Learning Designed for Working Professionals
Dick Billows, PMP, originally developed our textbooks and courses for his project managers when he was a program manager in a Fortune 200 company and later as a partner in the 4th largest consulting firm. The books and courses teach you step-by-step how to use proven project management tools. In addition, you will learn how to present the information to your boss or your customer. You’ll learn a “best practices” project methodology you can apply to all your projects. Our books, videos, course lectures are designed for working professionals. Our courses are focused on individual instruction and coaching.
1-to-1 Instruction and Personal Coaching
We provide personal, 1-to-1 instruction over the internet where you will get written or verbal feedback from your instructor on every assignment. They also answer your questions within 24 hours. Your books and videos let you “see” a PM’s work through every step of a real project.
In our courses, you work with your instructor on a real world project case study. You start when you want and study when it fits your schedule. You have as many video conferences and e-mail exchanges as you need with your instructor. Our courses are industry-specific: IT, Construction, Healthcare, Consulting, Business. They are tailored to your skill level and career goals.
Real World Case Studies
We use our own textbooks, lectures, “Project-Manager-action-videos” and real world case studies in one integrated course so your learning and application of those tools is seamless and efficient. There are no vague theories or unclear concepts. Everything is practical project management tools that you see applied before you do it.
Our project management books teach how a PM uses project management tools on real world projects. They are rich in practical skills that are explained in “real world” detail. So It’s like you’re sitting right there next to the expert project manager. You’ll read the initial conversation where the PM asks the executive what result he wants the project to produce. You read how the PM asks the right questions to define the project scope and measure of success. Next you “sit in on” the PM’s interviews with the managers involved in the project. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions to gather all their requirements. Then you learn the PM’s techniques for working with the team members to estimate costs and hours of work.
You see how that data is used to create a schedule using MS Project® or Gantter® software. You’ll see every click and step so you learn how to do it. Next you read how the PM presents the plan and schedule and answers the kind of questions managers always ask. Finally, you see how to track and report the project progress. You’ll learn how to enter weekly data from the team members and present the results in a status report. The reporting process includes identifying problems and recommending solutions.