Project Management

10,001 Hours of Project Management

PMI United Kingdom Chapter

Ian Whittingham, PMP is director of Calixo Consulting, providing project and program management expertise from initiation through to implementation, covering business transformation, workflow process re-engineering, and enterprise data integration. He is a regular contributor to ProjectManagement.com. You may contact Ian directly at [email protected]

How many hours does it take to become a project manager? That’s not a trick question, but can become tricky when you try to answer it with any kind of precision. But to answer it with precision, one might argue, depends on how you qualify what that take means, on what it takes to qualify if someone is competent in project management (or not). Of course, for anyone contemplating becoming an accredited PMP or PgMP or PMI-ACP, the Project Management Institute (PMI) already has some answers to that question (which I’ll come to later).

Trying to determine what are appropriate qualifying criteria--that is, answering the “what it takes” question--always begs the question, in my mind, as to just how appropriate do they need to be in order to qualify whatever the criteria are being applied to? Seeking an answer to that question--that is, identifying what should count as qualifying criteria--always hinges on understanding the need that the criteria have to meet in order for the qualification to be valid.

Well qualified
I’ve been thinking about this recently in the context of identifying entry and exit criteria for the user acceptance test (UAT) scenarios of a project I am working on. At the level of specific criteria, the use cases for each scenario define how the need will be met. The test cases are assumed to qualify both functional and non-…


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