Project management in organizations
Large companies strive for greater success in the implementation of their projects and for this reason they recognize and share the benefits of professional project managers. Qualified project managers with extensive professional experience contribute to the greater chances of project success.
Most medium and large organizations have developed a method to improve the success of their projects, because thanks to their experience they know what happens when a person is assigned to manage projects without prior training and, even worse, when there are no formal processes or on-site control - and this leads to project failure. They acknowledge that allowing an employee to "divert" project management does not always work best.
Management of various projects
Each project differs significantly in size and complexity, even within the same organization, and from the very beginning of the project it must be determined how to manage many tasks, with the help of proper selection of staff and other necessary resources to achieve the realization of a successful result.
Unfortunately, sometimes even the best method of project management does not correspond to the real situation, especially in complex projects. There are successful projects, but much less successful, but let's not call them unsuccessful, because failed projects often change in some way, so they can be considered "successful".
All organizations want to improve the success of their projects, which is why more and more of them have started investing in the training and recognition of their project managers. Well-trained project managers with world-renowned qualifications are more motivated to succeed and build their careers. But the recognition of professionalism is not just about training and qualifications - it is also about continuous professional development and the ability to demonstrate the skills needed to competently manage complex projects.
With the introduction of professional training certificates, such as the Registered Professional Certificate (RPP) from the Project Management Association (APM), there is now recognition for experienced project managers who are equivalent to established professions such as accounting and law. By defining strict criteria for previous project management experience, APP RPP is an indication that the project manager is a highly competent manager capable of managing complex projects using appropriate processes and tools.
One day, the project management profession will be perceived as any other profession and will be attractive for the development of a successful career in this field.
Proper project management training can turn a good project manager into a great project manager, and this is essential for a successful outcome of any project.
Project management certification
Some classic certification programs such as the Project Management Institute's (PMI) PMP stick to the old classic popular topics. Their textbooks necessarily include all project management processes known to all.
Project management certification is a process of validating the knowledge of a project manager. Because the project management profession includes a wide range of activities, the project management field includes many processes and practices. Certification usually involves the validation of knowledge in all professional activities. Other certification programs, for example, are more focused on a specific methodology. The BVOP certification organization, for example, bases its training and certification exams on modern Agile principles and business topics. Reference: https://bvop.org/projectmanagement/
Business Value Oriented Principles Ltd includes in its textbook BVOP Ultimate Guide the most used practices today and other topics are removed in the book.
The PRINCE2 program, for example, also has its teaching system. Certification exams include only the topics created by the organization. The themes in PRINCE2 are also modified and up-to-date, similar to BVOP.org.
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Parameters in project management
In project management, most often only two of the three main parameters can be defined simultaneously. These parameters are: goal, time and resources (money).
If you know what the goal is and the time to achieve it, then you can not estimate, even approximately, how much it will cost you.
If the time and resources are clearly defined, then it is impossible to determine in advance what part of the goal will be achieved and / or what is the probability of achieving it. And most often you do not have a clear goal at all, but something like:
"Increasingly and comprehensively meeting the ever-growing need…"
If you have a clearly defined goal and precisely defined resources for achieving it, you are certainly not able to determine or even roughly predict when the goal will be achieved.
Exception to the principle: If you happen to be in a situation where all three parameters are precisely and specifically defined, then know that either the project is not practically important and necessary, or it will be postponed for "strategic" reasons.
Westheimer's rule: To estimate how long it will take to do something, estimate how much time you think it will take, multiply it by two and change the unit to the next higher one. In this way we set aside two days for one hour of work.
10 basic anti-rules for project managers
- Strive to look extremely important.
- Try to be noticed with important people.
- Speak with authority, but extend only to the obvious and proven facts.
- Don't get into arguments. If you are pressed against the wall, ask an inappropriate question and lean back with a satisfied grimace. Then change the subject.
- Listen carefully while others discuss the problem. You suddenly pounce on some banal judgment and bury them with it.
- If a subordinate asks you a relevant question, look at it as if you have lost your mind. When he bows his head, ask him the same question in paraphrased form.
- When you are out of your office, take a quick step - this minimizes the issues of subordinates, and makes a good impression on superiors.
- Always keep the door closed. It is best to be in an "important" meeting all the time.
- Give all orders orally. Never write, and more importantly do not sign!
- Get to a brilliant post, but don't stand out.