I am a software engineer for more than 20 years. I have worked in various types of projects but I have never managed any large scale ones. Recently I feel that I need to learn some project management in order to be able to get some more advanced projects to manage.
My question is split in 2 parts:
1) What is a good way to learn project management?
I am reading various books about organizing a project and also trying various online courses like
Udemy - Business Analysis Plan the Project. The problem I mostly face is that I feel that all these are over-complicated and a lot of information that are given in the courses are not used in the real world. eg: Defining the stakeholders of the project is a kind of reduntant (unnecessary) as in reality this step is going to be done by (how you call it) instinct. It seems like a natural progression while planing the project as you will eventually face various people involved to it (or not if it is a small one).
2) Do you have any suggestion on how I can do some practice?
I need to get some confidence about project management. Do you have any ideas of where I can do some practice on a real life project? What is your advice? How did you start getting your experience?