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Project Management for Nonproject Managers: Managing and Prioritizing Work

Learn to think and manage your work like the best project managers by focusing on your work priorities, setting goals, managing work and monitoring projects. Gain skills to identify, prioritize, manage, delegate and effectively communicate the status of your work. Through experiential learning, you apply and practice concepts learned in this course through hands-on labs and a case study. The course cuts through theory to focus on practical, real-life application of best practices from various disciplines including Project Management, Time Management and Resource Performance Management.

Learn practical techniques to:

  • Identify your work and your department’s from major projects to operational tasks
  • Prioritize and set up systems to manage work based on the type of work
  • Effectively monitor and communicate progress against objectives
  • Increase productivity with tips, tricks and hacks

As a manager or individual contributor, you will be able to clearly identify the highest value activities, set clear objectives, create focus and develop realistic action plans to increase productivity and improve individual and team productivity.

This course can be applied to the Business Acumen Certificate.


Sally Anlin, PMP, CSM

Sally Anlin, PMP, CSM

Sally has over 20 years of experience leading teams to deliver high quality technical solutions that meet business needs. Her areas of expertise include: Building, developing and coaching high performing technology teams to meet business goals and objectives. Creating performance ... read more

Course Outline/Topics


  • Types of work
  • What is a project?
  • What is operational?
  • Identify value add vs nonvalue-add activities

Prioritizing Work

  • Methods for prioritizing
  • Team capacity
  • Real-life estimating and resource allocation
  • Delegation
  • Completion in 30-day increments

Setting Goals and Managing Work Assignments

  • Identifying criteria for success, definition of done, and “what good looks like”
  • Breaking down work into manageable objectives
  • Assigning work – who does what, when
  • Dependencies, constraints and assumptions
  • Out-of-scope and backlog creation
  • Projects and Kanban

Monitoring and Communicating

  • Continuous improvement and “agility”
  • Tailoring communication for audience
  • The importance of status communication
  • Identifying and managing risks and issues – what is working, what isn’t
  • Managing work creep/changing direction/time wasters

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Oct 14

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sally Anlin PMP, CSM


$345 by Wed., Sept. 30.
$395 after Wed., Sept. 30.

CEUs: 0.7

Enrollment Limit: 30

Program Number: 5050-12952

Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 14

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