Practical Project Management for Engineers

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$895 per person


This Boot Camp is a one-day intensive course that will provide 80/20 Rule solutions to get your project rolling from contract award to delivery. The boot camp will walk you through step-by-step processes on how to deliver robust, high quality products and services while strengthening your team and customer relationships. In this course we compare DoD, NASA, and PMP project lifecycle processes and provide the best practices that work in the real world. The course is solidly practical and uninhibited by theory. We answer your question, “What do I do on Monday?” with directly applicable guidance and software tools. Having read the thousands of pages of guidance from the DoD, NASA, PMP, and the best management practices from Steven Covey and Peter Drucker, we provide you the distilled summarized knowledge and tools you need to deliver your project on-time and on-budget. Because in the real world it is rare to meet schedules, we will cover how to manage recovery plans and customer relationships to continue the further growth of your company. Throughout the course, we will discuss real aerospace program examples and stories from the GLAST program (Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope) to help illustrate a practical understanding on what is important in managing projects to get efficient solutions and ensure project success.

Course Outline:

  1. Project Management Overview. Basic program life cycle management comparison between DoD, NASA, and PMP guidelines. Which guideline is most effective to manage projects and why?
  2. Communication. How to prevent 50% of all project failures.
  3. Scope. What does the customer really want. Clarifying Statements of Work and related contract documents before proceeding to layout project requirements.
  4. Requirements. What and how to deliver the products and services. Decomposing requirements to specs and identify verification methods with the customer.
  5. Scheduling. Answering, “Who does what by when?” Identifying project tasks effectively based on best project life cycle guidelines and manage recovery plans of critical path.
  6. Allocating Resources. Putting the right people on the bus in the right seats, how to select the right skillset to complete the task in a given timeframe.
  7. Earned Value. How to get paid. Building the schedule to provide Estimate to complete budget and managing recovery plan.
  8. Vendors. Visit the vendor in person (rule#1 for NASA Project Mangers) and other guidelines for successful vendor relationships.
  9. Risk Management – Answering, “When does the risk profile change?” How to capture Management Reserve to scope for unknown failures impacting schedule, cost, and technical performance.
  10. Quality. Building quality and robustness into the product.


If this course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses and you are interested in attending this or another course as an open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or Please indicate the course name, number of students who wish to participate. and a preferred time frame. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a 3-5 month lead time. For on-site pricing, you can use the request an on-site quote form, call us at (410)956-8805, or email us at


  • Nehal Patel (PMP) is the lead instructor for the Practical Project Management for Engineers Boot Camp. She shares her 14 years of unique experience and talent leading engineering development teams while explaining “what you do on Monday” in simple, easy to implement terms. Nehal’s work experience spans a range of roles from being an individual contributor designing military radar systems, leading a hardware development team of engineers with a budget of $10M, being a Program Manager overseeing military accounts of over $200M, and heading the risk management function as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton for a $3B Air Force contract. She is a certified project management professional with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s in Systems Engineering and Leadership from Loyola Marymount University.

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