Project Management

Three Essentials to Being a Successful Consultant PM

Michelle Stronach has over 20 years of experience in the project management field, with experience creating successful PMOs and implementing project, portfolio management and IT governance frameworks. Michelle truly appreciates the value of feedback and welcomes comments on her articles.

“This American system of ours--call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will--gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.”
-- Al Capone

Independent or not, as a consultant project manager you cannot afford to dilute the value you bring as a hired professional. It is not enough to be good at your profession; you must shine at it every day to show your worth and stand out from your competition.

According to The Project Management Institute’s 2013 Project Management Talent Gap Report, "Between 2010 and 2020 an estimated 15.7 million new project management jobs will be added globally, reaching an economic impact of over $18 trillion, across seven project-intensive industries." India and China will lead the growth in new roles by 60 percent and 33 percent, respectively. The report concludes with the comment that the next seven years will provide “an unparalleled opportunity to build valuable project management skills and enter this flourishing market."

As a consultant project manager, it is more important than ever that you differentiate yourself from your competition--both internal and external project managers. The No. 1 way to differentiate is through reputation. Call it capitalism if you will, but there is apparently an abundance of …

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