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Managing Projects Effectively

By Jeffrey W. Drake, Ph.D.

With rapid technological change in the workplace today, we live in a world of projects. According to Tom Peters, the renowned author, consultant, and speaker, "Tasks are things of the past. To win today you must master the art of The Project!" As businesses look for more efficient and effective ways to manage work, they have discovered that project management is the answer for increasing white-collar productivity. 

Project management is not only happening in technology industries. This strategy is increasingly being used in all industries to get the work done on time and within budget. In today's workplace, the ability to manage projects is an essential skill. Effective project managers are increasingly in demand, while people without those skills are being left behind. Rapid change in business and industry is driving this transformation from task-based to project-based work. 

Whether you realize it or not, everyone manages a project at some point. For example, a couple manages their wedding day, a student manages a class project, homeowners manage home-improvement projects, and the list goes on. These same people can take advantage of the same project management skills and tools that engineers, managers, and contractors use because the principles are the same. 

Participants are surprised how many project management skills they already have when they attend the AchieveMax® Project Management: From Concept to Completion" seminar. This basic seminar helps participants organize their work into projects and helps them build project management skills. The seminar involves "hands-on" activities where they work in project teams. Participants learn that almost every employee, regardless of job title, will spend more and more time focused on projects. In fact, everyone in business and industry will soon be expected to be project completion experts. 

The project management seminar helps participants obtain the necessary skills to become more adept at project completion. After participants learn to identify their project management skills, they realize how valuable these skills can be in developing their careers, especially when they discuss the impact of project management skills with other seminar participants. As a result, employees with project management skills are more valuable to their employers, creating a "win-win" situation for both employee and employer. 

When seminar participants are asked if they handle multiple projects, the great majority respond by saying yes. The participants discuss strategies that have worked for them in dealing with multiple projects and activities. The seminar provides a networking opportunity to share effective ideas to deal with this perplexing problem.

Project teams have been able to work on current and planned projects as a part of the seminar. Not only do project teams learn project management skills, they also make progress in completing their scheduled and planned projects. 

Progressive businesses are realizing the value of providing their project managers and project teams with this type of training so that they can bring in projects on time and within budget. Employers are definitely finding the return-on-investment (ROI) by scheduling their employees in the project management seminar. 

Publication Date: Fall 2000

Motivational speaker Jeffrey W. Drake, Ph.D., has made many presentations on subjects ranging from communication styles and leadership styles to empowered teams and sales psychology.Jeffrey W. Drake, Ph.D., is a professional speaker and consultant for AchieveMax®, Inc., a firm specializing in custom-designed keynote presentations, seminars, and consulting services. Jeff has made presentations ranging from leadership to empowered teams and project management to communication styles for a number of industries, including education, financial, government, healthcare, and manufacturing. For more information on Jeff's presentations, please call 800-886-2629 or fill out our contact form.

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