How to really develop project management skills?

Look at the list below. It is from a group of senior managers who attended a recent project management course and was the result of being asked; what one thing are you taking away with you from the course?

  1. Consistency of approach – the need for consistency using the overall project management methodology used
  2. The need for a structured approach to project management in our organisation
  3. Use of the overall project management methodology
  4. Focus on own role and remit
  5. Importance of work at the start – i.e. the business case
  6. Importance of reviewing projects/ monitoring
  7. Demystified project management
  8. All of the concepts
  9. Resource planning


The list is very positive. But, is it enough to simply attend a course and expect that it will lead to increasing the probability of project management success? What is needed is for working practices or personal behaviour to change. For example, from the above list; what needs to be done to really focus on ensuring roles are mapped out? Will any change really take place? Well maybe, something in addition to the training is needed.

But, what else? Some of the things you may want to consider are:

  • coaching individual project managers to deliver their projects on a one to one basis
  • running follow up sessions with the same group of delegates who come along with actual projects to work on
  • working with project teams to support delivery of a specific project
  • training project sponsors to ensure they support delivery of a specific projects
  • creating challenge and support group working
  • running a series of workshops e.g. risk management which goes into further depth or influencing skills which compliments the project management training

There is we believe the need for project management courses (and other training as well) to go beyond the formal training room. There needs to be an integrated approach to developing staff.

So let us know how we can help you really integrate project management training in to your business Send us an email here or call us on 020 8446 7766