ZweigWhite president and CEO Mark Zweig said, "We're seeing more and more companies requiring mandatory PM training, and that can only help make things better. It's pretty interesting to me to see how many firms have come to the awareness that being a capable designer or engineer does not necessarily equip one to be a good project manager. On the other hand, I have seen a lot of that training, and I must say that it often leaves a lot to be desired. There's too much emphasis on budgeting, scheduling, and liability stuff, and not enough on how to have good communications among all parties, the real key to better project management in an A/E or environmental firm."
Additional survey data show that while 67% of firms provide training in client relations to project managers, only a third provide training in leadership and supervision of personnel. Training on budgets is most common--70% of firms reported providing this to project managers.