Recently I attended a two-day workshop called “A Systems Approach to Project Management” offered by the Human Resources Department at Michigan State University. I’m considering pursuing a Project Management certificate, and I figured that this workshop would be a good way to jump in feet first.
I was impressed by the formalized approach to much of the work I already do on a day-to-day basis (communicating with team members, working under deadlines, organizing, and planning). More so, I was surprised at the depth of knowledge that makes up the study of project management. It may seem to be just common sense on the surface (something our instructor admitted), but I think many people under-estimate the amount of work that goes into planning, scheduling, budgeting, and managing a project.