As regular readers of this blog know, I don’t exactly push PM newbies toward PMP (or any other commercially available) certification. In fact, in several extended essays and PDFs, I’ve tried mightily to make the case for local, do-it-yourself PM certification while providing specific, step-by-step instructions in how to do so: Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops Seven Benefits of Local PM Certification: Why Pursuing Locally-Relevant PM Skills Makes More Sense Than Buying Generic, External PM Certifications Beyond PM Certification: Achieving PM Performance Improvement How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level Project Management is a Broad Human Practice, not Merely a Profession Still, if your employer or clients have drunk the PMI Kool-Aid and are absolutely, positively convinced that you need their PMP stamp of approval to do your job, then you should know about Firebrand’s amazing collection of powerful, “accelerated” PMP study tools, exercises and answers. The Firebrand collection can do two important things for you: If you are undecided about pursuing PMP certification, it can help you take a very fast, efficient “deep dive” into the conceptual database that makes up the PMP certification body of content. This way you can quickly decide for yourself whether this stuff is going to be helpful to your unique PM career. If you are committed to the PMP certification path, it can serve as a well-designed set of “crib notes,” reference tools and practice exercises to speed you on your way to the certification exam. Video Tour: Firebrand’s Free PMP Training Below is my quick video tour of the free online training materials available at the Firebrand website to help you qualify for your PMP certification. Enjoy! ======= Related Articles ========= The Origins of My PM Minimalism: It’s Not Merely Simple-Minded… It’s About PM Essences My Incredible Shrinking PM Recommendations My 10 Favorite PM Articles, Posts, or Videos from 2013
If you’re a project manager then you know what it’s like to feel frazzled, distracted and jerked in a thousand different directions. And you also know what it’s like to watch other people doing the work of your project (creating the code, writing the scripts, building the prototypes, etc.) while you bounce back and forth among these folks looking for problems and figuring out how to remove obstacles. And you might be thinking that such a thankless existence is a bad thing that should be remedied. But before you spend a lot of time searching for the latest “5-Step Plan for Controlling Chaos” let me suggest this alternative: Simply relax into the blur that is your PM existence. Embrace it. After all, it’s completely normal… necessary… even desirable that someone with your judgment and experience play this part. This story from my first book, ID Project Management , explains: “In the early ’60s, when TV variety shows flourished, a strange little man would sometimes appear on Ed Sullivan’s stage and fill it with plates rapidly spinning high atop long, slender poles. You may have seen him
This article summarizes a process by which you can create a comprehensive, locally-relevant set of “ PM Job Tasks and Competencies Based on Job Level” that can serve as the foundation of your organization’s unique PM Job Model. This, in turn, can be used as a powerful reference tool to guide the evolution of each project manager’s individual career, including helping structure performance evaluations, coaching, PM training and education, and HR initiatives related to PM and PM career development. The Steps to Follow Below, in a highly condensed form, are the steps to follow. ( * Note: Some of these steps — those marked with an * — are discussed in greater detail, with links to helpful resources, in my article/PDF titled Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops ) Find a comprehensive list of generic PM skills (asapm, GAPPS, Prince2, PMBOK, etc.).* Study your chosen list of skills to be sure you understand the implications of each skill for PM job performance.* Edit this list and use it as the foundation to create your own, unique, comprehensive list of PM skills.* Contact project managers, supervisors, respected colleagues, experts, customers, or anyone who might help you refine and edit this list and ask them to provide detailed input.* (Consider using formal information gathering tools or processes such as those used to support a needs analysis, performance analysis, etc.) Summarize the annotated skills list and sequence them according to a logical progression that would reflect a PM career in your organization. Create a draft PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level (See example below.) Share this draft with anyone who participated in Step 4 (above) and ask for their feedback, changes, etc. Revise and finalize your PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level and begin integrating it into your a) PM performance evaluations, 2) PM coaching, 3) PM training and education and 4) related HR initiatives. Sample Table: PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level Below is a “genericized” table showing PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level .
[This post is part of the #PMFlashBlog event “What does project management mean to me?” Scroll to the end for event details.**] Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to provide you with that “whack on the side of the head” that changes the meaning of what you are doing. Such was the case with this simple email from a student. A while back I taught an online class based on my Book, The Project Management Minimalist . After the class I received this email from one of the attendees: “Thank you for your class, ‘Become a Project Management Minimalist!’ The practical tools and skills-in-attitude you teach are a source of inspiration and clarity for me. As a young project manager with a passion for social impact, I’m clear that the tools you share will help me become an effective presence for my community and teams. Project management as you teach it is truly a technology of manifestation! – Best Wishes, Soheil Majd ” As you might imagine, I’m always glad to get good feedback from a class participant. Most of the time, when I teach one of these online classes, I feel a bit like The Maytag Repairman: I’m fairly sure I provided a useful product, but I seldom hear much feedback from the attendees. But beyond the fact that someone took the trouble to thank me, Soheil’s email really stuck with me. I found myself going back and reading it several times, largely because of the unusual perspective he expressed about my session. Here are some of his unexpected insights that stuck with me: “… practical tools and skills-in-attitude… are a source of inspiration and clarity…” Now I am well aware that my classes focus on practical tools and skills
Amazon has just rolled out an a great new feature on behalf of its authors: the Author’s Page! Now you can find all of an author’s books that are for sale on Amazon in a single location.The page includes: Integrated listings that pull together multiple versions (Kindle, paperback, etc.) of each book under a single item name Brief, author-produced videos that provide overviews of books, etc. The most recent blog, twitter, etc. posts for the author Check out my page here: https://www.amazon.com/author/ michael_gree r