Survival of the fittest isn’t just for struggling organisms in evolving ecosystems. Businesses need to make critical decisions to stay alive in a changing world, too. That’s why it never hurts my feelings when someone in an organization who isn’t familiar with project management asks a question akin to:

What’s in it for me?

It’s a good question. It’s a question you should be asking. It’s a question I know a lot of decision-makers in functional areas ask themselves, even if they are too polite to ask it out loud.

My answer to that question?

We have a class for that!

Our three-day Best Practices for Effective Project Teams class was designed specifically to help various departments within an organization get a better understanding of what project management is, how it works, what it can do for them, and how each of the functional areas can support each other to ensure success. We even configure the course for your specific organization, meaning you just might walk out of the training room with a good head start on your next project.

“All I know about project managers is that they cost me money.”

“I’m not sure what all project managers do. I see them walking around with a coffee cup.”


If your organization is starting or expanding a project/initiative and these are the kinds of statements popping up around the water cooler, this is the course for you.

Participants in our Best Practices class come from the following departments:

  • project management
  • business
  • legal
  • procurement
  • finance
  • operations
  • information technology
  • security
  • any other functional area in your organization

I run this course on a regular basis, and I love to see the light bulbs come on when people who didn’t have a true understanding of project management finally “get it.” We’ve gotten rave reviews from former participants, who shared some of their favorite takeaways with us. Comments left on their feedback forms claimed that:

  • They were able to get a complete picture of the project management world and its process.
  • They enjoyed getting to know and working with colleagues they don’t typically interact with.
  • Their expectations were exceeded in learning about project management, the reasoning behind it, and how it can be applied.
  • They enjoyed the structure of the class, which combines presentation with team activities.
  • They benefited from hearing the different perspectives of each functional area.

Check out our course description for additional details about the course objectives and modules, or give us a call if you have specific questions.

I promise, we’ll be happy to put down those coffee cups and answer them!

About the Author

Glenn Thomas, PMP®, CSM, is a Project Manager and Trainer with Solarity, helping our clients achieve their strategic goals by assessing their current situation, defining their desired future state, and then acting upon an approved plan to help them reach their desired outcomes. Before joining Solarity, Glenn served as the Director of IT Governance for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a member of both the global organization & local chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, and has served on the Board of the PMI Bluegrass Chapter as a past President and VP of Communications. Glenn possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge in Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Governance, and we are excited for him to be a part of our team.

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