Project management essentials


  • You will learn simple techniques for dealing with difficult project situations
  • You will enhance the level of satisfaction from working with people across character differences
  • You will start working smarter, not more, by reducing uncertainty and managing project risks better
  • You will increase your energy levels and opportunities for strategic project development

Did you know that more than 30% of the Titanic’s passengers saved themselves? They were largely those who travelled in first class and had better access to the lifeboats. In business projects, is it enough to have a good idea and work hard to survive? In this training you will learn ways to help you survive and develop your ideas into results. Even when, for whatever reason, you are not sitting on the first deck right next to the lifeboat.

You will take part in a project business simulation and practice ways to organise your work under time pressure and in the face of increasing demands. The trainer, an experienced project manager, will show you real-life examples to help you prepare for difficult situations. You will learn practical lessons to implement in your team.



Introduction to project simulation

  • Understanding the Raven 13 simulation, action area map and rules
  • Situation assessment, decision making, action
  • VUCA challenges – variability, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity
  • Collaborative working and seeking improvements that affect outcomes
  • Change, risk and problem management

Results and tools in the project

  • Outcome measurement, team retrospective
  • Analysis of team performance indicators
  • Effective team communication – monitoring, problem solving, push vs pull
  • The role of the project map and map legend in building transparency
  • Ways to deal with lack of predictability
  • Understanding complexity when dealing with overlapping issues
  • Systems thinking and the cause and effect phenomenon
  • Collaborative working and seeking improvements that affect outcomes

People and vision in a project

  • Planning, working with strategy, goal setting and prioritisation
  • Talent management, team competence building, managing the work of subordinates
  • Who is the boss? Leader vs. manager
  • Feedback in building a learning organisation
  • New person in the team – ideas for onboarding
  • The role of commitment and self-organisation in the team
  • The nature and dynamics of change affecting progress

Methods of implementing improvements in projects

  • Planning the improvement implementation cycle
  • Monitoring new ideas and selecting the best ones
  • Rapid prototyping to accelerate learning
  • Evolutionary methods for finding improvements

Blaze Goraj

Project Team Advisor

Twenty years ago I started with a small start-up but was quickly drawn into Fortune500 giants such as Hewlett-Packard and Mondelez International.

The key to gaining experience was diversity: from help-desk system implementation projects, to leading organisational change, creating animated films for children and transforming a shared service centre for a bank. Every project problem I had to solve cost me one hair off my head.

I have discovered that the best project teams have four powers: vision, people, tools and results. I help clients develop these powers by providing original training and project consultancy.



A fantastically led workshop! Great preparation – a big plus for the email with tips on how to prepare for the workshop, which made it run smoothly. Punctual, factual, with attention to detail and a good atmosphere. Very creative too! Learning management through the elements of a game, i.e. combining action with thinking and theory in a fun setting. It was a very worthwhile and fruitful day. Thanks!🙂

– Anna Wojciechowska

Participating in the training led by Blaze was an exciting adventure for me. The various tasks, the dialogue in an atmosphere of openness and acceptance, the approachable delivery of the content – all this contributed to a broadening of my self-awareness in the context of specific thinking and acting. Thanks to the training, I feel I have a more coherent picture of myself, my resources and limitations, which I think will translate into effective interaction with others. I truly recommend it!

– Renata Chylińska

A fantastically led workshop. The atmosphere that Blaze brought in was amazing and propelled me to action. I took a lot of practical knowledge out of the class. I strongly recommend it!

– Agata Górska

If you are thinking about attending a class, my answer is: a definite YES! A lot of substantive knowledge, discussed in a simple and clear manner using modern tools. Engaging “games” allowing to look at the problem from different sides and at the same time activating all the participants to solve it together. I found the idea of a game involving everyone in cooperation brilliant! I strongly recommend it!

– Paweł Kowalski

Excellent trainer. Motivates group interaction, integrates, explains issues very clearly, activates and deepens the action process. Excellent facilitation skills. Highly recommended.

– darijah3

Full professionalism during training, a lot of substantive content, but also a good atmosphere, the ability to engage participants to work actively and efficiently. Time well spent!

– Aleksandra Winder

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