Project Manager competence is an area where the individual and the organisation both need to accept responsibilities. Helping project managers build the skills they need to do a great job is as important as the individual taking responsibility for developing their skills and behaviours in a supported environment. Both will result in strong project management practices and project successes.
There are three areas of competencies that have been established:
For project managers these are important. Get to know them and regularly check your own progress against them. It is well worth spending a few minutes to understand what each competency requires of you and having an honest conversation with yourself. For organisations, these competencies deliver great projects.
Resources from Professional bodies worldwide
PDFs available for free download:
- International Project Management Association (IPMA) Competence Baseline, downloadable pdf, requires registration to download for free. Comprehensive document, 212 pages.
- Complex Project Managers Standards, downloadable pdf developed by College of Complex Project Managers, and Defence Materiel Organisation - Commonwealth of Australia. No registration necessary, 135 pages.
- Engineering Construction Industry Training Board Project Management Competence Framework, downloadable self assessment pdf. No registration necesary. Comprehensive summary, 12 pages.
- Project Manager Competency Development Framework published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) (US)
- APM Competence Framework published by the Association for Project Management (APM) (UK)
Books available for purchase:
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