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Is PMP certification good for a Product Manager?
I am a Product Manager in Energy Business looking to pursue PMP certification. I am aware that Project management and Product Management are different. As I am preparing I see that as a Product manager I do use the skills needed by Project Manager. But going ahead will a PMP certification be helpful for my career as Product Manager.?
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Snehalatha -

While project management skills are helpful for almost any management or leadership position, I don't know that a PMP itself would be as helpful as certifications in business analysis or energy industry-specific credentials.

Such roles normally require strong business analysis, product management (e.g. strategy, marketing & financial decision making) & user experience skills, so credentials in those competencies might serve you better than a PMP.

Kiron
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1 reply by Snehalatha Radhakrishnan
Dec 16, 2019 6:08 PM
Snehalatha Radhakrishnan
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Thank you, Kiron for the feedback. I will keep that in my mind when considering the certifications
Dear Snehalatha

Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Do you usually manage projects as part of your activity?
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1 reply by Snehalatha Radhakrishnan
Dec 16, 2019 6:13 PM
Snehalatha Radhakrishnan
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Dear Luis,
Yes, a large part of my work also involves overseeing projects. Though we have project managers in our workplace, a lot of control lies with the product manager. I handle projects starting from product changes/tests to getting the product approved with the end customer.
For your comment I understand that you are not talking about product manager in the sense of definition of some specific method. So, let me say, I teached project management including it certification courses for a great number of product managers around the world. It is critical for a product manager to know about project management. It does not mean to get a certification. Both are totally different things including it you can choose to follow the PMI way to perform project management or others like GPM or IPMA.
Snehalatha

I agree with Kiron. However, I understand how you see a similarity between what you do and the project management. While your line of business leans more towards business analysis and product management, I personally think PMP will add value to you in terms of the general management of your operations.

RK
With now 1 million PMPs the certificate has become kind of a hygiene factor.

Today‘s PMP focuses on processes and toils&techniques, the how of managing changes. PMP from July 2020 will extend to more leadership skills and include agile concepts. It will be based on principles.

So, yes, it is a cornerstone in any career.
PMP provides foundation for the knowledge of the 'trade'.
As more and more work is centered around projects - having delivered something within specified timeframe, etc... Knowing how to go about it is crucial for the career.
It depends.

I think the skills you learn and practice in order to earn the PMP will help in your career.

I'm unsure whether the PMP certification itself will help you get your next job. That's dependent on the type of organization that's hiring you. It's widely recognized in many nations, though, so if I had to guess, I'd say that the odds of it helping you outweigh the odds that it will hurt you.
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1 reply by Snehalatha Radhakrishnan
Dec 16, 2019 6:19 PM
Snehalatha Radhakrishnan
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Hi Wade, Thanks for the feedback. I am not doing for getting the next job as I am pretty happy with my current one. But it is more of a learning and development aspect I am looking for. I believe these skills will help me be better at my job and eventually, help me evolve into a more leadership role.
Thanks once again for the answer as it helps me get more clarity about PMP.
Dec 16, 2019 10:44 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Snehalatha -

While project management skills are helpful for almost any management or leadership position, I don't know that a PMP itself would be as helpful as certifications in business analysis or energy industry-specific credentials.

Such roles normally require strong business analysis, product management (e.g. strategy, marketing & financial decision making) & user experience skills, so credentials in those competencies might serve you better than a PMP.

Kiron
Thank you, Kiron for the feedback. I will keep that in my mind when considering the certifications
Dec 16, 2019 10:56 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Snehalatha

Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Do you usually manage projects as part of your activity?
Dear Luis,
Yes, a large part of my work also involves overseeing projects. Though we have project managers in our workplace, a lot of control lies with the product manager. I handle projects starting from product changes/tests to getting the product approved with the end customer.
Dec 16, 2019 1:00 PM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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It depends.

I think the skills you learn and practice in order to earn the PMP will help in your career.

I'm unsure whether the PMP certification itself will help you get your next job. That's dependent on the type of organization that's hiring you. It's widely recognized in many nations, though, so if I had to guess, I'd say that the odds of it helping you outweigh the odds that it will hurt you.
Hi Wade, Thanks for the feedback. I am not doing for getting the next job as I am pretty happy with my current one. But it is more of a learning and development aspect I am looking for. I believe these skills will help me be better at my job and eventually, help me evolve into a more leadership role.
Thanks once again for the answer as it helps me get more clarity about PMP.
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