2020 Project Management (Part 1)

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The video begins:

Have you ever thought about how some people make doing project management look easy, and it seems like they know it all? People listen to them, people take them seriously, people recognise what they do, and they’ve got support from somewhere – their boss, their mentor, someone.

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Harrin, I’m the founder of Project Management Rebels, author of 5 books and you might know me from my blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. Welcome to my brand new training series, 2020 Project Management.

In today’s video, you’re going to learn what it takes to succeed as a project manager in this new decade. The video is designed to help you understand how to make your projects work in the real world, because what we learn in textbooks – even the ones I write – isn’t always simple to apply when you add real people and messy projects into the mix.

Once you know what to do, it becomes a whole lot easier to manage your projects with more confidence and less stress.

That means if you’re a project manager who is feeling like you don’t quite know if you’re doing it right, you’re going to get some tips to help you build your skills and build your confidence in this video series.

In this first training video, I’m going to share the key skills project managers need. There are dozens of skills project managers need, and if you’ve read the PMBOK® guide, or any other professional standard, you’ll know that I can’t cover them all in this short video – so where do you start? However, my hope is that today I can help you cut through the noise and today focus on the skills that really matter.

I put this list of skills together because I saw so many people who don’t have time to do full-on project management training. I remember the days when I could take 5 days out of the office for a PRINCE2® course, but these days, I have a busy work schedule, I have a family, and now, I’m not able to spend as much time on professional development as I would have done while I was younger – although actually I don’t think age is part of it, I think our lives are busier now, our jobs demand more, our work is more complex. And I wanted to know, so I could better support project managers in our community, what are the most important things – where should we be spending our time?

So in this 2020 Project Management training series, I’ll share with you the plan I developed to win back more time and get more confident doing the work that we do. And that’s what I want for you. You wouldn’t be watching this if you weren’t already committed to professional development.

So as we go through this training, I want you to identify obvious areas of opportunity for your current situation, wherever you are in your career.

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

–> Watch the video for the skills training.


  1. A very short and important information for program management .

    I have a question. I have been working in a project that focus on research and capacity building through training of PhD scholars . In this type of projects results come from successful research results and publications and graduation of PhD. So what should be the role of the manager to make the project successful?.

    In general what should be the role of the Program manager in the whole program cycle from Programming , formulation, financing, implementation, reporting, monitoring &evaluation of any complex programme /project?

    1. The role of the project manager is to make the project successful – you’ve said it yourself. So what does that look like for you? Removing roadblocks so people can focus on research? Planning timelines for grant submissions so no deadlines are missed and the submission is good quality? You set success criteria for each project at the beginning, and that’s how you work out where your focus should be.

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    I need to thank you for the initiative for this video. It’s just right! The only thing that at least to me is not so fine is the sound… it’s too low even though I tried to maximize it from my side. Apart from that, everything is more than perfect!

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