Technical project management is the knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to the specific domains of practice for project, program, and portfolio management. These are the technical aspects that are required to perform one’s job or role.
Basically, technical project management is the skill set you need to perform a specific function or task.
What’s important to keep in mind here is that this skill set is domain specific and will vary depending on the specific role you function in or certification you have.
For example, the technical skills required for agile project management are different than those needed to function in a program management role. Could there be areas of overlap? Certainly, but some technical skills will vary from domain to domain.
Why are technical skills so important?
66% of organizations say that technical project skills are the most difficult to find. The good news is that 96% indicate that these are the most teachable skills as well.
Here are some examples of topics that would be considered technical project management:
Requirements gathering techniques or elicitation tools Project controls and scheduling Risk management, whether it is at the project, program, or portfolio level Scope management Agile tools and techniques
Please keep in mind, these are just a few examples and there are many other topics that could be considered technical depending on the certification you have.
What you may find is that many of the activities which you have currently been undertaking for certification maintenance fall into technical project management.
The next component of the Talent Triangle is leadership. Leadership is broadly being defined as the knowledge, skills, and behaviors specific to improving and enhancing your leadership abilities. These skills help an organization achieve its business goals.
In other words, leadership is the ability to articulate a particular vision and guide or influence others to help achieve that objective. So this will be all the knowledge and tools that help you to effectively apply these qualities.
Keep in mind, this does not mean that you need to be in a designated leadership role to have or utilize leadership skills. Leadership can be demonstrated on many levels. For example, a project manager may employ leadership skills to help direct a project team to effectively work together to meet an upcoming project milestone.
Different from technical skills, which may vary from role to role, activities for improving one’s leadership ability is really unique to the individual.
Why place emphasis on leadership?
71% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for long-term success of project managers.
Here are some examples of leadership topics:
Negotiation skills Improving Conflict management techniques Learning Motivational tools Giving or receiving feedback Enhancing your Influencing skills - whether you are in a formal leadership role or not Problem solving Team building Cultivating your Emotional intelligence
The third component of the Talent Triangle is strategic and business management. Strategic and business management refers to the knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and helps to deliver better business outcomes.
Basically, this is the ability to connect the dots and see how your work (whether that be working on a project team, managing a program or portfolio, or some other task) relates and contributes to the larger organizational strategy. This aspect of the PMI Talent Triangle also focuses on understanding the organizational context in which you function and improving basic business knowledge and skills.
Similar to leadership, this component of one’s professional development is unique to the individual. One’s strategic and business management needs may vary depending on the industry or organization in which they work or their level of experience.
What impact does a strategic focus have?
Well understanding your organization’s strategy is essential and it’s just as important for employers to have a strategic approach.
When organizations talent is aligned to organizational strategy, it produces a higher average project success rate — 72% for those with good alignment, compared to 58% for those without it.
To help explain strategic and business management, let’s go through some examples.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Improving your general business acumen Gaining a better understanding of finance and financial impact and reporting Improving understanding of operational functions such as marketing or legal compliance Understanding strategic planning and alignment Knowledge of good contract management Complexity management
Project Management Trends 2017
Project Management Trends 2017
Syed Nazir Razik
March 31, 2017
Syed Nazir Razik
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An Accidental Profession
It’s a Projectised World
•20% of GDP – $12 trillion per year – spent on fixed
capital projects worldwide
(2008 Global Insight Survey).
•Trillions more in projects for IT, New product &
service development, entertainment/IP, NGOs.
Top Trends in Project Management
• Focus is on Strategy
• Less hierarchical structures in teams
• Shift from Waterfall to Agile Practices
• Project leaders capturing Biz requirements (multiskilled)
• Soft Skills are highly essential traits for leadership
• Remote and distributed teams are becoming a norm
• Mobile Apps and workflow on other devices essential
• Creating a Social responsibility / Purpose around Projects
• Cloud computing and analytics are here to stay
Technical Project Management
• Definition: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific
domains of project, program and portfolio management. The
technical aspects of performing one’s job/role.
• Skill set required to perform a specific task or function
• Will vary from certification to certification
– Technical skills for agile vs. program management
Why are Technical Skills So Important?
Organizations say that
technical project skills are
the most difficult to find
The Competitive Advantage of Effective Talent Management, 2013, PMI.
• Definition: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to
leadership. Skills that help an organization achieve its business
• Ability to articulate a vision and guide or influence others to help
achieve that objective
• Unique to individual; not certification specific
Why Emphasize Leadership?
Organizations rank leadership
skills as the most important for
Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report: Navigating Complexity, 2013, PMI.
• Conflict management
• Giving/receiving feedback
• Problem solving
• Team building
• Emotional intelligence
Strategic & Business Management
• Definition: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry/
organization that enhances performance and better delivers
• Ability to connect the dots between your work and larger
• Understanding of overall business context
• Will vary from person to person
What Impact Does Strategic Focus Have?
Average project success
rate when organizations
align their talent to
Strategic & Business Management Examples
• Business acumen
• Operational functions – e.g. marketing, legal
• Strategic planning/alignment
• Contract management
• Complexity management
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