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

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?

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 moreGAPPS 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 moreAre 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 moreThe rush to licensure

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?

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 moreBad question, bad exam

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 moreDesigning a Certification Program: How to Certify (2)