Do you have the skills to manage your project plan?
Project management is the process of organising the way that changes are implemented efficiently within an organisation. No matter what your role, it’s likely that you will have to manage, or play an active role in a project at some point during your career. When you know how to juggle multiple tasks, people, deadlines, and responsibilities, you will strengthen your reputation and improve your promotion prospects.
In this blog, you will learn about:
- The risks of not having strong project management skills in your organisation
- 8 top benefits that efficient and effective project management can bring to your business
- Inhouse and distance learning options available
- Further options for businesses to train their staff in project management tools and related skills
What is project management in a nutshell?
Projects have a finite length, involve a number of activities and people, and have deadlines and fixed budgets. Without a scientific approach to the task of managing projects and achieving objectives, it would be very difficult for organisations to successfully execute their projects within the constraints of time, scope, quality, and be able to deliver the required results.
Thus, project management is about creating structure, managing project commitments and the delivery of agreed upon results.
Project management includes:
- identifying requirements
- establishing clear and achievable objectives
- balancing the competing demands from the different stakeholders
- ensuring that a commonality of purpose is achieved
Without project management skills, teams and your clients can be exposed to chaotic management, unclear objectives, a lack of resources, unrealistic planning, high risk, poor quality deliverables, projects going over budget and delivered late. So, can your business really afford not to have employees that have been trained in in project management?
“Let our advanced worrying become advanced thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill
Ultimately, great project management matters because it delivers success. Project management creates and enables happy, motivated teams who know their work matters, so do their best work. And those project management-enabled teams ensure the right work is delivered; work that delivers real return on investment, and which keeps your clients satisfied.
Why are project management skills so important for businesses?
Great project management unites clients and teams, creates a vision for success and gets everyone on the same page of what’s needed to keep on track for success. When projects are managed properly, there’s a positive impact that reverberates beyond just delivery of ‘the plan’.
“If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?” Basil S. Walsh
Managers face what is known as the “triple constraint”. This is the competing demands of time, scope and quality upon the project manager’s list of things to do and how well the project manager manages these constraints goes a long way in determining the success of the project. Without the use of project management, managers and organisations would find themselves facing an unpredictable and chaotic environment over which they have little control. Thus, project management is both necessary and essential to the success of the project.
Here are our top 8 reasons why project management skills are so important for businesses:
- Managing Change: Managing change is a complex and daunting task. Projects always happen in an environment in which nothing is constant except change. Good project management manages change efficiently
- Calming the chaos: The primary business function of project management is organising & planning projects to calm the chaos inherent in change
- Managing risk: Project management identifies, manages and controls risk. Uncontrolled risk taking ends in asset destruction and compliance issues
- Maintaining quality: Leaving quality to chance is equivalent to producing something of random value. Project management will identify, manage and control quality of deliverables
- Integrating your project with your existing business: Integration is often key to project value. Since projects don’t happen in a vacuum, they must be integrated with existing business processes, systems and structures
- Making decisions and removing barriers to progress: Business initiatives typically encounter regular issues that must be managed to achieve objectives. Through the application of project management methodologies, issues can be effectively prioritised, decisions made and barriers to progress identified and removed
- Efficient Knowledge Transfer: Project management ensures that project knowledge is captured, managed and efficiently transferred to relevant business areas
- All mistakes are a learning opportunity: Some projects fail. When they do, it’s important to learn from the process. Learning from failure is key to business innovation and quality improvement. Project management ensures that lessons are learned from project success and failure.
Your options for training in project management
Managing a business project requires a mixture of science, art and patience, particularly when it comes to getting agreement from a diverse or virtual team which consists of peers and external Stakeholders.
The science consists of planning techniques, using network analysis, logic diagrams and critical path analysis. The art is getting the project team working together, influencing others and maintaining excellent communications. Patience requires strong interpersonal skills to avoid conflicts that would arise without them.
While project management skills are obviously important for project managers, interestingly the tools and approaches that they need to use can be helpful for everyone in business. Even the smallest task can benefit from the use of a well-chosen project management technique or tool, especially in the early stages of planning. Project management techniques can help in the planning and managing of all sorts of tasks, especially when they are complex.
We offer two key paths to developing skills in project management:
- For individuals who are looking to gain certification in project management, Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM) have a suite of approved Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Project Management online courses available
- For businesses looking to train several employees in project management and team management skills, we recommend talking with GBS Corporate Training, who can create a course tailored to the specific needs of your business.
Choosing a distance-learning course with Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM) certificated by the CMI
Whether you are relatively new to project management or have already been working in a project management role, Brighton School of Business and Management (BSBM) has a range of project management courses to suit you.
Check out BSBM’s CMI Project Management courses
Taking one of our courses will result in a project management certification by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This certification is highly sought after by employers as it perfectly complements the day to day duties and responsibilities of the project manager.
You will develop essential project management skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to apply these within your workplace, enabling you to perform your role in project management more proficiently and successfully.
Investing in your professional development sets you apart too, demonstrating drive and dedication to your career. The range of CMI project management certifications are designed to make you more marketable, help you earn more and allow you to perform better.
BSBM has built a reputation for delivering high quality content, support and guidance, which results in high pass rates, as well as contributing to successful career progression for Students.
You will enjoy:
- Flexibility in studying– online training fits in well with the unplanned demands of working life
- High level of support– individuals are provided with support from a Tutor who review’s a Student’s progress continually. Students can communicate with their Tutor directly via Skype and email
- An affordable option for learning and development– online learning is a very cost-effective option for many businesses
Looking to train a group or team in project management skills? You can depend on GBS Corporate Training to create an effective solution, tailored to your specific needs
GBS can offer different options for your project management training needs. Our GBS Project Management course has been designed for those new to a project management role or who have had no formal training, and is also relevant for anyone who has to organise and fulfil multiple or complex tasks. Participants on this course are given practical skills, tools and techniques required to confidently and competently manage projects.
Alternatively, we can put together a tailored training package to meet your needs, whether this focuses specifically on project management or incorporates team building, and other relevant skills. GBS Corporate Training specialise in creating innovative bespoke management and leadership programmes and we believe in using a robust questioning approach to scope out the thinking from which we can develop the best solution for our clients.
By understanding the business context in which your managers will be performing, we ensure that they are learning the specific skills and techniques they need to perform effectively. We also ensure that the work packages they undertake are relevant to your business, and so they can put their skills into practice immediately on return to the workplace.
Both BSBM and GBS will help you to learn about the various project management approaches to run a successful project from start to finish. Discover how to schedule people and tasks more effectively, and build support for your ideas so that you get the backing and budget you need to get started. We help you familiarise yourself with change management strategies, so that you can encourage others to overcome their reluctance to change.