May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”1Ken Howell...
I was asked to speak to my professional development journeyfor today’s presentation.I’ll take you through my journey as it...
Mine is a typical journey that many of you have alreadystarted. My journey may not be right for everyone, but itwas right ...
After graduating with a Computer Science degree fromthe University of Regina, and being terrible at racquetballand golf, I...
I came to the realization that obtaining my PMP was mynext avenue. Like many others, I participated in a studygroup as wel...
I remember those last few nights preparing. The stresswas pretty high. But I eventually made it to that exam.After what se...
After a long 4 hours, it was over. I still remember thatmoment between clicking “done” and the calculation ofthe final gra...
Now it was time to get to work. I used those skills that Ilearned in the study groups right away. I ended up PMinga variet...
So after a few years of flexing my PMP-skills, I waswondering what was next.I passed my PMP exam, now what?9May 1, 2013 AP...
With all the different options, it was a challenge to makethat decision of where to expend my energy and focus. Ifelt that...
I decided to start looking around to figure out what was next. From the PMIwebsite, “Professional development isn’t a one-...
Another quote from PMI website: “Plan your next stepand prepare for the future.”I had been in the industry and wanted some...
It was time to take my early career advice and startworking on additional certifications.Almost every training company has...
Now, in choosing how you develop your career, askyourself, what is in it for you AND your company or client?All your profe...
When you’re more knowledgeable, your client or yourcompany you work for gets better value for fees or salarypaid. You spen...
In a world of questionable practices, and in cases wherewe hear of “shady consultants”, working under a set ofethics or Co...
In growing your career and professional network, you willfind that your circle of influence and circle of control willgrow...
When you’re more knowledgeable, professional andconnected, your clients get greater value for every dollarspent.When the c...
All this leads to more recommendations and more work. Ifyou work for a consulting organization, it also leads you tothe po...
I also went down the path of industry certifications andaway from the PM methodologies. As I began specializing inhealthca...
How many of us have heard these excuses in our projects?Ask yourself why.As we all know, all projects are about change, ch...
So let me ask you, does anyone have a suggestions forother specialization certifications?Other courses that are very good ...
At this point, I thought it was appropriate to do a lessonslearned for my career development to date.I realized that I sti...
There are many ways I can improve my knowledge of myclient’s business, for example maybe an MBAThere are a number of busin...
With all the different options, it was a challenge to makethat decision of where to expend my energy and focus. Ifelt that...
I realized my goal was to be able to make myself stand outin the crowd from all the other professionals that I wascompetin...
I realized that there must be more training opportunitiesand certifications than are offered in our country or NorthAmeric...
I looked around for a worldwide certification and found the Certified ManagementConsultant designation. It’s recognized in...
Just as much as the CMC designation can stand alone, it isalso complementary to other professional designationsMany consul...
As Project Managers, many of us have our PMP, but having this does notinstantly provide you with all the tools you need.Wh...
That compares with only 400,000 PMPs mostly in North America.May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase:“Evolving Your PM Ski...
I considered providing an overview of a number of practicesfrom the Cabinet Office, but I know that there are otherpresent...
Overall, my 4 years of experience with Prince2 has been very positive.• When implementing Prince2, understand where you co...
• At the MSP and MOP level, when communicating with seniorexecutives, frankly, they don’t care about methodologies,speak a...
34My experiences to date with M_o_R are fairly new and I don’t havean in-depth appreciation of the lessons learned, but I ...
In the end though, after continuing your professionaldevelopment, it Is about applying these skills to your work.Demonstra...
Throughout my journey, I’ve always looked at where I would lookto continue to develop my career. But right now I am focuse...
The key message I wanted to share is that while your PMPmay be a start in your professional development journey,you should...
