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Learn something new about Project Management on International Project Management Day.
Below is my list of what I think are the best project management resources, guides, tips and blog posts published on our site. I've put them together today in recognition of International Project Management Day to help aspiring and experienced project managers improve their skills and manager better projects.
I've covered all angles and all abilities so whether you're new to project management or have 20 years of experience you can learn something new today.
There are plenty of blog and Twitter lists around, but for the first time here is the most complete list of Project Management communities on the web.
If you're new to project management then this is a great way to learn from others in the field and pick up some helpful advice; of course the best way to get started it with our Project Management for Beginners Course!
These resources aren't just for beginners- many of the communities include very experienced project managers who are there to help others and work on the more complicated areas of the discipline. PRINCE2 Practitioners are common in the groups which make them the perfect location to get advice passing your exam.
Without further ado here's the list, which includes all the best places that project managers connect and hang out online.
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.
The skill of knowing how to manage projects is increasingly useful for businesses and definitely make someone more employable – our project management courses have never been so much in demand, particularly PRINCE2. But project management techniques are not just for work. You can use the practices in your personal life, to become more efficient and to reach your goals.
1. Identify projects
In business, the first step towards project management is to identify past, present and future developments that have as yet not been seen as projects. Once projects are identified, formal goals can be set and project management techniques can be applied.
You can use this in every day life, especially if you realise you keep hoping for a change that never comes. Making a decision to make the desired change happen immediately makes it become more achievable. Things that could be dealt with as projects include writing a book (see below) and planning an event such as a holiday or wedding; but also every day things like huge to-do lists that you keep putting off.
While you are identifying the project, identify the goal. You may sometimes find it's different to what you expect. For example, you may say your goal is to write a novel, but this is not actually the end point for most people - once you start thinking of it as a project you realise your goal is really to get the novel published.
2. Work backwards from a goal
Once you identify a goal, working backwards step-by-step to the point where you are now is a very efficient and controlled way of achieving it.
Using the example of getting your novel published, you identify your goal and approach it as a project: