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Apprenticeship Levy Set To Develop Young Project Managers

 It’s not always easy to make a career choice at a young age and, in any case, a career for life is increasingly a thing of the past. So schools equip young people with transferable, flexible skills that can be used in a variety of careers – including ones that may not even exist yet!

It is also becoming less common to need a university degree to ensure a respected career path and there is a recognition that higher apprenticeships can provide the skills and qualifications for many in-demand careers such as project management without taking a degree first. So many large organisations now work on a project-centric business model that it is essential that they can reliably deliver successful projects. Therefore, good project managers with skills learnt from the industry best practises are in high demand.

The project management profession has a range of internationally recognised qualifications that require discipline and rigour to obtain and that has been rewarded recently with the awarding of a Royal Charter here in the UK that recognises that project management is a skilled discipline along the lines of accountancy or engineering or even law, which requires lifelong learning and continuing professional development to succeed and flourish.

Lifelong learning is increasingly supported by both the UK Government and major organisations as they recognise the value of a well-trained workforce with respect to improved productivity and staff retention.

With the advent of Higher Apprenticeships that require at least 2 A Levels, the apprentice route is no longer seen as a “non-academic” route and can now lead to degree-level qualifications and higher accreditation such as chartered status for those with the desire and aptitude to pursue their career to the highest level.

Project management has been around since the 1960s but it is more important than ever in  our digital, project-focused world and is fundamental to the success of many businesses so it is perhaps no surprise that there are now new project management apprenticeships to develop the skills that organisations require. And we are consequently seeing the growth and development of this modern profession.

It first became possible to achieve certifications in project management in the 1980s and while the range and depth of those certifications and credentials has grown, variations of them still exist. As the profession has matured it has become more common for it to be a career of choice straight out of full-time education unlike in previous decades where someone was more likely to become a project manager after working in a field for some years and then progressing to the role.

Project management was initially confined to IT, construction or engineering industries but now it is to be found in all business areas. So it is no surprise that companies want a well-trained PM workforce and are embracing the new project management apprenticeship programmes, which enable them to recruit and retain the brightest and most motivated candidates.

Project management apprenticeships are based on the Association for Project Management (APM) framework; APM has over the years developed a progressive series of qualifications that start with basic training, develop skills and knowledge of best practices and eventually lead to Chartered Status. This Higher Apprenticeship offers opportunities for young people to be involved in a growing industry and develop an exciting, well-respected career.

By |March 10th, 2017|Blog Posts, project management|0 Comments

Project Management Essentials

In order to manage a project effectively the work that needs to be done to deliver the final end product or outcome needs to be broken down into a series of clearly defined tasks. Those tasks then need to be scheduled in the correct order taking into account any dependencies between them and any requirements for specialist skills or equipment. The tasks need to be assigned to individuals, groups or departments then tracked and monitored to final completion. That sounds fairly simple when put in those terms but the very fact that project management is a profession requiring training and professional qualifications suggest that the practise of project management is not quite so straightforward in reality.

The reason that real-life project management is not straightforward is because there are usually many interacting factors that can disrupt a simple schedule. Tasks can take longer than expected, new technology on which the project was dependent fails to work in the way it was anticipated; resources initially assigned to the project are diverted elsewhere within the organisation as priorities change (whether that’s people or money). Put simply, real-life rarely goes to plan. That in some way explains why a project manager needs to undertake training right from the very start of their career on courses such as the APM Project Fundamentals Course right through to the highest levels of accreditation such as the APM Registered Project Professional (APM RPP), all the while ensuring they undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to keep up with current best practises.


What exactly is involved in managing a project?

How does a project manager break down the work into tasks, how are estimates produced for how long each task take? Are there dependencies between tasks that affect when they can be done or when they need to be completed? Are any specialist skills or equipment needed? Is there fixed deadline to take into account? These are all questions a project manager has to find the answers to.

Project Management Techniques

Once a project manager has undertaken fundamental project management training and has a good grasp of the PM techniques required to effectively manage a project then that job can be made easier by the use of one of the wide range of software packages and apps available. However, a project manager must understand the basic techniques first in order to get the most benefit from these tools. The tools are not a substitute for good PM skills, behaviours, attitudes and experience.

Some of the most common project planning techniques that all project managers will employ at some stage in their career include Brainstorming, Cause and Effect Diagrams, Gantt Charts and Critical Path Analysis.

