Background information on the seminar topic "Diploma in Project Management"

Project planning, project management, project coordination - as soon as a task is bigger, newer or different than usual, it becomes a (personal) project. In the digital age, software tools are available for helping to organize, plan and implement such projects. Individual steps are planned and noted for this purpose. This provides a digital overview of the entire project status. But these digital means can only serve as a tool. Project management in practice demands methods and approaches that make the work efficient and help it to succeed. That is why comprehensive training in this management tool makes sense.

Analysis, task allocation, scheduling, resource planning - all these steps can be planned, calculated and allocated by means of an application or a coordinated analysis. Knowledge of different project planning modules is advantageous for this, because depending on the task and individual competence of the management, one method makes more sense, when another does not. However, the selection of different models can only be made if they are known about.

  • Waterfall model
  • Scrum model​​​​​​
  • Work Breakdown Structure​​​​​​​

are just some of the methods that can be used to plan and manage a project. Knowledge of methods is a prerequisite for competent management, but it is not enough, because the efficiency and success of project management also depends on the personality and authenticity of the manager.

  • Self-management,
  • Management competence and​​​​​​​
  • communications management

are three further indispensable building blocks for the efficient implementation of extensive projects. It is not the knowledge of the tasks to be completed that makes a project successful, but rather the ability to work together. Those who acquire specialist knowledge of working methods, communication strategies and leadership styles broaden their scope of action and open up new options.

TIP: Practice your leadership, because this is the only way to coordinate a project. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much leadership experience do I have?
  • How do I deal with conflicts?
  • How do I motivate my employees?​​​​​​​
  • Which feelings cause me to feel rejected and criticised?​​​​​​​
  • What do I do if a project threatens to fail?

In order to reflect on the findings of the training, the tried and tested strategies in everyday work and one's own experiences, an accompanying coaching makes sense. Only with professional support is it possible to figure out one's own role in the situations that arise and to influence events through changes in individual behaviour.

  • Looking​​​​​​​
  • Listening and​​​​​​​
  • Reflection

are the prerequisites for understanding work situations and the behaviour of the participants and recognizing their possible aims. A competent project manager knows how to guide those present in such a way that current process steps are not lost sight of and distraction is kept to a minimum. Fatigue, frustration and impatience are also factors that can only directed positively by a skilful exertion of influence by the project management. Leadership skills and human charisma go hand in hand here. The ability to highlight the advantages and solutions for all sides at all times is also part of efficient project management.

Tip: Always make a schedule of contact and communication with your employees. Who is currently working at which location or on which job? Through meetings and close contact with employees, you can create joint work plans and show what is to be processed in which period of time. In addition, employees have greater opportunity to express their opinions.