Reinforce and add to your existing skills
Becoming more involved in projects without formal knowledge of project management can cause a host of issues. You might wish you had the right skills to help you meet deadlines, organise your team and control your projects better. Read on to discover the best approach for you.
If you’re beginning to take on more project work, you may find that you need more project management skills and techniques to help you meet your deadlines. You might require more control for your projects or better organisation for your team. Or perhaps you are taking on your first project and need a good starting point, or want to expand your current knowledge to help you manage your projects better.
Do any of these sound like you?
I have competing priorities
I am taking on the role of a project manager, but I haven’t had any formal training
It’s currently my job to delegate tasks, manage a budget and deliver products to clients on time
I am keen to adopt an established framework to manage my projects better
I want my team to be able to use a common vocabulary across projects
I want to expand my current knowledge of project management into programme management
If so, read on to see how you can improve your project management practices.
Benefits of project management training
You can pick from a number of training courses and qualifications to suit your level of experience, whether you are working on projects for the first time or looking to improve your skillset.
All our training courses can help you by boosting your confidence as you learn a more structured approach to your projects. Not only will you be able to implement your new knowledge and skills afterwards, but your project management practices will also continuously improve over time. You may also consider studying for a qualification in a specific methodology, which will enhance your future employability and credibility.
Which course to choose?
The most in-depth course on which you will learn the most up to date modern best practices in project management AND gain professional certification is our 5 day PRINCE2 course. Unsurprisingly this is also our most popular course. After taking this course, you will be well prepared to apply your knowledge on any type of project, small or large, in any industry.
After a 5 day PRINCE2 course you will be able to:
- Approach your projects in a methodical, structured manner
- Apply the method to different project scenarios
- Understand PRINCE2 vocabulary and use it within your project team
- Continuously improve your practices for years to come
- Use key risk management techniques to help you avoid failure in the future
- Put the PRINCE2 qualification on your CV
You can take this course in a classroom or online.
A 4 day AgilePM course might be more suitable than PRINCE2 if your project has a lot of changing requirements, or your projects are delivered according to Agile principles. This course is particularly popular with people from the software industry although anyone who is interested in understanding how to manage Agile projects would benefit.
After an AgilePM course you will be able to:
- Respond quickly to change while reducing risk
- Deliver in increments, on time every time
- Understand the setup of an Agile project team
- Apply AgilePM methods effectively on Agile projects
If you’re an experienced project manager looking to take the next step and apply your skills on programmes, then look no further than the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) course. This course is suitable if you are managing, working on, supporting or advising on programmes. You might be a project manager, business change manager, expert or adviser working within a programme office or want to pursue higher level qualifications.
After a 5 day MSP course you will be able to:
- Act as an informed member of a programme management team
- Apply the guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme
- Understand MSP vocabulary and use it within your programme team
- Put the MSP qualification on your CV
Non-accredited project management training
If gaining professional certification is not so important to you, but you still want to learn some solid project management skills, tools and techniques, then our non-accredited courses might suit you better. These courses are either 1 or 2 days and focus on providing you with some core project management skills.
After a 1 day Introduction to Project Management course you will be able to:
- Understand common project management terminology
- Write a project plan effectively
- Define scope and manage risks and changes
- Implement techniques that the most experienced project managers use
- Know how projects are managed and how they relate to your everyday business
Alternatively, you can take a 2 day Fundamentals of Project Management course which provides more opportunities to discuss the subject matter in greater detail. You will work with the same content of the 1 day course, while gaining practical experience in the application of the key principles and techniques. The extra day allows you to cover topics in more detail, discuss your common project problems and learn how to deal with them.
Enhancing your employability
Project management training will not only enhance your current career, but will enhance your future employability. You can take the opportunity to implement what you have learnt, develop your practical skills and add these to your CV. Also if you choose to take a PRINCE2, MSP or Agile course, you will have an all-important qualification to add to your CV.
- If you are asking your boss to fund your project management training, it is most important to highlight the benefits it will bring to both your boss and the company. More efficient project management helps you save time, and bring in your project within budget. You can refer to this article “How to sell PRINCE2 training to your boss” for some ideas for your proposal.
- Use this vibrant selection of PRINCE2 ebooks to master the PRINCE2 principles, themes and processes.
- The “Project management whiteboard” video series will give you an overview of principles to project management, presented by Knowledge Train’s Managing Director, Simon Buehring.
To discuss your needs further, please contact our advisors who will be happy to advise.