Brainstorming is a powerful method for performing business analysis and clarifying business requirements. It can also be used to identify inter-dependencies between project tasks, reveal ways to improve efficiency or make cost savings, and even help to identify potential risks.

Gantt charts are simple in one sense and yet a powerful tool to help visualise the schedule, progress, resource allocation and interdependencies. They can also help to highlight potential bottle necks in the schedule.


By |April 12th, 2016|Blog Posts|0 Comments

How to Motivate a Project Team

Most project managers were once simply part of a team. Therefore, every project manager understands what it’s like to be a part of a project where things aren’t going well. The tough phases are a part of every project but there are some particularly important projects where a project manager needs the team to be amply motivated at all times. In order to achieve great motivation standards, the project manager needs to start off by thinking from the team’s perspective. Only after doing this can great motivation strategies be employed.

The following are some basic pointers that can be used by a project manager for motivating a project team –Make the Team Focus On The Big Picture – For a project manager, finishing a project successfully involves perks. If it is a big project, the perks are even bigger and might include a promotion or salary hike as well. But what does the project team have to look forward to? Will this big project lead to better salaries for the team members? Will their jobs be more secure? Will they have to put in less hours? Will they receive any additional perks for finishing the project efficiently? A project manager has to answer all these questions and let the team know that the bigger picture is rosy.

Never Fall Short During Planning – The biggest reason why a project involves dejected and shattered teammates is because the project manager fell short during the project management planning process. Maybe the manager failed to account for some controlled risk. Sometimes, uncontrollable factors can make a project hellish and make the teammates doubt themselves. In the latter case, there is nothing that the project manager can do except tell the team that they are doing a good job. In the former scenario, however, the project manager should vow to be more careful while planning projects in the future. Owning up to fallacies in front of the team can also be a great motivating factor.

Ensure That The Small Victories Are Celebrated – Even the most disastrous of projects have a silver lining. In case of big and time consuming projects where the team members have to stay late, work overtime and put in extra hours during the weekend, the project manager should ensure that every little milestone is celebrated in style. This would inform the team that both the project manager and the company appreciate the effort that has been put in.

Walk The Walk With the Team Members – A lot of project managers, particularly inexperienced ones, have nailed the concept of communication. They know how to make great speeches and hold dazzling team meetings. However, when it comes to being an example for the team, they fall short. A project manager is not just there to motivate the team but is also present to work as hard as the rest of the members. Teammates need to be aware of this not using words but by actual visible proof.

Care About Team Members – As the project continues at a breakneck speed, team members often deal with a lot of issues. Sometime, they have doubts and queries regarding the project but no one to talk to because everyone is busy. There are also times when lunches and dinners are skipped to meet deadlines. In order to motivate the team, the project manager can check up on the team every once in a while and ask them about anything they need. It could be something as simple as a burger, coffee or biscuits. The members of the team would greatly appreciate this gesture from the project manager and would work with more enthusiasm.

Offer Rewards When The Project Ends – For big projects, the project manager needs to let the team know that these long hours and back breaking work schedules are not forever. This too will end and then, the team can celebrate in a big way. This would motivate the team. After the project is finished, the project manager should give the team a long weekend off. There can also be monetary perks if the company can afford it. Often, something as simple as a team picnic or a team lunch is enough to motivate teams. Not only that, these activities strengthen the bond between the project manager and team members.

A project manager should never underestimate the importance of getting trained properly. The training of a project manager is a never ending process and you need all the help you can get. PPT or Parallel Project Training is known for its APMP training courses that can elevate any project manager’s career. Not only do PPT’s courses focus on basic project management skills but they also ensure that the project managers under them grow as people. Project managers are given confidence in their capabilities and when they finish PPT’s course, they have become different and much better managers.

By |June 14th, 2015|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Next Steps after APMP

Quite recently a few people asked me was the next step to take after completing the APMP qualification. The obvious answer is to proceed on to the APM practitioner qualification. This is a three day assessment centre evaluate your ability to deliver non-complex projects. Involves you completing a number of exercises while being observed by the assessor. They will then judge your performance against a number of predefined criteria. If you demonstrate a capability for each of the competences they will pass the APM practitioner qualification. However it is obvious route is not always the best for every project manager. It really depends on your priorities and where you want to go with your career.

