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Beyond Knowledge: Developing Skill Mastery Through Project Management Training

Beyond Knowledge: Developing Skill Mastery Through Project Management Training
By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, Founder, Cheetah Learning

Regardless of the type of job you currently hold or the industry you work in, you’ve most likely gone through some sort of training program. You’ve probably noticed that some training programs and activities stick with you beyond the training itself, while others are easily forgotten. What accounts for this difference? At Cheetah Learning, we discovered for training to have lasting impact, it must engage all four levels of learning. Most corporate training works at the first two levels of awareness and knowledge; it is then left up to you to figure out how to apply the knowledge. The educational experiences Cheetah Learning develops, in contrast, incorporate skill development into their activities and provide you feedback throughout this process so that you can create value with what you know.

In order to show why skill development and mastery are so important, we first need to define the four levels of learning:

Four Levels of Learning

Figure 1: The Four Levels of Learning

  • Level 1 – Awareness.
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How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training

How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training
By Michelle Symonds

The majority of organizations and businesses these days will seek to provide project managers with sufficient training at the beginning of their employment, and at several different points throughout, in order to ensure they are completely up to date with current methods and technology. This training helps enable the project manager to become better at their job and so this type of training is not only highly beneficial to the person receiving it, but it is an investment for the company.

Here are a few tips to help you provide an excellent project management training program:

  • Understand your course

    If you’ve invested in an external project management training course for your staff, you should make sure you fully understand the course content yourself so that you know exactly what your staff are learning and how to help them use those skills when they complete their period of study.

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WBS Training – What Are The Project Management Benefits?

WBS Training – What Are The Project Management Benefits?
By Vivian Kloosterman

Developing a work breakdown structure is not always easy. It can be demanding, and require a lot of time and effort. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. You may put off developing the WBS and then rush it through, so that it is over and done. Work breakdown structure training will give you the skills to approach work breakdown structures, even for complex projects, with confidence and ease.

The work breakdown structure forms the foundation for sound project management. Every major planning component of the project kicks off from the work breakdown structure. So, the ability to prepare a comprehensive WBS is an essential project management skill. Work breakdown structure training will help you stop procrastinating and allow you to develop work breakdown structures with certainty. Some of the benefits of work breakdown structure training are that you can:

  • Produce a WBS that is complete and accurate.
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Why Project Coaching May Be Right For You

Why Project Coaching May Be Right For You
By Michael Stanleigh

Hiring a project coach ensures that the organization will retain project management knowledge and lessons learned and is recommended as a preferable alternative to hiring an external project manager.

Introduction

Often organizations may hire external project managers who are on contract to manage their projects. The reason for organizations to hire contract project managers is because they do not have any internal resources with the training and experience to manage these projects because these projects are often large and complex. However, once the project is closed these project managers will move to other organizations to manage new projects. They take with them their knowledge, their experiences and their lessons learned.
An alternative to hiring contract project managers is to hire a project coach because when their engagement ends, they leave, but their knowledge is transferred to the project manager and project team members within the organization who are now ready to take on additional projects. Read the Complete Article

Project Management Training – Identify the Key Players

Project Management Training – Identify the Key Players
By Ron Rosenhead

Who goes on to training courses in your company? Is it those who want to go in order to develop their skills? Is it those who are identified as needing training or is there no overall approach to selecting individuals?

Training is expensive! The payoff from it can be many times the cost however I wonder how many companies take a real look at their project management training courses and the return they are getting.

Who attends your project management training courses?

One of the key aspects is the decision – who goes on project management training courses. Too frequently, on our courses, we see people who are either not involved in running or working on projects and nor will they be in the foreseeable future.

Project management training needs to be targeted and here is my suggestion how this should be done:

  • Stage 1: Identify all the key strategic projects (a job for the project office?) – this will ensure you have one overarching list of projects
  • Stage 2: Identify who fulfills which roles in the project.

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ITIL® and Project Management: A Powerful Combination

ITIL® and Project Management: A Powerful Combination
By Jeb McIntyretGlobal Knowledge Course Director

Nobody wants to get old, fat, out of condition, and out of touch. For most of us, it just seems to happen. Our successes (usually achieved over time) allow us fancier food (read unhealthy but enjoyable), better transportation (read Cadillac instead of bicycle), and a reduced sense of urgency (read less concern about learning). Worse, our occasional attempts at self-improvement often reveal many unpleasant realities.

Instead of making a lot of unpleasant changes and accepting the associated risks, we tend to make self-serving excuses, and we become increasingly clever at re-casting our excuses and self-deceptions as virtues. “I’m too busy to go get additional education and training, much less go to the gym. My productivity will soar if I get that new Cadillac since it all but drives itself and I can be alone to think. Read the Complete Article

Project Management Training

Project Management Training
By Thomas Morva

Project management training is actually a process of helping people involved in the project be aware of their roles and learn how to properly execute their roles while enhancing their skills and knowledge related to the steps which make up the entire plan. Training is usually integrated in the plan itself and are customized to match the objectives and the existing resources that the company has. Training events are scheduled periodically based on the projected project needs. These events are structured and highly organized and also follow a strict order for optimal efficiency.

What Project Management Trainings are Comprised of?

During the course of planning, training experiences are scheduled to support the specific steps of the project management planning process. Each member is then given self-assessment tests and is subjected to interviews to have an idea as to where to start. This also establishes the project data from where the plans may be based on in terms of human resources. Read the Complete Article

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