By - Jon Brown

Project Management for Electric Utilities
November 6-7, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Whether you are a project manager by title or you were just given the responsibility of managing a project from beginning to end, this course will provide the knowledge and skills to help you be successful in that role. The course will cover a typical project management lifecycle from initiation to planning, to execution and control, and closing. It provides a general understanding of key processes in each of these stages as they may be utilized in managing projects in any industry, while offering examples that demonstrate their application in managing projects in the energy/utility space.

This course will enable you to achieve consistent success in your projects by covering both the art and science of project management. There will be a discussion of tools and techniques but also how to make sure you understand what success looks like in your stakeholder’s eyes and how to lead the team to turn that vision into reality.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what a project is and how it is different than operational work
  • Review the triple constraints
  • Develop a project charter
  • Organize project work using work break-down structures
  • Create a project schedule
  • Identify and manage critical paths
  • Discuss the pitfalls of not having the right level of rigor or proper scheduling tools
  • Address top down vs. bottom-up planning approaches
  • Create a project cost estimate and define proper levels of cost breakdown and tracking
  • Review components of a communication plan, how to formulate key messages, how to choose appropriate communication methods and how to ensure proper execution of your plan
  • Identify key stakeholders and their interest in the project
  • Utilize stakeholder analysis to manage expectations, resolve conflicts and gain stakeholder support for success of your project
  • Identify, analyze and manage project risks
  • Describe different types of risk response and when to use each
  • Review the monitoring and control processes
  • Establish proper tracking and status reporting
  • Discuss the close out process and activities that take place in that phase

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course  to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies and Powerpoints will be used for all learning outcomes


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

What is a Project and Why Should You Care?

  • What is a project and what is not
  • Typical project lifecycle
  • Who is who and what are their responsibilities

Defining and Initiating a Project

  • Defining objectives
  • Identifying triple constraints
  • Chartering and initiating

Planning the Triple Constraints (Time, Cost, Scope)

  • Scope definition, development of the work break-down structure
  • Schedule development, identification of the critical path
  • Cost estimation

Thursday, November 7, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

Managing Stakeholders and Communications

  • Identifying and analyzing stakeholders
  • Developing a stakeholder management and communication plan

Managing Risks

  • Identifying and analyzing risks
  • Developing a risk management plan

Executing the Plans and Staying On Track

  • On-going monitoring and control
  • Tracking and status reporting
  • Change management

Closing a Project

  • Releasing resources
  • Closing financials
  • Getting final sign-offs
  • Capturing lessons learned

Course Concludes


Hengameh Pourfakhr, MBA, PgMP
Program Manager, Southern Company

Hengameh Pourfakhr has over 20 years of project and program management experience in the Energy Utility industry, specializing in large, complex, high profile projects and programs. She is currently a program manager at Southern Company, the second largest gas and electric utility company in the U.S., working on divestiture of an operating company affiliate and several generating plants. Her list of past projects includes a multimillion dollar undertaking to upgrade telecom and networking infrastructure at transmission substations across the Southern Company’s territory and a multi-year program to implement Cisco- based VOIP technology at over 600 locations, including power plants, local offices, and operating headquarters across 5 states. She has also led cyber security, insider threat, and information protection programs. Most recently, she managed a project to launch an energy innovation center to bring innovative products and services to customers and led a crowd source ideation project to improve employee safety. She also has experience in start-up of a project office and has a wealth of knowledge in best practices for establishing a project management center of excellence. Hengameh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has earned her Program Management Certification from PMI.


EUCI Office Building Conference Center

4601 DTC Blvd, B-100

Denver CO, 80237


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