PMP Certification

For example you may consider that your next move might be to work from multinational organisation possibly based in the USA or in the Middle East. In this case you are much better moving on from the APMP qualification to the PMP qualification offered by the Project Management Institute in USA. In fact to qualifications APMP and PMP have a very similar content just the PMP is more widely recognised outside the UK and has additional requirements for training and experience. Specifically you need to demonstrate either five or three years of experience as project manager before you can take the PMP qualification. Five years if you don’t have a degree and three years if you do. You also need to maintain a record of your ongoing CPD in order to renew your PMP every few years. This puts the PMP qualification slightly ahead of APMP especially in the international market.  In fact the contents the two bodies of knowledge is very similar with only slightly different frameworks so if you only pass the APMP qualification then you are halfway towards getting your PMP certification.

APM Registered Project Professional.

A further option for many project managers is to investigate APM RPP. This is not qualification at all but professional standard that recognises you as being one of the best project management in the world. Only open to those who can demonstrate they have the competencies and capabilities to deliver the most complex projects. You might be quite surprised to discover the your project is complex enough to qualify you to become an APM registered project professional. The fees and costs significantly lower than the APM PQ in the process of collecting a portfolio of evidence and going for a meeting with your peers is arguably more relevant than the simulated project approach taken the APM PQ.

So you can see it’s not always obvious the following on from the APMP qualification that you should just automatically move up to do the APM practitioner qualification. It really depends on the type of project you manage and where you see your career going in the future. Need any advice guidance this please do get in touch with Parallel Project Training.


By |April 2nd, 2015|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Reporting Project Status


You should be familiar with the acronym of RAG by now. It stands for Red, Amber and Green. These reports are generally used by businesses for project evaluation. Most bosses use these colors to see where the problems lie and where the successes are. I have already spoken to you about why they are used and the downsides. Today, I want to speak to you about how to read the colors and their meanings.THE RED COLOR

This color indicates that senior management needs to look into the potential problems. The program isn’t ready yet. This is the time when management needs to maximize their efforts and minimize the damages. The red color can indicate one of the following

1) The company will need to spend more on the budget. This sometimes indicates an overspend. Usually the amount is significantly north of 10%.

2) Delays will be apparent and forthcoming. I’m not talking about delays for about a week or two. I’m speaking about delays for more then 4 weeks.

3) The quality of work is significantly south. This could mean more costs for workers and the time they spend.

4) Resources will be tapped out, sometimes beyond the scope of what the project manager can account for.

5) Stakeholders are going to be dissatisfied and unimpressed. Many of them might even give up attachments to the project. They see the signs and want out. Sometimes these are easy fixes, and sometimes they are harder. This will cause even more delays. This often times results in the project being abandoned. This will cause even more costs and damages to occur.


This means that senior management needs to keep a watchful eye, but not to a large extent. The red color is when you need to babysit the project. An amber color is usually not taken to this extreme.

1) The budget will be overspent, but only by 5% or a bit higher. It’s nothing to get that worried over. Worry, but don’t obsess about it.

2) Delays could happen. An delays might be more than two weeks, but nothing to drastic.

3) Quality will be affected, but not like the red color. There won’t be any delays due to the quality. This is the only difference.

4) Any problems with resources can be fixed by the project manager. This means that senior management resources won’t be tapped out. This is a good thing.

5) Any issues coming from the stakeholders can be fixed by the project manager. There is no need to go above them.


Senior management needs to keep an eye on the accuracy of the green, making sure it’s a true green. It’s at this point that everyone can more or less relax. You still want to keep an eye on things, but the project is good to go. This means the project manager can move forward, without any resistance.

1) The budget is on track, sometimes the project comes in under budget.

2) The project will be completed on time, if not before the period has expired.

3) The quality comes in at the expected levels, sometimes exceeding them. When the project exceeds the expected levels, this is the desired goal.

4) The resources are just fine. Sometimes the resources aren’t even used up all the way.

5) The investors are happy with everything that has happened. In some situations, they are willing to put up more money. Why? They know they will get a big return on their investment.

If you would like more information on the RAG reporting, go online.

