balancing multiple objectives?

finding the right solutions?

communications with stakeholders?


Natural resource companies are being pushed to ever increasing performance standards, and expectations from external stakeholders. At the same time, property owners are also in a state of cost-cutting due to the economy, trying to maximize the use of their available budgets. When it comes to new projects, the project manager, and the multiple designers that make up a project team, are tasked with finding solutions that will work for everyone involved. 

When there are so many objectives, and sometimes conflicting at that, how does a project team become aligned, to work together and find the right solutions, and then get the work done in the least amount of time, and at the lowest cost?

How does the team ensure that the choices made in early planning phases are the right decisions, based upon all of the appropriate criteria, that will satisfy multiple stakeholders who might otherwise put barriers in place for approvals? To ensure that massive upsets to the budget and schedule of the project can be avoided at much later stages, when they typically arise?

How does the project manager take control, confidently lead his or her team through multiple challenges, influence them to work collaboratively with ease, and reduce conflicts with stakeholders?

Better start. Better outcomes.

Where environmental and social factors play a significant role in scope, schedule, budget, and approvals, there is a need to establish and maintain The connections between long-term objectives, stakeholder concerns, risks, and the interdependent development processes of the project. We need to ensure that the scope is well defined, and that all of the inputs and requirements of the scope are incorporated into plans early on.

This course facilitates improved planning, by:

  • Presenting an iterative mapping methodology,

  • Applying the use of improvement tools and techniques, and

  • Working through hands-on exercises, interaction & collaboration.

So that you can:

  • Identify the key factors & Risks that influence design and decisions from a LIFECYCLE perspective,

  • Identify and broaden the necessary list of stakeholders to engage,

  • Facilitate Improvement options identification, analysis and decision making

  • Ensure a well-defined and complete set of requirements for successful product and project delivery, and

  • Determine the basis for alignment for the project objectives, and accountability of all involved stakeholders.

Benefits of Mapping for the team:

  • Improves collaboration capabilities, putting needs and perspectives on the "same page"

  • Visually aligns design elements with their influencing factors and risks

  • Facilitates understanding of team interdependencies, and identification of relevant stakeholders

  • Clarifies communications with visuals

  • Creates a project record to be used throughout the full development lifecycle

With this method, you can optimize a complex system and yet maintain that connection of objectives, risks, stakeholders and design decisions and elements, even with personnel turnover over the various design phases.



  • Project Managers, Business Analysts and Designers entering the mining sector, who need a foundational starting point of understanding the complexities of mining projects, and how they might set themselves up for success

  • Project Managers, who may be facing scope creep and change requests stemming from external stakeholders

  • Project Team members, who want a better understanding of how their work is intertwined within the whole project

  • Project Stakeholders, who would like to know when and how they might influence project designs and considerations

Course Details:

Intro & Frameworks Summary

  • Introductions

  • Course objectives, logistics & tools to be used

  • Project failure stats and evident causes (the big why),

  • Root causes identified through research (why this focus),

  • The roles of Project Managers and Business Analysts (who),

  • A plausible solution framework (what),

  • How and when best to apply the framework

What Requirements?

  • Requirements management

  • Project vs. product requirements

  • Additional requirements for natural resources

  • Requirements development

  • Requirements risk mitigation strategies

  • Interactive requirements exploration exercise

Maximizing Value

  • Lean philosophies & tools

  • Gradual plan development strategies

  • Options & Rolling wave planning

  • Progressive & iterative review

  • Interactive project mapping exercise

Decision Making with Interdependencies

  • Influencing factors that cause impact on identifying, comparing and selecting feasible process options

  • Impacts activities might have on external receptors

  • Integration and interdependencies within the whole

  • Use of requirements to guide planning & decision making

  • Interactive brainstorm on factors and impacts of example process activities

Overview & Further Applications

  • Review framework and importance of each step

  • How to use what was done to identify relevant and necessary stakeholders

  • Strategies to optimize requirements gathering / validation, minimizing costs & duration of stakeholder engagement

  • Iterative process of progressive definition of the final plan to execute

  • Necessity of ensuring full alignment / agreement before moving forward with execution

  • Optional stakeholder identification exercise


Depth and Specificity

Typical project management training:

  • is high-level, with a focus on the fundamental tools, standard processes, for general project types,

  • focus on defining scope, budget and schedule for delivering a product to a client,

  • has little to no focus on critical aspects relevant to projects within the natural resources sector, and

  • does not well-address issues relevant to external stakeholders who are NOT the primary client.


Safety and health, environment, and local communities. 


In the mining sector, such high-stake risks and the necessary focus on the needs and wants of external stakeholders, can add a significant amount of scope, time, cost and quality aspects to any relevant project. These aspects are specifically addressed in this course.  

Not considering these aspects at the right time,

can cause major impacts, or even barriers,

to achieving project success.


Interactive & Live

The majority of options for project management training consist of online content and recorded webinars. This provides flexibility for the learner, but the student is left to go through the content on their own. There is a reliance on the student's ability to self-manage in order to get through the content, and in many cases, those students do not follow through to completion.

This training:

  • will be hosted via live workshop

  • consists of small group enrolment

  • students will interact with the instructor AND the other students,

  • allows for great dialogue and feedback from each other to build on everyones' strengths and experiences.

This environment can be very supportive, energetic, and often helpful for students to understand materials better.

In essence, a student should come away with learnings not just from the instruction and content, but also from the other participants. And in this interactive environment, relationships and networks are established for future support of each other.


I am a registered Project Management Professional, Geological Engineer, and I have a Masters in Mine Waste Management. Some of my past core responsibilities in the corporate world have included assessment of existing processes and programs, developing responsive action plans to address risks and accountability gaps, leading corporate strategic planning, and embedding sustainability into project design and management systems. 

With nearly 20 years experience in the mining sector, you'll also be learning from someone with broad experience and a keen understanding of the risks, barriers, and potential impacts of mining developments, as well as what might be done to avoid and mitigate them. 

With me, you will gain perspectives from my experience with:

  • in-the-field execution in construction,

    • bringing you practicality, and first-hand experience in managing the consequences of unplanned risks,

  • project management through all stages,

    • understanding the leadership and conducting aspects of the job, and the needs for successful stage-gate transition,

  • performing: technical design, trade-off analyses, and feasibility studies,

    • to know the ins and outs of the details required in order to deliver quality results, and interdependencies with other disciplines,

  • being the stakeholder, having been "engaged" for input and received communication of decisions made,

    • bringing an 'outside' perspective of the impact of not having concerns or recommendations addressed,

  • being an SME on environmental and regulatory requirements,

    • bringing the perspectives and needs of these aspects into focus,

  • maintaining oversight and strategic capacities,

    • understanding the needs and how-to of aligning the vision and broader goals or an organization into a project scope.

I am a visionary synergist, able to bring differing silo'd disciplines together in collaborative, engaging fashion. I focus on key tools and takeaways that can be applied right away, and I value anything participants are willing to provide, and try to draw everyone in for best results.