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How do I better grow in the field?
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Just a bit of background.

I completed my CAPM certification a month or so ago (Actually picked up on the PMP course but due to lack of experience, had to settle for the CAPM exam).

My current work largely involves Project Review and hence it has been a very on the job kind of learning approach. That paired with the PMP course (Studied for PMP but am certified as a CAPM) has filled in various gaps in my knowledge.

I have also registered with my local PMI Chapter.

Considering how I have only 1 full year of work experience with Projects, how should I actually proceed so as to better build my foundations and expand upon my knowledge.

Additionally, as Project Managers, what are some of the key skills that I should be looking to acquire?

Really looking forward to the tips and responses, and I'm definitely open to more networking opportunities.
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You have to take a critical decision: generalization of specialization. With that on hand then created your own strategy. If you ask me, based on my own experience. I would go for the first one.
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1 reply by Sunny Lalwani
Sep 22, 2019 7:20 AM
Sunny Lalwani
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Thank you Sergio.

I think generalization does seem like a better option as if I'm not mistaken, it would give me a broader view of the entire process.

What other skills should I be looking at building over the long run?
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Sep 22, 2019 6:46 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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You have to take a critical decision: generalization of specialization. With that on hand then created your own strategy. If you ask me, based on my own experience. I would go for the first one.
Thank you Sergio.

I think generalization does seem like a better option as if I'm not mistaken, it would give me a broader view of the entire process.

What other skills should I be looking at building over the long run?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 22, 2019 7:49 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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I have the opportunity to learn and work with people that time after were "cellebrities" or reference in the field. One of them was Allan M Davis, an authority about all related to requirements between other things. He said me something that was one of my drivers to search what to learn. "Sergio, remember hose interested in the solution are not buying the resulting product, nor the project that gives rise to it. They are buying the security that the person responsible for the project and the product can offer them that their expectations about the product and the project will be met."
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Sep 22, 2019 7:20 AM
Replying to Sunny Lalwani
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Thank you Sergio.

I think generalization does seem like a better option as if I'm not mistaken, it would give me a broader view of the entire process.

What other skills should I be looking at building over the long run?
I have the opportunity to learn and work with people that time after were "cellebrities" or reference in the field. One of them was Allan M Davis, an authority about all related to requirements between other things. He said me something that was one of my drivers to search what to learn. "Sergio, remember hose interested in the solution are not buying the resulting product, nor the project that gives rise to it. They are buying the security that the person responsible for the project and the product can offer them that their expectations about the product and the project will be met."
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1 reply by Sunny Lalwani
Sep 22, 2019 8:31 AM
Sunny Lalwani
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That is actually spot on.

Thank you so much Sergio. I really appreciate it!
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Sep 22, 2019 7:49 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I have the opportunity to learn and work with people that time after were "cellebrities" or reference in the field. One of them was Allan M Davis, an authority about all related to requirements between other things. He said me something that was one of my drivers to search what to learn. "Sergio, remember hose interested in the solution are not buying the resulting product, nor the project that gives rise to it. They are buying the security that the person responsible for the project and the product can offer them that their expectations about the product and the project will be met."
That is actually spot on.

Thank you so much Sergio. I really appreciate it!
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Continue to work on projects and increase their knowledge, know-how and practice in the different areas of Project Management with particular reference to:
Scope Management, Schedule Management, Cost Management, Resource Management and Risk Management.
Managing different Stakeholders today (the project team is considered in resource management) is also a challenge.
To be sure PMP needs 4500 hours of experience as Project Manager
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1 reply by Sunny Lalwani
Sep 23, 2019 1:27 AM
Sunny Lalwani
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I'm surely gonna keep this in mind. Thank you Luis!
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Hi Sunny,
Glad you have started on the PM Journey. There is learnings in every project you touch. I am yet to find 2 projects that are the same. Projectmanagement.com gives you the opportunity to connect and network with other PMs and build on your knowledge of Project Management. What I have done to expand my knowledge is sign up for different webinars on different topics to expand your learning. For me, the projects that I have enjoyed the most are the ones where I have incorporated both Traditional and Agile PM approaches. I think the combination of the two works best specially if the project you are working on has a lot of moving parts.
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1 reply by Sunny Lalwani
Sep 23, 2019 1:29 AM
Sunny Lalwani
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I think I can start going through the on demand Webinars to further deepen my understanding (Especially when it comes to Agile projects)

Based on my limited time in the field, I definitely agree that no 2 projects are the same.

