Project Management Training Courses from Activia
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSES
There are many definitions of project management, but in essence it is an undertaking to produce beneficial change or added value, and subject to constraints. These constraints are usually time, funding and resources. If this sounds simple, then you have probably never managed a project of any size.
Effective project execution results in delivery on time, on budget, and on value. The concepts of on time and on budget are pretty straightforward, and value can be considered to be the commercial results achieved when compared with the original objectives or expectations. It will involve planning, organising processes, motivating people, and controlling resources: this explains why projects of sometimes modest scale require a great deal of involvement in order to be successful.
Because a project has a beginning and an end date, it runs in contrast to normal business operations, which are repetitive, ongoing functional activities that produce products or services. This means it requires a completely different form of management, and therefore requires the development of specialised skills and strategies.
Project management is a highly specialised and often complex task, and cannot be carried out effectively without appropriate training which enables the requisite skills and knowledge to be acquired.
Organisations that provide training in project management are inevitably efficient and well equipped to deal with challenges thrown up in a constantly evolving business environment. Even if an organisation's processes have been painstakingly developed and refined over the years, it's people who manage projects, and training is the key to success.
To meet this demand, professional groups such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Association for Project Management (APM) and APMG International were created to set standards for the training of project managers. But often, projects are managed as part of someone's role. In this case, certification is both onerous and unnecessary, but it does not remove the need for acquiring the skills needed.
With the complexity of the discipline, it is perhaps an oversimplification to narrow down the main subjects into just a few areas, but in a general, and practical, sense, these are the critical focus points for good project management:
- Project Management Tools: PERT, Gantt charts and other project management tools and concepts aren't too difficult to understand, but it is easy to use them badly.
- People and Teams: In any project, the most important element is people, because without good communication and teamwork, the most perfectly planned process will go wrong.
- Change Management: it is said in the military that no plan survives first contact with the enemy, and so it can be with projects. Things change, and a project manager needs to adapt so that things stay on course.
- Time Management: Ultimately, project management succeeds or fails according to how well time is managed. Often, a delay in a minor part of a project fails to run on time, other, often bigger, elements are adversely affected.
Within each of the above lie many skills and a lot of knowledge, but by attending to this as a basic structure of knowledge, it is easier to see where learning priorities lie.
Activia's project management training courses will help you to acquire the skills to deliver projects effectively. From our flexible, basic one-day project management classes to instruction and full certification over several days, we can provide the kind of training suited exactly to your, and your organisation's, needs.
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We can enhance your skills with Project Management Training Courses from Activia at any of our twelve training centres UK wide, or we can come to your offices: if you have groups of three or more staff who need training, this is a very convenient, flexible and cost effective option.
We have been training business all over the UK since 1995 and have continually developed our philosophy of high quality, flexible and results-driven provision of training courses for Project Management. This means you can be confident that we have the expertise, and the experience, to give you a great return on your investment in courses for Project Management.
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