Project management continues to shift its focus; it is no longer just an execution model, it is also a strategic business model. Out of the organizations that already appreciate the value of project managment in completing tasks, many have also begun to realize project managment’s critical contribution, from delivering completed projects to being strategic owners who deliver business value. So, what does it take to deliver on both?
Many organizations who embrace project management will only seek project management professionals who hold a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. According to The Project Managment Institute (PMI), individuals who hold PMI’s PMP credential “demonstrates a proficient level of project management leadership skills”. There is no debate that those who hold a PMP are well-informed of project management principles and meet specific eligibility PMI guidelines measuring experience, education and professional knowledge.
However, there are many project managers who are equally experienced without the PMP credential. They hold a GID – they Get It Done. They are equally versed in project managmenet principles, have keen leadership skills and hold successful track records when managing projects. They are typically subject matter experts who are smart, know how to navigate an organization, are highly organized and are proficient at relationship management.
Are organizations missing opportunities by not considering BOTH PMPs and GIDs when screening for project manager professionals? As more and more organizations shift to strategic project managment models, should more and more companies consider both types of candidates to meet all the demands and challenges needed to establish, manage and successfully execute their portfolio of projects?
Know what you really need in your candidates before you begin the search.
Lisa DiTullio & Associates