Thank you Arash!
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Experiment. The nice thing about being a PM is that the jobs are temporary by nature and you can get some good variety, but you can't always pick your projects, and changing companies can be a significant life altering decision if you're not already a free-lancer.

What you can do however is try different things in the jobs you are assigned. Having worked in many PMOs, they all do things differently and as a new team member without personal attachment to their processes, I and others often comment that their methods don't seem to make sense in a lot of ways. They probably did at some time when the conditions were different so they standardized, but as the business environments changed, their PM methods didn't.

Experiment with doing things different ways. Don't be afraid to say, "That wasn't working so I improvised and did it this way instead." That can be disruptive in some teams, but on others they will recognize that your idea actually is better and they had only been doing it one way due to inertia. I've experimented a lot, and sometimes the results aren't good but fail, learn, change, improve, succeed.

Over the last 20 years I've become the leader of virtually every team I've joined within 6-12 months. That wasn't because I mastered their way of doing things, but rather because I come in with a fresh perspective, open mind, and show them that their current ways of doing things are self-limiting and there might be better ways to approach problem solving.
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1 reply by Sunny Lalwani
Sep 23, 2019 1:33 AM
Sunny Lalwani
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Hi Keith,

Your advice has definitely given me a fresh perspective on how to approach things. I definitely agree with you and will always keep in mind that different situations may require different solutions and so on.

Thank you so much!
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Sep 22, 2019 3:30 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Continue to work on projects and increase their knowledge, know-how and practice in the different areas of Project Management with particular reference to:
Scope Management, Schedule Management, Cost Management, Resource Management and Risk Management.
Managing different Stakeholders today (the project team is considered in resource management) is also a challenge.
To be sure PMP needs 4500 hours of experience as Project Manager
I'm surely gonna keep this in mind. Thank you Luis!
Network:477



Sep 22, 2019 4:06 PM
Replying to Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Hi Sunny,
Glad you have started on the PM Journey. There is learnings in every project you touch. I am yet to find 2 projects that are the same. Projectmanagement.com gives you the opportunity to connect and network with other PMs and build on your knowledge of Project Management. What I have done to expand my knowledge is sign up for different webinars on different topics to expand your learning. For me, the projects that I have enjoyed the most are the ones where I have incorporated both Traditional and Agile PM approaches. I think the combination of the two works best specially if the project you are working on has a lot of moving parts.
I think I can start going through the on demand Webinars to further deepen my understanding (Especially when it comes to Agile projects)

Based on my limited time in the field, I definitely agree that no 2 projects are the same.

Thank you Arash!
Network:477



Sep 22, 2019 4:17 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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Experiment. The nice thing about being a PM is that the jobs are temporary by nature and you can get some good variety, but you can't always pick your projects, and changing companies can be a significant life altering decision if you're not already a free-lancer.

What you can do however is try different things in the jobs you are assigned. Having worked in many PMOs, they all do things differently and as a new team member without personal attachment to their processes, I and others often comment that their methods don't seem to make sense in a lot of ways. They probably did at some time when the conditions were different so they standardized, but as the business environments changed, their PM methods didn't.

Experiment with doing things different ways. Don't be afraid to say, "That wasn't working so I improvised and did it this way instead." That can be disruptive in some teams, but on others they will recognize that your idea actually is better and they had only been doing it one way due to inertia. I've experimented a lot, and sometimes the results aren't good but fail, learn, change, improve, succeed.

Over the last 20 years I've become the leader of virtually every team I've joined within 6-12 months. That wasn't because I mastered their way of doing things, but rather because I come in with a fresh perspective, open mind, and show them that their current ways of doing things are self-limiting and there might be better ways to approach problem solving.
Hi Keith,

Your advice has definitely given me a fresh perspective on how to approach things. I definitely agree with you and will always keep in mind that different situations may require different solutions and so on.

Thank you so much!

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