David knows that the CEO, his boss and the customer are depending on him.
After thinking about this new job, David decides to accept it.
He has become an "accidental project manager."
David's set's up a meeting with his boss and the CEO to tell them the good news that he will accept the new job as project manager for this important project, where the customer is in the USA.
He makes an appointment with the CEO to tell him the news.
"Good morning, sir," David says, as he enters the CEO's office.
"Good morning, David." "What's new?" replies his CEO.
"Sir, I have decided to accept the new job as project manager."
"I understood from our last meeting that you might arrange some help / support/ assistance for me, is that right?"
"I have good news for you, David. I have arranged with DBT Project Management that they will come here and give you, plus a few other of our personnel, a practice-oriented, tailor-made course in the basics of project management. The purpose of this course is to refresh and briefly go over the important elements of projects and project management, and to discuss what tools you wish to use to manage this important customer project that we have given you."
David replies, "Thank you, sir. I am really happy that you did not ask me to do one of those new e-learning courses online where it's hard to really exchange ideas and to ask questions with the instructor, or to have an interaction with other course participants." "You know that I took a course in project management about 3 or 4 years ago, but it was all theory and no application or practice. All the students complained to the lecturer about this, but he couldn't do anything he found out - he had to follow the same course plan as all the other lecturers. Actually, I was bored with the course and therefore skipped about half of the classes. I got copies of the instructor's slides from another student and studied those and got a good mark on the exam, but I don't remember most of the stuff, and I like engineering - I never planned or wanted to be a manager or a project manager."
"I understand, David," says his CEO, "that's exactly why I set up this onsite, tailor-made course for you and some others in our company. The instructor seems to be well-trained and he has a lot of project management experience. And you don't have to travel - the course will be given here in our offices. The instructor speaks both English and German. David, you can take a look at the website of DBT Project Management so you know something about them."
David replies, "Thank you, sir, I will look at their website as soon as possible."
Some of the theory of managing a project is known. It can be studied and understood. But then there is often a big gap between theory and successful application in the field.
That which a person might learn in school or from a book usually needs to be "tailored" (adjusted, modified and tested) to fit a specific project and in a specific organization, to be more effective, to be workable and to be able to deliver good results.
Actually, the entire project environment and project situation - including all factors - needs to be looked at and addressed; otherwise, there can be hidden elements and factors which have a significant negative effect on the results and success of a project. (Unless this is done, and done successfully, many, in fact most projects, will have difficulty achieving their goals.)
Why take a face-to-face Course in Project Management? is like asking the question, Why not let your children go to an online kindergarten or an online grade school, or learn at home on a computer, or better yet, who needs schooling or training anyways? The reason should be obvious. Most people want to learn something so they know something and can do something well and can hold down a good job and maybe even be successful, right?
The only thing is that studying anything on the Internet or on a computer can be very hard on the person and often can lead to confusion and rebellion and a dislike of the subject. It is an attempt to try to teach someone which causes problems, whereby the person usually does not know the purpose of the training, does not know the vocabulary or nomenclature of the training subject, and cannot easily ask questions or cannot easily be guided or corrected early by the instructor. What can cause this? Yes, misunderstandings and finally, project problems.
DBT Project Management delivers project management basic courses in German and English which take into account your requirements concerning duration of the course, the specific times when the course occurs during the day or evening, the number of participants, the location, and the exact course content which is tailored to your situation. We train (tutor) one person, or a small group of persons. This helps to make the training to be very effective.
Project management can and usually should be adjusted (tailored) to a project depending on the size of the specific project, the total duration of the project, and the type of project being executed, the policies of the organization, the personnel involved, etc. These differences are usually important to the persons executing and managing such projects (also for any customers involved) and can be taken into account to manage specific projects more effectively and efficiently.
Our basic courses can cover all, or only a selected portion of project management, including initiating (starting), organizing, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing (ending/finishing) projects, as well as all the subdivisions and tools involved. But we don't overwhelm or flood participants with information which they have no need of. Our Project management basic courses are effective and tailored to your requirements.
Project management basic courses tailored to the specific requirements of important projects can significantly help to improve the results and success of important projects.
PMP® exam preparation courses, project management basic courses, coaching, mentoring, consulting and other support in English & German to help clients achieve their project goals.
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