By |February 10th, 2015|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Why Microsoft Project Training is a Good Idea

Microsoft Project is almost an essential tool for project managers these days. Knowing how to use this tool is a given for any manager but using it well is something not everyone can achieve. Apart from the world of benefits of Microsoft Project, this tool is more than just for creating a basic project. It has advanced features and basic features, meant to cater to the project manager and teammates. In order to use this tool to its full potential, training from a competent source is extremely important. The following points explain the benefits of Microsoft Project Training –

  • Get Organized – When it comes to a project manager’s regular routine, there are many projects that are time sensitive. Any small delay can result in a lot of headaches and financial losses for the company. This is why Microsoft Project’s organization skills can be extremely important. Microsoft Project training teaches a manager how to use these organization tools to the team’s advantage. Static scheduling issues can be avoided and the manager can easily determine the impact that the smallest of delays will have on successive tasks. Microsoft Project training can make a manager a master of organization.
  • Get Results – Microsoft Project training allows the manager to establish a greater degree of control and flexibility over a project. Efficiency is improved because of the tools of Microsoft Project, but it would not be of any use if the manager is unaware of the various features (both basic and advanced) of Microsoft Project. Analyzing a program to locate problems and solve them can be easily managed with Microsoft Project and adhering to deadlines has become extremely easy for managers because of this feature. In order to manage expectations and estimate the delivery date of the project, project manager needs Microsoft Project training.
  • Win Jobs – Microsoft Project offers superior features that not only help a manager in day to day managing but also win them various jobs. As a simple example – submitting a tender response with a professional looking brochure that consists of information about the teams, projects, and company would win accolades. However, the thing that would really seal the deal is when this brochure is backed by a Gantt chart, showing that the manager can plan and organize effectively. As compared to this, a simple spreadsheet with color coded cells would fall flat. This is what Microsoft Project Planning can teach a project manager to do.
  • Master the Basics – The basics of Microsoft Project are pretty useful and every manager must be familiar with them. These include –

How to Use Templates

The basic components of every project start with ‘Inception’ and move on to ‘Elaboration’. Then you have ‘Construction’ and finally, ‘Transition’. The methodology might differ and this could change the terms but the basic idea would still remain the same with every project. If a manager is able to create certain basic templates for various projects because of Microsoft Project training, they could save time on fundamentals and duplication.

How to Estimate Timelines

It is common for project managers to sit in meetings and have their business partner ask them about project timeline of a project that was just conceived minutes ago. This is why it is common to take the laptop to meetings. With Microsoft Project training, the manager can take into account the level of effort (high, medium or low), make some basic assumptions about required work, and quickly deliver an estimated timeline for the project.

How to Evaluate What If Scenarios

If a manager is told by their boss that X weeks for completing a project is too long, without Microsoft Project training they would be stuck. However, thanks to Microsoft Project, the manager can evaluate what if scenarios and go back for criteria modification. It is easy to tweak the amount of resources, manpower required, level of work, and other parameters to check out different scenarios and come up with something that is more appealing to the boss.

Learn the Advanced Features

Every version of Microsoft Project comes up with some new features to make the life of a project manager easier. However, most of these features remain unused because managers never bother to get proper Microsoft Project training. Features like multiple and customizable ways of showing off project data, creating a new set of reports, et al are left unexplored because of this lack of training. With the new features of Microsoft Project, managers can talk to their teammates, trace task paths on the Gantt Chart, create Burndown reports, and do so many other things. They can also watch out for common pitfalls and mistakes made by project managers while using Microsoft Project like not updating their project plans and over committing project resources.

Because of the above reasons, Microsoft Project Training with Parallel Project Training can be extremely beneficial to Project managers and their teammates.

By |September 26th, 2014|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Updated Project Management Courses from Parallel Project Training

On April 29, 2014, Parallel Project Training announced the release of an updated version of their APM Project Management Qualification course. Being formerly referred to as the APMP, this course has highly successful ratings in this industry, and the new version is based on Parallel Project Training’s sixth edition of the Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge. This new course utilizes the popular and well-established blended learning system, offering significant benefits and developments that outweigh other approaches. These benefits include:

Podcasts to Cover Each Section

The sixth edition of this course provides 31 podcasts to cover each section of the syllabus, with these podcasts being downloaded more than 400,000 times since the 2009 launch. Proven to be highly popular among users, the latest versions had more than 4,500 downloads on the release date. Available as part of Parallel’s integrated e-learning course through Parallel Project Training’s website, these versions are also available through iTunes or an RSS feed on Android devices. Downloaders can listen to these podcasts on many of the podcast apps available on the market.

