PostHeaderIcon Effective Project Management Education

How effective is your organization’s approach to project management skills development? Does it yield measurable, positive and sustainable change?

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.

Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.

Henry Steele Commager

We should not equate education with training here – yet this often occurs. The most effective means of assuring progress in project management is a multi-faceted education approach that supplements training with strategies that not only embrace but emphasize:

  • Tailored coaching/mentoring
  • Regular (“push”) knowledge feeds
  • Practical (“pull”) resources, and
  • On-demand support.

Education does not equal training.

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5 Responses to “Effective Project Management Education”

  • analyn says:

    “Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.”
    Henry Steele Commager

    You are right henry through education it implies the needs and wants of the good management. There should be a good management and a skills to make a good education work on. Thanks!

  • juires says:

    Education is never limited, it is continuous process of learning. I agree that project management is a multi-faceted education approach that comes with training and strategies to make learning more effective. This is a must read blog..

  • khareen says:

    “Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.”

    That’s right, changes really don’t assure progress it might worsen also the situation and it depends on how they manage to progress that changes. There are times that you might have the changes you want but you don’t know how to implement the progression of the thing you’ve change, still it’s up to the person that made changes to see to it that it will be effectively useful to every student or to every people that want it.

  • Kory Lampley says:

    The real education of project management is by doing a project management. Learning by doing is the best. I know you might not agree with me. It’s not that I am against formal university education.

  • Thanks Kory – no question that the experience of actually managing projects is an essential part of effective learning. A shortsighted view on PM education has unfortunately prevailed in many organizations, where there is a belief that sending a cohort of PMs on a training course will transform project management practices across the enterprise. It won’t, unless supplemented by the other components I mentioned. PM certification bodies that emphasize knowledge over doing are not helping in this respect.

    My own experience is that increases in project management maturity are most rapidly achieved by those organizations that invest in a multi-faceted approach to improvement that balances the acquisition of knowledge with tailored support for its application.

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