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Onsite classroom most popular project management training tool
July 26, 2004
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Havertown, Pa. -- A survey conducted by the Center for Business Practices (CBP), the research arm of project management consultancy PM Solutions, shows that despite the variety of project management training delivery methods available today, traditional classroom-based training still reigns supreme as the most used by organizations. Survey results revealed that organizations spend 40 percent of their project management training time delivering onsite, classroom-based courses.

The study, "The Value of Project Management Training: A Benchmark of Current Business Practices," polled senior practitioners with knowledge of their organizations' project management practices and business results. This was the first study to provide benchmark data on a wide variety of project management training issues, and was designed to help project management training decision makers - including project office leaders, project directors, human resource mangers, and corporate university heads - better understand current practices and trends affecting their project management training investments.

"Results of this survey are consistent with the feedback our instructors receive in the classroom on daily basis," says Deborah Bigelow, President of PM College, the training arm of PM Solutions. "Our clients value the face-to-face interaction between our instructors and their project management students. Case studies, simulations, and teamwork help reinforce and apply the soft skills so critical to project management and absent from any online program. The classroom dynamics strengthen key concepts and have a lasting impact on comprehension and work behaviors."

Survey results also show that the majority of organizations (57 percent) outsource their project management training initiatives to private training or consulting companies.

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