEFriday, April 3, 2020, 9:00 AM – max. 4:30 PM and Wednesday, April 15, 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTSThe course will be held online. You will use the free version of the conference tool “Zoom”. You will receive instructions how to set up for the course once you have registered.
Define and prepare
• Understand what`s a project and what is not
• Learn what`s project management in academia vs. industry
• Get an introduction into the project life-cycle
Develop plans
• Make a work breakdown structure (WBS)
• Define dependencies and relations (network diagrams)
• Schedule and estimate project plan durations
• Do cost estimations

Day 2:
Introduction to Agile Project Management
• Consider agile and iterative approaches
• Introduction to SCRUM for researchers

Identify risks
• Consider changes, project crashing and common mistakes
• Develop a risk management plan

Execution of projects
• Make an Earned Value Analysis
• Monitoring of progress (cost baseline)
• Project communication

A break-out session on time management skills will be included.

What we DON`T DO
• Learn PM software in detail. This workshop gives an overview on available PM software tools, only.
PREPARATION & TRANSFER WORKThe workshop is organized over two days, with a defined interval of two weeks during which participants will develop their individual project life cycle. Ahead of the workshop participants are asked to return a short feedback about their expectation for the workshop and to submit their individual project (if available). These information will provide the base of the workshop set-up, the selection of topics and exercises. The submission is required two weeks before the first day of the workshop by participants.

On the first day of the workshop, participants will define and prepare what is necessary to outline a project and develop an individual plan.

Participants will prepare for the second day by working on their individual project life cycle. In advance of the second day`s activities they will send their material to the trainer in order to receive detailed and individual feedback on their approach.
TAR­GET AUDIENCEThis workshop is open to researchers of all stages from member institutions of Academia Raetica.
CON­TACT Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen, da­nie­la.hei­nen@gra­dua­te­, pho­ne 081 410 60 80
CREDIT POINTSThe workload including preparation and homework will be approximately 15 hours. (Preliminary work: between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Workshop: 11 hours. Homework: between 1 - 3 hours.) Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.
COURSE CERTIFICATEYou will receive a certificate of attendance, if you complete the online course and your assignments.
RE­GIS­TRA­TI­ONThe course is full.
CAN­CEL­LA­TI­ON PO­LI­CYPlease see our Terms of Participation for details. (Terms in German)
COSTThe course fee is CHF 100 for the entire course. You will receive an invoice and our bank details with your confirmation of participation in due time.

About the Trainer
Sina Henrichs has broad professional experience in implementation and development of project outlines in the academic environment. She holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Zurich as well as an MBA in Academic Management form the University of Basel. Sina Henrichs combines her extensive research experience in the life sciences and in-depth understanding of process development and project management to provide interactive and professional training experiences. She implemented the Graduate Center GRACE, the professional platform for doctoral candidates and postdocs at the University of Basel and is founder of Manage Science ( Sina is working as Project Manager Education at the AO Foundation in Davos.

02-20 Project management (Course details PDF)