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Managing a project team

Managing a project team

Duration: 60 minutes

Trainer: David Giltner

Target group: All (PhD students to professors)

Number of participants: No limit

As scientists and engineers advance in our private sector careers, many of us move into roles where we manage a project, lead a development team, or even head up an entire business unit. To be effective in these new roles, we usually find we must learn many new skills and new habits of thinking that were not part of our university technical training. Sometimes these important new skills and habits are very different than the skills and habits that have made us successful up to this point.


For example, effective project team leaders find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for the right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’


In this webinar, you will learn some valuable techniques that effective leaders use to manage their project teams to achieve challenging goals. We will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face. Questions such as:


  • What’s the most important skill for keeping a complex project on schedule?
  • How do good leaders make hard decisions?
  • What do you do when there’s no good answer to an important question?
  • Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice?


If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this talk will give you insights that will help you be a more effective manager and leader. If you haven’t started your industry career yet, the information that you learn in this talk will be excellent preparation for your first interviews. You will possess insights that most other scientists competing for the same job will not.


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David Giltner wrote an article about the topic: Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable

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