I run many project management training events over a year and I have heard many comments from many people. One recent comment however stood out. It was said with such intensity, such feeling that the whole group seemed to stop; listen and reflect on the implications.
So, what was said?
“I have just discovered I have 3 more projects!”
Those were her words. She went on to say that she now understands why the work had not progressed very well; there was no structure, no process. She described her attempt to deliver each of these new projects as haphazard and lacking clear direction. She felt the course provided her with a structure for delivering her new projects as well as existing projects.
Interestingly, she mentioned that each of these projects lacked an owner; a project sponsor. She suggested that this maybe one of the reasons why each one was not seen by her (and her managers) as a project.
This was a key learning point for her however one person suggested another issue was important to him and his staff. He suggested that many of the tools from the course were very useful. He went on to say that these tools can be used on business as usual activities and left the course buzzing and keen to talk with his staff about the use of some of the tools.
Training has many objectives however getting a person to identify they have 3 new projects and using the tools on business as usual are real bonuses. As one person said on their post course evaluation form; ‘this course has really proved its worth!’