Practice makes perfect

The most rewarding educational opportunities often occur outside the classroom. This article examines the benefits that project managers can realize when they practice newly learned skills in situations outside their workplace, in situations such as volunteer service, discussion groups, and learning-while-doing opportunities. In doing so, it discusses a case involving one project manager who early in her career volunteered to lead a United Way fundraiser, an opportunity that enabled her to test--and to prove to her employer--her skill in managing and realizing projects. It also explains the advantages of joining project manager discussion groups, chat rooms, and listservs; it describes the opportunities project managers can realize when they use mentors to help them and others acquire the skills needed to realize a particular project. It concludes by recommending one practical method for practicing project management: Using professional skills to manage the many activities comprising one's personal life. Acco
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