Running a project: Putting plans into action, from initialization to completion. This is the point where many project managers stumble. We show you how to carry the ball into the endzone. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
This aspect of project management is where many project managers stumble and
fail. We'll show you how to bring that project in on time and within budget.
Launch your projects correctly. You can never recover from a bad launch. But you can build on the success of one done well.
Approximate study time: 8 hours
Upon completion of this course, you will:
Know exactly how to get the full authority you need to do the job.
Have a methodology for reviewing project plans before launch, so you are not launching on a trajectory toward failure.
Be able to locate and leverage strengths from the start--not just when the project is in emergency mode.
Know how to minimize weaknesses before they can derail the project.
Have the (exceedingly rare) skills and knowledge that enable you to hold an effective and efficient kickoff meeting.
Be able to actually use the plans you have developed (this concept fails to register with most people, and understanding it is a great way to "ring up" your career).
Know which pitfalls to look for and how to avoid them.
Break with tradition and administer plan changes effectively and efficiently, which will please nearly everyone involved with your project.
Understand what it takes to keep plans current.
Be able to efficiently track the work.
Be able to effectively track and contain costs.
Use resource management to solve problems.
If you can't carry out the plans you've worked so hard to develop, your project management career will go nowhere. But if you know how to launch a project properly, the sky is the limit.
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.
This is the fifth in the Intermediate Level Two series of courses in project management. The first two courses, Critical Path Method and Gant 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 project administrator—to actually run the project.
This aspect of project management is where many project managers stumble and fail. We'll show you how to bring that project in on time and within budget.
We'll show you such things as:
How to get the full authority you need to do the job.
How to review project plans before launch, so you are not launching on a trajectory toward failure.
How to locate and leverage strengths from the start--not just when the project is in emergency mode.
How to minimize weaknesses before they can derail the project.
How to hold an effective and efficient kickoff meeting.
How to actually use the plans you have developed.
Pitfalls to look for and how to avoid them.
How to administer plan changes effectively and efficiently.
How to keep plans current.
Tips on efficiently tracking the work.
Tips on effectively tracking and containing costs.
Using resource management to solve problems.
In this course, you’ll see how to put your project plans into action. We’ll review the various project plans the way a pilot reviews systems before take-off, and show you what to look for once you start taxiing down the runway. And, we'll show you how to stay at 30,000 feet despite some turbulence. Finally, we'll show you how to make a bump-free landing.
Unfortunately, it's all too common for project managers to move directly from planning into managing an ongoing project without going through the launch phase. Execution then becomes a series of fire drills instead of a smooth running operation going according to plan.
The good news is such a situation doesn't have to exist on your projects.
If you understand how to properly move a project through its launch and into execution, 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.
This helps and was worth the money, but I was expecting more. Maybe an interactive video or something.
Reviewer: Ed Kostel (Hoffman Estates, IL)
This is good advice and we put it to use. Our projects run smoother now. We were just missing the "how to" for launch and transition. You have my recommendation, though it could have been just a smidge better if it had some tools for measuring before and after.