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Participatory Project Management Part 1: Project Design

Description: Teaches a two-phase approach to design a project with 8 – 30 planning participants. Project Design integrates the team’s thinking into a consensus project framework, so everyone is clear on the scope and level of effort needed. Project Planning develops the plan for a project or prototype that is launched in a coordinated and efficient manner. Students use the project development framework to create a project plan using a relevant or real project. Teaches how to harness participation to produce outstanding results.

Part One: Project Design is devoted to teaching the ToP® Project Design methodology, clarifying project expectations, creating a vision and success indicators, and developing a realistic scope of work.



  • Fully developed design for a project.
  • Valuable planning process that can be applied to many other projects.
  • Full buy-in from the planning team about how to approach major projects.



  • Frames the project expectations and scope in a concise manner.
  • Creates a project vision and success indicators while honoring all ideas.
  • Assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the team to accomplish the project.
  • Evaluates the benefits and dangers of project success.
  • Develops a realistic scope of work.


Who Should Take this Course:

  • Those who need to align teams to create an inspiring and doable project scope of work
  • Business leaders
  • Local, state, and federal leaders and program managers
  • Managers
  • Team leaders
  • Team members
  • Facilitators and consultants

Course Length: Half-day

Prerequisite: None

Upcoming ToP Courses

ToP Facilitation Methods:
Leadership Edition (3 Days)

May 12-14, 2020, Sept. 15-17, 2020

Accelerated Action Planning (Half Day)
June 9, 2020, November 10, 2020

Meetings that Work (2 Days)
March 10-11, 2020

Facilitation for Innovation: Inspiring Group Creativity (1 Day)
August 11, 2020

Approaches to Environmental Scanning (1 Day)
October 20, 2020

ToP Secrets of Implementation (2 Days)
February 11-12, 2020

ToP Strategic Planning (2 Days)
October 7-8, 2019, April 15-16, 2020

Facilitation Graphics (1 Day)
October 28, 2019, December 8, 2020

Mastering the Technology of Participation  MToP (4 Quarterly Intensives)
Feb. 19-21, 2020, May 20-22, Aug. 19-21, Nov. 18-20, 2020

All courses in Sacramento unless otherwise specified.
All courses 8:30 am to 5:00 pm unless indicated

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