The Benefits of Effective Project Management Training

‘Project Management Training’ refers to practical, real-world, hands-on experience for project managers in learning the principles and practices that lead to effective and successful project management.
Learning Project management fundamentals is a necessary step in a project management curriculum, but team management is also a highly critical factor for successful project management.

Project management training has traditionally revolved around the benefits of a set framework of principles and ‘best practices’ that are a part of effective project management. Modern management methodology moves beyond the classroom environment of set guidelines and promotes a climate of adaptability and the crucial habit of applying the lessons learnt from past experience. In either form, the value of such training cannot be underestimated, as investments in project training make measurable improvements to an organization’s bottom line.

The Benefits of Effective Project Management Training
The most demanded project management courses are Microsoft Project, PMP (Project Management Professional certificate from Project Management Institute or accredited consulting firms) and Prince2. Online training courses are increasingly popular, but in our opinion, they miss the human dimension of project management and should be considered only as a complement.

Either through hands-on experience on real projects or structured as course material to be delivered through a series of seminars and workshops, today’s project-centric organizations are working hard to train a class of project managers who thrive on excellence, both in their own achievements and in the achievements of their teams. Simultaneously, project management excellence has become the new buzzword for efficiency experts that are being hired by organizations in an attempt to improve productivity while decreasing costs at the same time.

The results-oriented approach of effective project management training makes it necessary for project managers to build upon the concepts of good project management and consciously apply their knowledge into their projects. This in turn can form the basis of an effective rewards policy that values performance and consistency by project managers. Basing bonuses and promotions on qualities and attributes that an organization is trying to ingrain in its management can only lead to more and more project managers applying the skills learned through training.

The conclusion is as evident as the results are promising. An in-house project management training program that allows for genuine feedback and a further refinement of the process, combined with a performance-based rewards policy, form a blueprint from which organizations can reap the benefits of effective project management.

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