Project Management Answer Book Author and NetCom Learning Instructor Jeff Furman Interviewed about IT Project Management

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Jeff Furman, NetCom Learning instructor talks about how he became a project manager, his book and his professional success

Jeff Furman, NetCom Learning PMP instructor

Jeff Furman is one of NetCom Learning’s most respected instructors. His dedication and passion for training comes through in every course he teaches.

Jeff Furman, PMP, author of the ‘Project Management Answer Book’ and one of NetCom Learning top instructors, was recently interviewed by Soma Bhattacharya, host of the blog site Jeff is a certified PMP, and holds the CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer CTT+ and CompTIA Project+ certifications. He was the winner of NetCom Learning’s Instructor of the Year award for both 2008 and 2009. He has over twenty years of experience in project management with Fortune 500 companies. In addition to teaching for NetCom Learning, Jeff also teaches courses in project management for NYU and for the US Army.

Jeff Furman, recently appeared in an interview for Sarder TV with Russell Sarder, CEO of NetCom Learning. In the interview Jeff talks about how his motivation for becoming a trainer grew out of his desire to help people. He discusses how he really focuses on the needs of the students and finds joy in helping students achieve certifications and move ahead in their careers as the result of training. The fool proof method for teaching project management, according to Furman, involves providing the fundamentals, demonstrating the material, and then hands on exercises to ensure that the students understand the material.

“Jeff Furman is one of NetCom Learning’s most respected instructors,” said Russell Sarder, CEO of NetCom Learning. “His dedication and passion for training comes through in every course he teaches,” said Sarder.

In the interview with Soma Bhatlacharya, the NetCom Learning instructor discusses how he ended up as a project manager and teacher. Jeff refers to his journey to becoming a project manager as ‘Accidental PM’. He started out as an IT technical trainer for a New York brokerage firm where he created and taught quick start courses for the software tools used by the IT coders. This eventually rolled into fulltime job providing technical project management for a variety of IT projects at the brokerage. His first major job in his new role was managing the roll out of an IT Change Management System that would be used by the firm’s hundreds of IT developers. His success with the project led Jeff to his current professional career in project management.

One of Jeff’s most challenging and satisfying work has been the training he has provided to the US Army. He has traveled to army bases across the country providing onsite training in project management. He enjoys working with the motivated Army students in addition to their senior leaders who take the training right along with the soldiers they supervise.

Jeff’s secret to success which he imparted to Soma, is sticking to his position even when it was unpopular to do so. Ethics is a major part of his belief system as he focuses on what is in the best interest of both his customers and his business. This ability to focus on what was right and ethical has earned him the respect of his colleagues and his customers. He also credits his success as a trainer to the rigorous training Train the Trainer Presentation Skills class he took with NetCom Learning. As a result of the skills class training and other course work, Jeff was able to take and pass the CompTIA CTT+ Certified Technical Trainer certification. He has also found that the training he provides to NetCom Learning students has helped him in being able to hone his communication skills in working with people with different skill levels and backgrounds. It has also improved his skill level in project management in different areas of project management including requirement gathering, consensus building, goal setting, influencing skills, team building, customer satisfaction, quality management, scope management and time management.

In the interview, Jeff offers prospective new project managers advice on how to become proficient in their chosen field. He emphasizes the need for hands on ‘deep dive’ live classes in addition to reading books on the subject such as ‘The Goal’ by Eliyahu Goldratt. He also states that there are three major qualities that anyone interested in pursuing a career in project management must have. These include being long term results oriented, a strong sense of ethics and professionalism and a dedication to being a lifelong learner, the pursuit of which is the goal behind the success of NetCom Learning.

Students who take classes in project management with NetCom Learning may be able to benefit from the training provided by Jeff Furman, who puts his more than twenty years of experience in project management, course development for companies such as New York Life Insurance, New York University and Prudential Securities into his training presentation.

NetCom Learning partners with more than 20 top vendors, including Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, EC-Council, Adobe, and Autodesk Training Center. NetCom Learning offers more than 1,000 courses, authorized certifications and access to newly launched software application training. NetCom Learning is a PMI Registered Education Provider. As an authorized training provider, NetCom Learning offers Project Management Professional (PMP) training that prepares students for PMI’s actual PMP exam while honing their project management skills. NetCom Learning's excellence in training earned the company the Microsoft 2007 Worldwide Learning Solutions Partner of the Year out of a pool of 1400 training companies. NetCom Learning has been named to the 2012 Top 20 IT Training Companies by and was named "Company of the Year" by the American Business Awards.

Trusted instructors with an average of 16 years of experience and a cumulative average of more than 10,500 years of experience, and carrying an average evaluation of 8.6 out of 9 helped the high quality of training has resulted in over 1,600 testimonials and a 96% customer satisfaction rate with those customers indicating they would recommend NetCom Learning to others. It's also helped NetCom Learning earn its highest ever Net Promoter Score of 78.81, which is higher than even Apple.

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About NetCom Learning
NetCom Learning is an innovative leader in IT, business and executive training to companies, individuals, and government agencies. Since its inception in 1998, NetCom Learning has trained over 80 percent of the Fortune 100, serviced over 45,500 business customers, and advanced the skills of more than 71,000 professionals through hands-on, expert-led training, with the organization maintaining an average instructor evaluation score of 8.6 out of 9. NetCom Learning was recognized by Microsoft Corporation as its Worldwide Training Partner of the Year and named thrice to Inc. Magazine's list of fastest growing private companies in America. The organization was also recently named to the 2012 Top 20 IT Training Companies by and was named "Company of the Year" by the American Business Awards.
The purpose of NetCom Learning is to promote the values of lifelong learning.

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