Category Archives: Project Management Certification

What a 20-year difference will do to the PMP certificate

In the last article, we wrote about the PMP and if the PMP exam represents the real world.

Then, a post on LinkedIn triggered this post where a person posted his newly achieved certificate claiming that he is now “A Certified Project Manager.” A quick look at his profile on LinkedIn shows that this is a young professional, 3-year out of college, and his experience has been pure engineering; technical roles, not a project management role.

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Is the PMP real world?

A while back, we tried to answer the question Is the PMBOK Guide Real World? The point was that many practitioners believe that the guide does not reflect the real world. We cannot agree and BELIEVE that the PMBOK Guide does reflect the real world.

In order not to repeat – refer to the blog post on this.

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Is project management becoming a commodity?

What do you think, is project management becoming a commodity?

I am a member on numerous online groups related to project management. There is a huge focus on certifications, PMP being the most popular but others as well like ACP, Agile, PRINCE2, RMP and numerous others. We see advertisement such as: Continue reading

In restaurants what do you ask for

Would you go to a restaurant with one item on the menu?

The questions in the image is for people working in project management, their managers, and executives.

We tried to put the question as simply as possible to draw an analogy to project management certifications. 

In restaurants what do you ask forWhen any of us go to a restaurant, we are either given a menu automatically, or we ask for one. Why? Because we want to see the options and decide on the best one to satisfy our needs, mood, or hunger at that moment. It is likely that the vast majority of people will not go to a restaurant with one item on the menu. Yes, some restaurants has specialties that might be more popular than others – but I do not recall ever seeing a restaurant with one item. For that matter a university offering one degree only, or one professor.

However, if we switch the question to the world of project management certification, we do accept the concept of 1-item restaurant.

Many do not realize that the Global PM Restaurant has a great menu with more than 50 different options (in term of certifications). There are foundation certificates and advanced certificates. There are general certificates and certificates for an array of specialty topics.

Yet, a large percent of visitors to this global restaurant, do not see the menu or ask for it. Their PM waiter (Dilbert Cartoon) just tell them there is one item everyone ask for. This item is the most popular. He might also say “it is the best”, “there is nothing like it” and so on. Consequently, a large percent of people “Trust the waiter” and do not look for anything else. They accept the opinion of a waiter – who does not know them, does not know their ability, desire, ambitions, goals and so on.

How can we trust the waiter without asking questions. A couple of days ago, my 15-year old son was mentoring his 12-year old brother that he should question everything. He was telling him to be curious and ask questions and not accept what may seem like a fact until he question it. A 15-year old understands that so why not professionals that are 25, 30, or even 45-year old – with years of professional experience question this?

Organizations like PMI claims that the PMP result in 15 or more percent increase in salary, yet we are not aware of any organization that has a different pay scale for PMP or give bonuses or salary increment for those achieving the PMP. Even in a recent discussion on a PMI owned site all respondents to the question on salary said they never received any bonus or salary adjustment as a result of the PMP, upon achieving it or later. Yet, we do not question that survey.

Promoters of PMP claim it is the best in the project management world? How, on what basis? Do we question that?

Promoters also claim that achieving the PMP is a demonstration of competent project managers and proof of a successful PMP. How? The PMP does not even require the person to be a project manager nor does it ask for proof of success on projects.

The focus on the PMP here is because it is 1-item on the menu for many people. They do not even know there are other certifications that are equally good or even better. IPMA has a certification program that quite good. AACE, SAVE, and others have good certifications as well. GPM Global offers a few certifications as well. Even PMI now has a few other certifications – yet, we continue to trust the waiter.

We hope you enjoyed your mean and gave you the satisfaction you need.

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Why did I stop contributing to PMI? Part 2

This article was also published on Mr. Mounir Ajam personal blog site, because it is a personal opinion. It is a follow up to the previous post.

However, we decided to share it here as well although it is not a SUKAD blog article.

Is Business Analyst a Project Management Role or Specialist Role?

In recent years, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched many certifications. These certifications were in addition to the PMP (Project Management Professional), CAPM and PgMP. The recent certifications (last 5 years or so) include:

  • PMI-RMP: Risk Management Professional
  • PMI-SP: Scheduling Professional

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Memorization can make a PMP but a lousy PM

Although project management is one of my passions and I have been in this domain close to 30 years; every once in a while I run into something online that make me say what the heck; how badly did PMI degrade project management.

What is see often on online groups, make titles like ‪#‎PMP‬ for ‪#‎Dummies‬ sound like an advance topic.

I have seen the ads for Mastering Project Management in 5 days. I have seen ads inviting people to memorize the ITTO (Inputs – Tools & Techniques – Outputs). I have seen the illegal copies of books online. I have also seen people posting questions online using resources that are out of date. I do not know what else is out there.

Today – I ran into 8 or 10 minute video showing people how to memorize the process groups and 47 processes. The video offers tricks and using things like DDMMCDXXX to memorize some of these things. Using another verbal trick to memorize the process groups. I have no problem using tricks to remember things; it can be a good approach for some. However, if a PMP aspirant need a trick like “… Melvyn Cries Continuously” to memorize the process groups – did blow my roof today.

Again – I am not against memorizing tricks for names or other things – but for the basics?

If project managers do not understand that:

  1. Before they do the project work they must have a plan (Planning) >>>> and
  2. Before the plan they need to have authorization (Initiating) >>>>
  3. If they do not know that when they are DOING work (Executing) they need
  4. To keep their eyes on the goal (Monitoring) and
  5. Adjusting when necessary (Controlling) >>>> and
  6. Finally when done to close the project (or phase) (Closing) >>>>>

If they have to memorize the above, then how could those people be certified #PMP?

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