Applied Learning


At Watermark Learning, we believe that people learn best by actively putting knowledge into practice.  In addition to our regular public courses, we also offer applied learning options for our clients, including Outcome-Based Consultative Training, Project R.E.A.L. Live Simulation, and coaching and mentoring services.  With applied learning, an expert Watermark Learning instructor will come onsite and tailor our course content to meet your unique needs.   We also arrange for coaching and mentoring, so that an expert can provide your team with onsite guidance on an actual project.  

Outcome-Based Consultative Training
Project R.E.A.L.
Coaching & Mentoring

Outcome-Based Consultative Training


Do you find yourself or your team too busy for training, yet need new project skills?

Need to combine learning with getting projects done?

Does your organization prefer an uber-practical approach to learning?

We have you covered! Our Outcome-Based Consultative Training has been at the core of our training approach since our founding in 1992. Outcome-Based Learning focuses on the benefits you can expect. Virtually any of our courses can be structured as applied learning platforms to achieve outcomes such as these examples:

  • Complete a project charter or plan
  • Conduct sprint or release planning
  • Devise a business case template
  • Create a business analysis plan
  • Create user stories and story maps
  • Create a use case diagram and
  • Create use case narratives
  • Devise acceptance criteria for product features
  • Estimate a project
  • Create a risk management plan for a project
  • Create a business process map for a complex process
  • Role-play conversations with “difficult” customers
  • Document requirements for a project
    the right way
  • Conduct a retrospective that provides meaningful improvements

These are just a small sample. What can you think of that would help your next project or related effort?

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Contact us for a free consultation about how
Outcome-Based Consultative Training can combine learning and real results.

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Project R.E.A.L. Live Simulation


What is Project R.E.A.L.?

What is Project Real Video

Project R.E.A.L. stands for Real Experience; Applied Learning. This live training is an extraordinary professional development opportunity for project practitioners. This advanced course provides a live project in which participants get to use and experiment with the skills they’ve developed in their real projects.

PMI 2011 Award

Whether you are a Project Manager, Business Analyst, PM-BA hybrid, or some other role, Project R.E.A.L. will put you in a robust, dynamic, and fast-paced project environment where you will experience the pitfalls, roadblocks, curveballs, successes, and celebrations!  Work with your team to hone your project skills in a lively and safe environment.

You will take part in a full project life cycle playing multiple roles (PM, BA, QA, and Development), utilizing multiple methodologies, developing project artifacts, and completing tasks and deliverables of a real project.  You will actually fill various project roles, carry out the related responsibilities, and experience firsthand how they function in a project. The R.E.A.L. experience will prepare you to handle obstacles that can impede project success. You won’t just practice what you might do, you will experience it and actually do the work at a real-life pace!

What Makes Project R.E.A.L. Unique?

Project Real Video

Every simulation we deliver is a hands-on, realistic project experience guided by experienced facilitators with extensive backgrounds in Project Management, Business Analysis and at least 20 years of project experience in a variety of business environments.

Project R.E.A.L. was selected from numerous submissions received from around the world as PMI’s continuing professional education 2011 Education Product of the Year. Watermark offers this course as a private, onsite class for organizations like yours for your group of 10-16 colleagues who could benefit from this kind of intense, “next level” of skill development.

Contact us for a free consultation about the benfits of a Project REAL class for your organization

We have successfully delivered this class dozens of times for organizations looking for a way to provide their most experienced project and business analysis professionals with a challenging learning experience to transform them into the kind of “take charge” trusted advisor that companies desperately need for project success.

Have you already taken a Project REAL workshop? Tell us about it on Twitter using hashtag #ProjREAL.

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Contact Us to Learn More
Watermark Learning will be happy to work with you on an Applied Learning program. One of our Account Managers can assist you with a needs assessment to be sure our program is tailored to your needs.