I met up with an old friend recently. During the conversation he let slip that he had been caught speeding. He was ‘offered’ the option of some penalty points on his licence or taking a course. He took the course costing him £15 more than the fine.
Interestingly, he found the course very useful. In his own words, he had picked up some bad habits, forgotten some information (speed limits on various roads) and the course therefore acted as a good refresher.
This got me thinking about project management training . We train people on courses. We run certificated courses. But and it is a big but, do project managers (and sponsors) get a refresher? Do they forget? Do they get into bad project management habits?
We need constant reinforcing of good project management practices
Clients keep telling me that training budgets are under severe stress. They tell me there is not enough being spent on the training of new project managers, let alone on ‘refreshing’ those already trained.
But how can we expect those involved in project management to reach high standards, deliver effectively or deal with the myriad of problems they face? What further opportunities are there for further development? Now I am not suggesting that your company should be the only source of development activity; it should however, act as a stimulus for development.
We need something like CPD – Continuing Professional Development – most professions have schemes to continue their development. Does project management?
Maybe it’s time to invest some effort in a more structured development experience for project managers (and sponsors) or time for the professional bodies to start something?
For some details on CPD schemes see: