Project Management

Organizational Culture: Essential Training for PMs

Jiju is a project manager who takes on projects that need help. He likes a challenge put in front of him to be solved in a fixed amount of time. Because of this trait, he was fortunate enough to be called upon for completing projects in distress. Through detailed analysis and designing mitigation strategies, he is able to turn distressed projects into successful ones.

There is no dearth of formal training opportunities for project managers who want to advance their careers. Many training avenues exist that will guide you toward succeeding in project management related qualifying exams like CAPM, PMP, ACP and PRINCE2. If you are either new to project management or have been managing projects for some time, these certifications can provide you the stamp of quality that employers expect from their project managers. Moreover, the study and understanding of the certification course materials will certainly introduce new practitioners to essential fundamentals of project management that will come in handy in their pursuit of excellence in their chosen career path.

However, the availability of these opportunities should not stop project managers from taking advantage of the most valuable of all the training that they can get: organizational culture training. There have been too many occurrences of very skilled project managers not being able to produce success consistently while delivering projects for organizations.

In a qualitative study on project success published in the Project Management Journal, Korin Kendra and Laura Taplin states that “Cultures arise within organizations based on members’ own past experiences. Members who have shared in organization’s past success develop assumptions about how the organization …

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