Can any PM run any project?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. “Any PM can run any project.” This is simply not true. Anyone who asserts otherwise is either ignorant or horribly misinformed about what is necessary to run a project. First, the statement addresses only the PM’s characteristics and ignores the project characteristics. But even if we … Read more Can any PM run any project?

Indicators of PM Competence

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. I haven’t been very reliable about posting here regularly. Part of the reason is that I often get involved in LinkedIn discussions about subjects that are near and dear to my heart … like project management competence. So in lieu of copying my comments in here, … Read more Indicators of PM Competence

Performance Based Competency

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. I’ve been getting a fair number of questions recently about “performance based competencies,” and it’s been quite a while since I posted anything here, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and post something on the topic. The following text is adapted from … Read more Performance Based Competency

More on Project Success

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. A slightly edited version of a recent LinkedIn post … this all started with a question that asked, “is scope, cost, and schedule enough to determine ‘project success.’” I responded with my usual position that “project success” is not an absolute, and that there were two … Read more More on Project Success

Art or Science?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. Once again, from a LinkedIn discussion … someone posted a question. “Is project management an art or a science?” There were nearly 30 comments, most of which argued “both,” and most of which leapt right into the discussion without bothering to define their terms. So here … Read more Art or Science?

Ten “New” Rules

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. Hal Macomber writes a lot of good stuff about soft skills in project management. Here’s a link to one of his posts that I like. Stop by and tell him I said, “hi.” http://www.reformingprojectmanagement.com/lenses/project-leadership/ten-new-rules-for-project-managers/ Why did I put “new” in quotes? Because there really isn’t much … Read more Ten “New” Rules

GAPPS Program Manager Standard

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. GAPPS is the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards. IPMA-USA is a founding member of GAPPS, and we continue to be active in supporting their standards development efforts. We also use their standards as part of our implementation of IPMA’s Four-Level-Certification (4-L-C) Program. GAPPS has recently … Read more GAPPS Program Manager Standard

Are activities part of the WBS?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. I got an email earlier today from an IPMA-USA member who wanted an answer to the title questions above. I told him “yes,” and he then quoted my words from the 1996 version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge back to me: “The activity list must … Read more Are activities part of the WBS?

The rush to licensure

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. The idea of licensed project managers has been discussed off-and-on for nearly 30 years now. With the Association of Project Managers in the UK apparently on the verge of getting approval from the British government to begin chartering project management, the discussions are heating up again. … Read more The rush to licensure