With 10 interconnected knowledge areas that incorporate the use of 47 processes organized into five process groups, project management can be a multifaceted maze to navigate. Developing a deeper understanding of this discipline can be an all-consuming and intimidating task at times, and just trying to find out where to turn for training can feel overwhelming.\nHere\u2019s a look at eight inexpensive and not terribly time-consuming ways to learn more about project management, with a rundown of the pros and cons of each.\n1. E-learning programs and webinars\nOnline training is agreat way to develop project management knowledge because the offerings are easily accessible and often self-paced. There are many e-learning options out there, so you should do some research to find the ones that fit your learning requirements.\nPros:\n\nWeb-based, which means they typically offer anytime, anywhere access.\nUsually self-paced.\nFlexible \u2014 you can fit the training into your schedule.\nLess expensive than formal classroom training and seminars.\n\nCons:\n\nNot all online training programs have live instructors.\nParticipants must be fairly tech-savvy.\nAdditional support may not always be available.\n\n[Related: 8 project management skills in high demand]\n2. Videos and slideshows featuring professional tutorials\nWatching tutorials presented in videos or slideshows is a good way to familiarize yourself with new material or solidify and expand on your existing knowledge. These resources are typically created by industry professionals and are often available free of charge.\nPros:\n\nWeb-based, typically offering anytime, anywhere access.\nFlexible \u2014 presentations can be paused when necessary to fit your schedule.\nThe information is provided by knowledgeable professionals.\nTypically free, or at least less expensive than other types of training.\n\nCons:\n\nNo live instructors.\nAdditional support may not always be available.\nMay not benefit people who prefer hands-on experiences.\n\n3. Seminars\nSeminars on project management topics are often available throughout the year in many cities. They offer advice from real-life project management professionals or trainers from consulting firms that specialize in project management or professional education. Participants also have face-to-face access to seasoned professionals.\nPros:\n\nLed by real-life professionals with project management expertise.\nImmediate on-the-spot responses to questions.\nDirect access to experienced professionals.\n\nCons:\n\nMore expensive than some other options.\nParticipants often must take time off from work in order to attend.\nTravel may be required.\n\n4. Boot camps\nA rigorous way to gain a wealth of knowledge, boot camps typically cram a lot of training into a short period of time. If you don\u2019t mind the fast pace and the intense learning environment, you might prefer boot camps to traditional training programs because they don\u2019t require as much of a time commitment.\nPros:\n\nOffer significant amounts of knowledge in a short period of time.\nDirect access to experienced professionals.\nMay include hands-on team-based exercises.\nImmediate and direct feedback to questions.\n\nCons:\n\nCan be extremely intense and highly stressful.\nVery fast-paced \u2014 information can be missed.\nLittle individual support.\nCan be very expensive.\n\n\n\t\n\n5. Professional books and articles\nSimply keeping up with your reading can be a great way to gain direct knowledge from seasoned industry experts, at little or no cost.\nPros:\n\nOnline or offline access anywhere at any time.\nThe material is typically based on the author\u2019s direct professional experience.\nAuthors can usually be contacted by email.\nLess expensive than other types of training, and often available at no cost.\nAuthors are typically vetted by editors of the publications.\nThe pace of learning is determined by the reader\u2019s schedule and personal preferences.\n\nCons:\n\nMay not benefit people who get more out of hands-on experiences.\n\n6. Industry publications and trade journals\nProfessional journals and trade publications offer more in-depth insights from seasoned project management experts than mainstream books and periodicals, but they can also be more expensive.\nPros:\n\nUsually fairly easily accessible anywhere at any time.\nOffer advice based on direct professional experience.\nAuthors can usually be contacted by email.\nTypically less expensive than seminars and other types of training.\n\nCons:\n\nMay not benefit people who get more out of hands-on experiences.\nNot typically available free of charge, unlike articles in most online publications.\n\n7. In-house lunchtime workshops\nCasual brown-bag gatherings can be a good way for senior project managers to share their expertise with co-workers and offer insights into how the organization\u2019s approach to project management is tied to business objectives.\nPros:\n\nIn-house project managers share their expertise and offer direct company knowledge.\nThe subject matter has specific relevance to projects within the company.\nThe presenters are available to offer direct support in a timely manner.\nThe sessions are free of charge, and you don\u2019t have to take time off to attend.\n\nCons:\n\nParticipants may hesitate to ask questions for fear of being judged negatively by their co-workers\nThe information may only be relevant within the organization.\n\n[Related: 5 practical project management certifications]\n8. Mentors and coaches\nVeteran project managers may be willing to mentor younger colleagues or offer customized coaching services through consulting engagements.\nPros:\n\nThe advice they offer is based on direct professional experience.\nMentors and coaches are usually willing to let you contact them by phone or email.\nThey may not charge for their services, but if they do, they\u2019ll typically be less expensive than seminars and other types of training.\n\nCons:\n\nMentors may be busy with their own jobs, so the amount of time they can share with you could be limited.\n\nWhere do you start?\nTalk with other project managers to get advice on credible professional publications and to find out about veteran project management professionals who can offer valuable insights. Ask around within your social media networks. Then, after talking with your peers as a starting point, spend some time doing additional research to find reliable and up-to-date sources that meet your needs.