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Supercharge Your Project Performance [P066]

The ever increasing demand for more project managers is creating divergent pressures on the project management profession. In one direction, project managers are seeking training and accreditation as a means of increasing their professionalism, raising their profile, and making themselves more marketable in a competitive market. At the same time, many organisations, with limited understanding of the ‘profession and practice’ of project management still appoint almost anyone to the role of project manager, keeping the concept of the ‘accidental project manager’ alive and flourishing.

Some accidental project managers have been remarkably successful; but many find themselves blamed for problems and project failures they were ill-equipped to prevent. It is important to help accidental project managers be successful not only to encourage them to remain in the profession but also because every project failure is a failure for the Project Management profession as well as the organisation that commissioned the project.

This paper will explore the phenomenon of the accidental project manager and describe the project management skills needed for success. It will then outline ways organisations and the Project Management profession can support project managers and help them achieve recognised qualifications such as PgMP, PMP and CAPM ; identify some of the emerging and critical techniques available to help them and their organisations consistently deliver projects successfully such as OPM3 (and OPM3 ProductSuite), Earned Value, Earned Schedule, Risk Management and Stakeholder Engagement; and finally encourage them to make project management their career.

Author: Dr. Lynda Bourne

Presented at:
LEARNX 2007
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