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9 Key Steps to Smart Project Management
There’s a world of difference between projects that are taken on and carried out willy-nilly, and those that are planned with precision and finesse.Read More
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In a way, we all do ‘project management’ already. Running a household, keeping a family in good health and staying on top of all life’s day-to-day tasks are continuous ‘projects’ that we all have to ‘manage’. But working as a qualified project manager takes things to a whole new level, and experienced ‘PMs’ are in serious demand by both big and small companies across the world.
Briefly defined, project management is the successful, efficient and on-budget steering of a team through their defined workload to reach their goal. As a product manager, you will have to set deadlines, lay down the plan of action, procure staff and resources, set a budget, deal with risks and overcome any obstacles that come your way.
An experienced project manager will have a wide range of tools to use, from ways of calculating budgets and timelines, to knowledge of local laws or regulations that have to be adhered to. Depending on the industry or field they are working in, they will have methods best suited to construction or a new product launch. In IT, for example, one of the most common methodologies is the Agile approach.
Yes! And you’re in the right place to enrol in them. Alison has a wide range of free project management courses to choose from, starting with the basics all the way to advanced. Each course has been put together by a knowledgeable and experienced publisher with the goals of online students in mind.
How you work as a project manager is up to you: you can freelance for companies that are doing specific projects; you can work full-time for a single firm; or you can set up your own consultancy and work to clients’ briefs. The industries you can work in are limitless: construction, IT, banking, engineering, pharmaceuticals, aerospace... You can even apply your project management knowledge to renovating your house, organizing a friend’s wedding or upgrading a space in your community.