How to Become a Better Project Manager

Projects vary in their length and scope, how many stakeholders are involved and which goals organizations have targeted. Project managers know this as they begin their careers, and they need to constantly evolve their skill sets to better respond to the shifting demands of project work.

That's why the Project Management Institute (PMI®) has designed its three-year, rolling recertification program to ensure project managers remain not only dynamic, adaptable problem solvers, but also canny risk managers.

No matter what stage of their professional development project managers are in, New Leaf Project Management has the training curriculum to further advance their knowledge, even beyond the minimum PMP® certification requirements laid out by PMI®.

The Project Management Certificate Program

New Leaf has developed a curriculum specifically designed for those who need to learn the basics of project management. Led by our flagship, 3-day "Five Sigma ® Project Management" course, the eight programs in the Project Management Certificate Program will provide project managers with a stable base of knowledge from which they can further their expertise:

1) Five Sigma ® Project Management
2) Constructive Project Negotiation
3) Managing Risk & Making Decisions
4) Leading the Project Team: The Human Side of Performance
5) Winning Project Presentations
6) Managing the Project's Organizational Context
7) Computer Tools for Project Management
8) Chartering Projects: Managing the Business Priorities of the Project Portfolio

PMP® Certification builds on the base

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation builds on a project manager's basic knowledge. The knowledge areas of project management, detailed fully in the Project Management Institute's PMBOK® Guide, include 10 domains that every PMP®-certified professional should understand:

1) Project Integration Management 

2) Project Scope Management

3) Project Time Management

4) Project Cost Management

5) Project Quality Management

6) Project Human Resource Management

7) Project Communications Management

8) Project Risk Management

9) Project Procurement Management
10) Project Stakeholder Management

New Leaf prepares managers to pass the PMP® examination on the first try.

Two opportunities to earn PDUs: QPM™ and White Papers

For the experienced, PMP®-certified professional whose horizons need to be further broadened, New Leaf Project Management has developed a suite of 15 interactive, PDU-earning activities known as QPM™. We have also written comprehensive white papers that cover the wide range of competencies that every project manager should master, including:

1) Earned Value: Ideas and Exercises | 4 or 6 PDUs
2) An Economic Look at the White Collar Project Portfolio | 6 PDUs
3) Embracing the Dragon's Tail | 4 PDUs
4) An Earned Value Tutorial | 2 PDUs
5) Earned Value Benchmarks for Re-baselining a Project | 4 or 6 PDUs
6) Good Estimates & Bad Biases | 1 PDU
7) How Not to Run a Meeting | 1 PDU
8) Loosening Dates: QPM™ and Microsoft © Project | 1 PDU
9) Invisible Earned Value and the Magic Table | 5 PDUs
10) Meeting the Challenge of Multi-Project Management | 6 PDUs
11) Multiple People on Multiple Projects | 1 PDU
12) The Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) | 1 PDU
13) From ROI to Eureka | 2 PDUs
14) The Business Benefits of Better Projects: The Oak Associates Simple Business Model (SBM) of Project Performance | 2 PDUs
15) The Remaining-Work Index (RWI) and the Staffing-to-Schedule Index (StSI) | 1 PDU
16) StSI and RbSI Compared | 1 PDU

Mastering the human side of leadership to enact organizational change

Woven through all levels of project manager experience is organizational change management—an integral component of any project. The focused nature of projects, specifically the concrete goals they are meant to achieve, requires project managers to consider the sweeping changes they can have on an organization—from workflow and processes to workplace culture. With a genuine concern for the human element, project managers can anticipate and effectively deal with these issues as they execute their projects.

Through New Leaf, project managers can master the fundamentals, increase their general knowledge and deepen their advanced understanding of project management.