As many project managers do, I swim from the abyss to the surface every three years to renew my PMP Certification. For most, this is a gradual ascent causing no repercussions, but in my last cycle the dive computer malfunctioned, leaving me no choice but to rapidly ascend. As I breached the surface and tore off my mask, the dive team pulled me into the boat where I immediately logged into my PMI account to read the current CCR (Continuing Certification Requirements) handbook.
As the Talent Triangle and minimum PDU requirements came into focus, I felt the "bends" coming over me like a wet blanket. Looking for support, I directed my gaze towards my crew only to see them shaking their heads and taking in the entertainment as if this was a prescheduled team-building event. Having little recourse, I entered into a hyperbaric podcast chamber to repair my self-inflected wounds, where, after receiving my educational PDU’s, I promised to never “bends” that way again.
BREAKING THE CYCLE
So here I am, correcting past patterns and giving back to the profession via this new BLOG called "The Battle-Hardened PM" where we will
The first BLOG series will be on “Reaching your Project Management Potential”, where we will examine the following questions:
We will look at these questions in pragmatic challenge-based ways, so as to complement the traditional views that are most often written about and discussed.
It is my desire that this BLOG be a forum for discussions whether you are in agreement or not, so be sure to make your thoughts known. If you are interested in “non-traditional perspectives” then check out my article on the Knowledge Shelf called Strategic Lessons Learned from a Battle-Hardened Project Manager.