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Find out if what it takes to become a project manager and whether or not you\'ve been managing projects all along.

Find out if what it takes to become a project manager and whether or not you\'ve been managing projects all along.


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  • 1. Am I a Project Manager?
    Transitioning into the
    growing field of Project Management
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 2. First things first…
    What is a project?
    Many variations but all projects have the following characteristics:
    Unique
    Response to or solution to a particular need
    Temporary in nature
    Well defined collection of tasks that are completed in a sequence (schedule)
    Uncertainty = risks
    “A temporary endeavor undertaken to
    create a unique product or service.” (PMI.org)
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 3. Project Managers v. Functional Managers
    Both plan, schedule, motivate, and control
    Project Managers plan schedule, motivate, and control for temporary, non-repetitive activities for a fixed amount of time (i.e. the life of the project)
    Functional Managers take over existing operations
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 4. Project Managers v. Functional Managers, cont.
    Project Managers create teams and organization where none existed before (Gray, 2009)
    Functional Managers manage dedicated staff and establish standard operating procedures
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 5. Project v. Routine Work
    Project
    Routine Work
    Baking a cake for a birthday
    Writing a paper
    Implementing a CRM database
    Creating an e-blast to promote a product on your website during Halloween
    Weekly grocery shopping
    Attending class and taking notes
    Sending regular customer correspondence
    Daily maintenance of your website
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 6. Project Life Cycle
    Defines the stages of a project, the typical activities during that stage and the predicted level of effort.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 7. Taking a look at your background…
    First, review your professional background:
    Look at your resume.
    Go back to your old files.
    Did you complete a project that wasn’t necessarily part of your job?
    Don’t rely on your job title!!!!
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 8. Your background, cont. …
    Next, look at the volunteer work you’ve done…
    Great source of project work.
    Do you have someone who can vouch for your work?
    Can you demonstrate that you led the effort from beginning to end?
    Does your volunteer work meet the definition of a project?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 9. Let’s take a moment…
    • Look at your resume…
    • 10. Think about your experience…
    • 11. Ask yourself:
    • 12. Do I/have I managed projects or operations?
    • 13. Can I identify real projects I’ve managed in the past 8 years?
    • 14. Do I have experience managing all stages of a project?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 15. You’ve managed projects… Now what?
    Get “plugged in” to the project management community.
    Take stock of your education thus far.
    Consider in what field you might manage projects.
    Determine whether or not certification is an option.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 16. Getting plugged in…
    Step 1: Join the Project Management Institute
    Go to www.pmi.org
    If you are taking classes, join as a student—no matter how old you are!
    Participate in the Communities of Practice (you can join as many as you like! It’s part of your member fee.)
    Join your local PMI Chapter while you’re at it—this is where you’ll most likely network with other PMs.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 17. Getting plugged in…
    Step 2: Join other project management groups
    Go to Linked In and join some of the groups there.
    Listen to and participate in the conversations!
    Don’t be afraid to let people know you are a “new” project manager, or a “transitioning” project manager.
    Ask for advice on getting started—this is by far one of the hardest stages of a project management career.
    Step 3: Get active!
    Become a PMI volunteer—get active!
    Volunteer to lead projects with other organizations.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 18. Project Management Education
    Get your 35 contact hours of formal project management education. Many colleges and universities offer online and traditional bachelor’s and master’s level courses.
    IT Project Management
    Construction Management
    MBA with Project Management specialty
    Look for accredited programs
    Note: 1 hour in the classroom = 1 contact hour
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 19. Project Management Education
    Project Management Boot Camps
    Purpose is to prepare you to take the certification exams
    Many will provide the 35 contact hours required for certification (get it in writing)
    Recommended but not without some sort of formal project management education
    Costs can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 20. In which industry should you manage projects?
    Two schools of thought…
    Project Managers—especially certified PMs—can manage projects in any industry
    Project Managers should manage projects in the industries they are most familiar with or where they are considered a subject matter expert (SME)
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 21. PMs can manage in any industry…
    Based on the theory that if we all subscribe to the best practices detailed in the PMBOK ® we should all respond to the needs of the project in the same way.
