There’s a wealth of valuable material out there. And it’s all free.
We don’t recommend using Project Management YouTube Channels as your primary source for learning Project Management*. But, they are a fabulous resource for supplementing your knowledge and refreshing your understanding.
So, in this review article, we’ll survey the best YouTube Project Management Channels, in the following Categories:
At the moment, we can find no YouTube Project Management channel that offers a comprehensive course on a consistent basis. Patching together knowledge from multiple sources can easily:
There may be many other problems too. So please, if you need a comprehensive introduction to Project Management, with consistent terminology, please do consider a formal course, like those we provide.
Numbers are not everything. Never judge anything solely on numbers, as they rarely convey important information like quality, interest, or insight. But, for each channel, we will give you three metrics, which we’ll evaluate (as fairly as we can), based on the following methods.
Subscriber numbers grow continually and very rarely diminish. However, it can be that a lot of subscribers are no longer interested and don’t view a channel’s videos regularly, or even at all. And some channels grow fast (like my own, at over 12 percent per month at time of writing). While others grow very slowly, at less than 1 percent per month, picking up only one or two subscribers a day – or fewer.
But, subscriber numbers do indicate the extent to which:
So, please don’t assume low subscriber numbers are bad. This may be a new channel with excellent content, which has not yet cut through. And neither should you assume high subscriber numbers is necessarily an indicator of strength. The channel may be old and now unloved.
We’ll rate subscriber numbers as:
Again, this metric has nothing to say about the quality of the videos. But it does indicate the extent of the resource available to you. We’ll rate this:
The best indicators of how active a channel is (and therefore how much love its owner is giving it) are:
Again, this is no indicator of the quality of what is there. YouTubers have other commitments, so they may produce a small quantity of high-quality stuff. Or they may have moved on in their lives and left a useful archive that they are no longer adding to.
We’ll try to get a fair sense of what’s going on and score activity as:
This is our YourTube Channel, so it’s me: Mike Clayton. I’m starting with this one, because if you’re here, it’s likely to appeal to you. Like this website and our training, this project management YouTube channel is pitched at new and intermediate experience PMs.
The channel combines:
I’m not going to offer an assessment, but please do check it out. There are new videos every Tuesday and Thursday.
Declaration: this is my Project Management YouTube Channel
This channel belongs to ProjectManager.com and its videos are presented mostly by the wonderful Jennifer Bridges PMP. Some are also presented by Susanne Madsen and Devon Dean.
This channel has created a huge archive of ‘Whiteboard chats’ that take you through one project management topic with the aid of a (real) whiteboard. Coverage is wide and, in places) deep, and very much avoids ‘selling’ their product (which is rarely even mentioned).
These are great. The style is casual but the content is rock solid. There’s no intention to be definitive nor preachy, but any new or intermediate project manager will learn loads from this fabulous archive.
Declaration: I sometimes contribute to the ProjectManager.com blog
This channel belongs to the fabulous Elizabeth Harrin – the powerhouse behind the Girl’s Guide to Project Management website.
Elizabeth makes a lot of videos – mostly for Facebook. Most of them are her sharing her insights on a particular topic, but there are interviews and book recommendations too. She uploads to YouTube sporadically, so there are bursts of uploads and then gaps.
Elizabeth is always worth listening to. She works as a project manager by day and is one of the most popular PM bloggers and social media figures by night (not quite true – she works a 4-1 split).
Declaration: Elizabeth is a friend
Otobos: On Time On Budget On Scope (geddit?)
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy of Project Management Basics is building what I expect will be a very successful channel.
He’s posting regularly and building a following with a clear articulation of interesting and foundational PM topics.
Growing fast and with good reason. If you’re a new PM and want some solid content, this is a Project management YouTube channel to follow.
This channel is a bit of a stub. The (few) videos are presented by Jason Dodd.
Jason focuses on the career aspects of project management, with detailed, well-produced videos.
There are only a handful of videos here, and he hasn’t produced anything for over a year. But the videos here are good, and have had many views, so if you’re after thoughtful advice on your PM career, take a look.
This is the Project Mangement Channel of dynamic project manager, Sorrel Gilbert.
Sorrel goes for an eclectic mix of musings on Project Management, sound knowledge hits, and quirky personal takes. She seems committed to building a channel and a following.
These videos are informal and light – project management knowledge as entertainment, almost. But there are some really interesting videos here. Sorrell is well-worth following, to see how she develops her style.
Declaration: I know Sorrel slightly and hope to collaborate on a video or two, sometime in the future.
For different reasons, I don’t consider any of these channels to be the best. But I’ve looked at a lot and I can say that each of these has strong content that will be right for some people. These very far from the worst!
So, if you’re looking to build up a portfolio of Project Management YouTube Channels to watch for education and professional development, do check these out. Some of them may be just right for you.
This is the official YouTube channel of the Project Management Institute.
This channel contains a wide range of video content that includes interviews, information about PMI and its services, summaries of its research, and loads more.
If you’re a PMI member and serious about staying up to date, you need to check it out from time to time.
This is the official YouTube Channel of the Association for Project Management.
The interviews and conference extracts make this channel interesting. It also hosts their promotional material.
Declaration: I write for APM’s quarterly magazine (Project) and have reviewed their new APM Body of Knowledge.
There are a lot of really informative videos from real experts on this channel.
If any of their methodologies are of interest to you, this channel is worth your time. Even if you don’t use these methodologies, you can learn a lot at intermediate to advance level.
