Build your Project Management Credibility - 7 Steps

Build your Project Management Credibility - 7 Steps

Becoming good at project management is both practical and rewarding. What makes a project management professional stand out from the crowd? What is it that gives him/her the Project Management Credibility factor?

We suggest that someone with the project management credibility factor is “a person with a balanced profile of project management education, knowledge, skills and recognition, who significantly and actively contributes to present-day developments in project management while driving the future of the discipline with unique thoughts and actions.”

Acquiring the project management credibility factor

1. Education in Project Management

Having formal education in project management is the first step in building a sustainable and concrete platform for growth in project management. It will help to learn best practices and to have the technical and social competences to be able to manage projects successfully. 

2. Project Management Certification

Securing a reputable project management certification not only provides needed recognition but also the opportunity to be aligned with current knowledge levels and meet expected standards for operating in the project management domain. Project management certification complements formal PM education - having this combination package provides recognition and credence.

3. Possess Skills that are Current and Relevant

It is critical to stay relevant to the skill needs of the market. Possessing skills that are current and relevant to the industry that a person is operating in or wants to work-in is vital.

4. Diplomatic skills

Success in project management requires an intricate balance of possessing human and technical skills. Having skills in diplomacy and a penchant for dealing with stakeholders of all types, provides a sustainable advantage to lead projects successfully.

5. ‘Sharing is caring’

Project management being a team-based exercise requires constant sharing of relevant information and knowledge with other people working on the team. People who are willing to share their knowledge, skills and expertise tend to get more respect from their peers.

6. Create knowledge that has practical utility

If the knowledge can be put to an immediate use, it helps in building a sound persona for the person or the team who created the knowledge. Creation of new knowledge that has practical utility does not mean necessarily being an expert at everything but knowing something about many things can help in connecting the dots, giving new meaning and creating new knowledge

7. Be the driver of new thought

A top class project manager is expected to be the thought leader, driver of innovation and creativity in processes, methods and above all structure of the discipline. Therefore, seeking to learn and lead development of new thoughts is critical.

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