Most of the articles on this website are highly practical. They are about how to ‘do’ Project Management. But it seems time to write something a little different… Perhaps something a little more thoughtful. I have been considering what it takes to be a Project Manager.Continue reading
Project Management is one of the most powerful solutions available to you. But what is the problem it solves? This article is about when to use Project Management and all the tools and techniques that it puts at your disposal.Continue reading
You have probably heard of ‘hard and soft Project Management’. In fact, you may have come across an artificially concocted debate about the merits of hard versus soft Project Management. In this article, I want to assess what the terms hard and soft mean, and why they are not in opposition to each other. Continue reading
If you are a Project Manager… Or if you are going to become a Project Manager… Then I don’t doubt that you want to be a good Project Manager.
In a world of mediocrity and averageness, it is pleasing that nearly every Project Manager I meet aspires to do their job well. So I’d like to share with you my insights about the seven things that go into making a good Project Manager.Continue reading
Getting a Project Management job is something of a ‘chicken and egg’ problem…
On the one hand, it’s hard to get a Project Management job without experience. On the other hand, how can you get experience, without a Project Management job?Continue reading
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. The fact that you can get a lot of personal reward from doing this. And guess what: organizations will pay you well too. This is what makes Project Management an attractive career option.
But not everyone wants to build a Project Management career. 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.
Why should you choose a Project Management career? This seems a foolish question to ask. Especially as my audience is probably made up of project managers and aspiring project managers.
Project management is a well-paid professionalism (Reason 1). It offers substantial status (Reason 2). And for many people, its main attraction is the pleasure of knowing that, by delivering projects effectively and efficiently, we create the assets and changes that drive growth and prosperity (Reason 3).
Do you want to find the best Project Management course for you?
Of course you do. It is an important decision, because:
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 nearly 500 project management courses and seminars, for over 5,000 new and experienced project managers. But now, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that an online Project management course is even better.
If you do, I remember that feeling too. There was a time when I wanted to go on a project management course more than anything else, in my working life.
I also remember thinking ‘I’ve never done anything like this before. I hope I’ll follow it.’
Although you are probably just the same as I was… You may be keen to learn because you suspect that project management is a great career. But you may also be wondering if it is all a bit too complicated. There’s a lot of jargon to come to terms with (and you can get our Decode the Jargon of Project Management eBook by clicking here) , there’s complicated looking charts, and there are systems, processes and tools.
Most people think their project management knowledge looks like a little dot, within a vast pool of unknown knowledge and skills.
Nothing could be further from the truth.Continue reading