Project Management

Taking Stock in Your PM Skills Maturity

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

In 2015, PMI introduced The PMI Talent Triangle® into its Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program. It consists of three sides:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management.

Each side represents the core talents and skills that PMI has found most organizations like to see in their project managers. The underlying premise is that the more of these talents you have competency and mastery in, the more successful you are likely to become.

One way that PMI offers to help advance you is its certification programs, and that’s a good thing. Clearly, certifications help to get your foot in the door and can help differentiate you from those without such credentials. Savvy employers, however, may need more proof of your competencies—and that proof manifests itself in your experience, accomplishments and record of success.

When I set my sights on a career in accounting, I knew the first step was to get my degree; that got my hat into the ring. But to keep it there, I had to get my CPA certificate. That made me legitimate.

But that was just the beginning. My technical credential put me at the bottom of the CPA profession’s ladder. Working on engagements (CPA speak for “projects”), learning how to manage a portfolio of clients and client engagements, learning how to manage a practice, and …

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