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Deliver Project Success

Project management skills are a core competency required of today’s professionals, and Watermark is your source for PM skills development. Our dynamic, energizing classroom experience goes beyond training. Watermark project management students partner with instructors who are practicing, experienced project managers to hear, watch, and execute PM best practices. Students leave our classrooms with the scalable, practical tools their projects demand, as well as the confidence they’ve earned, to deliver project success in any project environment.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve your project management goals. Expect to leave a Watermark class immediately able to apply key principles at the root of project success, including:

  • The fundamental skills project managers need to be effective – and how to develop them!
  • Why business and project alignment is essential for project management success – and how to get it!
  • How to create project plans that leverage the input, understanding, and support of your stakeholders!
  • Why getting the most from your project team means getting the right players as well as developing them – and how to do it!
  • How controlling change, not resisting it, will ensure that changes are beneficial – and how to manage it!


Amplify Your Results Through Project Management Certification

Demonstrate what you know, increase your professionalism, and amplify your results through Project Management Certification! Find out how our Project Management Certification program can help transform your career and benefit your organization. Watermark Learning offers two certifications - Masters in Project Management and Associate in Project Management. We also offer certification preparation courses for the Project Management Institute® Project Management Professional® (PMP®) and Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM®) exams. Get certified and make it known what knowledge and skills you bring to your projects. Contact us to learn which certification is right for you.

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Project Management Courses

Develop the skills you need to analyze competing stakeholder needs, solve underlying business problems, and lead your organization through change with Watermark Learning project management training courses today.

 

If you're not sure which Project Management courses are right for you, contact our Project Management Training Consultants for assistance.

Watermark Learning Project Management classes are available as either open-enrollment public classes, virtual online classes, or as private on-site classes. Public classes allow individuals to attend classes conveniently held throughout the year at our Minneapolis or Chicago locations. With a Watermark Learning Virtual class, you will earn PDUs or CDUs just as you would with an in-person class, and you will experience the same high level of student interaction, with email access to instructors for additional questions outside of class times. Private on-site classes are offered at your location. Whether you’re looking for one class or a series, call us to design a program to elevate the project management skills of your organization.

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Project Management Coaching and Mentoring

Take your organization to the next level in project management competence with Watermark Coaching and Mentoring. Whether or not your employees have taken Watermark Learning classes, utilize our Coaching and Mentoring Services to move your business forward. Watermark Coaching and Mentoring provides high-context skills development for your team members to apply what they’ve learned using real tools, on real projects, for real results.

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Project Management Courses via Anytime Learning

Watermark Learning offers Project Management Courses through its Anytime Learning option. Anytime Learning lets you study anytime, anywhere. You can take an Anytime Learning Class from wherever you have internet access via the Watermark Learning website (classes cannot be downloaded).

Anytime Learning is a great way to take courses you can't attend in person or virtually, including courses to prepare you for PMP® certification exams. With Anytime Learning, you'll have the same class materials and instructors as our virtual classes. Other advantages include the ability to contact the instructor via email, and the abiity to proceed at your own pace, without neeeding to complete an entire session at once.

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Articles About Project Management

10 Critical Steps to Create a Project Plan

by Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM, and Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, Principals, Watermark Learning, Inc.

This article, the most popular ever published on ProjectTimes.com, with over 202,000 reads, continues to generate interest from project managers and is still relevant over six years following original publication. One of the critical factors for project success is having a well-developed project plan. This article provides a 10-step approach for how to create an effective project plan. It also provides a roadmap for project managers to follow and explores why it should be the project manager's primary communications and control tool throughout the project.

