What’s Missing in Project Management Training

The truth is there is probably as much training available on project management as there is on any leadership topicproject management or skill I could ever write about here.

Don’t believe me? Google it.

There is plenty of training available, plenty of experience with it, plenty of knowledge available. Of course that doesn’t guarantee that we are all getting better at it. In fact, my observation is that even with all of that training, experience and knowledge, most organizations aren’t getting much better at delivering projects on time and on budget.

This could sound like I’m headed towards a rant about the effectiveness of training, which I could write, but that isn’t my focus today. I want to talk about how we use the skills and experience we have and the training that is available to us to make a difference in how successful our projects are. (That is, after all, why we would participate in project management training, right?)

If you are shaking your head and wishing the projects in your organization were going better, read on. You may be getting fired up to attend a new project management workshop, which might be fine, but you have likely already attended some in the past, right?

But who hasn’t gotten any training?

All the people working on the projects.

Do you think that if they had a bigger picture they might be able to operate within the project more successfully?


So we send leaders to project management training, and we spend money to certify project managers, and while that is all good, are we giving those people in the trenches the skills they need to work inside those projects? What if your project teams understood the tools you rolled out to them rather than you giving them the quick overview in a project meeting? What if your project team members had some additional skills in prioritizing their work as they balance project work and their “regular jobs?” What if you entrusted project team members with a more significant piece of the work, because you knew they had the skills to manage it?

The answers to these questions are that you would have a more successful project this time and with every future project. Take some time this week to think about what skills could help your project teams succeed at higher levels. Then, whether formally or informally, help them build those skills.

They will thank you. And your projects will succeed. Oh, and by the way, the effort (and more importantly the results) will make you look good too.