You want to embrace Agile as part (or maybe all) of your Project Management practice. And you know that a good qualification will help you get the jobs you want, to put it to use. But there is such a wide range of choice. Which Agile Certification program should you follow?
First, let me say that I am not going to tell you which one is best. What I hope to do is give you the information to start researching which is best for you.
Are you a Project Manager or a Project Leader? And how would you be able to tell the difference?
This is an important question that can easily get bogged down in academic niceties and philosophic distinctions. But the fact is that we all kind of recognize the difference when we experience it.
One way I like to think of the difference between Project Management and Project Leadership is that:
But there is more to it than that.
If you’re a PMI member, you need to hoe your craft in three dimensions:
So, with all of this as a backdrop, let’s get into the difference between Project Management and Project Leadership.
Project Cost Management often puts people off. It feels complicated and has the mystical air of mathematical magic and wizardry. But there’s little your project sponsor, your client, or their Finance Director care about more than your budget and how closely you can stick to it.
Project cost over-runs are common. But this is not a cause for a defeatist attitude.
No. Instead, you must act with determination to understand project cost management and implement all the tools at your disposal to control costs and bring in your expenditure on budget.
The interaction with participants and the chance to take the course in whatever direction they choose isn’t just challenging; it’s fun.
And, for the last 14 years, I’ve done more Project Management training than anything else. I’ve given over 500 project management courses and seminars, for over 6,000 new and experienced project managers.
But now, I have reluctantly come to a conclusion.
Do you want to Find the Best Project Management Course for You?
Of course you do. It is an important decision, because:
You do need to know how much the course will cost. But money should not drive your decision.
Instead, what you are looking for is a course that best meets the criteria in the ten questions I will set out. You need a course that makes you feel comfortable with the purchase you are potentially about to make, and for which the cost is consistent with what you will get.
Project Management is a valuable skill-set. Project Management skills enable you to deliver big, complex, important changes. And organizations are prepared to pay for that. This is what makes Project Management a career option.
You may have got the skills of Project Management for a specific Project. Maybe you got them as a part of your overall professional or managerial skill-set.
Or maybe you set of on building a Project Management career, and then discover that this is not the career for you. At this point, you may wonder:
‘How useful will these Project Management skills be, in other areas of my work?’
‘Are my Project Management skills transferable to other domains?’
In last week’s article, we started to look at the reasons why projects fail. We set out the first five of ten Points of Project Failure.
In this week’s article, we’ll look at the second set of causes. Five more reasons why projects fail.
No one wants their project to fail. Despite this, project failure is all too common.
It certainly is, and all you need to do is follow all the principles of good Project Management, including foreseeing and acting on all threats.
‘Easier said than done’ you say.
When you have been Managing Projects for a while, you will start to notice that some things are always true. Each of these ‘Project Management Rules‘ reminds us of something important about Project Management, so I have been collecting them for nearly 20 years.Continue reading…
There’s one Project technique that has the capacity to transform your skillset and raise your Project Management to the next level: the Lessons Learned review.
So, in this article, we will take a look at everything you need to know about how to make your next lessons learned meeting a great success.