Project Management

4 Stages of PM Competence

Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can't imagine a better job to have. He is interested in all things agile, or anything new to learn.

One of the biggest compliments a project manager can receive is being told that their project seemed extremely easy to manage. An experienced project leader will know what this actually means: the project wasn’t simple at all—the person just happened to be an expert in running projects. It is usually the case: the more you witness visible acts of project management, the less competent the project manager is. Seeing a project sail along seemingly effortlessly is a sign of a highly skilled manager.

Most of us have been participants in several projects in our professional lives, either as team members, stakeholders, customers or managers. That has given us a certain view on how much skill the person tasked with leading a project possesses. The spectrum can range from the person who doesn’t even understand the basics of project management all the way to the person who can handle the most complicated and stress-filled scenarios with little to no effort, and all the positions in between.

In this regard, project management is no different from other skills, professional or otherwise. The novice project manager starts out not knowing or fully understanding what they don’t know, and in fact, may even resist learning traditional methods or best practices. As they being to recognize the gaps in their abilities, they move through phases where they actively seek to improve their …


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