Education: Education: Education (But how?)

‘We don’t need no education; we don’t need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom, teachers leave them kids alone.
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!’

So goes the lyrics from the classic Pink Floyd song Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (R. Waters)

But we all know that we do need education, and not just during our school days but throughout our lives.

In the world of project management this is just as true as any other work area. Just because you have your Prince2 standard or your PMP certificate or your IPMA certification or any such evidence of achievement this does not mean that you should stop learning or improving your skills.

Some of this can be done through experience; working with others and observing their good behaviour, or through understanding your own performance on projects through lessons learned.

Some can be and should be achieved through more formal methods of training. There are many benefits of project management training that you should exploit in order to become the best project manager that you can.

Continuing your education is proof of your involvement in your own future. By taking courses or seminars, you are showing your interest in growing, not stagnating. Putting in the effort to attend a course, seminar or conference takes planning, research (what and how are you going to study, and why), and dedication (attend, listen, think about, and come away with something).

The beauty of continuing education is that you can choose to improve your skills in a number of different and interesting ways: you may choose a formal qualification which will require you to attend classes at a university or other form of education institute and to write exams.

You may choose, however, to study informally by reading specialist magazines doing your own research on the Internet, subscribing to specialist online newsletters, investing in educational DVDs or CDs, reading books on your subject matter of choice, or attending conferences and seminars that focus on the topics that interest you.

But where should you start? Well why not start with understanding the ‘best’ learning technique for you.

Each person prefers different learning styles and techniques.

Learning styles group common ways that people learn. Everyone has a mix of learning styles. Some people may find that they have a preferred style of learning, with far less use of the other styles. Others may find that they use different styles in different circumstances. There is no right or correct mix.

Using multiple learning styles or ‘blended’ learning is the current buzz phrase. Traditional schooling uses mainly linguistic and logical teaching methods. It also uses a limited range of learning and teaching techniques. Many schools still rely on classroom and book-based teaching, much repetition, and pressured exams for reinforcement and review.

By recognizing and understanding your own learning styles, you can use techniques better suited to you. This improves the speed and quality of your learning.

For reference the learning styles are:

  • Visual (spatial). You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical). You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic). You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic). You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical). You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal). You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal). You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

OK, so now you may have an idea of the sort of training that would best work for you, style wise, but there are also the factors of ‘cost’, of ‘time’, of flexibility and so on.

  • Cost – well who is paying? Even it is not you then you will have to do a justification for your boss to get approval.
  • Time – when is the course running? Does if fit your own personal and/or business schedule?
  • Flexibility – can you start and stop the course to fit your needs and ‘business as usual’?

Now just do a search with Google (or other search engine that is your preference of course) for ‘project management training’ or ‘project management education’ or ‘project management programs’ and I expect that you will be overwhelmed with the results and perhaps quit there and then.

Where should you start?

If the primary driver is one of flexibility to fit your schedule you may well consider eLearning or online project management courses and training.

  • Online project management training is typically much more affordable than traditional classroom training
  • Online project management courses can be taken in multiple sittings and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — to better accommodate your busy schedule
  • Online project management education is as mobile as you are! Your training can take place on the road, in the café, or any other place you have an internet-accessible computer.

eLearning fits all of the learning styles with the exception of the Social (interpersonal) style, and even then with the advent of forums and communication with the course author(s) this is partly addressed.

‘The next big killer application on the internet is going to be education. Education over the internet is going to be so big it is going to make e-mail usage look like a rounding error.’ John Chambers, CEO Cisco Systems

Still lost? Still overwhelmed? Well The Lazy Project Manager has entered the project management eLearning world with the release of The Lazy Project Manager eLearning experience for project managers, and anyone associated with projects.

So welcome to ‘The Lazy Project Manager’s’ Productive Laziness Training Program.

‘Online learning will rapidly become one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world’s expanding workforce.’ Jack Messman Pricewaterhouse Cooper

With this project management training course you can learn more about productive laziness and how you can apply a number of simple techniques and approaches in your own projects to make your life a whole lot less stressful.

Learn how to be twice as productive and still leave the office early!

‘Online learning is not the next big thing; it is the ‘now’ big thing.’ Donna J. Abernathy

This project management eLearning course is made up of 4 Programs taking you through The Art of Productive Laziness and the full project lifecycle.

You can either purchase the course program by program or purchase the whole course in one go.

Download the Course Guide

‘We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.’ Elliott Masie

So don’t throw away your project management book or books but do consider investing in some more project management training, in whatever form bests suits you;  Hey! Teachers! Don’t leave them PMs alone!’


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