An Updated Study Guide

With the study guide becoming a de facto reference for those earning the APM Project Management Qualification, more than 4,500 individuals have utilized the study guide to prepare for the qualification exam. Users report that the study guide successfully portrays the exam syllabus and APM Body of Knowledge in clear, consistent language. This book utilizes more than 20 years of experience in APMP training, providing several case studies, sample exam questions, and exercises for students to work through. The updated study guide matches the latest syllabus, covering new sections on the Environmental and Employment legislation.


Parallel Project Training has re-built e-learning from scratch to go hand-in-hand with the new courses. With a media-enriched and bite-size design, Parallel’s e-learning can be combined with the study guide to provide users with a punchy overview of Project Management Qualification’s various topics.

Exam Prep Study Group

Included with the distance learning package, the exam prep study group offers students an online group study option for exam preparation. With more than 450 people currently or previously connected, this group provides individuals who are undergoing distance learning, modular training, or blended courses with sample questions and on-line tutor support to help prepare them for the exam.

The updated version is not the only positive change that is taking place with the qualification program. The Association for Project Management is proud to announce the renaming of the qualification to APM Project Management Qualification. This name offers a clear understanding of what the qualification is all about, which is the first step for those embarking on a new career path to become professional project managers.

Our Transition Plans

All APMP distance learning and public courses that were released on April 29, 2014, are based on the sixth edition’s subject matter. Parallel Project Training will discuss the individual transition plans with corporate clients but does recommend transitioning to the latest material in a timely fashion.

Now referred to as the APM Foundation Qualification, the APM Introductory Certificate retains the original objectives of the fifth edition course. The only change that has occurred is a name change for the learning objectives, in which they are now known as assessment criteria. The APM is currently in the process of working on an updated version of the IC study guide. Once the latest study guide is available through the APM, Parallel Project Training will update this course to the sixth edition exam version.

Parallel plans on withdrawing the fifth edition qualification by December 31, 2014, with the fifth edition e-learning and podcasts being removed from the website at the same time. Project managers who have purchased the fifth edition material but have not completed their studies by this time can upgrade to the sixth edition material for £50 (plus VAT), which will help cover the cost of the new admin and book for the latest e-learning package.

In order to stay up-to-date with future parallel project managing, individuals should base all studies on the sixth edition subject matter. When doing otherwise, please inform us when you book your courses through Parallel Project Training.

By |May 2nd, 2014|Blog Posts|0 Comments

What I learned as a new project manager

People who are just starting out in project management have a lot to benefit from our project management courses. Whether you are new to project management so starting out with a basic course to gain the APM  Project Fundamentals Qualification or are a highly experienced project manager looking for international recognition with an advanced PM course there are advantages for anyone involved in project management at every level. These project management training courses are designed in such a manner that they understand the difficulties of people who were previously in a technical role. The new skills that would be added to your resume and personality would provide benefits not just in your professional life but in your personal life as well. After all, project management improves your overall communication skills and gives you many other benefits, such as the ones mentioned in the following points – 

Planning With Accuracy and Practicality

Everyone knows how to plan little things but when you are a project manager, planning becomes an inherent part of your personality. You must have a plan for everything and you need to have a plan for the situation if your first plan is not working. This makes planning an inherent part of a project manager’s job. As a new project manager and after taking the project management courses offered by us, you will learn how to plan accurately. This means that the planning will take into account in avoidable and unavoidable factors. Not to mention that the plans you create and have your team follow would have practicality about them, so that your resources are not overworked or underworked at any instance.

Budgeting To The Best Of Your Ability

The budget is never unlimited. On the contrary, in most instances, it is restrictive. This means that being a project manager comes with budgeting responsibilities. These include ensuring that the expenses stay within limits and the budget is created in such a way that all the important needs are met. There are some resources that the team would need at all times and these resources cannot be put in the next budget. As a project manager, you will have to decide which expenses can be stalled for a while and which requirements require your undivided attention. By teaching good budgeting skills, a project manager solves half their problems. The results of good budgeting are great as well, because the teammates are happy and so are the superiors.

Effectively Negotiating With Customers

Communication is an art, they say. You don’t learn to communicate effectively overnight but it is something most people have to work on. Even after years and years of expensive communication courses, many people still find it hard to communicate effectively. However, with project management, because communication is such an important part of the job description, it comes naturally. As a new project manager, there might be some roadblocks but because of effective planning, negotiating with customers becomes effortless. In fact, many project managers find this to be the best thing that project management courses have taught them. It helps them in other areas of their life as well.

