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Minority Status: We are a woman-owned business.


W-9 Info: Successful Projects, LLC, 39-2019813


Pricing: Prices on products are reviewed individually and change at various times.


Sales Tax: Sales tax is collected only on orders shipped within Wisconsin or that are delivered personally.


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What Does Successful Projects Do?

Success leaves footprints; failure leaves clues.

Since its inception in 2001, Successful Projects has focused on project management general instruction and coaching as well as specific training that ultimately puts many students on the track to become PMP certified.  Successful Projects has also created project management related products and distributes them worldwide.


Instructors with Successful Projects are either PMP or Prince2 certified. PMP certification is the most popular in the US and much of the world. Prince2 certification is popular in Europe and Australia.


Successful Projects offices are located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA and Melbourne, Australia.



Kay Wais


Kay Wais is the President and founder of Successful Projects and an experienced project management instructor. She is known for her passion for project management and her innovative ways of teaching project management, including the creation of numerous training products including the Project Risk board game, the scheduling challenge, earned value simulation and the estimating game. 


Kay has 23  years of project management experience, a Master's degree in Project Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). She has helped many students become PMP-certified.


Kay has presented numerous project management workshops and classes and has trained many other project management instructors. She has taught project management for many years at Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse,  UW-Green Bay, UW-Superior, UW-Stout, UW-Stevens Point, Western Technical College, and the Rochester Community Technical College. She assists with project management curriculum design for many colleges, corporate training programs, and publishers (such as McGraw-Hill). She founded the La Crosse PMI chapter, became its first president, and has served in various positions on the board. She started the Certificate of Project Management program in 2007.

Kay and her husband, Ed Wais, founded The AVS Group in 1989, AVS Properties in 1998, and Successful Projects in 2001, all of which still operate under their ownership today.  They live in Dresbach, Minnesota. 

Ángel Águeda Barrero

Ángel Águeda BarreroÁngel Águeda Barrero is Director of Successful Projects in Spain. He is PMP, PRINCE2, and SCRUM certified. He is an MBA with over twenty years of professional experience including working as a senior project manager at Microsoft, ING, Siebel (now Oracle), and Informatica El Corte Inglés including international experience in Argentina, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Spain. He is a project management trainer and he is leading the effort to have the Successful Projects products translated and produced in Spanish.

Amy Gau

Amy Gau

Amy Gau, PMP, owns Successful Projects AG located in Mazeppa, Minnesota, USA. She is PMI-certified with more than 17 years of experience in leading a variety of projects for a wide range of companies from large IT companies to small non-profit organizations. Amy specializes in helping organizations implement workable plans to reach their objectives with efficient use of limited resources. Her projects go beyond IT to include event planning and volunteer organization for non-profit groups.


Amy obtained Bachelor's degrees in English and Physics and completed post-graduate work in Industrial Engineering.  She has a talent for communicating technical information to various audiences.


While working at IBM, she formalized her project management passion with end-to-end project management of global projects across multiple areas, including IT, marketing, manufacturing and sales. She has received Outstanding Achievement awards for project management and end-to-end user experience work and has been a conference presenter for ShowCase and IBM products.  She has also been honored with the Hometown Hero award by the city of Rochester, MN for events she has planned locally with a significant financial impact.


Currently, in addition to providing day-to-day project management and design needs, she provides customized training to companies and individuals on topics such as Building a Useful Business Case, Communicating Customer Requirements to Development, Building a Project Management Process You Can Live With, Leading a Project in a Team Environment, and Negotiating an Effective Plan.

Guiding Principles


Project management instructors must be professionally and technically competent.  For me this means continuing to perform professional project management, maintaining my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, being involved with industry organizations such as the Project Management Institute, participating in project management research, applicable reading of the top-ranking project management books, attending project management conferences and symposiums, networking with other professional project managers, reviewing the new tools and techniques, staying current with the lingo, and working with a mentor.


Personal guidance is an important part of the learning activities. Students come from all different backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and styles. This diversity means that an activity that is tremendously successful for one student may be a meaningless activity for another. Good communication including personal feedback, flexibility and customization, and learning assessment from a variety of different perspectives is important to providing effective personal guidance. Small group sizes, and one-on-one time with the instructor, should be designed into effecting training and educational programs.


Innovation is stressed as important to good project management. With respect given to specific methodologies, Project Management Office (PMO) policies, and the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, effective project management practices must include innovation and flexibility in order to operate at its highest possible level.


Coaching and mentoring provides the most direct and effective feedback possible. While  classroom learning, online learning and book knowledge is valuable, nothing builds competency better than coaching and mentoring on real projects.


Comprehensive planning is stressed as integral to successful project management. A professional project plan includes a clear understanding of the project objectives, stakeholders, scope, schedule, resources, risks and issues, communication needs, quality and the environment. Although many approaches, such as SCRUM and Agile, may aim to minimize time spent in planning, thorough planning is a generally a high payback activity. We must figure out ways to perform comprehensive planning in innovative and time-efficient ways.

What Our Clients Say
"I recommend Kay Wais for all your Project Management needs, she is a wonderful instructor. Very easy to talk to and understand, she also incorporates a lot of fun activities in the learning process to enhance learning. I love that she has everything from 30 minute classes to 16 hour classes, whatever your needs are, she will make it fit."


           Miranda Eisermann, training coordinator, Trane University


"I want to thank you again for putting together an excellent workshop.  I have taken several courses on PM and I have to say, without a doubt, I left this one with more take-a-ways that are applicable to my work in product development than any other.  Of most importance were the tips and tools I learned on time estimating.  It will be most helpful as I prepare the business case for my next project.  After 40 years of managing projects of various sizes, I think I am finally able to transition from a dominating “seat of the pants” approach to an approach that is much more disciplined.  Never too late, I guess."

    Eugene G. McNurlen, P.E.
    Project Manager - Applied Engineering Systems

"Kay was lively and entertaining, with a great grasp of the material. I liked the clickers and the class involvement.


Jerial Knight

Project Management Workshop Participant


The instructor was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject matter. She kept the class interesting and brought up good examples.

The risk plan analysis and the concept of negative stakeholders was most helpful.


Project Management Workshop Participant



She loves what she does! Her experience makes her credible. Her voice and presentation make her effective in front of the room.

Jeni German

Project Management Workshop Participant

Kay is an experienced project manager, able to elaborate on “book” answers when “real world” differs. Very engaging. The WBS and network diagram exercises were very helpful.

Jennifer Craft

Project Management Workshop Participant



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