This course shows how to efficiently save costs on your job site. Learn where to look for savings, how to identify and counteract project inertia, how staffing accuracy affects job site costs, and how a proper mobilization plan can reduce job site costs dramatically. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Fatten your razor-thin margins and gain a competitive edge. This course shows you how to find job savings in places project managers and field supervisors don't normally look.
Approximate study time: 7 hours
This course shows you:
Where to look for savings.
How to identify and counteract project inertia.
How staffing accuracy affects job site costs, and what to do about it.
How a mobilization plan can reduce job site costs dramatically.
Why "saving money" on working drawings is very expensive.
What communication issues to address.
How standards enforcement produces savings.
The role of front-line supervision.
Competition is tough, and you have only so much margin to work with. Jobsite savings can fatten that margin considerably, giving you a competitive edge. Or, you can wait for your competitors to bury you. Your choice.
This looks really interesting but I can't figure out what you are sending or how you are sending it.
These are downloadable files. In other words, you get download instructions as soon as the buying part is done and you get the files right away.
What is it that I'm going to get and how? Is it a file that I’ll download? Is it mailed?
As soon as your purchase is complete, you will receive download instructions both on screen and via e-mail. You download self-extracting zip file that contains the course material. Depending on the course, the individual files will be in the rich text format or in the e-book format. Most materials are in the easier-to-handle rich text format.
Are we talking about a lot of pages for me to read?
Here's something that pleasantly surprises most people about these.
If you look at a typical $99 professional book, most of it is filler. These courses don't have the filler. Ditto for $995 seminars covering the same information. Our courses get right to the meat, saving you the effort of wading through pages of nonsense. We don't mass up the high overhead of generating the filler, and we pass the savings on to our customers.
Do your courses on project management prepare me for the various certification routes of the Project Management Institute?
No. The material does not focus on exam preparation. It focuses on improving your real-world skills. However, what you learn will not impede certification.
Are you one of the approved (by PMI) course providers?
No. We are not affiliated with the Project Management Institute, although we may consider going that direction. Our goal is not to make you spend a lot
of money learning how to answer test questions. Our goal is to teach you how to do your job better.
How long does each of your courses take?
It depends on the student. These courses are essentially white papers with exercises to help you relate the information to what you are doing now. You can read the material in each course in under an hour. But, how long it takes to digest it and apply it is up to you.
Do I have to buy books in addition to your course material? Will those books have to be bought from you?
To both questions, no. You don't have to buy anything else. Each course stands on its own.
What if your course material is not clear? Are your course writers available for clarification? Since it is not possible to read all material at one shot, and collect all questions at the same time, will the course writers be available as needed or on a one time basis?
a. It will be clear.
c. Your success is important. If you have a question that is germane to the material, and not a probe for free consulting services, we will help you understand the material. We have kept the prices low, because not everyone can afford $995 for a two-day seminar that amounts to little more than a book promo. This is not a book promo.
What if I have other questions?
We'll answer to whatever extent is reasonable. It may be possible that you will ask questions that require developing a new course--some aspect of successful project management we didn't cover and that is not part of the normal project management training regimen. In that case, you would get the new course for free.
Do you have other courses?
Yes, and we are developing more. You can always write to us with specific needs, and we will adjust our product development accordingly. Also, it's a good idea to check Mindconnection on a regular basis, just to see what is new.
Who writes these courses?
That depends on the subject. For example, Dr. Jay Prince wrote the behavior courses based on his experience as a licensed therapist.
All of the courses are well-researched and devoid of pseudoscience. Most are written by a subject matter expert. All are reviewed by a professional editor for clarity and succinctness.
Do your courses qualify for employer reimbursement?
Possibly not, because they are not accredited. Then again, our cost is very low. So, you must ask yourself if that small amount is worth investing into the skills you need to keep yourself employed and employable.
The goal here is not to pile up paper credits. The goal is to get the information you would ordinarily get only from a lifetime of working in project management--if even then. We save you "classroom time" in the "school of hard knocks." You will recover your investment (and then some), simply because you will be that much better at what you do.
How much time can I reasonably expect to save, once I use the principles in your time management course?
That depends on how you presently approach your work. The typical student can expect to increase productivity by 50%. If you look at the way most people do their work, and then work your way through the course, you'll see why this is so. The author of that course works three full-time jobs and is Chair for one non-profit and acting Chair for another. Yet, he manages to excel in all of these roles while still maintaining outstanding health and enjoyment of life.
With today’s razor-thin margins, every company must reduce the costs of
delivering projects, just to survive. You may be wondering where those cost reductions are going to come from.
Amazingly, many of them are hiding right on your job sites. To see them, you must change the way you view cost control. Here, we’ll see how to replace strategies that squeeze costs out with strategies that build cost-savings in. It’s the winning formula.
Unfortunately, most people try to improve profitability by working longer hours and working their people longer hours. This practice ignores some basic facts about human beings, and is ultimately self-defeating.
If you can increase profitability by working an extra hour each day, why not two extra hours? Or ten? Why not just work non-stop? You can see where this is going. Surprise--most of us are trained notto take the correct approach. And that
means we have to know the material that is in this course or we are doomed to
repeat the same losing formula. Which way sounds better to you?
We have made our money back on this course, several times over. The suggestions are mostly easy to implement and don't compromise time or quality. Some of the ideas I've heard at conferences are just plain crazy, but the ideas in this course are obviously coming from some people who know the ropes and understand how to make more money with the same effort. Well done!
Very, very high ROI on this purchase, 2.12.2010
Reviewer: David Briggs (Indianapolis, IN)
We really squeezed out money we didn't know was there. The course provided specific examples that didn't exactly correspond to our situations, but the ideas were very clear and we were able to see the concept and apply it. Thanks, Mindconnection. You have not only helped us to be more profitable, you probably kept us from going under.