It is safe to say, without exaggeration, that there are millions of online project management resources available. Some are infinitely valuable, some are mildly helpful, many are advertisements for services masquerading as information. From Excel Gantt chart templates to project management tools to courses and certifications to videos, and more, whatever you could ever hope to find is waiting for you! How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? We did the heavy lifting for you. Here are the best online project management resources, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro.
Project Management Blogs
There are many project management blogs online, each with a particular nuance or approach. As online project management resources go, blogs are fantastic pools of information and practical hands on data. Professionals share their hard-earned experience, lessons learned, and the tips and tricks they’ve picked up along the way. We’ve written about the top 10 project management blogs, but these blogs stand out as quality online project management resources:
Elizabeth Harrin is one of project management’s best kept secrets! For women in the project management field, A Girl’s Guide is a top notch resource for everything you’d need or want to know. From industry news to conferences, opinion pieces, reviews, best practices, and more, Elizabeth presents quality information simply and clearly. There is also a Facebook group, which has attracted quite a community.
Cesar Abeid’s site is a one stop shop for any project manager. “Life is the project, you are the manager,” reads the tagline. Cesar developed an approach that can inform veteran project managers as well as people outside the field – this is not easy to do, but PM for the Masses does it effortlessly! We featured his podcast earlier, and the blog is also fantastic. Taken together, the website stands out among online project management resources as a must-follow.
What kind of introduction can we possibly give to Proggio’s blog? Proggio is a project management tool, but the blog is far from what one would expect. The blog ranges from in-depth looks at helpful tools and resources, like this article here, to posts designed to raise important questions about the future of project management, to off-the-beaten-path entertaining content like the top 10 Swedish innovations or a look at the Royal Wedding.
Project Management Podcasts
Podcasts are perfect for the commute, chore time, or even a listen at your desk when you have some free time at work. Like blogs, podcasts are a way for professionals and leaders in the field to share their insights and lessons learned with all of us. Podcasts are usually available for streaming or download. Good podcasts are invaluable online project management resources.
The Project Management podcast, hosted by Cornelius Fichtner, is a well known and much respected project management resource. With insightful interviews and engaging topics, any project manager at any level of experience will find something to think about and something to inform their practice.
Host Ricardo Vargas posts five minute episodes in both English and Spanish. Episodes are only five minutes long – perfect for the little breaks and downtime of the day. Topics are wonderfully varied, ranging from risk management to resources to scope management to informative explanations of important developments in the field.
Chad McAllister is an expert in product management. While product management differs from project management in a few key areas, Chad covers a wide range of topics such as team cohesion, morale, performance, and effecting meaningful change. There are actionable insights in each episode, and the podcast stands out as an exceptional project management resource.
Project management Videos
We’ve previously covered the top 10 project management videos on YouTube on this blog. There is a wealth of project management video content available, ranging from recorded seminars to short and punchy explainers on every topic under the sun.
In this video, Chris Croft explains the basics of project management, in rap form, with the help of Joylon Beradley from Voodoo Trash. Chris is a project management trainer extraordinaire – he has trained over 87,000 people face to face, plus another six million more online.
Eric Brechner is an Xbox development manager at Microsoft and global expert in Kanban methodology. In this speech at Google, Eric explains how to use Kanban for team task management in an agile setting.
Mike Cohn explains the traditional seven deadly sins in the context of traditional project management. The speech is a great overview of agile methodology, and a humorous yet thorough look at what sends projects off the rails and how to avoid the pratfalls.
E-Books and Guides: Valuable Online Project Management Resources
Online project management resources can be far more in-depth than just blogs and podcasts. There are detailed, smart, and well-researched e-books and guides for project management, available online.
Brad Egeland wrote this ebook for Project Smart. Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management focuses on some common mistakes made in the profession and how to avoid them. Far from a basic overview of basic project management tips, this e-book drills down to lessons learned painstakingly through experience.
Brad’s Seven Deadly Sins are:
- Taking the customer at their word
- Leaving your success in management’s hands
- Trusting team members without question
- Taking a shortcut on project planning
- Getting technically out of touch
- Discounting customer satisfaction
- Not emphasizing communication enough
This ebook is definitely worth a read – click the link on the title to download your own copy!
The good folks over at Zapier put together this comprehensive guide to everything about project management. There are 232 pages in this ebook guide – the chapters are:
- An intro to project management
- Project management 101: The complete guide to Agile, Kanban, Scrum, and beyond
- The 5 essential skills of a successful project manager
- Kanban 101: How to use Kanban boards to manage your next project
- The best project software: 50 tools for team task management
- Get organized: How to pick project management software in five steps
- Project management software stacks: The apps that 13 companies use to manage projects
- Don’t overlook standard operating procedures
- How to manage your personal tasks
Click the link in the title to download this ebook.
The Project Management Journal is the academic and research journal of the Project Management Institute. Articles explore theory, research, technique, and practice. Project managers looking for evidence based practice, or even just the latest findings in the field, will love the journal.
Online Education Courses
Maybe you’re looking to break into the project management field. Or you’re looking to advance in your career. Or maybe you’re just looking to be a better project manager. Whatever your reasons, continuing education is a good idea for nearly everyone. Certifications help you climb the ladder, improve your practice, and stay on top of new advances and changing trends in the field.
The PMP is a globally recognized certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). 750,000 project managers have obtained a PMP certification! Far from a meaningless diploma, applying for a PMP requires between 4,500 and 7,500 hours of experience as a project manager, and maintaining your standing requires ongoing education credits earned every three years.
Coursera, Applied Project Management Certificate (through University of California, Irvine)
This certificate is a six-month long online course, broken down into 4 six week long courses. The certificate fulfills the educational requirements of the PMP exam, and prepares you for the test. It features instructor led virtual sessions, with expert feedback on your ongoing projects, and career coaching services.
Penn State’s graduate certificate in project management is a customizable learning experience that you can tailor to your needs. After the introductory course, you can choose courses from the following topics:
- cost and value management
- planning and resource management
- commercial law and project procurement
- organization theory
- interpersonal and group behavior
- corporate, business, and project strategy
Credits earned towards this certificate can be applied to a Master’s Degree in Project Management, too.
Lynda is LinkedIn’s learning platform, and their project management offerings are well-suited to beginners. Courses are built around the foundations of project management, covering topics such as:
Outside the introduction, courses range from 60 to 90 minutes, allowing them to be comprehensive while digestable.
Summary: Online Project Management Resources
There is a wealth of online project management resources available to anyone with the time and interest to invest in becoming a better project manager. We covered
- online courses
We’d be in remiss if we didn’t also suggest looking at our list of online project management tools.
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