Top Recommended Certifications for Project Managers
By Glen D. Ford
In many ways, our society has gone certification crazy. We demand certifications as though they were a substitute for the ability to think. A guarantee of suitable skills and abilities to do the job. Or as if they were a guarantee that our experience was real.
But there is a place for the right types of certification — even for project managers.
So what certifications actually work for project managers? When can we trust them? What do they say about the people who have them?
Project management is both an art and a science. The science part consists of the tools and knowledge that every PM needs to perform their job. The art consists of how those tools are applied and in the management of people and resources. While the science can be taught and therefore examined for, the art can only be learned by experience. Read the Complete Article
Is the PgMP® Credential Right For Me?
By Gary Hamilton, Gareth Byatt, Jeff Hodgkinson, and Brian Grafsgaard
Gareth, Gary, Jeff, and Brian are PgMP (Program Management Professional)® credentialed through the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. (In fact, that’s how we met, became good friends and collaborators on articles.) We know from personal experience what it takes to obtain. Additionally, in early 2010, Jeff and Brian did a study and presentation on the overall results and benefits of having the PgMP credential, based on a survey of 225 PgMPs, over half of the PgMPs credentialed at the time. Their benefits study was one of the focus topics at the 2010 PMI North America Congress in Washington, DC.
As we weigh the value of the credential, let‘s first consider the PgMP credential itself. Per PMI, the PgMP credential is intended to “recognize advanced experience, skill and performance in the oversight of multiple related projects and their resources, aligned with an organizational objective.” We won’t be going into the formal details and process steps to obtain the credential; that information is readily available through the PMI. Read the Complete Article