Welcome to Cogent Language! We build collaboration, project management, and leadership skills for organizations in Japan.

We have been serving premier companies here, domestic and global, for more than a decade. We offer learning paths in English for native speakers or bilingual participants, in a wide range of industries, including IT, finance, engineering, construction, pharmaceutical, and publishing.

We also serve organizations outside the private sector. We work with universities interested in project management, entrepreneurship, or design thinking, as well as international schools wishing to do project-based learning (PBL) or to enhance their ongoing PBL, internship, or career-focused programs.

We have been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our key value proposition is our approach to developing project know-how. It is one that we call "cogent". By this approach, participants construct new systems that add long-term value in their own real worlds. To support participants in this creative journey, we design learning paths that are constructive, cooperative, cumulative, fast-paced, and personal. On these paths, participants build their own project know-how as they create value for their organizations.

For firms in Tokyo, we have a portfolio of courses, as well as customized training and consulting. For schools anywhere in Japan, we offer a full spectrum of services, all with strong emphasis on learning via projects.

Featured Course:

Innovation by the Book

The preeminent global standard for project management, the PMBOK® Guide, is also the basis for Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. This confuses many firms and managers. They come to see the guide only as a way to get certified. Beyond that, it seems impractical or too ideal.

These managers miss the point, and their firms the benefits. In business, there is only one game, and it is a team sport. It is to better create business value. This is the game that the PMBOK® Guide is made for. The strategy that it offers is collaborative application to a firm's real issues and opportunities.

This can be the main benefit of the PMBOK® Guide for companies. When an individual is "studying" it, it may well be pie in the sky. When a results-oriented team is tailoring it to challenges at hand, it is something entirely different: it is a catalyst for innovation.

More than ever, today's PMBOK® Guide can be such a catalyst. It can help teams leverage the practice of professional project management to better create business value. This course shows how. It shows how the guide can inform game plans for innovation in any organization. Moreover, it facilitates game planning by the players themselves.

The Sixth Edition is the first to deeply integrate agile project management. No surprise then, this course has a lot to say about agile. More importantly, the course itself is agile. Its learning architecture is built on the pattern: Envision, Speculate, Explore, Adapt, Close. For these reasons, teams using agile, considering agile, or designing a hybrid environment for their projects will find this course especially beneficial.