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Discover the Secrets of How to Be a Project Manager

How to be a Project Manager

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

What You Need to Know about When to Use Project Management

When to Use Project Management

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

Hard and Soft Project Management Skills

Blog - Hard and Soft Project Management Skills

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

Will You Make a Good Project Manager?

Good Project Manager

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

How to Get a Project Management Job

How to Get a Project Management Job

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

Are Project Management Skills Transferable? (Ten Big ones that are)

Transferable Project Management Skills

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.

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Why a Project Management Career? (13 Good Reasons)

Why take up a Project Management Career

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).

 

But is there a Demand that Makes a Project Management Career Attractive?

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10 Revealing Questions to find the Best Project Management Course

Which Project Management Course?

Do you want to Find the Best Project Management Course for You?

Do you want to find the best Project Management course for you?

Of course you do. It is an important decision, because:

  • you will be investing a considerable amount of time in your learning
  • the outcome matter to you… or you wouldn’t be bothering
  • you will be spending a moderate to large chunk of money

So let’s get the money question out of the way first. 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, 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.Continue reading

Is an Online Project Management Course better than Live Training? (10 reasons why it is)

A Good Online Project Management Course Beats Live Training

I love doing a live Project Management course.

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.

Ten reasons why Online is Better

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Are You Ready for a Project Management Course (Why you are)?

A good Project Management Course will link up with others, creating a web of knowledge

Do you want to learn about project management?

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.’

What we think our project management knowledge looks like

What we think our project management knowledge looks like

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