Resource — Blogs
If your favorite time to dig into resources is with your cup of coffee in the morning, a project management blog could be the best resource for you. There are plenty to choose from — including the one you’re reading this from right now — so we recommend selecting a blog written by a PM expert, or team of experts, with experience in the field. For example, The Lazy Project Manager is helmed by Peter Taylor, who has turned his experience into easy-to-digest posts, presentations and books to make project management more relatable. Elizabeth Harrin, aka A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, has taken her 20 years of PM experience and translated it into practical solutions and quick templates you can adopt right away. Or, if you like a variety of voices giving you advice in your blog reading, a blog like pmStudent is a great way to crowdsource top tips.
Resource — Software
Technology has impacted every industry, and project management is no exception. This means that one of the most powerful resources available to project managers is PM software. Picking the right platform for your team comes down to identifying your specific needs, and matching them up with a tool that addresses those needs. There are PM behemoths like monday.com, and more customizable up-and-comers like CROOW. Set a budget, outline your must-have features, and onboard your team into a digital platform that will help keep projects organized and on time.
Resource — Books
If you have a little more time to devote to upping your PM game, we recommend digging into a good book. There are lots of great project management books out in the world, but a few of our favorites take a more original approach to PMing. For example, Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell is all about his experience running Disney theme parks. It features tons of great anecdotes about communicating with a team, and valuing every single person to better your outcomes. There’s also The Unicorn Project, which takes project management best practices and weaves them into an engaging story. The takeaway here is that project management shows up in so many different parts of life — think outside the book box and you can find reads that are both interesting and helpful.
Resource — Courses
When you want to get better at project management, and also have something tangible to add to your resume, a PM course or certification is a fantastic option. From Cornell to Coursera, there are a plethora of recognizable and trusted sources from which to study project management. If you’re specifically aiming to get your PMP certification, there are also lots of options when it comes to training courses that can help you get there. Some are even free!
Resource — Podcasts
As many of us start to return to morning commutes — or simply enjoy stepping outside for a walk during our lunch break — a podcast can be an excellent choice for project management improvement. One of our favorites is The People and Projects Podcast, hosted by PMP-certified PM Andy Kaufman. He brings in guest experts to cover a wide range of topics, from specifics about the PMP exam to managing up in the workplace.
Resource — Communities
Networking is easier than ever thanks to online communities that are specific to industries. Joining a project manager group on a social platform like LinkedIn, Facebook, or Clubhouse opens you up to a global community of like-minded peers. In these groups, expect tip sharing, job sharing, and more general connecting with people in your industry. In-person happy hours still get organized for local group members, but by opening yourself to these online groups, you remove geographic boundaries to your learning.
Resource — Conferences & Events
Hungry for events and conferences? If you get the most energized by expert panels, big-name keynotes and the dynamism of a bustling event, a project management conference might be the best resource for you. Many conferences are still opting to take their attendees virtual in 2021, meaning it’s easier than ever to log on and join the fun.
There are loads of great resources available for project managers in all different formats. Whether you’re technologically inclined, or just looking to listen to a podcast while you fold laundry, you can improve your project management skills with just a little extra time and effort.