Project Management

Avoiding Skill and Knowledge Complacency

Emily Luijbregts, PMP, is a project manager in Breda, Netherlands.

I became certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® in 2011. Since that time, there have been two new editions of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) in 2013 and 2017—and nearly nine years of potential bad habits to be formed as a practicing project manager.

When I learned that this month’s theme on was technical PM skills as represented in PMI’s Talent Triangle®, it made me think about whether or not I’d still be able to pass the PMP exam if I took it today—and what areas of the Talent Triangle I needed to improve for myself as a project manager.

Have you read the updates to the PMBOK® Guide?
I was talking to a few peers who all became accredited PMPs before me. I asked them if they had read the updates to the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition, or if they actively looked at the changes that were being made in each addition. The answer was mostly “no.” They were reliant on the content from training courses and to make sure that they remained relevant to their industry and organization.

This made me wonder if we as a profession need to hold ourselves more accountable to reading the new versions of the PMBOK® Guide to make sure that we not only understand the new content, but that we’re able to implement it in our …

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