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Even certified PMP and experience of project management technical skills, here in Myanamar country, most of the employer ask for engineering technical skill when they hire project manager. I would l
I finished with civil engineering degree. But most of my experiences was in telecom, electrical infrastructure projects. I only have structure foundation construction experiences regarding to above infra projects. When i look for job opportunities as Project manger, most of the employer describe engineering technical skill to be have like 5 or 10 years experiences. In my opinion, it should not be compulsory requirement and having project management technical skill must be compulsory. So i would like to know how much important to be expertise in engineering technical skill to become a PM or having engineering general knowledge is enough after certified PMP?
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Phyo
The view on this would be very subjective because every industry, company or agency has a different view. This is somewhat justified because different people adapt differently to an environment. You might find a Pm without any engineering background adapting easily when managing an engineering project while another might not. There is a view that have you believe that a good PM can adapt to any industry/project type but that is just a view and not based on any data.
In your specific case, I believe that you have sufficient skills. Technical knowledge will be beneficial and certainly help you to get going much quicker but should not be an issue for somebody with an engineering degree.
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1 reply by Phyo Papa
Mar 26, 2020 1:30 AM
Phyo Papa
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Dear Mr.Anton,
Thanks for your highlight.I also agree and accept that technical knowledge is beneficial and certainly help and i didnt mean to mention as an issue for somebody with an engineering degree. Because i believe people can manage and lead the team if he or she has good management skill and leadership skill as I find some MD or CEO of engineering company are not with engineering degree. Just my opinion because sometime i lost and confuse for job vacant in here when they asked "technical skill as compulsory " and first requirement. But in my experiences in here, some project are fail due to lack of incompetent project management skill. 'For Eg. If they have that, they can organize risk management by getting support from his project team or specialist.
BR.
Hi Phyo

PMI talent triangle was mentioned a good manager should balance with the three:-
1-Technical Project management skills.
2-Business and strategy
3- Leadership

my country also have the same misunderstanding regarding such issue because our countries are (development countries).
BR,
Mansour

BR,
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1 reply by Phyo Papa
Mar 26, 2020 1:18 AM
Phyo Papa
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Dear Mr.,
Yeah i think so, it's due to type of country experiences.
Anyway thank you for your comment.
Phyo -

You do need sufficient technical knowledge to establish credibility early on with the team and other key stakeholders. It also helps to be able to ask the "right" questions and to be aware of common risks with such projects.

However, if they are expecting that you could jump in and be a contributor then that is not a reasonable expectation if your primary role is as a PM.

Kiron
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1 reply by Phyo Papa
Mar 26, 2020 1:32 AM
Phyo Papa
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Dear Mr Kiron,
Yes, I agreed with you. But i just feel unfair when some vacant mention as first priority in technical skill requirement, i thought they dont know that how the project management is useful and powerful to drive the project.
BR.
Here we go again. Every time I see a "project manager" position from a Canadian manufacturing company, they require an engineering degree. They might suggest you have project management experience, although that's usually diluted to managing a project schedule. I never once saw them ask, even as a nice to have, for a project management certification.
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1 reply by Phyo Papa
Mar 26, 2020 1:33 AM
Phyo Papa
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Dear Mr.Stephane,
Yes, here also.
Mar 13, 2020 8:06 AM
Replying to MANSOUR THABET ALQUBATY
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Hi Phyo

PMI talent triangle was mentioned a good manager should balance with the three:-
1-Technical Project management skills.
2-Business and strategy
3- Leadership

my country also have the same misunderstanding regarding such issue because our countries are (development countries).
BR,
Mansour

BR,
Dear Mr.,
Yeah i think so, it's due to type of country experiences.
Anyway thank you for your comment.
Mar 13, 2020 1:52 AM
Replying to Anton Oosthuizen
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Phyo
The view on this would be very subjective because every industry, company or agency has a different view. This is somewhat justified because different people adapt differently to an environment. You might find a Pm without any engineering background adapting easily when managing an engineering project while another might not. There is a view that have you believe that a good PM can adapt to any industry/project type but that is just a view and not based on any data.
In your specific case, I believe that you have sufficient skills. Technical knowledge will be beneficial and certainly help you to get going much quicker but should not be an issue for somebody with an engineering degree.
Dear Mr.Anton,
Thanks for your highlight.I also agree and accept that technical knowledge is beneficial and certainly help and i didnt mean to mention as an issue for somebody with an engineering degree. Because i believe people can manage and lead the team if he or she has good management skill and leadership skill as I find some MD or CEO of engineering company are not with engineering degree. Just my opinion because sometime i lost and confuse for job vacant in here when they asked "technical skill as compulsory " and first requirement. But in my experiences in here, some project are fail due to lack of incompetent project management skill. 'For Eg. If they have that, they can organize risk management by getting support from his project team or specialist.
BR.
Mar 13, 2020 8:37 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Phyo -

You do need sufficient technical knowledge to establish credibility early on with the team and other key stakeholders. It also helps to be able to ask the "right" questions and to be aware of common risks with such projects.

However, if they are expecting that you could jump in and be a contributor then that is not a reasonable expectation if your primary role is as a PM.

Kiron
Dear Mr Kiron,
Yes, I agreed with you. But i just feel unfair when some vacant mention as first priority in technical skill requirement, i thought they dont know that how the project management is useful and powerful to drive the project.
BR.
Mar 13, 2020 2:56 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Here we go again. Every time I see a "project manager" position from a Canadian manufacturing company, they require an engineering degree. They might suggest you have project management experience, although that's usually diluted to managing a project schedule. I never once saw them ask, even as a nice to have, for a project management certification.
Dear Mr.Stephane,
Yes, here also.
This is one of the items the PMI fail to help people in positioning inside the industry. And that will be worst, in my opinion, with the changes the PMI is promoting today.

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