What Is the Value of Project Management?


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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

With so many different programs, processes, methods, and messages currently in our workforce resource bag of tricks, it’s a wonder that L&D professionals have any time to actually get anything done. No doubt, sometimes it is worth the investment to review what actually works and apply those practices to the many new work tools available at our figure tips—thanks to evolving technology and the rapid deployment of a connected world.

In a competitive business environment, organizations are looking for an edge that can help them deliver products and services faster and cheaper, while also maintaining high quality and brand integrity. In the past 20 years as a global consultant, trainer, speaker, author, and strategic advisor to global organizations, I’ve realized that a prime ingredient to scalability, predictability, and consistency is using a proven method or process to deliver projects (products or services) on time, in budget, and within scope.

Enter project management.

Project management can help organizations establish standard processes, documentation, and a common language throughout the organization to ensure that projects deliver results—and the organization thrives. Even with increased competitive pressure, fluctuating economies, and the chaotic pace of change, effective project management has proven to be the single constant in business success. Indeed, project management delivers results that organizations of every size and industry need.

No doubt, project management means using the right tools, templates, tricks, techniques, and processes to complete your projects successfully. What’s more, the value of effective project management is the one thing I can say hasn’t changed throughout my career. And until proven otherwise, I have to go with what works.

Project Management Training offers highly effective two-day, one-day, and half-day workshops that take the guesswork out of project management training. Hit the ground running with complete programs and all the materials you’ll need to deliver them. With the right tools, your engaging, interactive sessions will help participants practice key concepts in a group setting and learn project management best practices that give their organizations a competitive edge.

Wes Balakian, PMP, is the CEO at True Solutions, Inc., a Dallas-based global project management consulting and training organization. As an accomplished speaker, strategic facilitator, and program manager, he delivers strategic planning and program management consulting services to organizations throughout the world. He has authored several books on project management and PMP exam preparation. Wes has been a contributing leader of at the Project Management Institute since 1999. He resides in Fairview, Texas.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Michelle here. October 1. A new fiscal year. I was excited. Sitting on the train on my way to work, I dreamed of what I would do as if I were planning a trip to Disney What favorites would I revisit and what did I want to explore? My daydream ended abruptly; the METRO stopped and we were told to disembark. Back to reality. As I considered the piles of work that need to be finished (plans that needed to be altered for this fiscal year), information overload set in. Where would I begin?

I started by asking myself questions to frame the year:

  • How successful was I in accomplishing what I set out to do last year?
  • What one or two things did I learn from what didn’t go well last year, and what did I learn from what went well?
  • What one or two things do I want to accomplish this year that will truly energize me? What will I need to do to make them happen?

By focusing on doing just a few things, I am more likely to be successful than if I give myself a laundry list of tasks. And I need to be able to forgive myself if I don’t quite achieve everything on that list, like last year. One of my goals was to earn another ATD certification, but then life—other training, work priorities, and Game of Thrones (it was the final season, after all)—occurred. So onward! This coming year will be the year.

Marykate here. I love Michelle’s questions because they allow us to reflect and move forward with intention. This year I’m focusing on being present and mindful. That means multitasking needs to stop while I learn to focus on one thing at a time. I’m optimistic and look forward to what this will do for my work and me personally.

Michelle and I will document our journey to provide learning for ourselves and others in more than 40 government partner agencies throughout the year, including showcasing some related “whole person” topics like exercise that we, as learning leaders, need to embody, not just teach.

You can expect practical advice that you can apply. We’ll invite colleagues to join us in our discussion and look forward to you joining our learning community.

Marykate Dougherty is with The Treasury Executive Institute, a government shared service providing leadership development and services for over 40 different government agencies.

Michelle Zager is with The Treasury Executive Institute, a government shared service providing leadership development and services for over 40 different government agencies.

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