Project Management for Real Estate Professionals

This workshop is designed to help you master the art and science of managing projects for real estate development, construction, and transactions. The tools and techniques for successfully managing the critical details in communications, budgets, and schedules are all explored. Best practices are discussed for taking a project from its inception to an orderly, on time, under budget closeout. The topics covered are:

  • Project Management vs. Scheduling
  • Project Communication
  • Best Practices
  • Diagramming a Project
  • Critical Paths
  • Budgeting for Success
  • Scheduling Best Practices
  • Successful Project Closeout

The course is designed for entry to mid-level real estate development and construction professionals who wish to develop and refine their project management skills. However, the course is open to all real estate professionals since the closing of acquisition, financing, and leasing transactions all benefit from the application of project management tools and techniques.


John Kirkland has spent the last 36 years in the real estate and contracting industries. After excelling in residential sales during the recession of the late 1970s, he went on to work in the commercial brokerage, appraisal, consulting, and development sectors of the real estate industry. Recently, he provided development project management for Capitol Gateway Estates, the $110 million mixed-use, public/private partnership adjacent to the Capitol Heights Metro station. Kirkland has taught more than 50 real estate, construction management, and business courses. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in real estate, he has completed professional development coursework in various real estate topics including project management appraisal, brownfield redevelopment, tax credit financing, marketing, brokerage, and historic preservation. Kirkland is active in the U.S. Green Building Council, Johns Hopkins University Real Estate Forum, NAIOP, and DCBIA.

George Mason University School of Management

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 15 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Management is one of only 10 percent of business schools worldwide that is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.





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