Learning to Manage Intangible Projects
The project management discipline was created for tangible products - bridges, buildings, and nuclear powered warships. The current growth of project management is in intangible products: organizational redesign, recruiting strategies, and compensation plans for a few examples.
At Versatile, we've delivered project management training to construction firms and public school administrators. Our current growth audience is Human Resource professionals. So how do we help these knowledge workers bridge the gap between tangible and intangible products?
When an HR team recently attended our project management training in Seattle, they brought their projects with them. We used their projects in class, breaking down their end goal into major steps, then into specific tasks.
Every introductory project management class should teach you to clarify the tangible outcome of every task, even if that outcome is a recommendation or decision.
Thanks to Mark Mullaly, for posting on www.ProjectManagement.com to get me thinking about this.
The Art and Science of Project Management: Every Project Manager is a Leader
People rarely attend project management training to hone their leadership skills. But that doesn’t mean they become a better leader from the lessons they learn in our classroom.
Marco Velarde proposes three big characteristics that all great project managers share. Read his article on MPUG.
Leadership is a big topic. Project managers definitely need the “soft” skills, such as communication and collaborative problem solving. In our project management training we ask how being able to calculate a critical path makes you a better leader.
“It gives me credibility.”
“Team members understand urgency.”
“I can communicate the impact of scope changes to the schedule.”
“My team sees the big picture.”
After Your Project Management Training, Which Tools Will You Use?
One of the most common questions we hear in our project management classes is “what is the best tool?”
First, there are tools for all kinds of project management activities – scheduling, resource management, communication, etc.
Versatile is focused on Microsoft products. So we offer Microsoft Project training and support, including Microsoft Project Online. SharePoint is also a good tool for managing projects. Watch this video!
Here’s a great blog post from PMI on the topic of Project Management tools.