Training by Project Management Africa

What makes our approach different
Managing projects efficiently saves time and money, and delivers a better result. Conventional Project Management training isn’t geared towards such specific goals. That’s why we don’t do conventional training.

What doesn’t work well


  • Send someone on a certificate course in Project Management
  • Get software
  • Put staff on a short course in Microsoft Project
  • Get in a consultant

Why this doesn’t work

  • Risks are not identified
  • The leaders aren’t leading
  • The training is too “American”
  • The syllabus doesn’t match the real-world need
  • The training isn’t linked to specific business goals
  • Risk reporting is inadequate, so plans don’t reflect reality
  • Cross-functional reporting requirements aren’t addressed
  • There’s nobody in authority driving the process of implementation
  • Participants find it difficult to translate classroom scenarios to real work situations
  • There’s no agreement about what would constitute a return on the training investment
  • The senior decision-makers don’t understand what staff are talking about, and vice versa
  • Implementing what they learned would be difficult and disruptive, so staff go back to doing it the old way

What works in real life


  • Work with the decision-makers throughout the engagement
  • Determine the goals for what must happen in the business
  • Establish a measurable return on the investment
  • Work towards agreed milestones
  • Work on actual projects whilst training in Project Management and relevant software (such as Microsoft Project)
  • Do online entrenchment training, a little bit every day
  • Check whether it’s working before pushing ahead to the next stage

READ The first 5 steps for training Project Management that works at work

Why this works

  • Risks are identified
  • Leaders lead
  • The training is designed for Africa in line with world standards
  • The training matches the real-world need
  • The training links to business goals
  • Risk reporting improves, so plans reflect reality
  • Cross-functional issues are addressed
  • Someone with authority in the organisation drives implementation
  • Staff do their actual work during training
  • The leaders can measure the benefits of the training
  • Senior decision-makers and staff “talk from the same page”
  • The business changes the way it works

READ 10 principles for organisational training in Project Management