No Investment in Project Management Training and Education

FIGURE 5-1. Characteristics of Level l.

The starting point to overcome the characteristics of Level 1 is a sound, basic knowledge of the principles of project management. Education is the "name of the game" to complete Level 1. Educational programs on project management cover the principles of project management, advantages (and disadvantages) of project management methodologies, and the basic language of project management.

Project management certification training courses are ideal to fulfill the organizational needs to reach Level 1 of the project management maturity model (PMMM). Project management and total quality management (TQM) are alike in that both require an all-employee training program that begins at the senior levels of management. However, the magnitude of the training program and the material covered can vary, based upon the type of employees, skills needed, and the size and nature of the projects within the organization. Executives may require only an overview course of three to six hours, whereas employees who are more actively involved in the day-to-day activities of projects may require week-long training programs.

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