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  1. 1. May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”1Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  2. 2. I was asked to speak to my professional development journeyfor today’s presentation.I’ll take you through my journey as it has evolved, so far…. Myask for you is to attempt to draw parallels to your career andtake any lessons I have learned and apply them to yourprofessional development plans.I’ll talk to my early certifications, my experiences in achievingmy PMP and my foray into specialization certifications.At this point I will speak about a period of self reflection I hadand how that shaped my professional development journeyinto broadening my horizons.And this will all take me to where I came across a suite ofBest Practices and the Cabinet Office certifications.I’ll wrap up my presentation by speaking to where I envisiongoing next and take any questions you may have.2May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  3. 3. Mine is a typical journey that many of you have alreadystarted. My journey may not be right for everyone, but itwas right for me. But, the key is to have a journey!During this portion of my presentation, draw parallelswith your career and ask yourself if you see an enddestination. While I have been in the industry for anumber of years, I still ask myself the same question I askmy kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”3May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  4. 4. After graduating with a Computer Science degree fromthe University of Regina, and being terrible at racquetballand golf, I recognized that certifications were key to myprofessional growth and career advancement.I started my certification journey with my I.S.P. from CIPSand a couple of ITIL courses, were an early first step.4May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  5. 5. I came to the realization that obtaining my PMP was mynext avenue. Like many others, I participated in a studygroup as well as a comprehensive course to prepare mefor the exam.Many of you will remember that you probably felt verycomfortable with the topic prior to starting to study, butyou quickly realized that you need to learn the “PMI way”to pass that exam!5May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  6. 6. I remember those last few nights preparing. The stresswas pretty high. But I eventually made it to that exam.After what seemed like a day that never would arrive, Iwalked in and sat down at that computer, and…..6May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  7. 7. After a long 4 hours, it was over. I still remember thatmoment between clicking “done” and the calculation ofthe final grade, it seemed like forever.I came out of the exam and the stress washed away, and afew beers did help.7May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  8. 8. Now it was time to get to work. I used those skills that Ilearned in the study groups right away. I ended up PMinga variety of projects:- from custom application development projects- to small upgrades- to medium sized projects such as Exchange upgrades- to cellular tower installations- to larger healthcare system implementations8May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  9. 9. So after a few years of flexing my PMP-skills, I waswondering what was next.I passed my PMP exam, now what?9May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  10. 10. With all the different options, it was a challenge to makethat decision of where to expend my energy and focus. Ifelt that the options were endless, all pointing in differentdirections.10May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  11. 11. I decided to start looking around to figure out what was next. From the PMIwebsite, “Professional development isn’t a one-time thing; it should be acontinuous part of your project management career. Make it a priority to assessand improve your skill set, and you’ll increase your value to your organization andenhance your future career prospects.”This is very true. I wrote an article for the October issue of the IIBA BAConnection. It’s theme was the right professional development is crucial for“your” professional development. We are all building our toolkit of skills andexperiences. Spend your money and your time wisely.http://iiba.informz.ca/admin31/content/template.asp?sid=3117&ptid=77&brandid=5015&uid=0&mi=244101I can tell you that an early decision I made to take a training course inPowerbuilder was an example of the wrong professional development, for me. Ihave longer memories of my week in Houston than the benefit that that trainingprovided.11May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  12. 12. Another quote from PMI website: “Plan your next stepand prepare for the future.”I had been in the industry and wanted something more. Idid some self reflection and had to ask myself what do Ilike doing? Was it a specific area or type of projects that Ienjoy?12May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  13. 13. It was time to take my early career advice and startworking on additional certifications.Almost every training company has certifications ordesignations that they will tell you will be the best thingfor you.Aren’t you the best person to know what is right foryou?!?But I needed to understand more about what potentialadditional certifications were needed for.13May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  14. 14. Now, in choosing how you develop your career, askyourself, what is in it for you AND your company or client?All your professional development should make you moreknowledgeable, professional, connected, cost-effectiveand ultimately in demand.14May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  15. 15. When you’re more knowledgeable, your client or yourcompany you work for gets better value for fees or salarypaid. You spend more time understanding what’s going onaround the project so you can put the work into a soundercontext.Understanding how other areas in your client’s businessoperate and the language they use will help you makebetter recommendations to your sponsor.15May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  16. 16. In a world of questionable practices, and in cases wherewe hear of “shady consultants”, working under a set ofethics or Codes of Professional Conduct, can ensure thatyour clients will be protected.As you continue in your career, you will find that acornerstone of many certifications or designations arethese codes of conduct. These will help guide you toensure your professionalism is never in doubt.16May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  17. 