The Accidental Project Manager
In doing your job you find yourself managing people’s expectations, working on teams, worrying about deadlines, and perhaps trying to manage the costs. If this is you, you are an accidental project manager. You don’t have a background in managing projects, and yet here you are.
Many of us learn by doing, and the more experience we gain, the more effective we will be. But until we gain that experience, we need guidance: a need we ignore at the peril of the project. The consequences of stumbling along can be painful for the project team, the client, and the organization as well as for ourselves.
The good news is that you can achieve success without being an expert in project management. You just need some basic tools and methods along with the confidence to apply them properly. This course gives you the need-to-know for project management success and enables you to start building the toolbox that will simplify the job, increase productivity, and make you a confident project manager.
This course can provide up to 6 PDUs / contact hours towards attaining or maintaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation. Participants must submit the request to PMI via the Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS).
Professional Development Units are allocated according to the number of training hours completed by the student and may be granted by increments of 0.25 PDU for each 15 minutes of training. A participation certificate will be given to students who attend a minimum of 75% of the course.
Determining how long the project will take, what can wait, and who does what
What could throw the project off track
Solutions to common problems
The things to keep an eye on
Tidying up the loose ends
Preventing managing a project from becoming a bigger project than the project itself
Career tips for the accidental project manager
Project management cheat sheet
- Professionals who occasionally undertake projects, or parts of projects, and want to ensure that they are on the right track
- Anyone who wishes to explore the possibility of a career change in which project management might be part of the plan
Francine Durivage is a bilingual Performance Enhancement Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked internationally helping organizations and governments redefine and refine their high impact objectives and delivery. Francine holds a MPM (Master of Project Management), an MCOD (Master Certificate in Organizational Development) and a B.A. in Psychology. Her energy and effective leadership enable her to strategically address the needs of today's project manager, sponsor and team members in a practical and engaging way.