Improve your management skills with this set of courses

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It’s safe to say that there are a variety of management styles, but that doesn’t mean they’re all effective. And yet, as long as there are projects, there will be a demand for project managers. The 2021 Project & Quality Management Premium Certification Package has been designed to prepare you for such an endeavor and more.

This $45.99 course bundle on StackSocial contains 22 immense courses primarily focused on project and productivity management, as well as courses on risk management and information systems. Inside, you’ll find literally thousands of lessons ranging from a one-hour crash course in project management to specific management methods like Lean Six Sigma and Scrum. What we have learned through practice is that it is not difficult to acquire many management skills. Follow us to see what else we thought of this set of courses.

There really is a ton of content in this pack, and it’s designed to accommodate future leaders of all skill levels. Classes are formatted like lectures, with video slides narrated by a variety of instructors. There are introductory courses like Lean Six Sigma White Belt, which aims to give you a broad overview of Six Sigma management strategy. And then there are incredibly in-depth courses like those that prepare the user for exams related to project management and IT certifications, including the course simply titled Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). All of these courses are taught by instructors who have effectively put these certifications to good use and run successful businesses. And once you’ve started, there’s no rush – this bundle is yours for life, streamable any time of the day or night.

We started with the Lean Six Sigma White Belt course, taught by instructors from Six Sigma Academy Amsterdam. In their lessons, they illuminate Lean Six Sigma, a step-by-step methodology for empirically approaching management issues. The lessons they contain feature in-depth discussions of each step and how the instructors arrived at their conclusions. The format, while longer than usual, really helped us grasp the reasoning behind their decisions and behind the steps themselves. They used a real example of using this method to solve a problem at their university. We appreciate the instructors using examples, but it was even better because they walked us through their actual process from the past. At the end of this section, they also discuss seven data-driven “quality tools” that we found creative and easy to use.

The meat of this course involves a set of instructors defining and demonstrating the use of Lean Six Sigma as they solve a problem that people were unhappy with a college cafeteria. The instructors did a phenomenal job of introducing a set of problem-solving steps, and they made them easy to learn and remember. What we discovered is that each step is concrete and effective, and based on real data that they collected. Their simple explanations and application of these steps made it a breeze to understand. Quality tools eventually made similar use of data for the production of tables and graphs. It was instructive to learn not only how to solve a problem, but also how to present our findings in an organized format.

This is a great course to get familiar with Lean Six Sigma. Instructors introduce it with a step-by-step sensicle system, applying it to their real-life example along the way. We enjoyed being part of the process, and it made us want to take the next-level Learn Six Sigma courses.

Then we took the Complete Jira Agile Project Management course taught by Danny Liu. He has over 15 years of experience managing teams and using Jira, which is project management software with tons of automation options and plugins with ways to integrate other cloud-based services like Github and WordPress. During his short lessons, Liu not only walks you through using this software, but introduces a host of useful management techniques and terminology, such as Scrum, MVP, and the concept of business agility.

Essentially, Danny introduces and demonstrates all the functions you’ll need in Jira. It starts with some basics, such as tools for reporting and addressing new features or issues. He uses great examples to highlight them, and it’s clear from his explanation that he does it all the time. Later, it discusses the many tools included by Jira that can help you manage and track team members and their tasks. Our instructor succinctly introduced us to these tools – we came away with a much better understanding of how these tools worked and why they are so useful.

We had never heard of Jira before, let alone used it, but Danny’s Jira course is exemplary. He frequently uses concrete examples and defines a lot of jargon in understandable terms, which we really appreciate in any lesson.

Coming out of project management, we then took the Compliance and Risk Management course. This course is actually computer narrated (which is very unusual), but the content is just as careful. It is intended to cover in detail the legal and ethical requirements of a compliance officer or compliance department. It’s not the most exciting lecture series, but it’s a serious one-stop-shop in risk and compliance.

The course is divided into several longer lessons, ranging from 8 to 15 minutes. We’re introduced to the essentials of compliance and the common practices they entail, like forming an airtight code of conduct. Later, our instructor covers topics such as ethics, the different types of risks a business may face, and how to conduct compliance and risk management audits. These are all elements that make up the complete picture of risk management, and we found it to be inexorably complete. This course is not devoid of lived examples, but we would have liked to see them draw inspiration from it a little more. Overall, not the most exciting course, especially since it’s not narrated by a person, but it’s packed with educational information.

As we said, the Compliance and Risk Management course is not designed to be fun. But what is much less fun is the violation of ethics, even the law. This course, although a little dry, clearly presents the essential stages of risk management. And while we would have liked a more interactive format, it’s a useful course for anyone looking for all that information in one place.

The courses in this pack are designed to help you deal with the management issues you are sure to encounter with realistic examples and clear explanations. Even if you don’t have any management experience, you can start building your skills with these expert instructors and informative lectures.

We think the 2021 Project & Quality Management Premium Certification Pack ($45.99; stacksocial.com) is a terrific resource for project managers of all backgrounds to start developing serious management skills.

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