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What's Your PMTQ? That's the question posed by Project Management Institute's 2019 Pulse of the Profession reportThe Future of Work: Leading the Way With PMTQ.

So before you answer, you might have a question — what is PMTQ? It stands for project management technology quotient. PMTQ is "a person's ability to adapt, manage and integrate technology based on the needs of the organization or the project at hand."

PMTQ is in demand in organizations, large and small. It's a "must-have, make-or-break skill set," according to the report, which defines a high PMTQ by three key characteristics and examples:

1. Always-on curiosity. You're always looking for what's next—trying out new approaches, exploring new ideas, testing new technologies. High PMTQ project leaders and organizations use initial projects as experiments.

2. All-inclusive leadership. You're maximizing the potential of your team regardless of each individual's age, experience, digital knowledge, skill set or location High PMTQ project leaders don't just "manage" people; they advocate.

3. A future-proof talent pool. Your company is recruiting, training and retaining project professionals who possess "digital age" skills as well as the will and ability to adapt their skills according to new trends. High PMTQ organizations invest in developing their workforce along with their offerings.

How do you rate yourself and your organization on these three characteristics? Low or high, there is always work to be done when it comes to PMTQ because, well, the technology landscape is always changing while digital disruption is here to stay.

The Future of Work report recommends a number of processes and capabilities, borrowed from PMTQ innovators, to help organizations and individuals boost their PMTQ. (Some are obvious, such as providing ongoing project management training and defining a career path for project managers. But it's often the case that what is "obvious" is not always what is done.)

For me the most revealing insight from the Future of Work report is that high PMTQ organizations—and by extension, their project leaders and teams—"demonstrate a strong ability to shift their way of getting work done." The report found that they are twice as likely as low PMTQ organizations to use hybrid project management practices (60 percent to 29 percent). Similar differences are found in their use of change management, design thinking, Agile and DevOps approaches. 

High PMTQ organizations enjoy higher stakeholder satisfaction rates, less waste and better project outcomes, according to the report. Indeed, PMTQ = ROI — but not just for businesses. The ROI can be yours, too, in the form of advancement, opportunity and satisfaction. Invest in yourself.



Posted on: April 15, 2019 04:10 PM | Permalink

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Thanks for sharing, Aaron. Very interesting topic that will hang on for a while, i am sure.
Our friend and colleague, the well known Mike Clayton has written a very critical in-depth article about that topic and PMI's Report about the future of work as a PM.
A worth reading for sure:



The future-proof talents/resources are most attractive proposition of a high PMTQ organization. As new technologies are rapidly introduced, the agile approach towards emerging technology adaptation, learn and implement in short iterations could be key to thrive in the market place. The organizational leaders need to develop a long-term organizational strategy around this.


How is PMTQ measured? Qualitatively I understand, but any scale to use like a maturity model.

@Vincent That's a great question. Without a doubt, once we know how we define PMTQ, we need examples and guidance on how to measure it. I welcome suggestions, and will collect and share feedback to consider for future surveys and research on this emerging concept.

@Markus Thanks for the heads-up a thought-provoking analysis of the PMTQ concept. I will certainly share it with the Pulse team, and hope it inspires further exploration and research.

One of the biggest pieces that stands out is the All-Inclusive Leadership. Most PMs are continuously building their leadership skills around leading people but as we look toward the future, we must include managing and leading the technology as well. That's a tall order on the PM. I'm sure more conversation is coming around this topic but I do believe that this requires PMI to add the the talent triangle. Is that where PMI is head?

Thank you Aaron for sharing PMTQ, which achieves digital sustainability.

Thank you. This sparks some good thinking points.

Very interesting. I will have to do some more research on PMTQ now.

In this age of digital disruption; getting into deeper depths to execute the projects / programs by knowing the technical details is a must. In turn, the TQ of the manager and hence the PMTQ of the organization would increase.
Good if we from the PM community come up with few such tools to measure the PMTQ / TQ.

Dear Aaron
Interesting perspective on the topic: "What's Your PMTQ?"
Thanks for sharing

Important point to remember:
"The report found that organizations with low PMTQ are more likely to use hybrid project management practices (60% to 29%). Similar differences are found in the use of change management, design thinking, Agile and DevOps approaches . "

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