Breaking with tradition
Today's business challenges demand that project managers think outside-the-box. And many of the training programs now offered are facilitating this approach by providing sessions that encourage project managers to have fun while addressing serious problems and to bridge the gap between project life and life in general. This article looks at how project management training organizations are approaching the task of developing and providing programs that prepare project managers for the rigors of the current economic environment. In doing so, it describes the techniques that trainers are now using, which include a diversity of activities ranging from computer-simulated mind mapping to karaoke. It explains why project management trainers are taking unconventional approaches to helping their students develop the skills needed to manage projects. It then discusses one approach to conducting meetings that a project manager learned from a particular training session and identifies the benefits of using this approach.