Project Management

My Journey to Teaching PM

Catalin is a project manager and Managing Partner at TSP in Bucharest, Romania.

I was volunteering for my local PMI chapter one day when I received an interesting phone call. It was a senior professor from one of the biggest universities in the country. He was running a project management master’s program (he still does) and he needed somebody to teach project management fundamentals. Word of mouth had worked like a charm, and he found out about PMI and wanted to contact the local chapter to ask for help. I oversaw the education and certification area, so naturally the call was redirected to me.

I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. Knowing the local educational system very well, I was really impressed that somebody wanted to have specialists (professionals) from outside the system teaching project management to the students. In the past, we have had (as a chapter) invitations to participate and present about PMI and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) to different groups (including students). However, nobody had the courage (or assumed the risk) to offer a full-time assignment to a chapter volunteer (like a whole training course for a whole semester).

So, with me still amazed, we agreed that he should send me the profile details. I would make a “call for volunteers,” and together we would select the potential candidates. However, one of the main rules of our educational system is that…

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