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The International Institute for Learning is really a commercial training business. But I put them in this section because they are behind the Internation Project Management Day, on the first Thursday of each November.
There’s a huge amount of content here, ranging across the whole of the project management discipline. But there’s a strong emphasis on Agile PM.
Although there is a lot of tedious promotional content here, there’s also a lot of real content that can be a useful resource. I don’t recommend you subscribe, but if you need some info, it’s a useful source to check out.
This channel is run by The Major Projects Association, whose website is at MajorProjectsKnowledgeHubb.net
Largely, the content of this channel is made up of interviews with established PMs. Think of it as short, sharp, video podcasts.
This channel is woefully undiscovered. It has a lot of content with some real gems. There’s content here for project managers of all levels of experience. Go check it out today.
Not because these channels are great – they don’t offer much – but because the organizations are important in a plural PM world…
The Agile Business Consortium is one of the main organizations that promotes Agile Project Management.
It is, therefore, surprising just how impoverished this channel is. With nothing posted in the last 7 months, the channel is clearly lacking love.
I’ve put it in the main list only because of two reasons:
This site is run by rivals, scrum.org, and the contrast with their rivals cannot be starker. Frequent posts and a good following lead to a channel with many great videos.
You’ll get informative videos with basic scrum knowledge, interviews, and ideas.
If scrum is your thing, then this is a must-use channel.
Scaled Agile is the owner of the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe. Or, at least, it was… until the Project Management Institute (PMI) bought it in autumn 2019.
The site’s productivity received a boost a few months back, but in truth a lot of its content is promotional in nature. But there’s some solid content, if SAFe is your thing.
None of the channels dedicated to Agile learning content are especially worth a follow, unless you particularly like their style. But all offer a modest archive of content.
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Cornelius Fichtner PMP is the brains and voice behind the PM Prepcast and all its PMI certification training products.
What you get here is a large resource of high-quality PMP/CAPM-based content. Yes, the exam is changing, but the validity of this content is not. If you enjoy Cornelius’s style and you want absolute reliability from a PMI Registered Education Provider, then dig into this valuable archive.
mPlaza is run by firends of OnlinePMCourses, Frank Turley and Nader Rad. Their businesses are PTCoE and unbored Training, which deliver certification training in a range of Agile approaches, PRINCE2, ITIL, PMP, and CAPM.
The channel largely hosts sample modules from their paid courses and therefore acts as a taster and source of high-quality learning nuggets. A great reference source.
Declaration: OnlinePMCourses re-sells the courses that the mPlaza channel features.
Dave Litten used this channel to promote his training and exam preparation resources.
There is an archive of just north of 100 videos that cover many aspects of the PRINCE2 and PMP examinations. But he also covers topics like MS Project and and APM.
There’s too much promotional content here for my liking and some, like me, will find the many ‘voice over PowerPoint’ style videos less than engaging. But there is no doubt that the content s sound and this channel may give you the knowledge you need.
iZenBridge is a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP) and they also provide training in Agile methods
If you’re studying for PMP, CAPM, or an Agile qualification, there’s a vast array of resources here to help you. And they are equally good for adding to your PM knowledge. Be aware that the company is based in India, so some of its presenters speak English with strong sub-continent accents.
Definitely one to bookmark and, if you are following a regular CPD regime, one to subscribe to.
PMP Lounge is the nearest to structure training via Project Management YouTube channel.
Training towards PMP. A big selection of well-explained videos. They are all in a ‘voice over PowerPoint’ format and be aware that the company is based in India, so some of its presenters speak English with strong sub-continent accents.
Another channel to bookmark and, if you are following a regular CPD regime, one to subscribe to.
Antony della Porta of The Sustainable PM
Over the last couple of years, Anony has uploaded a huge amount of content about PRINCE2 and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes). While the channel is now dormant, there’s a great archive of useful reference content if you are studying for one of these Axelos exams.
I’m only going to include three channels here. But they are good ones!
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TED stands for Technology, Education, Design. It’s a fabulous organization that (for our purposes) makes mountains of the very highest quality content available, entirely freely.
There are talks here from the world’s finest minds, delivering the best talks of their lives. It’s no wonder that many have several million views.
Whatever you want to learn about, there are talks here for you. Be it business, psychology, organizations, or juggling, architecture, and linguistics.
Here are our favorite 24 TED Talks for Project Managers.
Declaration: If you have a curious mind, this channel may well get you addicted.
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If you cannot get enough of TED, here are talks from the smaller, independently organized TEDx conferences and events. Smaller scale speakers – but often equally insightful, thought-provoking, informative, and entertaining.
Like TED but loads more content – particularly from business leaders.
Dr Mike Clayton – me – the founder of OnlinePMCourses.
I started this a month ago. The intention is to provide free management training via the YouTube platform. The videos will build into structured training programs. Each course will be housed in its own playlist.
So, if you need management training and have no budget, here’s a solution. If it works, I’ll do the same for Project Management.
And if you just want new ideas to sharpen aspects of your management or personal professional effectiveness, please subscribe now.
I’m releasing two videos a week at the moment, rising to three in the new year (January 2020)
Declaration: This is my own new YouTube Channel.
Whether it’s a favorite you like to visit, or your own project, do let us know in the comments below. And when I update this round-up in a year or two, if it’s looking good then, I’ll include it in my listings.
Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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