For over five years, ProjectManager.com has produced a wide variety of PM training videos, covering everything from technical PM skills like project estimating, planning and documentation, to soft skills like leadership and strategy. These are all skills necessary to successfully lead a project to completion.
Each week we publish a new project management training video from experts in the field, such as Jennifer Bridges, PMP, leadership coach Susanne Madsen and Agile/Scrum master Devin Deen. They cover the project management world like few can. We’re proud of the work they’ve done for our site.
In fact, our training videos have drawn over 10 million views from those new to project management and seasoned professionals alike, and are required watching for PMs in training in classrooms and companies alike! We like to think of ourselves not only as a great PM software company, but a hub of education and knowledge for the PM community offering some of the industry’s best PM training.
Every so often we like to look back and collect some of the more popular videos in our archives. Today we reviewed some of Jennifer Bridges most informative PM training videos. We’ve categorized them around core leadership skills, from knowing how to efficiently manage one’s time, to leading a team and working with stakeholders.
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How to Plan Your Day
You’re never going to manage a successful project if you can’t manage your own time. Think of time management as the micro skill that feeds the macro skills you have leading the project. It’s what you’re trained for, so it shouldn’t be difficult, only we often forget that those PM skills and methods can apply not just our teams, but our own work, too. Follow these daily planning tips for managing your own time, so you can be better prepared to lead your team.
How to Manage Your Priorities
The best way to manage time is by knowing what you have to do. That’s the easy part, maybe for you. You probably have a task list as long as you are tall. When you’re managing a project team, however, everyone needs to know that not all tasks are created equally. You have to go through that list with your team and prioritize them. There will be tasks that are crucial, perhaps even dependent on others, but there will likely also be those tasks that could be completed another day or not at all without negatively impacting the project. Help your team members prioritize mission critical work and the order in which they need to complete that work. Jennifer explains how in this video.
9 Project Management Time Wasters
You can be as efficient as possible and outside forces might still conspire to waste your valuable time. The more aware you are of these distractions, the more likely you’ll have a productive day. Whether it’s answering emails and phone calls, or getting cherry picked for unplanned meetings and administrative duties, this video identifies those time thieves and gives you advice on how to avoid having them waste your time.
How to Motivate Your Team
Assembling a skilled team is only the first part. Now you have to get that team motivated to complete the project on time and within budget. One of the most important things to remember is that you are also part of the team. Jennifer shows you four practical tips on getting buy-in from team members by setting realistic goals, having a mechanism in place to measure their performance, acknowledging their successes and generally just knowing the people you’re working with.
How to Run Team Meetings
Meetings… ugh, right? Wrong. A meeting is one of the most powerful tools you have to communicate with your team. You want to keep it simple and engaging, but there’s more to making meetings productive than just keeping it short and sweet. You have to prepare. If you’ve not done the due diligence required to convey, then the meeting is only going to be a waste of everyone’s time. Watch how you can run the on-point and productive team meetings to help your teams perform at their best.
Nurturing Your Prized Staff
Once you’ve assembled a skilled team together and assigned them to tasks, your job is only beginning. You need to also work on team motiviation. Nothing is worse for morale than complacency. That’s true for team members and doubly so for team leaders. If you want to retain your talent, keep them happy. They’ll do a better job and you’ll have less fires to put out during a project. Jennifer shows you four tips that will keep your teams together and engaged.
How to Deal With Difficult People
Sadly, not everyone is a joy to work with. You might have come across people on your team who demand a lot more management from you. They might just have unpleasant personalities, though they have the skills to get the work done. Regardless, their attitude problem is going to make waves eventually, whether with other team members or you. Thankfully, there are ways to manage even the most intractable team members, and this video offers some good practical tips on how to do that.
How to Deliver a Great Presentation
Presentations are an important communication tool, especially when you’re dealing with stakeholders. They want to feel part of the project, so if you keep them in the loop proactively, then you’ll not have to always be reacting to their requests for information. Therefore, you want to make your presentation as thorough and effective as possible. Start, as always, by preparing: what are their expectations and how are you going to address them? Then manage the presentation, from setting it up to running it and responding to questions. That leads to our final tip: always, always follow up to make sure that afterwards your message was understood.
How to Manage Your Manager
You spend much of your day managing the team you brought together to complete the project, which, of course, is a big part of your job. But did you know there are methods to manage your manager, stakeholder or sponsor? Not that you are in a position to tell them what to do, of course, but you can have the tools to set the stage to make sure that their demands don’t derail the project by taking up too much of your time. This video shows you how.
How to Manage Stakeholders Expectations
You’re not solely managing a team, but you’re managing your stakeholders, certain in terms of managing expectations. By keeping their expectations realistic, you can keep your project on track and within the initial scope. In this video, Jennifer outlines steps you can take to make sure your stakeholders are not expecting too much from you, including enforcing the process that has been agreed on, offering frequent and regular status reports and dispelling any myths they might hold about the project.
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