Suggest a Topic

Our workshops and forums are intended to be a learning resource for the UChicago project management (PM) community. As such, we welcome and encourage ideas from our PM Community of Practice members. We have received the following topic suggestions:

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Managing stakeholders
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Resource planning
  • Creating budgets
  • Change Management
  • Operations Management applied to IT Projects
  • How to roll out a new product or service
Project Communication
  • Online documentation and communication for a project
  • Email templates & creating great content for internal and external communication
  • Knowledge documentation
  • Best practices for presenting reports/data to management
  • RFP Process
  • Best practices- working with vendors
  • SOW templates
  • Project Management and Software Acquisition decisions
How to…
  • Using pivot tables
  • Creating workflows
  • Creating visual progress charts
  • Documenting processes
  • Testing a process before rollout
  • Taking notes (project scribe)
PM Basics
  • What you should know about Project Management if you never want to be a PM
  • How to develop milestones
  • How to create and manage a project team
  • Effective kickoff meetings
  • How to integrate principles of PM into productivity
  • What is the right level of detail for a plan (WBS)
  • How to apply PM principles to smaller, non-PMO projects


  • Kanban
  • Agile budgeting


  • Microsoft Project or similar tools, Visio and other planning tools
  • Tools to schedule tasks reminders for the person responsible for the tasks
  • Tools for tracking project tasks
  • Pros / cons of using excel vs MS project