17. In growing your career and professional network, you willfind that your circle of influence and circle of control willgrow. You will come into contact with a number of newindividuals that will broaden your professional breadth. As“your rolodex” grows, your clients benefit from thoserelationships and they may come to you looking for adviceon areas that you are not qualified to do and you will thenbe able to direct them to qualified people they can trust.A colleague of mine received a compliment from a clientrecently, “one reason we like working with you is that youbring us excellent people.”17May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best PracticesKen Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  18. 18. When you’re more knowledgeable, professional andconnected, your clients get greater value for every dollarspent.When the client is happy, so are we!18May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  19. 19. All this leads to more recommendations and more work. Ifyou work for a consulting organization, it also leads you tothe potential to be more selective about the work you do.Wouldn’t you like to be more selective in the projects thatyou take on?19May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  20. 20. I also went down the path of industry certifications andaway from the PM methodologies. As I began specializing inhealthcare, I began attending an annual course offered bythe University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. For 3 years,6 weeks at a time, I attended a series of night classesfocusing on 12 different topics in the medical field. I alsoachieved a designation by Canada’s Health InformaticsAssociation called a Certified Professional in HealthcareInformation and Management Systems.What kind of certifications exist in your industry?20May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  21. 21. How many of us have heard these excuses in our projects?Ask yourself why.As we all know, all projects are about change, change inone way of doing things to another, change in a solution,etc.In a perfect world, not changing is much easier thanchanging.Prosci is a change management methodology that is awell known and in place in many organizations today.21May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices:Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  22. 22. So let me ask you, does anyone have a suggestions forother specialization certifications?Other courses that are very good are facilitation skills andconflict management. I am assuming that we all havedealt with conflict over our career. Wouldn’t it have beeneasier to deal with it with training and guidance?22May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  23. 23. At this point, I thought it was appropriate to do a lessonslearned for my career development to date.I realized that I still have more to learn and that continuedprofessional development is crucial.I’ve now come to the conclusion that understanding myclient’s business is just as important as knowing my own.23May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  24. 24. There are many ways I can improve my knowledge of myclient’s business, for example maybe an MBAThere are a number of business or managementcertifications out there, but I found that I was again at across roads.24May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  25. 25. With all the different options, it was a challenge to makethat decision of where to expend my energy and focus. Ifelt that the options were endless, all pointing in differentdirections.25May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  26. 26. I realized my goal was to be able to make myself stand outin the crowd from all the other professionals that I wascompeting with.With thousands of consultants out there, how do youstand out from the crowd?26May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  27. 27. I realized that there must be more training opportunitiesand certifications than are offered in our country or NorthAmerica. What about the rest of the world? We’d all loveto say that Canadians do everything right, but I think wecan still learn a thing or two from other countries.27May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  28. 28. I looked around for a worldwide certification and found the Certified ManagementConsultant designation. It’s recognized in 49 countries around the world including Canadaand the United States.Consulting is an unregulated industry/profession.The barrier to entry is $10….the cost of printing business cards….because anyone canprint anything on business cards….and many people print the words, ManagementConsultant.Many people believe that being a management consultant is akin to being an expert. But,it is so much more than that. Being an expert is not enough.A true management consultant imparts his knowledge to his clients to leave them in abetter place than when they came in.Objectivity and independence is crucial for success. A management consultant’srecommendations must never be in question, there should never be any question ofmotivation behind any recommendations. The client’s interest’s must always be first.It isn’t easy staying objective and independent, but it is a hallmark of being a professionalmanagement consultant28May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  29. 29. Just as much as the CMC designation can stand alone, it isalso complementary to other professional designationsMany consultants obtain their CMC to complement their areaof expertise (PMP and Project Management, CMAs andFinance, CHRP and Human Resources, CAs and Accounting)Most other designations indicate expertise within a silo or aspecific area. The CMC designation ensures that theconsulting professionals know how to impart their wisdom onto their clients. It is about the “giving of advice”….not thedepth of expertise (as the other designations prove).While it is not known many joint Prince2 and CMC recipientsthere are, it is known that there are almost 200 individuals inCanada that have their PMP that also have achieved theirCMC designation.29May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  30. 30. As Project Managers, many of us have our PMP, but having this does notinstantly provide you with all the tools you need.Why not leverage the collective knowledge of practices that have been refinedover a number of years WITHOUT the motive of profit. These practices havegrown from being great practices to Best Practices.So what is a “Best Practice”? It is a method that has consistently shown resultssuperior to other methods and is used as a benchmark.Projects in Controlled Environments was originally developed in 1989 as a publicdomain methodology by the Office of Government Commerce in the BritishGovernment. This department is now called Cabinet Office. It’s the predominantproject management methodology outside of North America and growing in usehere in Canada and the US.The maturity of these best practices helps drive the improved performance ofprojects utilizing these methodologiesDid you know that over 1 million people have taken the Prince2 exam to date?Over 550,000 are Practitioners.30May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  31. 31. That compares with only 400,000 PMPs mostly in North America.May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to BestPracticesKen Howell, Executive Partner, PCGIConsulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca 30
