Project management refers to a planned and systematized way to successfully accomplish a particular task. Project management is about setting targets, developing strategies that focus on minimum use of resources, choice of resources and setting deadlines and budgets.
Few decades ago project management was to be taught and learnt while working or doing a related job. But now project management training is provided off the field with aid of specialized courses. These courses cover the various aspects in project management like handling projects, planning, handling client expectations, designating work, tracking the progress of the report etc.
The certified programs are designed to inculcate and develop the requisite insight and skills for effective project management. As Kevin Graf, a senior manager supply and operations at Prism Sulphur puts it "Professionally run courses allow you the opportunity to learn at your own pace in a comfortable group setting environment."
Today many institutes offer project management courses at different levels. For instance the course offered by the Project Management Institute is ideal for students with an IT background. While project management can be learnt at affordable rates by doing an online degree course with International Webmasters Association.
Some useful and worthwhile tips on project management and the methodology can also be garnered by going through various books and journals. Sandeep Mehta's white paper on 'Effective Project Management' has earned remarkable recognition in this area. The paper throws light on the significant role that project managers play and should undertake, ways to optimize resources, other smart techniques and methodologies.
Apart from the extensive course learning and curriculum some simple tips on efficient project management are: perfect dressing sense, while handling a project you should follow a formal dress code; complete presence of mind.