How training in project management can help businesses to get back on track

John Edmonds (Head of Training and Innovation at Pearcemayfield, Wantage, UK)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Publication date: 7 September 2010



In the 1990s project management was a growing area, now it is almost impossible to go to any organization where there is not a project. This growth has been so fast that many people find themselves in charge of projects, with none of the special skills required. This paper aims to focus on the issues.


The solution is to provide training as it is through the discipline of project management that all the enablers for change required to survive in the business world today canbe delivered. There is a de facto process based method for effective project management, widely used by the UK government and the private sector both in the UK and internationally, known as PRINCE2®.


Effective project management training emphasizes structure, creativity and flexibility. The right type of training can offer multiple benefits to an organization to provide a tighter control over resources and an improved level of project risk. It can also raise the management skills of individuals, providing them with greater work satisfaction and long‐term career prospects.


Great project management training should be delivered by subject matter experts who can deliver training experiences that are inspirational and rewarding. Organizations from all business sectors need to invest in good project management training experts who are prepared to engage with their organization's strategic aims and objectives in a partnership rather than supplier role. Those looking to develop their way out of the credit crunch and to secure the future of their staff, customers and business should be taking a serious look at making that investment.



Edmonds, J. (2010), "How training in project management can help businesses to get back on track", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 42 No. 6, pp. 314-318.

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