When our kids turned 16 and it was time to learn how to drive, my wife and I researched which driving school offered the best and most comprehensive training. Our criteria focused on reputation for teaching not only the basics, but for driving in inclement weather, and emergency situations, and performance of basic maintenance. We also considered which school had the best instructors – ones that required the instructors themselves to go through rigorous testing and to have a good rapport with their students. For added measure, we asked our insurance company for a recommendation. Cost was by far the lowest factor on our list of selection criteria – we knew that the cost of even the most expensive driving school would pale in comparison to the heavy price that would be paid if they did not receive the proper driving education.
In my current role as the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P)® Advisory Group Member representing North America Region, I was recently asked by yet another person if I could recommend a project management course that offered the greatest number of Professional Development Units (PDUs)® for the least cost.
This request came just a few weeks after I took a call from another person who said that, in order to receive the 35 hours of project management training required to qualify for writing the PMP exam, he had taken a free on-line project management course that he had access to through his company’s on-line training subscription service. He was calling me because he “did the 35 hours of training quickly and did not really learn anything”. He was now looking for a “cheap” instructor led class to prepare him for the PMP exam.
This morning I read in the paper about yet another publicly funded project that went horribly wrong. The refrain was all too typical — grossly overrun budget, expected delivery years behind schedule, and serious quality issues.I am constantly amazed at the disconnect that many organizations demonstrate, between their expectations of project teams to successfully deliver projects and their treatment of project management training.
My wife and I knew we could not afford anything but the best driver training for our two kids. What can we do to help organizations realize that they cannot afford anything but the best project management training for their staff?