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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 demand for project managers. The Premium 2021 Project & Quality Management Certification Bundle was designed to prepare you for just such an undertaking, and more.

This $45.99 course bundle on StackSocial contains an immense 22 courses primarily focused on project and productivity management, along with some risk management and information systems classes as well. Within, you’ll find literally thousands of lessons from a one hour crash course on project management to specific management methods like Lean Six Sigma and Scrum. What we came to learn in our hands-on is that it’s not hard to pick up a lot of great management skills. Follow along to see what else we thought about this course bundle.

Here’s how these courses work

There’s truly a ton of content in this bundle, and it’s built to accommodate would-be leaders of all levels. The courses 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 the Six Sigma management strategy. And then there are incredibly in-depth courses such as those preparing the user for exams relating to project management and IT certifications, including the course simply titled Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). All of these classes are run by instructors who have actually put these certifications to use and run successful businesses. And once you get started, there’s no rush — this bundle is yours for life, streamable any time of the day or night.

A clear intro to project management

We started off with the Lean Six Sigma White Belt class, taught by some instructors from Six Sigma Academy Amsterdam. In their lessons, they illuminate Lean Six Sigma, a step-based methodology for empirically addressing management issues. The lessons within pose long-form discussions about each step and how the instructors came to their conclusions. The format, though lengthier than usual, really helped us grip the reasoning behind their decisions and behind the steps themselves. They employed a real example of when they used this method to solve a problem in their university. We appreciate when instructors use examples, but this 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 “tools of quality” that we found creative and easy to employ.

The meat of this course involves a set of instructors defining and demonstrating the use of Lean Six Sigma as they work through a problem, namely the fact that people were dissatisfied with a university cafeteria. The instructors did a phenomenal job at introducing a set of problem-solving steps, and they made them easy to learn and memorize. What we discovered was that each step is concrete and efficient, and based on real data they collected. Their straightforward explanations and application of these steps made them a cinch to understand. The tools of quality at the end made similar use of data for the production of charts and graphs. It was enlightening to learn not only how to address a problem, but how to portray our findings in an organized format.

This is a terrific course to get your feet wet with Lean Six Sigma. The instructors introduce it with a sensicle step-by-step system, applying it to their real life example along the way. We enjoyed being part of the process, and it left us interested to take the higher level Learn Six Sigma courses.

Even unfamiliar methods are easy to learn

Next, 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 a project management software with tons of automation options and plugins with ways to integrate other cloud-based services like Github and WordPress. During his bite-sized lessons, Liu not only walks you through the use of this software, but introduces a set 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. He starts with some basics, such as the tools for flagging and addressing new features or issues. He uses great examples to highlight these, and it’s clear from his explanation that he does this all the time. Later, he discusses the numerous tools Jira includes that can help you manage and track team members and their tasks. Our instructor walked us through these tools succinctly — we came out with a much better grasp of how these tools worked, and why they’re so useful.

We’d never heard of Jira before, let alone used it, but Danny’s Jira course is exemplary. He makes frequent use of concrete examples and defines a lot of jargon in understandable terms, something we definitely appreciate in any lesson.

An expansive look at different kinds of management

Taking a step from project management, we took the Compliance and Risk Management course next. This course is actually narrated by a computer (which is very unusual), but the content remains just as prudent. It’s meant to thoroughly cover the legal and ethical requirements of a compliance officer or a compliance department. It’s not the most exciting set of lectures, but it’s a serious one-stop course on risk and compliance.

The course is broken up into several longer lessons, ranging from 8-15 minutes. We’re introduced to the vital elements of compliance as well as the common practices these involve, like forming an airtight code of conduct. Later, our instructor goes into topics including ethics, the various types of risk a business can face and how to actually conduct compliance audits and risk management. These are all elements that make up the full picture of risk management, and we found it to be unrelentingly comprehensive. This course isn’t devoid of real life examples, but we would have liked to see them draw upon that a little more. Overall, it isn’t the most exciting course, especially since it isn’t narrated by a person, but it’s packed with educational information.

Like we said, the Compliance and Risk Management Course isn’t designed to be fun. But what’s far less fun is the violation of ethics, or even the law. This course, while a bit dry, clearly delivers the vital steps behind risk management. And though we would have liked a more interactive format, it’s a useful course for anyone looking for all this information in one place.

Bottom line

The courses in this bundle are designed to help you handle management problems you’re sure to encounter through realistic examples and clear explanations. Even if you have no management experience, you can start building your skills with these expert instructors and informative lectures.

We believe The Premium 2021 Project & Quality Management Certification Bundle ($45.99; stacksocial.com) is a terrific resource for project managers of any background to start building serious management skills.