This course gives you an understanding of how to evaluate a completed project. You will develop the expertise to to improve processes, avoid mistakes, increase profits, and advance your career. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Improve processes, avoid mistakes, increase profits, and advance your career. Learn from your mistakes. Let your competitors repeat theirs.
Approximate study time: 4 hours
Upon completion of this course, you will:
Understand how to identify "what went wrong."
Be able to use a methodology for preventing the same errors from repeating in future projects.
Understand how to identify and use Best Practices effectively (typicall, BP are used ineffectively).
Know the proper ways to get useful feedback.
Know how to distribute information so it actually gets used where its use really matters.
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.
Do you want to improve processes, avoid mistakes, increase profits, and advance your career? This course will help you develop the expertise to do that. You will know how to efficiently and effectively evaluate a completed project--a skill set many people mistakenly assume they have. We might feel a project succeeded or failed, based on
subjective information, but we seldom really know.
Unfortunately, most of us lack the skills and methodology to correctly examine a
project once itís done. If asked about this, most people will at first say they know how to tell if a project succeeded. But if you push them to provide a detailed explanation of what went right and wrong on a given project--and to provide the substantiation--they simply can't. This
means they lose a tremendous learning opportunity with each project. And it's an opportunity we show you how to grab.
Examples abound of projects that were declared successful, even though they escaped disaster due to the heroic efforts of a few people who had to make up for a series of preventable errors. Consequently, people who mess up one project go on to mess up the next project in the same way. This is intellectually dishonest, but it's also
costly--to all involved.
When a project appears to be successful, we usually abandon any opportunity to look for improvement. Instead, we pat ourselves on the back, take our bows, and start on the next project. And we end up making the same mistakes again.
When a project fails, the normal reaction is to find a good scapegoat to hang it on. Realistically, though, we should be looking at the cost of that failure as though it is tuition. With that mindset, we can dig in and discover lessons that make us not just competent, but truly great. Do you want to be a great project manager? If so, you need this course.
No more guesswork, no more misinformation, no more needless expense.
I guess for ten bucks, it's not bad. But I was hoping for something that would provide a paradigm shift. This project evaluation course is more of a methodology.
Badly needed, greatly appreciated, 1.19.2010
Reviewer: Gary Schiner (Portland, OR)
We've had the same old problems for years, and with this tough economy had to do something different. This course helped get us off the treadmill.
Full of excellent information, 11.28.2008
Reviewer: Gary Henderson (Des Moines, IA, )
I was a bit leery about buying a course online, but I thought it wasn't much money so why not take a chance. I'm glad I did, because this course has helped me immensely. We never had a way of transferring "what works" from one project to the next. Worse, we didn't have a functional way of not repeating the same mistakes from project to project. We had tried various approaches to fix this problem and they all failed. But since implementing what I learned in this course that problem is solved and we are no longer reinventing the wheel with each project.
Great insight!, 11.21.2008
Reviewer: Sheila Wolfram (Pittsburgh, )
A week after I started applying the lessons of this course, my boss called me into his office. The discussion was all positive. He mentioned several things that had caught his attention over the past few days and said he was impressed. He's flying me out to a high-level meeting in his place, and he's never done that before. When I get back, I'm supposed to review some previous projects and then write guidelines for similar projects we are currently bidding on. So, opportunities for advancement have suddenly opened up for me. My resume is going to look a whole lot better in six months, even though I'm sure I won't be looking for a job.