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In your opinion, When is a Project Manager ready to be called a Senior Project Manager? Is being a Senior Project Manager or a Project Director solely based on experience? Are there other skills that a Senior Project Manager/Project Director should possess?
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Dear Arash
Very interesting your question
Thank you for sharing it.

Analyze these changes that are happening in the project development approach: from predictive to adaptive.
How can project managers respond to these new challenges?

For some Project Managers it is a paradigm shift in the way they work.

The challenges of the Project Manager profession are immense.
New challenges arise every day that we have to be prepared to face and respond to.

I am convinced that knowing how to do it (project management experience) is very important for the maturity of the Project Management professional.

However, one cannot neglect learning at the level of knowing how to know.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”
Alvin Toffler
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1 reply by Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
Oct 28, 2019 9:07 AM
Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Hi Luis,
I agree with you. Continuous personal development and learning is integral in taking the next step in any career.
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Arash -

These terms are defined within the job definitions and standards of individual companies.

Page 309 of PMI's Salary Survey (10th edition - https://www.pmi.org/landing/salary-survey-2018) provides some definitions but those aren't objective enough to conclusively grade someone as a PM vs. PM II vs. PM III.

Kiron
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1 reply by Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
Oct 28, 2019 10:49 AM
Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Thank you Kiron.
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Oct 28, 2019 7:47 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Arash
Very interesting your question
Thank you for sharing it.

Analyze these changes that are happening in the project development approach: from predictive to adaptive.
How can project managers respond to these new challenges?

For some Project Managers it is a paradigm shift in the way they work.

The challenges of the Project Manager profession are immense.
New challenges arise every day that we have to be prepared to face and respond to.

I am convinced that knowing how to do it (project management experience) is very important for the maturity of the Project Management professional.

However, one cannot neglect learning at the level of knowing how to know.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”
Alvin Toffler
Hi Luis,
I agree with you. Continuous personal development and learning is integral in taking the next step in any career.
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I define seniority in having more than one specialty. In the case of a project manager, the specialties could be industries, products or even methodologies.
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1 reply by Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
Oct 28, 2019 10:50 AM
Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Thank you Stephane. I agree, however I believe each organization defines the seniority differently.
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Perhaps when she/he is an old man like me....
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2 replies by Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP and Luis Branco
Oct 28, 2019 11:13 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Sergio
Made me laugh your answer ...
Thanks for your good mood :-)
Oct 28, 2019 12:34 PM
Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Thank you Sergio. I am gaining more and more seniority every minute.
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Oct 28, 2019 8:42 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Arash -

These terms are defined within the job definitions and standards of individual companies.

Page 309 of PMI's Salary Survey (10th edition - https://www.pmi.org/landing/salary-survey-2018) provides some definitions but those aren't objective enough to conclusively grade someone as a PM vs. PM II vs. PM III.

Kiron
Thank you Kiron.
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Oct 28, 2019 9:58 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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I define seniority in having more than one specialty. In the case of a project manager, the specialties could be industries, products or even methodologies.
Thank you Stephane. I agree, however I believe each organization defines the seniority differently.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Oct 28, 2019 11:51 AM
Stéphane Parent
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My definition is based on years as line manager at EDS. You may recall EDS was a technology service company with over 300,000 technologists before its decimation following its purchase by HP. (Remember the cat herding commercial? That was EDS'.)

It's always a safe answer to say "it depends". I try to offer advice beyond the obvious.
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Oct 28, 2019 10:05 AM
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Perhaps when she/he is an old man like me....
Dear Sergio
Made me laugh your answer ...
Thanks for your good mood :-)
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Oct 28, 2019 11:17 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Somtimes I trid to put some kind of humor....At least argentinien humor. My best regards
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Oct 28, 2019 11:13 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Sergio
Made me laugh your answer ...
Thanks for your good mood :-)
Somtimes I trid to put some kind of humor....At least argentinien humor. My best regards
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Oct 28, 2019 10:50 AM
Replying to Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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Thank you Stephane. I agree, however I believe each organization defines the seniority differently.
My definition is based on years as line manager at EDS. You may recall EDS was a technology service company with over 300,000 technologists before its decimation following its purchase by HP. (Remember the cat herding commercial? That was EDS'.)

It's always a safe answer to say "it depends". I try to offer advice beyond the obvious.
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1 reply by Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
Oct 28, 2019 12:41 PM
Arash Max Ghorbandaei, PMP
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I do remember seeing that commercial. Very clever.

Thanks for your insights Stephane.
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