Leading A Team Efficiently

A leader defines a team. When a team goes out, the leader is representative of its team’s best and worst image. If a team has a good leader, then most other things fall into place because it’s the leader that holds the team together. A project manager leads the team through all projects, good or bad. It is not always that workings are smooth and there are sometimes road bumps to face. But our project management training courses teach all new project managers how to face those problems and emerge as true leaders. Being the leader of a team is not always the job of a hero, sometimes you have to be the bad guy and this is what you learn as a project manager.

Managing Contracts Effectively

Contract management is another thing to learn from project management. Even during project management courses, you’ll come across many tips and tricks to manage contracts effectively but it is only when you actually become a project manager that you will realize the true meaning of this. Managing contracts effectively means maintaining good relationships with suppliers, so that the project is finished without any hassles and problems. Also, it means having excellent planning and communication skills. Negotiation with suppliers and clients also comes in handy during contract management. Overall, this section of your job description makes you exercise everything you have learnt as a project manager.

Managing Risks Properly

Every project comes with its own set of risks, some avoidable and others unavoidable. The best way to deal with the risks that must be taken care of is to manage them in advance. This means taking measures and creating plans for proper management of major risks that could target the project in the future. Even after all this, some of the unavoidable risks would inadvertently plague the project in the future. But as a project manager, you will learn that when such risks happen, you will have to find a way out for them. In most cases though, planning for the risks in advance is enough and having other plans of action helps immensely.

Effective Reporting

Effective reporting is the lesson that ties all the above benefits and lessons together. It involves reporting the results effectively and includes work summaries, reports of things not yet reported, an overview of the project budget, and many other important reporting obligations. In essence, it is another part of the communication that a project manager has to be adept at.

Using Motivational Techniques

Since, as a project manager, you would be working with your team and other people all the time, you will also learn how to use motivation as a tool for achieving the best results. A motivated team always works better than an unmotivated one. When your teammates are motivated to do their jobs, the working and flow of the project is smoother and the results are quicker and better.

The project management training courses offered by Parallel Project Training in London, UK, understand the practical requirement of project management and try to merge them in a theoretical framework for effective results.

By |January 16th, 2014|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Ten Benefits of Project Management

Project management not only benefits the manager who controls the project but also the production team who works on the project and the client who waits anxiously for the finished product. At the very core of project management are the basic organization skills that demonstrate optimal efficiency, ingenuity, and cost savings for successfully guiding a project through tough situations and completing the project on time.

Various benefits come with effective project management, allowing the manager to institute the necessary strategies to ensure the project successfully reaches fruition. Effective project management planning provides the following benefits for managers of any size business:

1. Greater Efficiency with Delivering Services

Project management offers a basic “road map” that the manager can easily follow, leading to the successful completion of the project within the designated time frame. Once you understand where time-hindering problems can appear during the process, you can apply smarter work habits to avoid potential issues that can cripple your project’s completion.

2. Increased Effectiveness for Delivering Services

Successfully completing a project will help prepare you for new projects that come your way, providing you with the necessary strategies and skills to get the job done in a timely manner.

3. Improved and Increased Customer Satisfaction

Striving to get a project completed within the set time frame and budget will make sure each client leaves satisfied with your services. Satisfied clients will reuse your services and refer you to more clientele, helping to grow the business. Effective project management comes with the tools to continue a successful client-manager relationship.

4. Secure Standing with a Competitive Edge

Project management benefits those in the workplace and on the market. Word travels quickly, and referrals provide optimal job security in the marketplace, setting you apart from the competition.

5. Greater Flexibility

Among the top benefits that come with project management is greater flexibility. With the proper project management skills, you can plan the right strategies to complete the project, allowing you to choose a smarter direction when needed. Flexibility is especially essential to both small and mid-size businesses trying to grow in a competitive marketplace.

6. Additional Opportunities for Service Expansion

The right standing in the market will increase your opportunities for expanding your services, giving you a unique edge among your competition. Potential clients hire businesses with greater performance ratings, especially if you can get the project completed below budget.

