Staffing a project for success: How to select, build, and retain teams that work well together. Poor staffing decisions can sink any project, while good staffing decisions can make a good project excellent. This course shows you how to avoid poor staffing decisions and make good ones. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Having the right people on a project team almost ensures its success. Having the wrong people the project team, even if the individuals are stars, almost ensures its failure.
Know how to put the right people together on the job. You are only as good as the team you put together.
Approximate study time: 7 hours
Upon completion of this course, you will:
Be able to determine the reporting structure that will work best for your team and your project.
Know how to examine the "terrain" and choose the right team for it.
Possess the ability to evaluate the styles of various candidates for your team and determine the best mix.
Be able to determine roles and responsibilities and select the right people to fulfill them.
Know how to determine what kinds of reality checks to have in place.
Not be vulnerable to poor staffing decisions as your career moves forward.
If you understand staffing and how to do it right, 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 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.
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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.
How you put together your project team can be
decisive in how the
project turns out. You need a team that is capable, motivated, and dedicated.
You need a team with the right mix of skills and temperaments.
You want to avoid mismatching people to the work,
and to avoid needless headaches with personnel issues. We show you how
to do that.
You need team members who
can get along and who cooperate, while avoiding groupthink. You want the
team to be more than the sum of its parts, and selecting the right mix of people
can give you that synergy. One poor staffing choice can sink the whole project.
We'll show you how to avoid that.
We also show you:
How to determine the reporting structure that
will work best for your team and your project.
How to examine the "terrain" and
choose the right team for it.
How to evaluate the styles of various
candidates for your team and determine the best mix.
How to determine roles and responsibilities and
select the right people to fulfill them.
What kinds of reality checks to have in place.
This course shows you how to staff a project for
success. This is the fourth in the Intermediate Level Two series of courses in project
management. The first two courses, Critical Path Method and Gantt Charts, start
off this series because this series focuses on the “high end” technical
skills of project planning. These are the skills you need to be an outstanding
Unfortunately, staffing isn't something most project managers do well. The tendency is to grab warm bodies, as if they are interchangeable (which they aren't) and maybe pick a pet person or two (who may not actually be well-suited to this project). Then it's somehow inexplicable when the team doesn't work well or a key area of competence seems to be faltering.
The good news is these problems don't have to exist on your projects.
If you understand staffing and how to do it right, 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.
I've worked as a project manager for three different companies now, and always the team selection has been kind of handed to me. So I've spent a lot of time dealing with bickering, a mismatched skill mix, and other problems that I used to think were just part of the job.
After taking this course, I had a heart to heart with our VP about staffing projects. He put me in charge of a project staffing committee and now we help allocate people over various projects based on the needs identified by each project manager. This has resulted in better performing projects and also ended the problem of the senior PMs always getting the star players even if those folks really need to be on other projects.
Useful, could provide more guidance, 11.18.2009
Reviewer: John Quint (Melbourne, FL)
It hit many issues we hadn't considered, but it doesn't go deep enough. We had previously used the PMBOK product on this same segment of project management and were completely dissappointed at how weak it was. This was better, but not quite enough.