Use Gantt Charts to turbocharge your project. We show you how to use this tool as far more than just a schedule display. Proper use of Gantt Charts can reduce communication time, scheduling errors, and project uncertainties. Examples given in the text are from clever applications of Gantt Charts on real projects. Plus, you'll learn how to develop a Gantt Chart from scratch. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Make your Gantt Charts key communication tools, rather than outdated wall decorations.
Approximate study time: 4 hours
Upon completion of this course, you will:
Understand that a Gantt Chart isn't just a pretty schedule.
Know what Gantt Chart denominations are and how best to use them.
Be able to utilize loading when developing or updating your Gantt Charts.
Know how to develop a proper Gantt Chart, even without software.
Understand how to use the Gantt Chart for more than just providing a schedule.
Put your Gantt Chart skills beyond criticism.
Be able to use the Gantt Chart as a personal competitive edge (for your career) and as a competitive advantage for your company.
If you understand Gantt Charts how to properly use them, you will avoid a long list of problems. Even better, you can polish both your reputation and your resume with every project you do. This course shows you how.
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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.
This course shows you how to develop Gant Charts manually. It also explains how you can do more with the Gant Charts than just put out a schedule.
Proper use of Gant Charts can reduce communication time, scheduling errors, and project uncertainties. Examples given in the text are from clever applications of Gant Charts
on real projects.
Students of industrial engineering and operations management are all familiar with Frederick Taylorówidely considered the father of modern industrial engineering by most and cursed as the father of productivity mismeasurement by some. Taylor introduced many
concepts of quantitative analysis to the management of factory labor. One of Taylorís employees was a fellow named Henry Gantt (notice the two Ts). Mr. Gantt produced a softer, more humanized version of Taylorís techniques. He also produced the tool that bears his name.
The Gantt Chart greatly simplified scheduling. Rather than lists of quantities needed or units of output, the Gantt chart offered a visual display based on time. It's a proven, powerful tool that many people fail to fully appreciate or implement. Unfortunately, many people fail to fully utilize Gantt Charts and take advantage of their real power. They simply print out a bar chart and tack it on the wall.
We'll show you how to break out ahead of the pack, with Gantt Chart knowledge that will give you a decided edge--and help you run your projects more smoothly and profitably.
Project management software does a great job of generating Gantt Charts. However, those charts are only as good as the information supplied to them. Frequently, they need adjustment. Simply clicking on Gantt Chart and assuming the output is the best it can be is
a mistake. We show you how to avoid that mistake, and how to make those charts meaningful, reliable, and accurate. You will learn how to make the best use of a Gantt chart, and how to make a chart that really helps your whole project team.
Unfortunately, proper Gantt chart use is becoming a lost art. Consequently, project team members often get blindsided and face resource problems unprepared and under pressure, instead of anticipating them and solving problems before things get ugly. The good news is these problems don't have to exist on your projects.
If you understand Gantt charts how to properly use them, you will avoid a long list of problems. Even better, you can polish both your reputation and your resume with every project you do.
No more guesswork, no more misinformation, no more needless expense.