You Might Be a Project Manager If…

PM ChangeAgent Commentary by Stacy Goff.
Several years ago, I had a bit of fun with the title of this posting; I suggested the usefulness of a Jeff Foxworthy comedy routine for project managers and business analysts to a good friend, Tom Hathaway, of BA Experts. He followed through with the idea at his website. Click his link and see Tom’s results; I think he did a great job!

pm-sat-triThis year, the “You might be …” set-up came to mind as I was putting the finishing touches on an update to IPMA-USA’s PM-SAT; a self-assessment of Project Management knowledge, based on the new, 4th Edition of the IPMA (International Project Management Association) Individual Competence Baseline. What makes this 4th Edition ICB especially interesting is the inclusion of 2-5 Key Competence Indicators for each competence element.

But, before we get into that, and for those who are unfamiliar with the genre, let’s explore the Foxworthy theme. It started with a rather cruel statement, then a series of ‘interesting’ indicators. For example, “You might be a Redneck if…”  followed by something like, “The taillight covers of your car are made of red tape.” Cute, and fun; and not too outrageous. It occurred to me that people who are friends (or family) of project managers probably have similar sayings about us—but are too polite to divulge them to our faces.

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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 moreCan 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 moreIndicators 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 morePerformance 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 moreMore 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 moreArt or Science?

Why do we repeat our mistakes?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. According to research, it’s because we don’t realize we’re making mistakes. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/the-anosognosics-dilemma-1/?ref=global-home Here’s a quote from the above to whet your appetite: “[It’s] not just that people said these positive things about themselves, but they really, really believed them. Which led to my observation: if you’re incompetent, … Read moreWhy do we repeat our mistakes?

Can’t anybody here play this game?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. My Dad always rooted for the underdog. As a result, I hated Casey Stengel and the Yankee’s with a passion … until Casey took over the hopelessly inept Mets, and then he became one of my favorites. The quote above dates from his experience managing the … Read moreCan’t anybody here play this game?