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Which courses have helped you excel as a project manager?

  • 13 August 2019
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Which courses have helped you excel as a project manager?
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We're looking to publish official Coursera Collections featuring your personally-recommended Coursera courses about project management.

☑ Do you have project management experience?

☑ Are you in a leadership position?

☑ Have you completed at least four project-management-related Coursera courses and/or Specializations?

This is a unique opportunity to curate a collection of courses and/or Specializations that you personally recommend for business leaders who want to take their project management skills to the next level.

We're especially interested in collections that have equipped you with skills that have improved your effectiveness and efficiency when it comes to project management and skills that have enabled you to produce highly effective projects.

The very best collection(s) will be turned into an official Coursera Collection! Check out these Coursera Collections for inspiration:

Next Steps

  1. Reply to this post with your list of 4 to 10 Coursera courses and/or Specializations related to project management
  2. Give a reason why you included each course/Specialization
  3. Suggest a title for your collection
  4. Describe what people will learn as a result of completing your collection or what sorts of roles/on-the-job challenges they might be ready for
✳ There's no deadline, but I'll be reviewing collections on a rolling basis, i.e., as they are posted. I recommend posting your collection as soon as possible! If your collection is selected, I'll contact you via private message here in the Community with next steps. ✳

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I have been struggling finding the right project management course that is not connected to service or construction. So I will follow on this thread.
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I'm a programme manager who manages project managers, a PMO and several development teams (agile & waterfall) . I'm really keen to hear other people's experience of PM courses on here.

My own view is that there are two sides to being in a senior position; leadership and management

For leadership, my personal recommendation is to look at the Copenhagen Business School offerings:
Leadership in 21st Century Organizations course
Strategic Management & Innovation specialisation

I found these to be really interesting and useful for getting me to think about leading rather than just managing. They are well taught and are engaging even if you do get a bit tired of talking about E-Types (you'll see!).

Erasmus's Innovation Management is also good, but is less detailed than the CBS's offering.

As a project management methodology, PMP is difficult to beat and is what I apply at my company. Applied Project Management by UCI is available for formal PMP qualification, but I have not taken that course at Coursera.

Again for management, Alex Cowan's University of Virginia courses in Agile are all excellent.

Illinois's Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization is one on my bucket list, as is North Western's Organizational Leadership Specialization.
Coursera is great platform for online education which provides extensive information knowledge and specializations for different sciences, started from single courses , specialization courses and up to level of Master's degree level. I am enjoyed learning specialization in Project Management (Project Management Principles and Practices). which strengthened my capacity in project management through using different project management tools, scopes and disciplines on how to fulfill projects on times, the project management specialization consist of valuable four modules which includes initiating and planning projects module, budgeting and scheduling project, managing project risks and changes, and project management project capstone. The courses given with strong series, for the success of project learner should learn every single course in this specialization. I am very impressed regarding the learning from the one of top universities (University of California, Irvine) through coursera education platform. I recommend this specialization to different learner their work related to project management from private sectors, international organizations and other all learners who deals with project management. really coursera working for ensuring and realization of education for everyone.

Sharawe Elkamil Abass Ahmed
Peace Building Coordinator
World relief, Sudan
First really enjoy this poll and I am so happy to discover your preferred play list.

Project manager is by essence a job where learning should be a daily exercise like doing fitness to stay « muscled », adaptive and impactful.

So on my side my selection will be a bit unexpected....😁

- The duo « Work smarter, not harder» and « Mindshift : breakthrough obstacles to learning ». Because today work effectiveness is key to create space to learn and we need to develop approaches to know how to learn faster and new things in an ever changing world

- Courses around business model canvas (the one from university of Georgia for instance) and storytelling (Macquarie University). Because to lead transformation projects it is necessary to specify the value proposal for the business and build an engaging storyline for embarking people around us

For the title, I suggest « How to become a change maker within your organisation ? »

No matter what is your current job position and skills, using these practices will enable you to become a self learner, making the best use of your time and higher adaptability to overcome changes.
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1. My list of 4 to 10 Coursera courses and Specializations related to project management

Project Management: The Basics for Success
University of California, Irvine

Improving Communication Skills
University of Pennsylvania

High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation
Northwestern University

Achieving Personal and Professional Success (Specialization)
University of Pennsylvania

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
University of Michigan

Data Visualization with Advanced Excel

Leadership through Social Influence
Northwestern University

Strategic Leadership and Management (Specialization)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Leading People and Teams (Specialization)
University of Michigan

Positive Psychology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2. A reason why I included each course/Specialization
- Project Management: The Basics for Success Experts are agreed that the most important challenge of project management is to accomplish all of the project objectives within the given constraints. This course helps learner’s gain knowledge, skills, tools and techniques applicable to a broad range of activities within the project management framework.

- Improving Communication Skills. About 90 percent of a project manager's time is spent communicating hence the need to constantly seek ways to strengthen this skill in sundry ways- oral, written emails, tweet, etc.

- High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation. For me, this is top notch course for project managers because it covers a great deal of the fundamental work in project management- leadership, teamwork and negotiation- non other couches it better.

- Achieving Personal and Professional Success (Specialization). in order for one to stay competitive in this 21st century, one needs to constantly learn, grow, and improve on oneself. This includes having to commit to lifelong learning in order to continue to function and stay relevant in one’s leadership role.

- Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills. At every juncture in a project life cycle, one form or the other of negotiation endeavor- with stakeholders, team-members, policy makers, etc is needful going forward. A project manager will achieve tremendous progress when they gain such requisite skill as needed to perform on the job.

- Data Visualization with Advanced Excel. Crucial aspects of project management such as project initiation, project planning, project execution and project control and monitoring are associated with vast amounts data getting generated in figure. Such data is made lucid and functional with resources provided in this course.

- Leadership through Social Influence. Project management encompass certain social expressiveness skills including verbal fluency and conversational skills, Anyone looking to achieve success in project management should be well versed in the informal rules, or “norms,” that govern social interaction. In other words, they “know how to play the game” of social interaction.

- Strategic Leadership and Management (Specialization) course is important because, the velocity and volume of issues that leaders are confronted with today has increased substantially. Essentially, the project manager is accountable for the success or failure of a project. Typical responsibilities of a project manager include: Planning, Executing, and Closing Projects, as well as defining the project, building its comprehensive work plan, and managing to the budget.

- Leading People and Teams (Specialization) course is relevant because, according to experts, a key function of leadership is for the leader to tune in to the needs of the people they are leading, and in project management, this objective is key to team work, cooperation, collaboration and overall realization of project objective.

- Positive Psychology. This course will enable project manager develop the right attitude to work , get over the negative stimulation in our brain when we think of the task in hand like discomfort at the thought of sitting down to evaluate data using Excel software program. Developing a positive psychology will enable us focus and dispel every neural discomfort.

3. A title for my collection
T. Daarey’s project management suggestions

4. What people will learn as a result of completing my collection
People will understand the project life cycle and how to work to schedule. They will be able to successfully initiate, plan execute and control and monitor the process. They are also able to negotiate with and positively influence all stakeholders along the entire project value chain. Having garnered all of these experiences, they stand a good chance of attaining to very high project management role in both the private and public business sectors.

Following this thread; I only started my first Coursera course - Project Management & Other Tools for Career Development Specialization (UCI) this week.

Looking forward to learn more…