Learning Designed for Working Professionals
Dick Billows, PMP wrote our textbooks and case study-based courses for his project managers when he was a program manager for 14 states in a Fortune 200 company. The materials evolved when Dick became a partner in the fourth largest consulting firm, developing his client engagement managers.
You don’t learn academic theories and concepts here. You master proven, practical tools and techniques to deliver projects that delight your boss or client.
Our training is designed for project professionals from beginners to portfolio managers. We publish our own textbooks and make our own project management videos so your materials are consistent and reinforce your learning. Your books and videos let you “see” a PM’s work through every step of a real project. We give you lots of practice using every tool and technique so you gain confidence in your PM skills and ability.
1-to-1 Instruction and Personal Coaching
You may start a course whenever you want and study when it fits your schedule. Our courses are tailored to your skill level and career goals. They are industry-specific: IT, Construction, Healthcare, Consulting, Business.
You will work with your instructor on a “real world” industry-specific project case study. You’ll get personal, 1-to-1 instruction and coaching over the internet. Your instructor gives you written or verbal feedback on every assignment you submit. They will also answer your questions within 24 hours. You have as many video conferences and e-mail exchanges with your instructor as you need.
Real World Case Studies
You don’t learn vague theories or academic concepts. You learn practical project management tools through our textbooks, lectures, “Project-Manager-in-Action” videos and real world case studies. You read and watch how a project manager uses each technique before you apply it to your project case study. Your instructor gives you personal, written or oral feedback on your work.
Our project management textbooks explain how a PM uses project management tools on real world projects. They are rich in practical skills that are explained in step-by-step detail. 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 boss/customer what result they want the project to produce. You read how the PM asks the right questions to define the project scope and its 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 techniques for working with team members to estimate costs and hours of work.
You learn how that data is used to create a schedule using MS Project® or Gantter® software. You’ll see every click and step so you know 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’s progress. You’ll learn how to enter weekly data from the team members and present the results in a status report to the boss/customer. The reporting process includes identifying problems and recommending solutions.