    Yes, but…
    No two projects are alike
    No two industries are alike
    Each industry has it’s own norms, terminology, methodologies, idiosyncrasies, etc.
    A PM needs to have detailed knowledge to effectively manage
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 22. PMs should only manage in their area of expertise…
    Based on the theory that project management is a skill rather than a profession.
    Reason why Project Manager is not a listed occupation in the Occupational Handbook.
    For example, a marketer goes to school to learn how to market a product or service and apply various best practices. The way that they carry out these activities can be characterized as marketing campaigns (or projects). Marketers manage campaigns (projects) but still consider themselves, “marketers” rather than “project managers.”
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 23. In which industry should you manage projects?
    The industry(ies) you have a background in.
    Industries you have an interest in.
    Completely new industries you feel you can learn.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 24. Project Management Certification
    Q: Do you need certification?
    A: Well…, no.
    But certified project professionals carrying one of the five designations make roughly 10% more in salary (PMI.org).
    Based on PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)®
    Certification demonstrates that you have the basic education, skills, knowledge, and ability to manage projects across all disciplines using best practices outlined in the PMBOK.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 25. Project Management Certification
    Q: Can anyone get certified?
    A: Well, yes; but….
    There are education and experience criteria that
    must be met before one is eligible to sit for the
    exam.
    For the Project Manager Professional (PMP)®…
    35 Contact Hours of formal education
    36 months of non-overlapping experience/45oo hours leading and directing projects
    Experience must have occurred within the last 8 consecutive years
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 26. Project Management Certification
    For more info, go to: http://www.pmi.org/Certification.aspx
    Spend time reviewing the 5 different certifications
    Project Management Professional (PMP) ®
    Certified Associate in Project Management(CAPM) ®
    Program Management Professional (PgMP) ®
    PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) ®
    PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®
    Become familiar with the corresponding handbook
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 27. Project Management Certification
    The Exam
    It’s brutal.
    You muststudy.
    It is recommended to invest in a certification “boot camp” in addition to college-level courses because:
    You’ll learn how to take the exam
    You usually get a copy of the PMBOK ®
    You’ll get other study materials to help you understand the PMBOK ®
    Practice Exams
    You’re not alone in your insanity
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 28. We’ve just scratched the surface…
    We’ve looked at what it takes to become a project manager:
    “Plugging in”
    Your education
    Your industry of choice
    Whether or not you should get certified
    What else should you consider?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 29. Do you have a PM Temperament?
    Can you unify diverse groups of people?
    Can you manage multiple tasks at the same time?
    Are you a stickler for documentation?
    Are you calm under pressure?
    Can you tolerate constant change?
    Can you manage up, down, and across?
    Do you prefer direct communication or indirect methods?
    Are you sensitive to the needs of various stakeholders?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 30. Do you have a PM Temperament?
    Can you think on your feet?
    Are you the one with the solutions?
    Can you anticipate issues/risks and figure out how to resolve them before they occur?
    Do you have a basic aptitude for statistical reporting?
    Are you analytical?
    Are you detail oriented?
    Can you see the big picture? And can you sell it to others?
    Can you say no? And confidently explain why?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 31. Do you have a PM Temperament?
    Can you manage rather than “do”?
    Can you motivate others and build a strong team?
    Can you make everyone feel like their needs are being met?
    Can you stand being hated?
    Can you stand being blamed?
    Are you collaborative?
    Can you trust your team?
    Will you be able to sleep at night…even if your project is failing?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 32. Is your head spinning yet?
    Are you wondering why you wanted to be a Project Manager?
    Don’t worry. Many of “us” have been managing projects for years and are still wondering.
    Others enjoy the challenge and can’t imagine doing anything else.
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 33. RESOURCES…
    PMI.org
    PMI Membership—join!
    Local PMI Chapters
    PMBOK ® (free to PMI members!)
    Local Gurus
    My personal favorite, Carl Pritchard
    College, Universities, and government training
    Linked In groups
    Your personal network
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb
  • 34. Questions?
    Developed and presented by Pamela Robb