Apr-22-23-PDRI-Course-CMCSFor the first time in the UAE, CMCS will offer two implementation-focused courses on the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI), in cooperation with Valency:

PDRI – Principles & Practices – April 22, 2015

This course is designed to train capital project professionals in the effective use of the PDRI methodology in front end planning. Participants will learn from a Certified PDRI Facilitator how to achieve increased team alignment, identify gaps and risks, and objectively measure progress in scope definition using PDRI. A mock session will engage all participants and provide first-hand examples of the benefits of PDRI. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • Explain the methodology and benefits to their project organization
  • Recommend when a session should be conducted in front end planning
  • Select the most appropriate project template (industrial, buildings and infrastructure) to use for a project
  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and logistics for a PDRI session
  • Understand how to fully utilize findings from a PDRI session to improve project performance
  • Set expectations with senior stakeholders of how PDRI will improve communication of risk

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Best practices in implementing PDRI using Carve – April 23, 2015

This course provides participants with a roadmap for implementation of Project Definition Rating Index in their project organization. Lessons learned and case studies are used to introduce Project Definition Rating Index implementation planning considerations. Topics covered include:

  • Conducting needs analysis and building your business case
  • Preparing for change and recognizing common organizational impacts
  • Initiating a successful limited-use proof of concept
  • Planning for growth of your PDRI implementation, including
    • Process integration with stage gate deliverables, cost, schedule and risk practices
    • Identifying fit-for-purpose changes to elements with the rollout to new groups or divisions
    • Developing your education plan
    • Maintaining consistency in PDRI practices using Carve
    • Measuring performance impact of PDRI and monitoring by portfolio/group/division in Carve
    • Incorporating PDRI into your lessons learned program

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For more details on how to attend this innovative course offering, please contact our partner CMCS at .

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Sandra MacGillivray

Managing Director at Valency Inc.
Sandra is the Managing Director for Valency Inc., an implementer of best practices from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) that dramatically improve capital project performance. She is a Certified PDRI Facilitator, Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Construction Industry Institute (CII), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) with over 15 years of project management experience. Sandra is a past research team member with the Construction Industry Institute on front end planning, risk management and portfolio management. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.