When Lori Milhaven collaborated with Laverne Johnson, the result was the first IIL (International Institute of Learning) conference. Men and women from all over the globe came together to share ideas, discuss problems with experts and meet project management professionals to pick their brains.
The below guide is for all the project management professionals who are willing to grow and succeed and aspire to make the most of International Project Management Day, without actually having to visit the International Institute of Learning.
General Resource Websites
The Project Management Institute (PMI) – This is an excellent resource for anyone who is willing to get certified and attend training. Get certified and grow yourself as a project manager. PMI is a treasure trove of e-learning programs on organizational change, essentials of project management, and change management.
Wikipedia: Project Management – This is for anyone who is relatively new to the field of project management. Get instant access to definitions, history, and processes, and get drilled in globally followed international standards with all the references and links that you need to become a successful project manager.
Project Management Book Club – The ultimate project management book club for readers and leaders. Get your hands on all the books that can help you get better in your craft.
Directory of Best Project Management Sites – Here you’ll get project management information from across the globe, be it the top business schools, the most popular project management tools, and even software which can save you a lot of money.
PMI: Blog – If you have a problem that needs to be addressed on a global platform, try this out. Learn from the best as stellar project managers share firsthand experiences and tricks of the trade in this blog.
The Productivity Blog – If you want to stay on top of your game, check out this ultimate productivity blog which can help you finish projects in a timely manner.
Guerrilla PM – Being Agile is the next big thing. This project combines the expertise of IT, project management, CEO, and high-level executives who share industry tips to help new people navigate the choppy seas.
The Human Factor Formula – Struggling to cultivate relationships with people? This blog will teach you the tricks to master the art of communication in the field of project management.
Susanne Madsen – A blog by Susanne Madsen dumbs down the functions of project management to make their easily comprehensible to all and sundry.
Project Management 2.0 – Advance your soft skills, leadership acumen, and communication skills with this amazing blog. Get inspired by the success stories of project managers and discuss your problems with them.
LiquidPlanner Blog – Stay in touch with the latest news and glean stellar tips and tricks of project management in this blog.
Publications, Journals, Articles
International Journal of Project Management – This World-renowned journal, that is published 8 times a year, covers all the main events, and interesting happenings in the field of project management.
PM Network – This monthly magazine reviews the latest tools, techniques, and best practices leverage by top-level project managers.
Project Management Journal ® – A quarterly journal with a bevy of authentic and up-to-the-minute research pertaining to project management and how the project managers can best utilize their resources.
PMI E-Newsletters – Newsletter updates regarding all the research, and the latest findings happening across the globe.
ProjectManager.com Newsletter – Sign-up and you’ll receive free videos, trail tools, and newsletters.
Wikipedia: PM Software – Compare your projects with the help of charts, facts, and figures with this amazing tool.
LiquidPlanner – This software offers project management solutions for hyper-busy project managers.
TaskQue – Ditch your run-of-the-mill task management system and say hello to TaskQue; the ultimate tool that will allow you to assign tasks to your available resources without over-burdening them.
The Lazy Project Manager – A project manager expert from the UK sharing his workshops, tutorials, books, and related to the latest happenings in the market.
To wrap it all up
Being a project manager is super-cool. It’s as easy as riding a bike. The only problem is that if you catch fire, everything will go ablaze, and you’ll land in hell.
To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the project manager, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. It is difficult to manage a project if the team that you’re working with does not have synergy. But, if you make good use of the above tools, I am sure everything will turn out fine for you, just like in the movies.