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

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?

Bad question, bad exam

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. I stopped by a website recently whose proprietor specializes in training people to take a certification exam offered by one of our competitors … “That Other Organization” or TOO. Here was the Question of the Month offered by this training provider: “Ten stakeholders need to receive … Read more Bad question, bad exam

Debate about merits of various PM certifications

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. The following link takes you to a LinkedIn discussion with lots of information, different perspectives, and even a couple of personal attacks! Good reading if you have the time … http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers&discussionID=7074372&gid=35313&commentID=8959122&trk=view_disc Your Comments?

Designing a Certification Program: How to Certify (2)

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. Recapping from “How to Certify (1)” … certification is about assessing competence. Competence is intangible so it must be inferred from some kind of evidence. That evidence can be input-oriented or output-oriented. At IPMA-USA, we have decided to focus on outputs or results. Why? Simple logic. If … Read more Designing a Certification Program: How to Certify (2)

From LinkedIn: Which Certification Best Represents…

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. This is an extract from a recent post of mine in a LinkedIn discussion group. Thought some of you here might be interested. The question asked was this: which certification option best represents the holder’s skills, knowledge and abilities as a Project Manager? Full disclosure … … Read more From LinkedIn: Which Certification Best Represents…

Rigor

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. From LinkedIn This is an extract from a recent post of mine in a LinkedIn discussion group. Thought some of you here might be interested. The question asked was this: which certification option best represents the holder’s skills, knowledge and abilities as a Project Manager? Full … Read more Rigor

Designing a Certification Program: How to Certify (1)

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. I’ve left this for last since it is the hardest issue to address. In fact, I have several books on my shelves that cover how to assess competence, so trying to answer that question in a few hundred words does seem more than a bit presumptuous. … Read more Designing a Certification Program: How to Certify (1)

Designing a Certification Program: Why Certify?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. This might sound like a simple question to answer, but it really isn’t. There are many possible reasons: Because individuals want a credential that will help them get a new or better job. Because individuals want something to brag about. Because hiring managers want a tool … Read more Designing a Certification Program: Why Certify?

Defining a Certification Program: Where to Certify?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. There are three aspects of “where” that all have to do with marketing considerations. The first aspect is, of course, geographic coverage: local, national, international, or global? The broader the coverage, the greater the expense. In addition, trying to offer a product or service globally also … Read more Defining a Certification Program: Where to Certify?