Project Management Training, Development Opportunities, and Events


Project Management Institute Certification

The Project Management Institute offers 8 certifications to its members. Information on PMI certification can be found here.

Project Management Masters Certificate
This certificate program is offered through the Center for Professional and Executive Education Development at the Wisconsin School of Business. This training covers how to manage project scope, time, costs, quality, risks and subcontracts. You learn how to lead and manage project teams and facilitate meetings, use conflict resolution/negotiation strategies and develop powerful skills of persuasion and influence. To obtain the Masters Certificate you must complete 6 three-day classes. Click here for more information.

Note: If you are a UW-Madison employee interested in this certificate program, you are eligible for discounted registration fees. For more information, please contact Patricia Reigstad, Program Coordinator, at 608-441-7345.

Master of Science in Project Management
This is a fully online program offered through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and UW-Platteville is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the program is globally accredited by Project Management Institute (PMI). Click here for more information.

Division of Continuing Studies
The Division of Continuing Studies focuses on providing educational resources to nontraditional students, lifelong learners and the community at UW-Madison. Roles of the division include leadership, administrative oversight and marketing responsibility for UW-Madison’s noncredit offering, credit outreach and summer session. The division also advises and admits adults seeking to enroll as University Special or Guest Students. The Division of Continuing Studies offers a Project Management Noncredit Certificate that prepares its enrollees to become project managers. For more information on this certificate click here.

Project Management Symposium flyer
First offered in 2005, this two-day program provides an opportunity to work with and learn from campus project managers; to practice using a project management framework that includes tools and templates; to learn best practices in initiating, planning, scheduling, executing, controlling, managing, and closing a project; to work in teams to apply course concepts using a simulated project management exercise; and to obtain insights, tips and techniques for managing projects.

Click here to view a sample two-day agenda and other information.

The next symposium will be held on December 5th and 12th of 2017. Register Here

UW-Madison Consortium for Project Leadership:
The UW-Madison Consortium for Project Leadership is an upcoming gathering of industry, government and academia individuals that will develop and disseminate project leadership knowledge and practices. In a series of seminars, publications, and tailored programs, the Consortium will address these primary questions:

  • How do we lead projects successfully?
  • How do we develop project leaders?
  • How can senior managers facilitate the development of project leaders?

Click here for more information. Registration is not yet available.

Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Project Management Institute offers courses related to project management to its members. For information on the Madison PMI chapter click here. For information on membership click here.


Online Mini-Sessions/Tutorials

Project Management Advisor
This web-based resource defines how to manage a project; classifies and organizes project management concepts and methods; guides the project manager through project management activities; and includes activity definitions, templates and examples for the project management stages. Click here for more information.

Visual Tools Used to Understand Business Requirements
The following videos are visual tools used to explain and understand business requirements. This information is produced by UW-Madison’s Business Analysis Online Training and can be found at Scott Converse and Joe Goss cover topics in each tutorial such as process modeling and mapping, flow types, swim lane diagrams, gateways, events and artifacts, data flow diagrams and decomposition diagrams. Before beginning, download a copy of the “Quick Guide to BPMN Symbols” located here.

Introduction to Process Modeling: This demo introduces the concept of “Business Process Modeling and Notation”, also called BPMN. The video covers the importance of process models and when to use them, basic BPMN symbols, a facilitation technique used to develop process flow diagrams and how to use BPMN diagrams to address complex business problems.

Why and When to Use Process Modeling: This video uses an example to discuss when it would be useful to use process modeling in a business setting.

Tasks, Sub-processes, and Flow Types: BPMN activity objects are discussed in greater depth in this video by explaining shapes used to symbolize tasks, activities and sub-processes as separate components of process model diagrams. Word choice inside symbols and swim lanes, a process flow technique used to differentiate roles of various actors in a diagram, are explained.

Swim Lanes and Pools: The swim lane concept introduced in the “Tasks, Sub-processes, and Flow Types” tutorial is built upon in this video. Different components and techniques used to create more complex swim lanes such as swim lane construction, organization, pools and lanes are explained.

Deep Dive: Process Modeling and Swim Lane Diagrams: This tutorial discusses high level process modeling and mapping. The presenter focuses on swim lanes diagrams and why this is an effective tool to use in the business world. Flow, identifying stakeholders and actors, how to spot handoff issues and bottlenecks, and how to create and track important performance metrics are the main components of this video.

Gateways: Gateways are used to symbolize decision points within the flow of a process model diagram. This video explains what symbols are used to represent gateways in BPMN modeling and what different types of gateways exist.

Events and Artifacts: Events are symbols used to describe something that happens during the flow of the process, whereas artifacts are additional symbols used to help the reader better understand what the flow is. This video highlights the various symbols used to represent different groups of events and artifacts.

BPMN Lab: A Business Problem: This video applies BPMN techniques, tools, and symbols learned in the previous tutorials to a business problem lab located here. Please print or download the lab prior to starting the video.

Data Flow Diagrams: Data flow diagrams are used to help explore, understand and diagram situations with high levels of uncertainty. This tutorial covers the concept and components of data flow diagrams (DFDs), how to create DFDs and when to use them. The presenter also discusses complex DFDs and the technique of layering.

Decomposition Diagrams: Decomposition diagrams are used to organize information captured during interview sessions and follow up meetings. They are also called “work breakdown structure plans” and can be used to determine the number of hours and people necessary to work on a project. This video discusses the concept of decomposition diagrams, when to use them and how to trace/identify benefits and needs found in this type of chart.

 Post the Path: This tutorial explains the "Post the Path" method used in process modeling. "Post the Path" identifies and orders steps taken to create a process model. During the tutorial, the instructor highlights people, spaces and tools required to complete this method. The instructor also utilizes an example of "Taking money out of an ATM" to explain how the method is applied.