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Surprise! PMP Certification Does Not Predict Performance

An article entitled “Project Management Certification Does Not Predict Performance” on the Struggling Manager blog caught my eye. My first reaction was “no surprise here”. Most certifications do not predict performance, but rather ensure a minimum amount of knowledge and experience. Unfortunately the premise was the training to earn this certification wasn’t useful.

Rob, the author, contended that he valued communication of executive status and project events, driving teams to completion, and relentless issue resolution. On the surface this seems reasonable, but reflecting on it further, its unfortunately more of the “herding cats” mentality.

In more civilized, projectized environments, skills like drawing up project plans and schedules are valued. Planning and managing is more important than chasing the project team members to complete tasks. Risk management becomes more important than relentless issue resolution. Its no wonder the Struggling Manager is struggling. Relentless issue closing can be draining and demoralizing.

While PMP certification may not may not predict performance, it is not without its benefits. At PMI.org the organizational benefits cited include:

– more disciplined workforce
– workforce knows how to begin to plan projects
– workforce will value teamwork
– clients have increased confidence because basic practices are in place
– clients will value project managers with a code of ethics
– you will have repeatable practices and improved project results

Stop being a struggling manager. Support PMPs and project management best practices as a manager to create a more empowered team and pleasant work environment. Stop herding cats and start planning for success.

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