How to Develop Your PM Continuing Education Strategy

PMI Southern Ontario Chapter

Bruce is the founder of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Your attitude toward professional development units (PDUs) says a lot about your professional aspirations. Do you regard ongoing education as a time-consuming bore? Or do you recognize the opportunity as a key way to grow your skills?

Leaders in the project management profession understand that growth and development are lifelong pursuits. For some, their training is fully focused on IT--mastering the technical skills associated with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project. For others, facilitation, leadership and people skills are top priorities.  

The “Triple Constraint” Approach to Continuing Education
The past decade has witnessed an explosion of continuing education options for project managers. In 2000, there were less than 300 registered education providers (REPs) recorded by the Project Management Institute. Today, there are more than 1,600 providers. For growing project managers, it is difficult to know where to start.

You can adopt the “triple constraint” concept of project management to determine what continuing education is relevant to you:

  1. Career Goals (i.e. “Scope”): Training and development prepare you for the future. When you choose education, consider your career ambitions. If you are increasing your interaction with management and executives, then it makes sense to seek further training in …

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