Zero BS Projects

  • Sometimes I feel that I’m the only one who wants the project to succeed…
  • What do I do about unreal deadlines?
  • How to make my boss and the client trust me and stop meddling all the time?

This is a cross-cutting training and a true handbook of a modern project leader. You will acquire skills allowing you to deliver results smoothly, without the impression of going round in circles and that the whole effort is trickling through your fingers.

Without wondering: “what did I miss today” or “what will surprise us tomorrow.”


people with at least six-month project experience
project, product and team leaders
start-up founders, owners of small and medium-size enterprises


Have absolutely no experience, hoping for tools that will make them do without establishing relations or (another extreme case) without any tools or plans.

Be able to prevent delays more effectively.

The plan is not the key, but its delivery is.

Understand (not only theoretically)
the difference between Waterfall,
Agile and… Chaos.

And know how to apply each of them.

Know how to successfully communicate with the people
vital for the project.

Also with those considered “difficult” ones.

Know how to gain respect and trust
of your team.

What does it mean to be a true leader?

Know how to manage project tasks
as well as your own ones.

Priorities, delegating, collecting team status updates.

Understand that product people and other departments are not your enemy.

And know how to reach an agreement with them.


The programme is divided into five modules and covers 24 hours of us working together.

It can be executed in an INTENSIVE (three days x 8 hours) or STANDARD (two parts, two days x 6 hours each) mode. The first one is an intensive, pragmatic compromise, but whenever possible, I recommend the STANDARD option. It allows the participants to better acquire knowledge, combine the training with work more efficiently, and also provides them with more time to introduce new abilities in everyday life, as well as QA session and experience exchange during the second part.

Apart from the introductory topics, we deal with different aspects of leadership in projects. Starting from the choice of the management approach most suitable for a given situation (Agile, Waterfall, Chaos), up to learning (a broad case-study) what a good leader does when taking over a project.
  • What are cognitive biases and how do they affect our work?
  • Five rules of an effective project leader
  • If it’s nothing but hurdles and chaos, can we still call it a project? What should we do in which situation?
  • Should the client’s satisfaction be the only and paramount goal?
  • What does assertiveness really mean?
  • How to make your boss, client and team trust that the project is well-handled?
  • What are the vital questions that should be asked when taking over a project?
A badly organised one can literally paralyse a project – a long queue of emails and meetings, but nobody knows anything. First we learn about methods allowing better management of information flow in the team. Then we focus on external communication – i.e. practising reporting the project status to the stakeholders and communicating with the “problematic” ones.
  • How to collect team status updates without organising extended meetings or rushing the sluggish ones with emails or calls?
  • Secrets of creating a good Kanban board.
  • The most common mistakes of e-mail communication.
  • Why do we need client relationships? How to establish them successfully?
  • How to report a status update (with bad news) well?
  • How to increase the chances of getting through to the most reluctant ones?
An effective leader should not focus on creating tables, but to make their contents work. This is why we will focus on how to compile action plans as simple and useful as possible. Within a case-study we will create, among others, a handy schedule and talk about how to manage it during the course of the project and what to do about the delays.
  • Should a leader specify, document and manage the scope of the project on their own?
  • How to deftly specify the scope of the project?
  • How to create a handy and clear schedule on its basis?
  • How to manage changes and surprises during the course of the project?
  • How to prevent delays?
  • Is the risk management always worth it?
  • How to make it contribute more apart from a neat document?
04. TEAM
Even the most hard-working leader will not complete a project on their own: this is why the ability to build, develop and maintain team’s motivation is vital. Basing on the Management 3.0 framework we will discuss and practice the most important matters related to this area.
  • It is always worth it to create a team? What to do if it’s impossible?
  • Whose motivation in the team should be taken care of in the first place, and why?
  • Feedback: the art of motivating criticism.
  • How to delegate tasks and enforce their completion?
  • How to set rules so that others comply with them?
  • How to create a team of people who cooperate well and trust one another?
  • How to interweave those activities into everyday tasks and duties?
You can be a born leader, a master of planning and motivation, but if we cannot focus our and our team’s effort to what REALLY matters, it will all trickle through our fingers. The last module will provide you with answers on how to avoid it. It will be all summed up with a conversation on how to implement this knowledge in everyday life.
  • The biggest mistake of optimisation implementation.
  • Kaizen: how to introduce smarter improvements.
  • Is it possible to take care of each task and what happens when we try to do so either way?
  • Monkeys on one’s back: how do we, inadvertently, carry out tasks of other people?
  • Where should we start implementing the knowledge gained during the training and how to do it most efficiently?
  • How to deal with contradictions and maintain healthy balance?
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Trainer: Igor Mróz

Over a decade of experience in project management in corporations, SMEs and start-ups / full bio/.

Prize: closed trainings

From 14 500,- PLN net / group
(max 16 people)

Including: transport and accommodation of the trainer, materials, designing the exercises for the client specific projects.

Prize: open trainings

2999.- PLN net per person
(two – 10% discount,
three or more – 15%)

Including: the venue, materials, catering.

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