project management training

Why Your Manufacturing Project Needs a Work Breakdown Structure

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Teams tasked with executing manufacturing projects have a lot on their plates. To get things underway as soon as possible, it can be tempting to skip over the development of a work breakdown structure and go right to carrying out tasks. But any perceived time savings gained by avoiding this step will quickly come back to haunt PMs, often in the form of delays, critical activity conflicts, and tasks left uncompleted.

Partnering with an External Consultancy: Facts & Fears

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Executive groups and internal project team members are often unsure what it means to partner with an outside project management firm. There may be concerns about job stability for PMO staff or the potential for damage to the team’s reputation. Some people worry about the logistics of working with an external expert and how it might contribute to a difficult environment, where workloads, time pressures, and stress levels are already high.

These are reasonable concerns but they’re typically based on the unknown. They don’t reflect the reality of partnering with an experienced outside consultancy. We’ve compiled some of the most common fears we hear from potential clients and balanced them against the facts of how a relationship with an external expert functions in the real world.

If your organization is considering an external consultancy but fear is holding you back, see how a partnership with an outside project management expert really works.

FIND THE RIGHT ADVANCED PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING

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The benefits of ongoing education within the project office are numerous. Savvy PMP®s know that the learning never stops, and they’re always interested in finding better ways to gain new expertise. Some skills and disciplines, though, are more difficult to teach than others. If you want to cultivate an advanced project management skill, you may…

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WHY DON’T PMP®s PURSUE TRAINING?

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Continuing education is crucial in the project management sector. Best practices are always evolving, new thought leadership is always emerging, and PMO teams are always tackling projects that require new skills and expertise. Unfortunately, project management training isn’t always at the top of the priority list. There are many reasons PMP®s may not chase down…

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BIG PROJECTS: HOW TO AVOID BECOMING OVERWHELMED

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If your PMO isn’t accustomed to handling large projects—or if you manage them routinely but are now facing one of truly epic proportions—it can be easy to find yourself overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. Simply figuring out where to start might feel like more than you can handle. Unfortunately, the longer the…

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EXPAND YOUR LEARNING HORIZONS

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Project management teams often oversee projects that are similar in nature. They may deal primarily with the needs of just one industry, they might focus on the same few groups of end users, or they likely require the same subsets of competencies—construction management, IT development, etc—from one project to the next. This is good for…

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COMMUNICATION MISTAKES SMART PMOs MAKE

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Many project management professionals have a natural flair for communicating. They’re good about sharing meaningful information with stakeholders and they don’t have any trouble interacting with others on the team. Unfortunately, even strong communicators sometimes stumble now and then. This becomes particularly problematic when schedules are tight, when resources are lean, and when there are…

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HOW PROJECT TEAMS CAN USE FAILURE TO IMPROVE TRAINING

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Project teams—even highly skilled and typically successful ones—encounter failure now and then. The causes and impacts can vary widely, from a project that’s completed far past the allotted timeframe or outside the approved budget to a new hire that doesn’t turn out to be a good fit. But failure is one of the best learning…

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IS YOUR PMO READY TO SURVIVE THESE 4 CRISIS MOMENTS?

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Project management professionals know how to plan for project glitches and they’re skilled at developing effective contingency plans, but sometimes events happen outside the PMO that spark panic internally. Don’t let the unexpected block your team’s path to success. Even if these four scenarios seem outside your control, there are steps you can take to…

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BETTER PMP® RETENTION THROUGH TRAINING

Project management is a highly competitive field, and experienced, skilled project management professionals are in demand in industries across the spectrum. Retaining key employees continues to be a challenge, with organizations continually looking for innovative and compelling ways to keep high-performing PMP®s on board. One concept that’s often overlooked, even in progressive PMOs, is the role…

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