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Finding Project Management Certification That Suits You

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A trying to find a project management certification course that can fit around your own life/work needs? You have three main options to choose from, each of which have their advantages and disadvantages.

Probably the best option is to attend university. College courses can be highly personalized and some even focus on specific industries. A college program in project management actually lead on to business management degrees too. You have the benefit of choosing local universities also as many courses are wrong by even general universities. These programs provide you with a more rounded education as you have the opportunity to network more closely with students and tutors on a regular basis.

By contrast, you might consider attending the Project Management Institute (PMI). Their programs provide you with a more industry neutral project management certification which can be applied to IT, construction, pharmaceutical, etc. PMI centers are located in many of the larger cities throughout the country and the costs of attending often prove to be a lot cheaper than attending university. Some training centers also provide part-time courses where you can attend lectures in the evenings or weekends. The great thing about PMI certification is the fact that it is world-renowned so your certification with actually travel quite well if you’re interested in working and traveling abroad.

Your final section would be to go for an online project management certification. Many people are put off by the prospect of courses being provided by scam universities. For this reason it is essential to research the training center/university thoroughly before signing up. The cost of the program actually works out cheaper than attending university in person. Project management programs are actually quite well suited to being studied online we do however lose out on being able to communicate and interact with fellow students (which can provide great networking opportunities).

10 Awesome Tips to Improve Your Project Management Skills

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It doesn’t matter how large or small your project is, if you want a successful outcome, the best way to do it is to be a good project manager. It is predicted that less than half of all large scale projects fail, and that many projects wind up with cost overruns by the time they are completed. One way to avoid this happening with your project is to be a good project manager. To be a good project manager requires that you keep your managerial skills honed. Here are 10 awesome tips to improve your project management skills.

Create an outline of your project

An outline should include a basic description of the project, why the project is necessary, who the project manager is, and all resources that will be used to complete the project. All team members should receive a copy of the outline.

Create a plan

The plan should include schedules, projects costs, resources to be used, possible risks that may arise, and have all supporting documentation, if applicable. It should also include a plan for how all elements of the project will be handled.

Get organized

The project should be mapped out by tasks, who will be responsible for said tasks, the resources to be used, when the tasks should be completed, and who should be informed when the tasks are completed.

Develop a risk assessment

What may go wrong? When may it occur? How will it affect the project? What can be done to avoid it? Come up with an alternative approach in case the risk turns out to be real, and possibly put the whole project in jeopardy.

Communicate

Communicate with your team members at every stage of the project whether things are going well or not. Be proactive, and get involved with your team members. Listen to them, and interact with them. This will ensure that all team players are on the same page.

Be in aware

Know what’s going on with your team members with regard to their productivity, and concerns, and address any issues that arise.

Be in control

Oversee each task, and compensate when issues arise.

Build up your team

Motivate your team along the way. Recognize their achievements and reward them. Provide positive feedback. Recognize their strengths, and challenge their weaknesses.

Finalize the project

Review all aspects of the project, and ensure that each one has been completed to the specifics of the project plan before calling the project a success. File all documentation relevant to the project for future reference should the need arise.

Celebrate

Don’t forget to celebrate the successful outcome of the project! A lot of time, energy and dedication went into making the project a success. Have a team celebration such as a group luncheon, or a night out. Make sure every team member knows that you appreciate their contributions to the project.

As a blogger Trudi Buck writes about how to pursue a Master`s in Project Management.