7. Improved Team Development and Growth

Positive feedback and project results tend to command your team’s respect and inspire them to continually search for new ways to improve their performance and growth, helping them to increase in efficiency and profitability.

8. Enhanced Risk Assessment

When you stick to the right strategy and your team is in place, potential risks should easily stand out, allowing you to fix any problems before they occur. Project management is designed to send out red flags at the right time, minimizing time-hindering issues.

9. Increase in Project Quantity

The more projects you complete and the more clients who leave satisfied will increase the number of projects you receive from new and returning clientele. Make sure that your team performs to their fullest through each phase of the project, and your clients will be more than happy to send you additional projects.

10. Increase in Service Quality

Working hand-in-hand with greater efficiency, an increase in service quality will make your business stand out to potential clients. Service quality will ensure each project is completed within the client’s preferred time frame and budget, ensuring they leave satisfied with each finished project.

In the end, clients benefit greatly from effective project management because they can provide feedback, knowing their feedback means something to the project manager. By implementing the fundamental skills, knowledge, techniques, and skills needed for successful project managing, managers ultimately meet and exceed the stakeholders’ expectations and desires on every project. To learn more about project management training then visit Parallel Project Training

By |November 25th, 2013|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Why Train Your Project Managers

Training your project managers helps them deal with change – management change. The change can be construction, information and technology or a change of working practices. Training your project manager can be beneficial to the organization, as it helps the manager approach the changes systematically. Whether you have new project managers seeking to learn the basics on courses such as the APM Project Fundamentals or more experienced PMs looking for professional recognition of their skills, here are some reasons why you should train your project managers –

• Develops Confidence By Improving Skills – Training your project manager will improve the management skills of the trainee. This helps improve performance. It has been observed that most project managers are unable to meet profit and budget objectives. Yet, they are rewarded similarly to those who meet their objectives. The management managing project managers fail to differentiate between the unsuccessful and successful. This results in loss of money.Developing the skills of the project managers through training helps them to cope with the changes that are occurring everyday. This also develops confidence in the individuals. The result of improved confidence and skills is the ability to handle projects better and deliver a quality project completed within time and budget.

• Improves Company Profitability – One of the key components for earning profits is the project manager’s competence. If you look back and examine the projects that ended in loss, you will observe that the same manager handled those projects. Again, the fault does not lie with the manager. It lies with the company that did not equip him to deal with change.

If you want to get to root cause of the failure, then take a look at the management that manages the project managers. The project team may have been strong but the project manager was not given performance management training.

This is one of the most important factors that are often overlooked. The company needs to coach managers for improving their performance. This will help them give you a quality performance that will be visible in the projects. The result of the quality performance will be enhanced profits for the company.

• Organization’s Capacity to Deliver Successful Projects Consistently – Most multinational companies set benchmarks as they invest more in the workforce. But, good management and workforce skills are associated with the ability for developing and delivering high quality management practices. Bringing about flexibility in the management, decentralizing the process of decision making and fostering an environment of self management unlocks the workforce’s creative potential.

The workforce has an enhanced sense of self-accountability and these results in a more productive culture at the workplace. Since the project managers are accountable to themselves first, they strive to deliver successful projects consistently.

• Tapping Potential for Enhanced Productivity – With rapid technological changes occurring every moment and with fewer skilled workers, management practices require changes too. A good management practice is associated with enhanced output and productivity.

Companies are realizing the significance of training project managers and tapping their potential for enhanced productivity. The managers are able to meet the challenges of change as given below –

 There is an understanding of the relationship between productivity and management and other performance attributes;
 It shows the regions where the company is lagging behind and can work on those areas;

• Continuity of Approach – Training the project managers ensures that the project moves ahead through all the important phases, right from the beginning to the completion stage without any problems. In case there are problems, the project mangers are capable of handling them. They are taught to be flexible in their approach by having alternate work strategies. If one strategy does not work, they will have other methods of approaching the problem and continuing with the project. This will ensure proper review of the project at all levels from the initiation to the final acceptance level.

The training helps project managers have a challenging but realistic approach to the project. They stick to the budget and the time-frame for the successful completion of the project.

The result of training project managers is not just acceptance of change and flexibility but also profitability to the company. Completing a project successfully ensures that the customer is satisfied and returns with more projects.

Companies can refer to the Parallel Management Training Course deliver real benefits for project managers. The course is not just beneficial to the manager but also to the company. It improves profitability.

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