The Center for Project Leadership

We exclusively offer active, scenario-based, immersive learning. 


From the US Marine Corps to NASA, electric utility linemen, driving instruction and training people to fly aircraft, this approach has proven to be the most powerful, long-lasting way to learning anything.  It combines instruction and coaching with hands-on practice of new techniques under the watchful eye of an experienced, hands-on trainer.  The result is retention of what to do, and a deep understanding of the why.

You cannot take one of our courses remotely, in front of your computer. And we don’t offer our training as webinars or Computer-Based Training (CBT).  Nor will you find us licensing our material to your organization’s training department for later “teaching” by your local people.  We have tried those approaches and they just don’t work well.

Studies have shown the measurable effectiveness of face-to-face, in-person instruction.  It is the most expensive type of training, but it is the absolute best.  People only retain a small fraction of new material when they sit passively in front of a monitor and, human nature being so invasive, their minds wander into what they will be doing after work, how good a cup of coffee would taste, what the boss said last week, etc.  So, our fast-paced approach requires face-to-face interaction between instructor and student. It also requires active participation by class attendees, often in small-teams, with oral presentations of findings and conclusions after every exercise, morning and afternoon. Nobody sleeps in our classes!  

Government participants are assigned roles as contractors in exercises, and vice versa, to experience the challenges and to make decisions on the other side of government contracting. Nothing works like this technique, in dissolving the barriers between government employees and contractors.

Our instructors are trained to pull everyone into classroom discussions.  Shy people are gently engaged by others in a nonjudgmental, friendly environment where they can ask questions and express opinions freely, without fear of embarrassment.  This is one reason we like to keep our classes small (20-30 people) where we can involve every student in every training module.  The result of our approach is mental focus.  Our students stay immersed in the subject material -vs. just exposure to it.  They internalize, learn it, and have a great time.  One engineer’s comment is representative of what we hear nearly every course:  “This is the best training I have ever had in my entire 30-year career.”    

Critical Thinking

Tried and true, no-bull, problem solving and creative thinking for today's world of complexities.

Technical CONOPS

Designing and building complex systems using technical CONOPS.

World-Class Procurements

Fine-tuning the Governments interactions with companies.

Three Key Parts of Our Teaching & Training Style

The Proven Benefits to the Student


  • Active which means participatory.  Our students are engaged in discussions about the class material constantly during class (and usually on the coffee breaks and at lunch!).  They are challenged by the instructor to think, to question things heard in class and to ask how the lessons apply to their situation.  This is the complete reverse of passive learning which lets people sit quietly, either in a classroom or in front of a laptop monitor and absorb some portion of what the instructor drones on about (if their wondering attention and boredom permits them to learn anything at all).

  • Scenario-based means the instruction is based upon real-world situations.  The situations are realistic and based on actual scenarios (stories) of the challenges and hurdles the student can expect to find as they implement the lessons.

  • Immersive means the student enters a new world of experiences, surroundings and thoughts.  Our courses are designed to immerse the student in the new material, letting them experience the thoughts and wrestling with the decisions of practitioners doing that work now.  Our experienced instructors help students experience the world they will enter once they leave the classroom, with the challenges and decisions they will face. 

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