Managing a project team

Managing (and Leading) a Project Team

Learn how effective leaders manage their project teams (Online and in-person)

Industry career workshop for scientists

As we scientists and engineers advance in our private sector careers, many of us move into roles where we manage a project, lead a development team, or even head up an entire business unit. To be effective in these new roles, we usually find we must learn many new skills and new habits of thinking that were not part of our university technical training. Sometimes these important new skills and habits are very different than the skills and habits that have made us successful up to this point.

For example, effective project team leaders find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’’

In this webinar you will learn some valuable techniques that effective leaders use to manage their project teams to achieve challenging goals. We will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face. Questions such as:

  • What’s the most important skill for keeping a complex project on schedule?
  • How do good leaders make hard decisions?
  • What do you do when there’s no good answer to an important question?
  • Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice?

If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this talk will give you insights that will help you be a more effective manager and leader. If you haven’t started your industry career yet, the information that you learn in this talk will be excellent preparation for your first interviews. You will possess insights that most other scientists competing for the same job will not.


David M. Giltner, PhD – Founder and President of TurningScience

David has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need: Voices of Scientists Working in Industry and It’s a Game, not a Formula: How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

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This is also offered through NaturalScience.Careers under the title 'Managing a Project Team'