Project Manager? Who Me?
“Who’s a Project Manager?” Go ahead and raise your hand, because I am going to convince you that all of us are project managers and every business needs them. However, before I can do this, you need to know what a project is.
A project is simply a temporary endeavor that is unique and produces a product, service or result. Have you been assigned tasks that are temporary; i.e., have a beginning and an end? Do you have tasks that produce something? Of course you do. So, the only question left to answer is, are your tasks unique, i.e., not repetitive?
If you answered yes to these three questions, then you are a project manager and you should look forward to reading this column every month. I will be sharing with you the latest in project management practices and tools to help you be more successful in completing your tasks…I mean projects.
When asked to describe a project manager, it’s natural to think of engineers, contractors, and construction managers that look at drawings, wear hard hats and build things. Today, that is not the case.
Every industry needs project managers and the demand is growing. Business services, finance, energy, healthcare, information services are some of the unique industries with large and increasing amounts of project-oriented work.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) Talent Gap Report projected a 12 percent growth in project management roles between 2010 and 2020. The industries expecting to grow the most are business services and healthcare. Healthcare is expected to increase project management roles by 30 percent; the highest of any industry.
In the US alone, the demand for project management professionals will grow by nearly 700,000, drastically outpacing supply. “Unparalleled opportunities” for project managers will be created.
The first step in becoming a member of the project management community is to join PMI and the local Augusta Aiken PMI chapter. Worldwide, there are more than 500,000 members of PMI and 300 chapters in over 200 countries. The Augusta Aiken PMI chapter has nearly 400 members and holds monthly dinner meetings for networking and learning about the latest trends in project management.
The second step is to earn credentials as either a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or a Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
The CAPM credential is for individuals with little or no project management experience, such as students, that are interested in beginning a project management career. To qualify, the requirement is 23 hours of project management training and passing a 3 hour exam.
To qualify for the PMP credential, individuals must complete 35 hours of project management training, have over 4,500 hours of project related experience and get their application approved by PMI. Then, they must pass a difficult 4 hour exam. The initial pass rate is only 60 percent. Worldwide, there are 750,000 holders of the PMP.
To join PMI and learn more about the credential process, go to pmi.org. To learn more about the Augusta/Aiken PMI chapter, go to pmiaugustaaiken.org.