Building professionalism in project management


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A presentation made by APM's Julie Legge at the event 'Getting ahead in project management' held at Leeds Metropolitan University on 21st January 2014

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Building professionalism in project management

  1. 1. Building professionalism in project management Julie Legge Head of Membership Association for Project Management
  2. 2. Topics  What is professionalism?  Why do we need it?  How APM can help you develop your professionalism FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism, FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism logo, APM and Association for Project Management are trade marks of Association for Project Management
  3. 3. Defining Professionalism A professional is a practitioner with specific skills rooted in a broad base, has appropriate qualifications from a recognised body, undergoes continuous development and operates to a code of conduct As defined by the UK Interprofessional Group Professional Regulation Position Statement 2002
  4. 4. What is the need? “It’s time for the profession to stand up and be counted” Sir Peter Gershon PWC Insights and Trends: Current Portfolio, Program and Project Management Practices 2012 “Major projects in government are announced and money is committed to them without the assurance that a project leader and team with the right capability have been put in place. This lack of attention to identifying the right skills and experience is alarming to anyone who has seen the premium that is placed on specialist skills and experience for the leadership of major projects in the private sector” Lord Brown of Madingley, Getting a Grip, March 2013
  5. 5. Global Demand for New PM Roles 375K 1,364K 1,642K 8,857K 2,610K PMI Skills Gap Report 2013 582K 103K 24,906K 58K 946K “Between 2010 and 2020 the global PM workforce is expected to increase by 13.4M to 41.4M”
  6. 6. Global Professional Certifications Thousands Professional Certifications By Level 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 Share by Provider APM 4% IPMA 9% PMI 30% Expert PRINCE/SWI RL 57% Practitioner Foundation Estimated 7% total global PM workforce with professional certifications APM estimates based on data from a range of published sources
  7. 7. What employers value Who values what? Candidate Employer PPM experience e.g. ability to show that I have delivered before 1 1 Domain/sector knowledge and experience 2 3 Personality / personal style and approach 3 2 Professional accreditation e.g. Prince2, MSP, APMP 4 4 Educational achievement e.g. First or second degrees 5 5 Arras Benchmark Report 2013
  8. 8. How to develop professionalism?
  9. 9. The core components A framework or methodology which defines the processes and practices for the organisation A competence framework to map levels of knowledge and experience at appropriate levels Qualifications to provide developmental opportunities and recognition of competence at appropriate levels A continuing professional development scheme that broadens horizons and builds understanding through sharing of good practice Recognition that true professionals should be accountable for their actions and adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct
  10. 10. Breadth: Discover the new Bok Plus
  11. 11. Depth: Assess your competence
  12. 12. Capability level Achievement: Qualifications Senior practitioner / expert Practitioner PQ APMP Foundation Many standards Some standards Few standards IC Knowledge Competence = knowledge + experience Assessment Professionalism = knowledge + experience + ethics + leadership
  13. 13. Commitment: Stay connected
  14. 14. Accountability: through membership
  15. 15. Built into everything we do APM Registered Project Professional Corporate accreditation Academic accreditation
  16. 16. Who is doing it?