Category: Courses


NZIM Diploma in Project Management

4th August

There is an ever-increasing awareness that best use of an organisation’s limited resources is achieved through effective project management under the stewardship of competent project managers.

Developing these competent project managers is our job at the New Zealand Institute of Management where some 200 students have now graduated with a Diploma in Project Management to become successful practitioners in this rapidly growing profession.

The value of this NZQA-approved level-5 qualification is becoming much better recognised and valued as our business world moves from a predominance of ‘accidental’ project managers towards ‘aspirational’ project managers – those who have deliberately chosen project management as their career option and expect to be professionally qualified.

An important reason for this training programme’s popularity and credibility is its immediate linkage to students’ work-based projects.  After each classroom session, students are required to apply their learning to an actual … Read More »



Is PRINCE2 certification useful?

17th March

I usually reply that PRINCE2 certification may get our foot in the door for a job with central government, particularly in the UK, but not with private enterprise.

Our NZIM project management courses are often attended by PRINCE2-certified public servants.

Wow, doesn’t PRINCE2 certification mean that we already have the knowledge and skills needed to manage projects?  Not at all – PRINCE2 training is mostly about higher-level project control and governance.  It does not address project management fundamentals such as:

•  How to lead and motivate our project team, manage a diversity of stakeholders, or any other of those people skills essential for project management success.
•  How to apply basic scheduling, estimating, budgeting and control tools and techniques, and what specifically to do to keep our project on track.

Imagine we have just completed big amounts of PRINCE2 pre-course work, have attended … Read More »




Blog

My latest thoughts on Project Management and life.

BOOK LAUNCH – “Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects”

Authors launching their books sometimes find themselves at a bookstore or other venue surrounded by empty seats except perhaps for their loyal family members,...

Project Durations and Contingencies

Predicting project completion times is one of the challenges of Project Managers. Project schedule overruns are quite common due to uncertainty in estimating task durations,...

Project Cost Estimating

Estimation is notoriously difficult. Projects by definition are unique ventures. We do not have the luxury of “having done it before” enjoyed by our...