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In cooperation with Project Management Institute

EDUCAUSE has worked with Project Management Institute (PMI®) to offer members access to professional development resources. PMI is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

EDUCAUSE members can access the following PMI resources:

  • Free articles on topics relevant to IT project management
  • EDUCAUSE discount on PMI's online course, Essentials of Project Management


Why Is Project Management Important?

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. Today, project management is recognized as a strategic competence that is indispensable to business success.

In the field of information technology, the completion of projects on time and within budget is not only expected, but vital for ongoing success and improvement in higher education. Strategic project management can help your institution work smarter and faster, and gain a better understanding of how organizations succeed, learn, and change.

Skilled and credentialed practitioners are among an organization's most valuable resource. Project managers are considered:

  • Change agents. They make project goals their own and use their expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the team. They enjoy the adrenaline rush of new challenges and the responsibility of driving business results.
  • Dynamic thinkers. They are comfortable with complexity in changing environments. They work well under pressure and can shift between the "big picture" and the small but crucial details, knowing when to concentrate on what.
  • Communicators. Project managers cultivate the people skills needed to develop trust among all of a project's stakeholders.
  • Problem solvers. They adapt their approach to the context and constraints of each project, knowing that there's no one-size-fits-all solution. 




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Why good strategies fail

The free report, Why Good Strategies Fail: Lessons for the C-Suite, developed by PMI and the Economist Intelligence Unit, examines the gap between strategy development and strategy implementation at global organizations.

Additional Project Management Resources