Do You Know What You Don’t Know?
Before searching for project management training, it makes sense to get some basics.
Top 10 Terms Project Managers Use
Unofficial Project Managers Need to Make Progress Clear
Mark Mullaly posted his thoughts on www.ProjectManagement.com, recently, concerned about people working on creative activities - including problem solving - where it's difficult to measure progress.
According to Mark, "Asked how we are doing, we might say, “It’s coming along.” Or “I’m making good progress.” Or “A few hiccups, but nothing major.” Occasionally, you might here a “I’m having issues, but it’s nothing that I can’t sort out and get addressed.” When you get down to it, these noncommittal updates are the status equivalent of meaningless cocktail-party chatter. It’s uttering words, while saying absolutely nothing."
This is clearly a problem for someone who has milestones to meet and has a VP looking over their shoulder.
When an HR team came to Versatile's office recently to attend Microsoft Project training in Seattle, we spent time working on their Work Breakdown Structures, because the way we structure our tasks is the foundation of effective project management. Every task can have tangible outcomes, even creative ones.
If your project management class doesn't teach you how to make your tasks tangible, you are attending the wrong project management training.
Project Management is a Social Services Career
Are you looking for a career that makes the world a better place? Well, few people are trying to make the world a worse place. Some of the benefits people have claimed during our project management training:
- Project management reduces my stress.
- Project management will give people a better understanding of how their piece fits into the big picture.
- I think we could all work fewer hours, get home to our families, and still make stuff people want on time.
And that doesn't count the work that actual social services firms do. Check out www.PM4NGOS.org. There are a lot of human lives being saved because projects are being better managed.
Who Will Be Managing Projects in Ten Years?
One reason for the increase in demand for project management training for non-project managers is that we live in a world of projects. Or a Whirled of projects!
Right now we have some full-time project managers and a lot of unofficial project managers. What does the future hold?
www.ProjectManagement.com has many webinars and blogs, and currently has a discussion of this very question.
"How do view the role of a project manager changing in the next ten years?"
Unofficial Project Managers Often Have Distributed Teams
A question came up on the LinkedIn Project Manager community: "Tips for remote teams?"
First, all teams benefit from the Nine Components of a High Performance Team, which you can read about in The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.
Then, emphasize the use of technology that eliminates distance, such as www.GoToMeeting.Com and www.WebEx.com.
At www.PMI.org there are always more thoughts on this topic.
PMP Certification Isn't for Everyone
One obstacle to promoting Project Management training is the misperception that all project management training is geared toward passing the PMP Exam. Versatile's Project Management for Non-PM class is completely skill-focused, and scaled to address the kinds of projects that the unofficial project manager typically encounters.
Remember that PMP Certification is appropriate for people whose job title is project manager or PMO leader. For many other project leaders, project management is a skill set. They need to know key techniques - but not every technique.
Everyone needs a little Scrum in their projects!
A recent question posted to the Project Management discussion group asked, "What's the difference between Prince2, Agile and Scrum?" Check out these helpful responses. Our online project management training would be a great place to continue this discussion.
Scrum and agile emphasize iterative delivery when requirements can't be completely understood. That works well when we are problem solving - and it is a good way to prototype your way to a solution. Except that with agile, you don't finish with a prototype - you finish with a working product that your customer owns.
Attend project management training in Seattle to discuss how this iterative delivery method would fit into your project.
Are You Juggling Multiple Projects?
One challenge most Accidental Project Managers have in common is juggling multiple projects along with their regular duties. The problem gets bigger as more people are assigned to each project, and each of those people is juggling multiple projects.
Erick van Hurck provides some useful suggestions for visualizing the resource jumble in Microsoft Project. Read his post at Microsoft Project Users Group.
Versatile's Project Management Training in Seattle, Online, and Onsite, includes multiple strategies for juggling many projects and never missing a deadline.
Every Project Has a Purpose
Are you saving money? Increasing revenue? Staying compliant?
Terry Schmidt will show you the best way ever invented to connect strategic to a project action plan. Watch his webinar.
One of the most consistent problems we see in our project management training for Unofficial project managers is a lack of clarity about the results a project is meant to achieve.
First, Pick the Right Projects.
A provocative question came up on LinkedIn's project management discussion group. What's the difference between a product manager and project manager?
Product managers provide a vision for a product when there are many customers. If your firm manufacturers tools, cars, computers, or appliances, you have thousands - maybe millions - of customers. A product manager seeks to understand the customer need and set the product vision (features). Project managers get involved to deliver on those features.
This video does a good job of explaining the difference. Thank you ProjectManager.com!