Learn how to leverage project management tools beyond their traditional uses. These techniques allow you to reach your achievement pinnacle, create a great track record for yourself, be ahead of the competiton, and stay employable. Improve the project management process for better on-time delivery. Run projects in such a way as to gain the respect of those to whom you are accountable--this means promotions, less stress, and a higher income. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Go beyond ordinary project management.
Now you can learn how to use project management tools beyond their traditional uses, and tap into power most project managers are simply unaware of. These techniques allow you to reach your achievement pinnacle, create a great track record for yourself, be ahead of the competition, and stay employable.
"The first course is already looking great, like you say, itís certainly devoid of filler. Iím already using the principles to arrange a kickoff meeting. Thanks again!"
-- Sean Cavanagh
Approximate study time: 14 hours
Upon completion of this this course, you will:
Understand the advanced uses of basic project management tools.
Be able to identify when and where to apply advanced techniques for best results.
Be able to employ simple strategies to keep project management tools from becoming the project and displacing your real project management activities and obligations.
Run projects in such a way as to gain the respect of those to whom you are accountable--this means promotions, less stress, and a higher income.
Improve the project management process for better on-time delivery.
If you want to be more than merely a competent administrator of projects, you need more than the usual project management training. This is one of the four courses in the PM1xx series that will take you to the next level.
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.
PM200shows you how to use basic project management tools for advanced results. PM200 contains these component courses:
PM201--Critical Path Method: going beyond the fundamentals. How to use CPM for more than its obvious uses.
PM202 PERT--How to use it strategically. Not a primer on PERT, but how to use it in a
wider sense than most project managers know how to.
PM203--Gantt charts: How to leverage them strategically. Don't let that Gantt chart be
just another document--leverage it for really smooth project flow.
PM204--The magical spreadsheet: More than rows and columns. You'd be surprised how thehumble spreadsheet can transform a project.
No more guesswork, no more misinformation, no more needless expense.
For the past decade and a half, I've been working long hours and running my projects like a robot. I used all of the tools correctly and was able to keep projects from crashing on the rocks and sinking. But I never exceeded the expectations set forth, so really didn't have any notable accomplishments. You could say I managed but did not lead.
A couple of years ago, I bought this course on the advice of a professional contact. As I began to apply it, things began to change. I found myself getting new ideas and making some important people happy. Including myself. Today I am working fewer hours and making more money and I feel more secure. I don't just get projects to completion within budget, I turn them into expanded revenue streams that customers are happy to pay for.
Great ideas, worth the money, 10.21.2009
Reviewer: April Kane (Columbus, OH)
I'm not sure I can implement all of the ideas presented, or that I even should. But some of these just might be game-changers. The course could provide a bit more guidance on actual implementation, especially considering that a wrong move can give your boss an excuse to can you. Still, this does provide a way to use what you already have to go well beyond where you are.