Project Management

The Talent Management Tripod

PMI Toronto Chapter

Bruce is the founder of, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Does talent management matter to you if you are an individual project manager? The answer is yes! You might assume that only PMO directors and senior leaders are the only ones who need to care about this topic. That’s just not true!

As an individual project manager, you have the opportunity to lead people. In some cases, you may get to pick your team members. In other cases, you are simply told who is on the project team. Either way, you need to treat your team members with care and thoughtfulness. Viewing them as a “people resource” in a project chart is misleading.

Introducing the Tripod
To reach your project goals and sustain a long career, you need results and relationships. If you’re great with people and miss deadlines, nobody will be impressed. Likewise, if you hit your goals and everybody hates you, your name might pop up first when layoffs are considered. To maintain a stable and sustainable approach to talent, you need a tripod:

1. Know the project’s talent demands. Start by thoroughly assessing the skills required to implement the project entirely. Let’s assume you have the project charter, a high-level timeline, and some thoughts about the next steps. Based on this information, you can start to match project tasks to the skill sets of people on the project team.

What if you are running a particular type of project for…

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