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When many people think of project management, they picture large corporations, boardrooms and large-scale, multi-employee undertakings.
While it’s true that big companies already reap the rewards that project management strategies provide, many SMBs and start-ups are beginning to realise the benefits of improving output using project management.
A project management team does not have to include twenty team members; it can be just as valuable with just one.
For complete beginners, it's worthwhile attending an Introduction to project management workshop, but if you already know the basics then learning an established framework to use by becoming a PRINCE2 Practitioner or Agile project management Practitioner is the next logical step.
For start-ups, good project management skills can mean the difference between surviving and dissolving and although some methods do not directly apply, many of the techniques, can help bring about more organisation and efficiency.
Let’s take a look at some techniques that you should be considering when starting your own enterprise.
Starting out in the world of Project Management can be a daunting experience for anyone. With so many terms, methods and variations to deal with, getting to grips with everything can be a real struggle.
For those new to Project Management, our Introduction to Project Management Training and our PRINCE2 Courses are a great place to start but there are also plenty of online resources available to help make things easier for you.
YouTube is one of those resources. There's something about videos which help to clarify and simplify complex ideas but wading through YouTube to find the best guides to Project Management isn't exactly the most interesting of tasks.
Luckily, we've done it so you don't have to and so here are our top ten Project Management videos aimed at those just starting out. We've everything from the very basics through to introducing the various methodologies and a fun one at the end.
Stand up meetings - also called Scrum meetings - are an important factor of Scrum project management. Scrum is a form of agile project management that breaks projects down into smaller, easier to manage chunks that are completed as sprints.
Daily Scrum meetings are important as the method is so changeable. They ensure that everybody is on track and minimise the chances of two team members performing the same task. However, because they are daily they must be kept short and so Scrum meetings are usually stand up meetings.
Learn more about Scrum and become accredited with Scrum Training. We run accredited ScrumMaster Training and Scrum Product Owner Training. If you wish to learn a different Agile methodology then we also provide APMG accredited Agile Project Management Training. We train to both Agile Project Management Foundation and Agile Project Management Practitioner levels.
The Scrum process is explained in the graphic below:
For more information on Agile and Scrum read What Is Agile Project Management?
We are currently four weeks in to the second series of the BBC's Young Apprentice, a spin off of the highly popular The Apprentice. Throughout the 7 series of The Apprentice there has been a lot of discussion within the project management community over whether or not the weekly tasks are 'projects' and whether or not the contestants have the right to call themselves 'project managers'. There is a concern that using project management terminology is bringing project management into disrepute, as week in week out the contestants either make huge mistakes or get through by the skin of their teeth. All this leads to the general public thinking 'well I could do that better.'
Are the Young Apprentices Project Managers?
Agile principles are now being applied to software development, software testing and project management, but what are the basic principles that Agile is based on?
All Agile methods were designed around a simple premise; the smaller the project, the greater the success rate. For agile to be successful it must be both quick and simple.
In 2001 the Agile Manifesto was born. Representatives from several Agile methodologies (including SCRUM, eXtreme Programming & DSDM) came together and devised a set of values and principles that any Agile methodology should adhere to. These values and principles would increase the success rate as projects would be constantly revised to meet customer requirements.
We now offer the certified Agile Project Management Training, please see our Agile Project Management Foundation Training and Agile Project Management Practitioner Training courses in Brighton, Sussex.