Quality Management

Tip of the week: “Quality begins on the inside… then works its way out.” — Bob Moawad

What sets an organization or a business apart? Whether your organization provides products or services, quality is what matters most. Quality refers to the distinctive characteristic of a deliverable that satisfies a customer’s needs. The key underlying cause of why numerous global projects turn into unsuccessful ventures can be attributed to poor and unsatisfactory quality standards that did not meet the customer’s expectations.

Project quality management is not just a philosophy but also a set of guiding principles. It enables an organization to adopt methods of continuous improvement by identifying its strengths and weaknesses and making appropriate adjustments to improve the overall value of its services or products.

The commitment to quality rests with the culture of an organization and the adoption of a disciplined approach. “Quality is everyone’s responsibility.” — W. Edwards Deming

Improved quality is a choice that you and your organization can make. It begins with an intention. Take the first step towards excellence by enrolling in MyCourseRoom’s Quality Management course at www.mycourseroom.com. This course can guide you in how to plan, perform, and control the quality of a project. It can also help you apply key concepts, tools, and techniques in the quality management processes.

MyCourseRoom’s PDUs are accepted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and CEUs by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Team Building (0.5 CEU, 5.0 CPE, 5.0 PDU)

TeamBuilding_200x200Tip of the week: “When I talk to managers I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders I get the feeling that I am important.” — Alexander Den Heijer

The word ‘team’ is often used to describe any group effort and is assumed by many to be a key to success. In reality, building an effective team is challenging, and when not done correctly, may result in having to dissolve the team and start over, wasting valuable resources.

The term ‘team building’ can sometimes seem rather ambiguous: people sense that they might benefit from it, but they may not be quite sure of what it involves. People who manage teams may have difficulty managing their own ego or may be unable to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and, above all, build the commitment toward one another and toward a common goal.

MyCourseRoom’s zero-cost courses are designed to add value to your management skills. Our Team Building course can help you learn how to form, develop and manage a team. By implementing the skills in this course, you will maximize the chances that your team will succeed!

MyCourseRoom’s CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and PDUs by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Enroll at www.mycourseroom.com or email support@mycourseroom.com for more information.

Importance of Sharing Knowledge

“Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.” — Peter Senge

Knowledge sharing is different from sharing an office space where sharing implies that either it belongs to you or me.  Knowledge multiplies if shared; thus, it is synergistic in nature.  Knowledge sharing is beyond exchanging information.  It is a genuine commitment to make a difference on this planet.

In this era of rapid connectivity, the demand to communicate and interact with people around the globe is rising.  Nowadays, all organizations benefit when their people share, innovate, collaborate, and learn.

MyCourseRoom’s goal is to influence, enable, support, and sustain businesses and professionals around the world by making knowledge accessible to all.  It also creates communities of learners in multiple industries such as healthcare, childcare, education, retail, and government.  We invite you to sign up at www.mycourseroom.com and take any of our credentialed courses at zero-cost to you.

Help us spread the word.  You can access your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts directly from MyCourseRoom.com.  Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and increase your professional network through LinkedIn.

Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and hopefully, in value.”Louis L’Amour

Stepping into the Present Moment in 2016

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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Buddha

If asked how many times a day you are fully aware of the present moment, what would your answer be? Many of us might respond, “I don’t know what you mean!”

MyCourseRoom’s course, Stepping into the Present Moment, is exactly what we need. It provides simple exercises and practical tips that we can use and teach to others.

As you practice stepping into the present moment, the process becomes easy and natural. It is the time when you rejuvenate and re-energize yourself. Stepping into the present moment enables a state of consciousness that is alert and vibrant. Stress and anxiety are significantly reduced.

Stepping into the Present Moment is a 1.5 clock hour personal development course. Register today at www.mycourseroom.com and learn how to savor the moment.

Project Management Competency Assessment

Tip of thPMAssessment_orige week: “If we always do what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always got.” — Adam Urbanski

Does your organization hire the right people with the right skill set and knowledge to move you in the right direction? Are your project team members and project managers tailored to fit their current role?

Competencies are important dimensions to be assessed by organizations to ensure that their people have the right abilities and expertise for the role in which they are assigned. A well-defined standard of expectations and performance supports the development of human resources within the organization.

Just as navigation guides you to smoothly arrive at your destination by suggesting the best route based on the traffic, project management competency assessments can help you achieve successful project outcomes by providing valuable feedback on your team members’ strengths and gaps.

MyCourseRoom’s Project Management Competency Assessment aims to increase the performance of individual project managers by helping them identify and put together the most qualified team. This assessment covers the nine knowledge areas as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Based on the evaluation of competency in each of the knowledge areas, recommendations are provided for specific training to close the gaps if needed.

Join our community of learners at www.mycourseroom.com and develop your skills as managers, leaders, recruiters, and employers.

MyCourseRoom’s CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Sign up now at www.mycourseroom.com or email us at support@mycourseroom.com for more information.

 

PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Announcing two new courses from MyCourseRoom.com

MyCourseRoom is excited to announce that we have added two new courses to our Project Management category: Human Resource Management and Communications Management.

Human Resource Management:  Whether you are a project manager or an administrator in your organization, successfully managing your most valuable resource is critical to your success.  Project human resource management can be referred to as both a philosophy as well as a catalog of guiding principles that enable an organization to manage its resources, train its personnel, and adhere to the organization’s policies and core values.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard

Communications Management:  One of the most important traits for being an effective project manager is to master the art of communicating with all of the project stakeholders and influencing them to contribute in the best interests of the project.  Project communication management involves the methodology on how information needs to be created, planned, collected, stored, retrieved, and controlled so that the end users experience its timeliness and relevance.

“The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.” — James Cash Penney

These two new courses along with Scope Management and Quality Management provide an understanding of the skills required for managing projects and are aligned with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® and PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition, standards and guidelines.  These are valuable courses and a refresher for all project managers.  They also provide an opportunity to review material for those who plan to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.  MyCourseRoom under our parent company, Empowered Training Centre, LLC, is a Registered Education Provider of the PMI. (R.E.P. #3669)

Sign up today at www.mycourseroom.com and join our community of learners.

PMI, PMBOK and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Effective Facilitation of Meetings (0.5 CEU, 5.0 CPE and PDU)

EffectiveMeetingFacilitationTip of the week: “Efficient meetings respect people’s time. They also build organizational morale by generating a sense of unity. This is an essential leadership skill.” — Effective Facilitation of Meetings @ http://www.mycourseroom.com

When you hear that there is a meeting scheduled, what are your first thoughts? Many of us consider most meetings a waste of our valuable time that could be used more productively.  According to recent studies, a typical business manager spends over fifty percent of his or her time in meetings. These studies also indicate that managers feel that a third of these meetings are totally ineffective.

And yet, meetings are a crucial management tool enabling managers to explore problems, find solutions, set objectives, make policy decisions, and develop a team dynamic. In short, meetings are management tools that can make or break a company.

If your meetings do not have a clear agenda or plan, if they are poorly run, and if they do not stress immediate action, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to develop the actionable consensus that is vital for success in achieving the objective. A well-organized and efficiently run meeting means getting the most done in the minimum amount of time.

The zero-cost Effective Facilitation of Meetings course at http://www.mycourseroom.com helps develop skills for planning and facilitating successful meetings. These skills enable you to build an atmosphere of camaraderie and ‘buy-in’ among the members attending the meeting so that the project under discussion can be planned and executed perfectly.

MyCourseRoom’s CEUs are accepted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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