  32. 32. I considered providing an overview of a number of practicesfrom the Cabinet Office, but I know that there are otherpresentations at the conference today that you can derive moredetailed information than what I will be able to present overthe remainder of my time here.What I thought I would share are some of my lessons that Ihave learned during my years of experience with the CabinetOffice suite of products:I’ll speak briefly to• PRINCE2 – Projects in a Controlled Environment• Program Management – MSP• Portfolio Management – MoP• Risk Management – M_o_R31May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  33. 33. Overall, my 4 years of experience with Prince2 has been very positive.• When implementing Prince2, understand where you corporately are weak in your currentmethodology and ensure that you reflect these weaknesses in your future rollout.• Implementing Prince2 is a change just like any other project. Once you have determined yourfinal state for implementation, do a pilot implementation on a project as a dry run through towork out the kinks.• There are templates galore on the internet, download these templates, standardize for yourcompany and them provide sample information to demonstrate the level of quality expectedwithin each document. These documents can then be used as reference material.• While Prince2 is a wonderful methodology, any methodology could smother a project if it isnot sized correctly. While the content of the products should not change that much, thenumber of deliverables will. A small 6 month project should not have the same number ofproducts as a multi-year project impacting hundreds of users. Size the number of deliverablesappropriately.• Once you have determined how you will implement and have chosen your go live day, don’tretrofit existing projects to the new methodology. While that may be the cleanest approach italso may not be the most efficient use of your PM staff. Projects more than half done shouldnot be moved to the new methodology. But alternatively, 100% of new projects should followyour new implementation standards.32May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  34. 34. • At the MSP and MOP level, when communicating with seniorexecutives, frankly, they don’t care about methodologies,speak about the benefits derived. You should nevercommunicate that MSP and MOP will guarantee successfulprojects. It will improve the likelihood of achieving thebenefits identified.• MSP and MOP, while complimentary to each other and toPrince2, don’t have any prerequisite implementations. Youcan implement them all independently and derive benefitsfrom the all.• If you find that areas of the company are ready for certainimplementations ahead of others, use them as your pilots firstand of course do not retrofit the methodologyimplementation to existing programs or portfolios.33May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  35. 35. 34My experiences to date with M_o_R are fairly new and I don’t havean in-depth appreciation of the lessons learned, but I can tell you theapproach on how to define and identify a risk clearly has excited me.How many of us had the standard risk in our documents called“inadequate resources”. Everyone of us knew what that meant, butwe all had different interpretations.The M_o_R definition here clearly articulates what that means andactually defines the end result.Imagine going to your Project Board or Steering Committee andstating a risk of “inadequate resources”. Their answer should be “sowhat?”Articulating the risk in the M_o_R approach will definitely get theirattention.May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  36. 36. In the end though, after continuing your professionaldevelopment, it Is about applying these skills to your work.Demonstrating your desire for continuous development willprovide benefits to you immediately in the improvement ofyour work skills, will be noticed at your company and mayprovide opportunities for you to move up the ladder (andmaybe do a few speaking engagements!!).My wife has a favorite quote on our fridge right now fromStedman Graham (more commonly known as OprahWinfrey’s partner):“Take the power of education, information and knowledgeand filter that knowledge into your own life to create yourown future”35May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  37. 37. Throughout my journey, I’ve always looked at where I would lookto continue to develop my career. But right now I am focused onproviding advice to my current clients.But I’ll be honest, I do have my next journey mapped out. I’minterested in the Registered Consultant designation in Prince2 andMOP and I am hoping I will be fortunate to be awarded sometimein the future.My company, Paradigm Consulting Group’s motto is “… whensuccess matters”, I hope our clients will continue to look to myfirm when they want to be successful in any endeavour. If theyare successful, so am I.36May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best PracticesKen Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  38. 38. The key message I wanted to share is that while your PMPmay be a start in your professional development journey,you should continue to look to all avenues for professionaldevelopment.My goal has always been and will always be, to evolve myproject management skills from great practices to bestpractices.While I have found my journey to be rewarding, I urge youto find the professional development, designation orcertification that is right for your career.37May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  39. 39. 38May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca
  40. 40. 39May 1, 2013 APMG-International Showcase Canada:“Evolving Your PM Skills from Great Practices to Best Practices”Ken Howell, Executive Partner,Paradigm Consulting Services & PCGI Consulting Services khowell@pcgi.mb.ca

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