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Developing Your Project Management Capabilities

This resource has been created to support the development of project and programme managers across the University. Whether you are just starting out or you are an experienced project manager, you will find learning and development resources to support your continuing professional development.

This resource includes specific links for three levels of learning:

  • Foundationfor individuals new to project management or managing small projects
  • Practitionerfor project managers or individuals with project management responsibilities on medium size projects
  • Advancedfor experienced project managers looking for advanced topics or interested in programme management

You will also find more complete learning paths and professional study programs:

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What is Project Management?

A project is a unique, time bound endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve a project.

A key factor that distinguishes project management from just 'management' is that it has this final deliverable and a finite timespan, unlike management which is an ongoing process. Because of this project managers needs a wide range of skills; often technical skills, and certainly people management skills and good business awareness.

On-going learning and development as a project manager will help you to deliver successful projects. Look through the resources and courses below to find something to support your learning.

Foundation

These resources outline the grounding principles, people, phases and terminology involved in Project Management with a clear focus on the essentials needed to manage projects effectively.

You will find a compliment of courses for this level in our Collection on LinkedIn Learning: Project Management - Foundation Level. We recommend you start with Project Management Foundations.

Other recommended resources include:

Practitioner

These resources will equip you with a clear and effective project management methodology and a comprehensive set of flexible management tools and techniques to run successful projects from beginning to end.

You will find a compliment of courses for this level in our Collection on LinkedIn Learning:

Here you will find the ‘Project Management Foundation’ series, which includes courses on Risk, Stakeholders, Schedules, Teams, Communication, Requirement, Quality, Ethics, Integration and Budgets.

Other recommended resources include:

Learning Pathways on LinkedIn Learning

Project managers are catalysts for change. Learn how to inspire a sense of shared purpose in a team, and how to manage projects from beginning to end using proven project-management techniques.

  • Learn how to effectively manage a project, keeping it on time, in budget, and in scope.
  • Practice using Microsoft Project with expert recommended best practices.

Deliver projects with the highest level of performance and quality as an agile project manager. This path will help you build a solid foundation in leading and motivating agile project teams, from developing user stories and agile charts to driving productive meetings.

  • Master the tools and techniques to manage a project through the agile life cycle.
  • Learn to successfully transition from waterfall to agile project management.

Now that you've mastered project management, you're ready for the next challenge: programme management. From leadership to strategic business and cross-functional skills, this learning path can help you acquire the skills to become an exceptional programme manager.

  • Explore and develop key programme management skills.
  • Practice technical skills that directly apply to the programme manager role.
  • Master leadership and communication skills related to programme management.

Professional Framework Courses

As part of your professional development as a project management, you may want to review the APM Competence Framework, which outlines a detailed list of competencies that support effective project management.

You can also access the following professional project management course through LinkedIn Learning (exams not included).

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