It used to be that, if you wanted to learn about something, you either went to school or went to a library. Now, learning opportunities are everywhere and easily accessed. In an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander shares a series of ways you can increase your project management knowledge without a lot of pain and hassle:
- E-learning programs and webinars
- Video tutorials
- Boot camps
- Professional books and articles
- Industry publications and trade journals
- In-house lunchtime workshops
- Mentors and coaches
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Webinars come in abundance these days. For instance, ITMPI features PDU-approved webinars almost year-round. Video tutorials are an attractive option too, if you are a visual learner and want to work through learning the steps of a process on your own time. Reading books, journals, and other similar materials are another low-commitment option to develop knowledge and stay current with industry trends.
If you are actually willing to leave the house to learn, there are additional possibilities. Here is what Alexander has to say about seminars and boot camps:
Seminars on project management topics are often available throughout the year in many cities. They offer advice from real-life project management professionals or trainers from consulting firms that specialize in project management or professional education. Participants also have face-to-face access to seasoned professionals.
A rigorous way to gain a wealth of knowledge, boot camps typically cram a lot of training into a short period of time. If you don’t mind the fast pace and the intense learning environment, you might prefer boot camps to traditional training programs because they don’t require as much of a time commitment.
At the full article, Alexander goes a little overboard with creating fairly obvious pros and cons lists for each of these items. But if that sounds exciting to you, you can view the article here: http://www.cio.com/article/3076846/project-management/8-quick-ways-to-increase-your-pm-knowledge.html