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Project Management Training Online

Dick Billows, PMP
Dick Billows, PMP

Project management training online must prepare you for all of the following challenges. They start when the boss calls you into his office and says something like, “We’ve got a big problem with the supply room. Our people are wasting dozens of hours every day because they can’t find the office supplies they need to do their jobs. I want you to run a project to fix the supply room problem.” Project Management Skills Main Page

That’s when you may do a Google search on “project management “to find out what the heck to do. Well, here’s the answer. The first thing you do is pin the boss down about exactly what he means by “fix the supply room problem.” To do project management the right way, you need to have a definition of the project’s scope, the goal that defines success. The boss’ “fix the problem” statement is way too vague. It will be a moving target and your goal will change each week because everybody can interpret it differently. . So you must ask the boss questions about how he will measure your work at the end of the project. When he says something like, “People will be able to find the supplies they need in less than 2 minutes,” you have a clear scope. Project managers know how to ask the right questions to pin down the scope. The second thing you do is subdivide that scope into the major deliverables that will take you from where you are now to the end result the boss wants. You will usually have 4 to 7 major deliverables and each one must be defined with a metriproject managementc like, “fewer than two stock-outs a week in the supply room.” That’s a measured deliverable and it defines success before you and your team start work. The third step in project management is to write your project charter. That can be a one page document that tells the boss: your understanding of the project goal, the resources you need to do the work on the major deliverables and the risks you see in the project. When the boss signs off on the charter, you can start work creating the project plan. The fourth step is to develop your project plan and schedule. To do that, you work with your team to estimate how much work each of the deliverables and tasks will require and lay out the sequence in which you will do them. Then you make the work breakdown structure (WBS) which is a hierarchy of the deliverables in your project. It’s easiest to use project software to develop your schedule. One of the best programs is Microsoft Project®, but it’s expensive. There are less expensive options like Gantter which is a free project management scheduling software that you use with your browser. (I don’t think it’s going to be free forever.) The fifth step is to get the sponsor to approve the project schedule. Then you and the team can start work on the tasks in your project plan. The sixth step is to track actual progress on those tasks and compare them to your approved schedule. You will give the sponsor status reports on how things are going and what problems you’re encountering.
When the project is complete, the seventh step is to archive all the information about the project. That data will make doing the next project a lot easier.
That’s what project management is in a nutshell.

You learn all of those skills in our project management basics courses. Take a look at the basics course in your specialty.

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PMP® Training

PMP (Project Management Professional) training is a necessary step in every project managers career. With that training you will learn a wide array of project management techniques that you can apply to the projects you manage. With three or four years of experience managing projects,  PMP training will also equip you to pass the project management professional certification exam. The PMP credential is the most recognized project management certification in the world. It gives you substantial credibility in your own organization and if you decide to look elsewhere it is a very potent job-hunting tool. Project Manager Certifications Main Page

Companies are looking for project managers with a certain mindset and sighting project skillset, because they don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on basic education for a new PM. They need someone who, in theory, can hit the ground running. However, the problem is to find someone like that with only the limited time HR departments have to pick and choose. Being certified does not guarantee that you are a good project manager. But it shows a third party that you have a certain theoretical knowledge about a subject, in our case, Project Management. Being certified shows someone else that you have followed a certain process and that you possess a certain vocabulary. And if the certification requires proof of experience, like the PMP does, the certification also shows that you already have experience. Are there flaws in the process? Sure. But in general, a certification gives a third party a bit more confidence in what you claim to be. Hence, if you are certified, you already look better than someone that isn’t.

Moreover, every year that passes without you getting a certification means, that it will be harder for you to actually get the certification. When I first thought about getting PMP certified, the PMBOK 2000 was released, and it was about two fingers thick. Get the latest PMBOK and you know what I mean when I say: I was shocked when I finally decided to get certified in 2012. Don’t wait it out. You get older and the PMBOK gets thicker. You can do it. Just do it.

So, if you think to yourself: OK, I want to get certified, but where to start? Well, let me tell you that you are already in the right place. I tried other preparation methods, and you certainly have to find yours. But I can tell you from first hand experience, that’s Certification Package is the way to go. Why? Well, because unlike some other “training programs” Dick Billows wants you to pass the exam because you understand the subject and speak the same language. We all know how to manage projects, but we don’t speak the same language, and sometimes, PMP’s approach needs explanation.

With the PMP prep you get the best PMP passing guarantee available.  Your instructor will  continue to work with you  if you fail the exam after completing your course in its entirety. You also have maximum flexibility in scheduling the PMP course because you’re not tied to a rigid schedule set by the instructor. Instead you set your own schedule and your instructor adapts to it.   You may wish to take advantage of the free instructor assessment which will help you decide if the PMP certification and  prep course is right for you.