Project Management Concepts – Know the Project

I’ve been giving some thought recently as to what lies behind the work we do as project managers. Too often we get caught up in the tools and techniques, the how of what we do, without looking at the concepts and ideas behind it, the why of what we do.

Today I want to look at the knowledge that we all need about the work on our projects. The project management concept I will be looking at today is: Project managers need to know what has been done, what is being done, and what needs to be done.

We need to have knowledge of what has already been done. It is important for us to know the path we took to get to where we are now, to understand the decisions we took, to remember the obstacles we had to overcome. In this way, we can learn from our project experience, and make our future path smoother.

We know that we need a good awareness of what is happening in the project at present. This awareness, this knowledge of what is happening right now, means we become aware of problems as soon as possible, to make sure we can solve them as quickly as possible.

We also need to have knowledge of where we plan to go next. It is important for us to have a clear idea of where we are going, to understand the challenges that we will face, to accept that unforeseen problems will arise, and to plan to deal with surprises. To make sure these unexpected events don’t derail the project, we have to have an understanding of our final objective.

By having knowledge of these three areas – the past, present, and future – we can improve our management of the project. We can do this by drawing on our experiences from the past to help us overcome obstacles we face in the present, and plot a course around foreseeable problems in the future.

And that leads us to today’s concept: Project managers need to know what has been done, what is being done, and what needs to be done.

Three Important Strategic Management Concepts

Strategic management and planning can be vitally important to a corporation. It is important for a company to know where they are currently, as well as where they are planning to go in the future. It is also important to have specific goals that are to be met according to a set timeline, in order to develop a business properly. Here are three strategic management concepts that should be at the forefront of any business.

Effective Utilization of Resources

In order to succeed, a company has to make good use of its available resources. This includes human resources as well as financial resources. It is important for a company to fully understand what it has to work with, so that it can develop a plan to leverage these resources in the most effective manner. Once this understanding is achieved, a company is better prepared to develop a plan of action that will allow it to reach its goals.

Continual Evaluation of the Process

Simply developing a plan of action is not enough. There must be a continual evaluation process in place. By evaluating the process on an ongoing basis, a company will be able to adjust the plan if conditions change. This evaluation process is also important to make sure that the plan is having the desired effect. If the overall business plan is not proving to be effective, the evaluation process will show early indications of the problem so that adjustments can be made quickly.

Identification of Risks and Opportunities

Within every company process, there are risks as well as opportunities. The strategic management process can help a company identify these factors and evaluate them so that the best course of action can be chosen. In some cases, the possibility for opportunity may outweigh the risks involved, but the opposite may be also true. Without a good strategic management process, a company is at a definite disadvantage.

Maximize Your Management Concept Training Course For Higher Work Effectiveness

A management concept training course, when applied correctly, can help to boost your company’s production and work effectiveness. When you apply the concepts that are taught in the course and are consistent, you will notice an exponential increase in efficiency in regards to personnel and operations. While there are many different types of management concept training courses available, only a handful are on a level where they can be properly utilized on an organizational level. These five tips will help you maximize and hone the skills that you learn in a management concept training course.

1. Use your Notes

All too often people sign up for training courses and skills enhancement courses and when they walk out the door they leave a good percentage of what they learned behind them. Studies show that people only retain a small percentage, in the neighborhood of 24%, of information that they are told or taught – unless they write it down. Take notes and USE THEM! Refer to them often, transcribe them to share with coworkers and apply what you learned to real life situations.

2. Have Regular Staff Development Meetings

Having regular staff development meetings where you reiterate and expand upon the material you covered at your management concept training course will help to make it a part of your organization. As you work on your skills, developing them and honing them, you are applying them to real life situations. Additionally, you are working with others in the applications of the principles taught.

3. Create a Focus Group

Create a focus group with a good, diverse team to bounce ideas off of each other. Discuss the principles that you learned, use your notes from the course and talk about ways to realistically apply the principles to your own organization. Explore creative applications for the skills and teach the other members of the focus group the skills you learned in your management concept training course.

4. Ask Questions

Ask questions and get feedback about how the principles and skills are working in your organization. Don’t, however, contain your quest for feedback solely to upper management. Ask lower level employees. They are often on the front lines, dealing directly with customers, product and operations so their feedback and suggestions could prove to be invaluable.

5. Keep on Learning

Don’t limit yourself to just one management concept training course, keep on learning! Take other courses that are related to your topic and look for courses that build on your existing skills, particularly those that you learned through your initial management concept training course. Never stop learning, update your skills, abilities and knowledge regularly.

When you attend a management concept training course, you can bring to your organization and position. There are even more ways that you can help your managers increase their effectiveness at work, never stop exploring.