The 7 Best Project Management Resources

May 16, 2023
June 26, 2023
Learning And Development

Project managers have a lot on their plate! Whether it’s building the relationship needed to motivate and manage the project team members, keeping the timelines ticking along or developing a true understanding of the business case at hand.

And that requires a broad skill set! The question is how do you build it? Or give the people in your team the tools to build the necessary talents.

Giving them access to project management resources that build the key skills and principles is a no-brainer starting point!

We’ve put together a list of seven project management resources we think every new, established and aspiring project manager will benefit from?

Why these project management resources? And how will they help?

Well, we analysed more than 4,000+ users of HowNow+, our content subscription that brings curated content from specialist providers into one place, to understand which resources are the most useful and impactful.

With a focus on the project management resources that give people the mindset, principles and behaviours to do it effectively and grow their skillset.

So, you’ll find a description of that resource (from the creator) and a link to the provider below…

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The seven project management resources that’ll benefit every project manager

✍️ How do you build and structure a project plan?

⚙️ Which frameworks and approaches can you master and apply?

🤷 How can we build an agile approach to project management that makes us adaptable?

These are common questions every project manager is asked or will ask at some point, and the list below suggests resources that help you tackle all of these.

One: Excel for Project Management by BiggerBrains

Learn to create the deliverables of a Project Management Plan in Excel with worksheets including Project Charter, Requirements, Issues, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Risks, and Stakeholder Communication.

When all the information about your project is inside one workbook, you can answer any question, and you will always know where to track a new piece of information.

Read about the full course here.

Two: Scrum: The Basics by AssembleYou

If you’re a project manager, we don’t need to tell you how much pressure comes with the job.

It’s up to you to lead the charge of a large-scale operation that will end up with a completed project that’s satisfying for the stakeholders. A lot of money and company time is invested in your chances of success. You need to decide on a method that will guarantee that success.

Scrum is one such method.

Scrum is one of several frameworks adhering to the Agile approach to project management. For those unfamiliar with it, Agile is an approach that breaks big projects down into manageable chunks called iterations, which are then worked on by cross-functional teams.

In this track, we explain the basics of Scrum and the key roles needed when using the Scrum method.

Check out Assemble You’s full library here.

Three: Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt by Process Management International (PMI)

Designed for anyone at any level of the organisation interested in getting started with Lean Six Sigma and business improvement, our Certified Lean Six Sigma Online Yellow Belt course takes learners around the entire PMI Lean Six Sigma Improvement Cycle.

It’s simple to deploy and easy to study, with full audio, on-screen subtitles, an engaging case study, and knowledge tests throughout so learners can check how they’re doing.

Learn more about PMI’s Lean Six Sigma resources here.

Four: Agile Project Management by PINKTUM

In this e-learning, the participants receive the basic knowledge about agile project management. At first, agile project management is compared to the classical “waterfall” project management. The essential differences are clearly illustrated with the help of explanatory films.

The participants learn important basic concepts of agile project management such as the iterative and incremental approach. Further focal points are the topics “Agile values” and “Agile principles”.

The participants are asked to classify their currently predominant way of working on the basis of the agile values and principles and to question them if necessary. The course concludes with an overview of the basic process of an agile project.

Learn more about PINKTUM’s Agile Project Management.

Five: Kaizen Practitioner (8 courses) by PMI (Process Management International)

First of all, what is Kaizen? Well, according to ProjectManagement.Com:

Kaizen is a philosophy and practice that sees improvement in productivity as a gradual and methodical process and focuses on continual improvement throughout all aspects of life. Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning “change for the better.”

The concept of kaizen encompasses a wide range of ideas. It involves making the work environment more efficient and effective by creating a team atmosphere, improving everyday procedures, ensuring employee satisfaction , and making a job more fulfilling, less tiring and safer. This method can be used to improve the results of any firm and can also be used in your personal life.

Today Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy.

PMI offers 8 courses to cover Kaizen practitioner, from defining the event, verifying performance, mapping the process, identifying waste, implementing to reviewing.

Learn more about PMI here.

Six: Agile Methodology for Project Management by HSI

If you work in project management, then you know that getting bogged down, becoming bottlenecked, or simply spending too much time on any one thing is bad for business. So, in 2001, a group of software developers came together in an effort to streamline their project management processes and created the Agile Manifesto.

These principles have been adopted and utilized by many industries, and that’s what we’ll cover here in this course. We’ll discuss the four agile values, the twelve agile principles, and the overall methodology, so your organization can work on improving your product development and management.

Learn more about Agile Methodology from HSI here.

Seven: 101 Suite: Project Management by MindTools

Project Management 101 outlines how managers can apply tools and techniques to achieve task and activity success.

Learn the benefits of project management, including: decision-making, time and money saving by tracking time and costs effectively, and resolving problems by anticipating and preparing for risks.

Learn more about this project management course from MindTools.

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