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Elizabeth Larson Elizabeth Larson is Co-Principal and CEO of Watermark Learning with over 25 years of experience in project management and business analysis. She is a frequent and requested presenter worldwide. Additionally, she has co-authored three books, numerous articles, and was a lead author to the BABOK® Guide Version 2.0 and the PMBOK® Guide 4th and 5th editions.
Richard Larson Richard Larson, Co-Principal and President of Watermark Learning has over 30 years of experience in business analysis, project management, training, and consulting. He has presented workshops and seminars to thousands of participants on five different continents. Richard was the Review Chair for the BABOK® Guide version 2.0. and co-lead author for the Collect Requirements chapter of the PMBOK® Guide 4th edition. He is also on the writing team for BABOK 3.0

Beware the Unchartered Project

by Andrea Brockmeier, PMP, Director of Training Services, Watermark Learning, Inc.

An unchartered project is an oxymoron to most project managers. Kind of like the unsponsored project. It just doesn’t compute. No sponsor, no project. No charter, no project. But take a look at the mountain of stuff on your desk. How many unchartered projects are in there? After all, it’s not like there’s a magic threshold for budget, time, or other resources needed for something to be a project.

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Andrea Brockmeier Andrea Brockmeier is the Director of Training Services at Watermark Learning. She has 20+ years of experience in project management practice and training. She writes and teaches courses in project management, including PMP® certification, as well as influencing skills. She has long been involved with the PMI® chapter in Minnesota where she was a member of the certification team for over eight years.

Managing Small Projects: The Critical Steps

by Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM, and Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, Principals, Watermark Learning, Inc.

Small projects have unique challenges over larger ones. Because they’re small, it’s tempting to skip the planning process and start executing the work. This phenomenon is especially true if projects perform tasks similar to previous work, which in turn leads to a natural tendency to skip planning and to start doing the work. Then, essential steps are sometimes omitted, done out of order, or done later than desired. Likewise, costly mistakes can occur when risks are missed by executing too soon. A small project that isn’t planned enough can also ignore critical stakeholders, causing both resentment and rework.

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What's on Your Sponsorship Short List?

by Andrea Brockmeier, PMP, Director of Training Services, Watermark Learning, Inc.

What is it with sponsorship? If I had a nickel for every story I heard in the classroom about poor or completely non-existent sponsorship, I’d be writing this article from somewhere more exotic than my cube. Here are just a few complaints that I have heard: Stories about sponsors who aren’t available for meetings, Sponsors who don’t have time to read reports, Sponsors the project manager never sees…ever. Who is driving the project train here?

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Requirements Management 101

by Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM and Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, Principals, Watermark Learning, Inc.

Requirements management, like project management, is a discipline comprised of inputs and outputs, tools, and techniques, processes and activities, but just for business analysis activities. Requirements management includes the planning, monitoring, analyzing, communicating, and managing of those requirements. Get a quick introduction or refresher on this important topic.

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Communications - Grapevines and Rumor Mills

by Andrea Brockmeier, PMP, Director of Training Services, Watermark Learning, Inc.

Communications is, of course, the single biggest indicator of project success or failure. As project managers, we have to think about all aspects of communications, including how much, to whom, in what format, etc. We also get pretty savvy at knowing which communication channels to use.

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Project Management Webinars and Presentations

Creating Bulletproof Business Cases

I Don't Have Time to Manage Requirements: My Project is Late Already

Project Manager and Business Analyst: Are They One or Two Roles?

Offsite and On Board: Getting Real Results from Virtual Teams

Why Strategic Projects Fail: How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic

Check out recordings of these and other webinars on Project Management topics on our Webinars on Demand page (quick registration required).

View Our Events Page for Information on Upcoming Webinars

Why Choose Watermark Learning?

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As with all of our training, the Project Management program combines a practical orientation, industry best practices, and engaging delivery that teaches retainable real-world skills to foster enduring results. We specialize in Project Management and Business Analysis training. Our instructors are PMP and CBAP certified, with 20+ years' experience, and use real-world examples and proven techniques to make your time spent in class immediately relevant and applicable on the job.

Watermark Learning is a PMI Registered Education Provider and stays very involved with PMI to keep up-to-date on issues affecting the profession. Our principals and staff members have been lead authors on the PMBOK Guide, we provide our students with unique insights. Our students tell us again and again how happy they are with their experience at Watermark Learning, and we think you will be too.

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