You can start the process of choosing a project management training course by first looking at the problems you are facing today. For example, perhaps you are having stakeholder issues, or maybe gathering requirements effectively is your current challenge. Communications issues on your project may also be the ‘issue of the. Perhaps at this point in your career you would like to enhance your management skills, or maybe you simply want to learn a project management methodology or framework or enhance your credentials by earning a project management certification.
With a clear idea of your burning issues in mind, you will want to consider your preferred method of delivery for your project management training course. These typically include classroom training, audio training, and online project management training.
However, the benefits come at a price as classroom training is expensive, often involves travel, involves the opportunity cost of missing work time, and needs to be scheduled.
An audio project management training course may be a convenient option, but the visual learning aspect may be missing. Even so, some PDA-based audio programs are appearing with video, which is helpful, but make sure that the audio is effective without the video. This training is a great supplement to other learning methods.
Online project management training courses include both pure online training as well as instructor assisted training. With pure online training, on the other hand, the course is self-contained and is available 24x7, and you can easily skip over topics of little interest and focus more on those of keen interest. Often for the pure online training a mentor or online help is available for assistance. With an instructor assisted online project management training course, you take a live course over the internet, and the instructor leads and facilitates. You may also be able to interact with the instructor and students during the class.
The topic for any project management training course can run the gamut in the wide open field of project management. For example, you might need to learn about a project management tool, and Microsoft Project training might be a good choice. Maybe you are in a technical role and would like to learn about transitioning from a technical function to project management. Perhaps you are in the Information Technology field and an IT project management training course would be a great choice. Many other great project management topics abound in soft skills areas like leadership, management, and communication.
In choosing any Project Management Training Course it is best to choose a topic immediate interest - something for which you have a current burning desire or need and that you will be able to apply right away. Pick your preferred method of delivery, whether classroom, online, audio, self-paced, or other, and select and take your project management training course as soon as possible. When the time comes, take the training at your own pace, but make sure you can give it your full attention. Most importantly, apply what you have learned in your project management training course right away and make it your own!
About the Author
John Reiling, PMP, PE, MBA is an experienced Project Manager and certified Project Management Professional. John's web site, Project Management Training Course provides online project management training for beginning managers and for PMP exam prep and PDUs. John also writes regularly in his blog, PMcrunch.com (http://pmcrunch.com).