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The backbone concepts of my quality assurance and quality control topics are focused on developing exceptional leadership to oversee and facilitate a collaborative programs fixated on producing the highest quality work among your team. 

I believe in meeting your needs and expectations so each presentation is slightly adjusted and customized for each audience. During the discovery process, we will discuss your needs and desires in a pre-event consultation.  I then take time to produce custom training content specific to your situation.

Think about it like a music concert. When you go to see your favorite band, no matter what tour it is, there will be signature songs that you will hear every time. Much like these songs, my presentations include consistent content but will include content specific to the goals and theme of your event.

Escallaing Engineering Excellence Topics

Bake the Cookies:
A recipe for Quality Standards & Project Success

Learning to work with assorted personalities and learning styles can be overwhelming, especially for new and aspiring leaders.  The pressures of Civil Engineering increase with the need to essentially produce perfect engineering deliverables.

Even when the recipe exists, it doesn’t mean it will turn out every time!  While company policy standards exist, it’s the project leader’s responsibility to execute, and doing so will vary from team to team and project to project.  Leaders can fan the flames for success, igniting passion and motivation among a team while producing high-quality work.  This takes skill and practice and a plan. 

Whether it’s working on a high-profile project, motivating an unmotivated teammate, or testing new standards, Brian will reveal how each of us is a Star. He will provide each participant with tips and tools they can use immediately to improve their team’s work quality, morale, and productivity.

Participants will:

  • Describe the G.R.E.A.T. framework for implementing reviews of project deliverables.
  • Understand the differences between Quality Assurance and Quality Control and how they apply at a project level.
  • List tactics to leverage team member experiences in cooperation with quality standards to maintain the expectations of high-quality engineering.

Focused on helping Project Managers and Project Engineers improve how they develop, implement, and execute quality expectations on all of their projects.

“The Star Concept has been a game changer in recognizing my own and other’s motivations.  It’s a simple system that makes the complex and often loaded topic of motivation fun and easy to approach.”

Jennie Bissell

Categories: Project Managers, Project Engineers, Corporate, Associations, Continuing Education

Solving Equations:
Advancing a Quality Management Program

Your professional reputation as a business is directly linked to the quality of your firm’s work. People are at the heart of engineering designs and have a lot to offer beyond simply technical knowledge.  Learn to use and implement a 5-part framework to support your existing quality management program to consistently produce consistent and G.R.E.A.T. quality deliverables.

The topic is concentrated on technical improvements to the design processes, providing participants with a perspective on a framework they can immediately implement at their firm.  Whether you are looking to reinvent your current standards or merely shatter dysfunctional and unproductive routines, Brian will help you cultivate opportunities to leverage the unique experiences, knowledge, and perspectives of each person in your organization that can reduce headaches and increase profits.

Participants will:

  • Explain the different roles and responsibilities for successful Quality Assurance Programs and Quality Control Reviews.
  • Describe the G.R.E.A.T. framework for supporting new or reinvigorating existing policies and procedures for high-quality deliverables.
  • Identify training pathways for developing staff to take on different levels of program responsivities including implementing and enforcing quality standards.

Great for inspiring company leadership to take the quality of their firm’s work to the next level.

“I was inspired after hearing Brian’s presentation.  He explained that great changes always start with an innovative idea, even if that idea may seem out of reach.  With his tools and ideas he provided, I feel like the sky is the limit.”

Erin W.

Categories: Project Managers, Project Engineers, Corporate, Associations, Continuing Education

Escalating Excellence:
Cultivating Engineering Quality Through Experience

Instilling Excellence at all levels is an evolution.  It is not a set-it-and-forget-it scenario.  The standards and expectations for the work that engineers do changes over time.  You need a system to consider changes and find ways to improve your standards and cultivate your staff’s growth.

The quality control and quality assurance systems cannot stop with the delivery of the deliverable.  Learning how to learn from mistakes and celebrate successes through an effective and efficient debriefing process.  An engineer’s work is focused so often on the client’s needs, but what are you doing to cultivate your organization’s needs?

Combining his own experience from the emergency communication and fire/rescue services, Brian will demonstrate ways company and project leadership can and should engage your people and advance them to the next level.

Participants will:

  • Describe the 6-step P.R.O.F.I.T. process for debriefing projects among all of the team members.
  • List actions that can be used to reduce stress and increase success.
  • Discover implementation methods for making quality management system improvements through staff engagement

Ideal for those seeking to invest and grow their team through engaged leadership.

“I appreciated the various acronyms in your presentation as they made your points easy to remember. Your story about firefighters was also very touching.”

Jared C., Director of Engineering

Categories: Project Managers, Project Engineers, Corporate, Associations, Continuing Education

Delivery Method Ideas

The delivery of the training topics can be adjusted to meet your specific scenario.  Schedule a discovery call so we can discuss your specific needs and desires.

Albert Einstein said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.”  Each of us is in constant pursuit of knowledge.  I strive to share my experiences, the good and the bad so that participants can have a positive interaction and leave with ideas to improve their own futures.


Keynote Speeches are generally designed for a 45-60 minute timeframe and told in the framework to motivate the audience and encourage positive changes in their mindset. The presentation can also be optimized to a 20-25 minute talk to highlight the most important key concepts. 

For smaller audiences, keynote speeches can also be extended to 90 minutes with an optional Q&A session.

An excellent option for conferences, award ceremonies, and meetings.

Breakout Sessions

Interactive breakout session content is designed to be delivered in 60 or 90-minute sessions.   These sessions seek to engage participates to make an actionable change in their lives, learning from their own experiences and choices. Participants leave the session with practical tips and tools that they can put into action immediately.

Take concepts to the next level with interactive training sessions focused on helping participants have greater professional success and personal satisfaction.

Perfect for continuing education training, lunch sessions, or conference events.


The minimum recommended workshop or training session is 2-hours. Take a deep dive into the training topic, customized to meet your specific goals and needs.  The topics can be combined and adjusted upwards to several days worth of training using a modular format.  Students leave the courses with the actionable knowledge they can actively leverage that same day to benefit their future and your organization.

Ideal for those who want to take a deep dive into the content such as pre-conference events, and leadership training programs.

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