The PM Basic Course 1 provides a solid foundation for learning effective project management. It provides a good overview of PM in general, with specific tips for improving performance. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Approximate study time: 5 hours
Build a good foundation for effective project management.
Upon completion of this course, you will:
Understand the basic principles of project management.
Be able to identify and describe the six basic processes of project management.
Have a working knowledge of the basics of project management.
Be familiar with the nine knowledge areas of project management.
If you're going to get involved in project management, you have to start with the basics. To understand with the basics, you need to start with an introductory course like this one.
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.
What are your real goals, in regard to project management education?
If you want PMI certification, then you should spend the $2200 or so that takes.
If you want to improve your skill set for better performance, our courses are the answer.
Essentially, our project management courses cover the same material as the PMI certification courses, but we haven't added the expense.
So, you want to be a project manager. Most of us get our first projects before we have any training on how to handle them. This may be your situation. If so, you will experience problems that frustrate you and cost your company money.
This is the first in a series of courses designed to quickly give you the skills and understanding you need to succeed in your projects.
But, "quickly" is relative. You can’t be a "One Minute Project
Manager." However, if you’ll apply yourself to these lessons, you will
dramatically improve your proficiency in a matter of days.
In fact, if you set aside an hour each day for digesting and applying the information in this and subsequent courses, you'll be soon mastering the Intermediate level courses—even if you have no prior project management experience or training.
This first course gives you an overview and lays the foundation for further study. You must know this material if you are to understand how to competently administer and manage projects. In fact, some projects have failed spectacularly and expensively due to a lack of understanding of the very concepts you'll learn here.
Subsequent courses drill down into specific areas, so you can develop further expertise.
This was the best investment of $20 I ever made (well, OK, it was less than that). I've been thinking about moving into project management but when I ask people in that department they make it seem overly complicated. This course explains what it's about and cuts through the fog and mystique.
Lays it out real nice, 2.2.2010
Reviewer: Wayne Marshall (Ocala, FL)
I work as an electrical engineer and have been thinking about going into project management. A lot of projects seem to be managed wrong, and I think I can do better. But just breaking into it is going to require some project management training and my company won't pay for it. This course and the others are very affordable, so I took a chance on this one. I'm glad I did. It gave me a good feel for what's involved.
Helped me get my head around this, 9.26.2009
Reviewer: Michael Guillermo (Parma, OH)
A few years ago, I started a project management class and dropped out because I couldn't make sense of any of it. This course lays out things so clearly and well that now I have a handle on it. The only downside is I would have liked to ask some questions of an instructor. I feel the folks behind this course would give good answers.