Why did I choose this resource?
I chose this resource with Kevin’s help to learn and understand the importance of competency and how it affects a corporation and its success.
What did you learn from it?
I learned that a great organized team that identifies and manages competencies will yield successful project management. I also learned that project managers need to be well versed not only in the specific skills necessary for the job, but also in human relations, business, and background information.
- To hire the employees you require, always screen for competence
- Systematic project management allows companies to assign personnel and resources where necessary, and allows for flexibility in scheduling, direction, budgeting, and monitoring.
- Avoid these behaviors to keep your employees and the business profitable
- Killing the messenger
- Fixing new problems with old solutions
- Caring only about the profit margin
- Managing by the latest trends, inconsistent management
- Company is lead by deceptive, corrupt individuals
- Qualities of a good project manager:
- Optimistic attitude
- Concentrates on the outcomes
- Pays attention to detail
- Works within company’s objectives
- Completes goals
- Good political skills
- Comprehends the main business process
- Aware of what the team and the customers require
- Handles all issues
- Negotiates skillfully
- Possesses specific abilities directly related to the project
- The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a test for project managers that covers basic understandings they should have. It tests for knowledge in: time use, cost, human resources, scope of the project, risk, quality control, supply lines, communications and project integration.
- Great projects teams are kept on track by performing regular project evaluations
- When measuring team competence look for the following:
- Attainable goals and their ability to complete them
- Visibly recorded work requirements and principles
- Appropriate skills, training, and education
- Satisfactory tools and equipment
- Structured team effort
- Stellar leadership skills
- Regularly planned communication
- Accepts and appreciates diversity
- Good customer service skills
- For great teams and their leaders to succeed, the company needs to provide the following:
- Procedures for completing tasks
- Information and sources related to the project
- Adequate resources (materials, budget, personnel)
- Training and education
- Company culture that is open and willing to change
- Long term goals for the company and a vision of the future
- Full support from the executive suite
- Characteristics of a competent organization:
- Employees are willing and eager to learn
- Employees care about each other and their achievements
- Everyone is aware of news in the industry
- Team member work together and understand their value depends on personal abilities, accomplishments, and competencies.
- Executives provide all means of support to their team
- A competent corporation knows how to move forward, not waste time, and they give their clients a reason to trust them and return to them.
How are you using what you learned?
I am using what I learned to review our current processes for project management and see if I can improve them.
Key Changes / Key Actions
- Perform team evaluations
- Review and update project management processes
- Name : Building Project Management Competence
- Author : J. Davidson Frame Jossey-Bass
- getAbstract.com: Link to Book