How to Measure Anything In Project Management (Private Seminar Plus)


This 2-day private seminar, designed for up to 20 people at your location, will show your team how any aspect of project management can be measured. This seminar is also available for delivery remotely.

*Plus travel for domestic locations. Further customization of materials may be extra (see options in the description below).

Optional $4,000.00/day for deep dive workshop into specific problem chosen by the client

Contact us for schedules, international location rates and additional details.


This new installment in Doug Hubbard’s successful “How to Measure Anything” series, will reveal how quantitative methods, using prepared spreadsheet templates, can be applied to even the most difficult measurement problems in Project Management. Douglas Hubbard will describe how to use his methods to measure any intangible, think of risk like an actuary, and look at Project Management decisions in a quantitative way that is proven to improve decision-making performance.

The material is designed for project managers and any analyst or decision maker responsible for creating, reviewing, or acting on business cases or performance metrics for projects. The session consists of core topics and optional topics as follows.

Core Seminar Plus Content: The following topics are included in the standard version of the seminar (1.5 live days, .5 asynchronous day).

Asynchronous Calibration Training: HDR will teach the techniques behind subjectively assessing the probability of uncertain events and the ranges of uncertain quantities. This is an essential skill for anyone who needs to consider chance in decisions. Participants will see their skills measurably improve during the training with a series of “calibration exams.” Participants will also learn some of the techniques involved in training others to be calibrated. This training is completed asynchronously on our new, fully on-demand Calibrator Portal before the Seminar Plus begins.

Day 1 (am and pm): Executive Overview and Hands-on Analyst Training

  • Understanding what’s wrong with current PM “Measurements” like risk matrices
  • Thinking about project measurements and project risk more like a scientist and actuary
  • Approving and prioritizing projects
  • Building a Monte Carlo Simulation of a project with Excel
  • Knowing what to measure based on the Value of Information calculations
  • Modeling and measuring the risk of project failure
  • Assessing the true cost of scope creep
  • Assessing team performance and project “intangibles”
  • Modeling and measuring resource risk such as turnover, key person risk, etc.
  • Conducting measurements before, during and after a project using prepared Excel spreadsheets

Day 2 (am)Challenges/Solutions/Next Steps Workshop (CSN)

The objective of this workshop is to help participants identify opportunities to apply the methods they learned to specific project management problems identified by you. The workshop will identify the appropriate methods for the problems and discuss how to get started on solving them. This module allows participants to see the practical applications of what they learned.

Additional Training Modules: Choose any one of these half-day sessions for the other half of Day 2 or add a third day to the event to cover all topics. $2,000/each

  • Live Calibration Training: Substitute this for the included asynchronous Calibration Training.
  • More Advanced Project Measurement Topics: Participants will learn additional methods for more advanced project measurement topics. These include statistical methods for reducing expert inconsistency, conducting controlled experiments to measure the benefits of projects and to assess their risks.
  • Additional time for Challenges, Solutions, Next Step workshop: Depending on how complex your problem and how in-depth you want the discussion to be, you may want to allow more time for the CSN workshop.

Optional Customization: Content may be customized for your areas of interest, your industry, and level of detail. Contact us to discuss the scope of changes and customization effort and costs.

Considering the remote option? These training blocks can be delivered via  HDR’s Teams platform (or your company’s platform) over the course of consecutive days or spread out over a few weeks. We are happy to design the delivery timeline based on what works for your team and environment.