PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING
When it’s done well, project management looks easy and appears to be a matter of simple common sense. In reality however, it is often a highly complicated and demanding task.
It involves a number of potentially complex stages, from initiating and planning a project to executing, monitoring and evaluating it. Getting this element of management right is essential for businesses, because poorly run initiatives result in a range of potential problems and issues.
At GP Strategies, we understand that to deliver the best possible outcomes when managing projects, people need to have the relevant knowledge and skills. We offer specialist project management courses that will equip your personnel to run initiatives successfully on behalf of your organisation.
What is project management training?
The objective of project management training is to provide people with a sound understanding of how to set projects up and guide them through to a successful outcome. They cover a wide range of topics examining the different elements associated with managing initiatives, including:
The basic principles of project management
The skills and attributes to steer projects successfully
How to start projects
The risks and constraints of project management work
How to resolve conflicts
How to plan communications
These courses are not only intended for people whose specific role is to manage projects. They benefit a wide range of personnel whose jobs sometimes entail running or being involved with initiatives. In addition, managers who need to devise strategies for teams of people, these development programmes can be useful for anyone who is required to create detailed plans for individual projects. As well as helping people to develop specific project management abilities, these learning services provide delegates with a variety of portable skills and techniques that can be useful in many different scenarios, such as dealing with conflict or managing risks.
What are the learning outcomes?
By the end of our project management course, delegates will have a clear understanding of how to plan and manage a project through to a successful conclusion. This means they will be able to take control of and oversee initiatives with greater competence and an increased sense of confidence. As well as furthering the professional development of your personnel, this training could bring major advantages to your organisation overall.
Why is it so important?
Far from being something that people should be expected to be able to do naturally, project management is a skill that must be nurtured. Without the required knowledge and tools at their disposal, employees can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the challenges posed by this type of work. Here are some of the reasons why this form of training is so important:
Realistic project goals
Projects only stand a chance of success if they are planned with realistic objectives from the outset. This applies to everything from the nature of the project goals to the timescale in which it is expected to be completed and the budget allocated to making it happen. When people have undertaken project management training, they are much more likely to be able to accurately determine whether particular goals are achievable or not. Because of this, they set appropriate expectations at the beginning of initiatives and avoid situations in which colleagues, customers or other parties are left feeling frustrated or let down because targets have been missed. More broadly, this training ensures that projects are only initiated if it is clear that they will represent good value for money and bring real benefits to organisations.
Projects, particularly the more complex ones, have a natural tendency to be chaotic. They often involve many different people and are subject to a host of influences, meaning that without skillful leadership, they can easily overrun. Project management courses give people the skills required to organise this chaos and map a clear path from start to finish that keeps initiatives on track. They teach people vital organisational skills, including how to create a realistic schedule and stick to it.
If they don’t keep a tight grip on finances, organisations easily find that they spend too much money on their projects. One of the key elements of project management training is learning how to control costs and avoid budget overruns. It teaches people how to maximise the resources available to them and looks at ways to manage any risks that could cause expenses to spiral.
Collaboration is one of the cornerstones of project management. The majority of initiatives involve input from different people and their success hinges on how effectively and enthusiastically these individuals work. One of the key attributes of effective project managers is their ability to assemble the right personnel, encourage teamwork and bring out the best in all those who contribute. Training helps them to inspire their colleagues and it also makes it easier for them to manage any conflict that arises and find consensus so that people will continue working together and making progress.
Projects don’t take place in a vacuum; they must be seen within a wider organisational context. Project management training initiatives, systems and processes integrate individuals, teams and the business, while ensuring that internal projects offer maximum usefulness and relevancy.
What are the risks of not investing in this training?
Failure to invest in appropriate project management training puts organisations at risk of a range of problems. One of the most significant is the danger of projects running significantly over budget. Businesses may spend much more than they intend on initiatives if they are not managed effectively, and this may impact bottom line results. If projects require significantly more expenditure than anticipated, they may end up costing organisations more than they bring in added value.
Poorly run projects that take considerably longer than expected will create a number of difficulties; missing important deadlines may impact on a brands reputation and delays result in other related projects being held back, creating a harmful knock-on effect.
It’s also important to bear in mind that when projects are not managed well, the employees involved may find themselves under unnecessary pressure and stress, which is bad news for their wellbeing and morale.
How GP Strategies can help you
We appreciate that when you’re looking for learning and development programmes that help your personnel to become better project managers, you want impactful solutions that bring concrete benefits to your business. With extensive experience in providing learning and development services to clients in industries including finance and insurance, energy, aerospace, manufacturing, professional services, information and communications, electronics, automotive, and government, we are ideally placed to offer project management training that delivers bottom-line results.
If you think these learning and development programmes could benefit your employees and would like to discover more, complete the enquiry form.