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PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (PMI) NEED TO INTROSPECT
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Kota Rajendra Vara Prasad Chief Operating Officer| KPC Projects Limited Hyderabad, India
Having started in 1960, the Project management institute has emerged as torch bearer in establishing project management with standardized processes with continuous improvement over the years. Project management standards are developed to suit all industries with several serval certifications to serve all industries which embrace project management.
Nearly 304 chapters were established across the globe with the participation of a multitude of volunteers. Many leading sectors such as Construction, Energy, aerospace and defense, Healthcare, education, Finance, IT and many more are directly connected with project management.
Even today PMI and associated Chapters are not successful in reaching many of the above industries and most of the PMI standards are developed to suit the IT industry even though they are said to be generic. Only PMI Extension is developed for Construction Industry with no further efforts to expand further.
All Certifications and Content available in PMI and standards established are more inclined towards IT sector with hardly any relevance to other sectors. The Governing bodies of most of the chapters are led 80 percent by volunteers from the IT sector. That is clear indication that the interactions, literature being developed getting obsolete and irrelevant to all other industries which Generate larger value GDP in global economy.
Every Industry needs Standards and codes tailored to suit all industry and PMI need to brainstorm seriously before it is too late to make PMI relevant to all sectors. Independent chapters need to be formed for each active sector which is actively adopting project management, program management and portfolio management.
Until PMI reaches out the stake holders to disseminate the philosophy of project management in real world to make impact the current efforts will merely end up in social media publicity.
PMI Global Governing body need to introspect Governance, vision and mission of the organization to make contribution of PMI for the project management realistic in real world project management for all sector with more diversity and inclusiveness.
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Benjamin Breen
PMI Team Member
VP APAC and Global Director of Construction| PMI Singapore Singapore
Hi Kota. Thanks for your post. You may have missed the launch of PMI Construction Professional in 2022 which has a direct focus on the construction industry and was developed to help make the construction industry more efficient and sustainable.
https://www.pmi.org/certifications/construction
This was raised in direct response to concerns such as yours. It is an industry lead initiative to address the inefficiency of the construction industry and we worked with experts from around the world to brainstorm on how to create courses and build a community that can directly address these concerns. Although it's still relatively early, we have had thousands of people undertake these courses and we have wonderful feedback as to the effectiveness of the certification in their day to day construction roles.
We are also active in many events around the globe to start letting people such as yourself know that this exists, so thank you for raising this issue.
You are welcome to reach out to me directly if you have any further questions.
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Olivier Lazar
PMI Team Member
Vice President Community & Social Impact| Project Management Institute Shaker Heights, Oh, USA

Hi Kota,



I have myself been a volunteer with PMI, in various capacities for almost 20 years, a practitioner, an instructor and a consultant, before joining PMI 4 years ago. In my career, I have worked in aerospace, banking, Pharma, retail, international development, e-business, etc. I have managed and supported a wide range of projects and programs, accompanied many organizations in their organizational transformations.



Only a small part of these initiatives were having IT at their core, even if of course information technology and systems were always involved at some point. In all of these, I have been able to use and deploy the principles, processes, tools and techniques from PMI standards and certifications with a lot of success, regardless of the field of application.



I personally don't think that PMI standards and certifications are specifically IT oriented, and we see in the wide cohort of our volunteers and contributors a large diversity of industries.

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Jul 02, 2024 2:33 PM
Kota Rajendra Vara Prasad
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Dear Olivier,Thank you for your response
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Rami Kaibni
Community Champion
Senior Projects Manager | Field & Marten Associates New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Kota, I do agree with Ben and Olivier. I’ve been a member and volunteer for almost 10 years and I am heavily involved with PMI. I come from a structural engineering background with more than 20 years of experience in construction management. Over the years, PMI was very successful to diversify and reach the various industries and still working on this. The latest was the launch of the Construction Curriculum which, in my opinion, is a very solid one and the courses contain wealth of information for construction professionals. Even on chapter level, I do see diversification rather than focus on one industry.



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Jul 02, 2024 2:31 PM
Kota Rajendra Vara Prasad
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Dear Rami,

Great to see your response. We both from same industry and from structural engineering back ground. I was an awarding winning volunteer of PMI in Dubai twice .I agree that construction extension is a great help and i did got benefited out Just i wanted to make a point that the organisations and chapters need to be more diversified with equal focus on all sectors.
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William M Hayden Jr Adjunct Assistant Professor| University at Buffalo, School of Management, Operations Management & Strategy Buffalo, Ny, USA
Thanks Kota!
Sources for the leadership of PMI to consider in updating standards:
The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK)
The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK) is the culmination of Dr. W. Edwards Deming's lifelong efforts to define a comprehensive theory of management which embraces his 14 Points for ...
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Dr. Deming’s 14 Points for Management
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Seven Deadly Diseases of Management
Go to: Deming.org
Cheers,
Bill
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Kota Rajendra Vara Prasad Chief Operating Officer| KPC Projects Limited Hyderabad, India
Thank you William for the valuable information on Dr.Deming's school of thought on management.
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Kota Rajendra Vara Prasad Chief Operating Officer| KPC Projects Limited Hyderabad, India
Jun 05, 2024 10:16 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Kota, I do agree with Ben and Olivier. I’ve been a member and volunteer for almost 10 years and I am heavily involved with PMI. I come from a structural engineering background with more than 20 years of experience in construction management. Over the years, PMI was very successful to diversify and reach the various industries and still working on this. The latest was the launch of the Construction Curriculum which, in my opinion, is a very solid one and the courses contain wealth of information for construction professionals. Even on chapter level, I do see diversification rather than focus on one industry.



Dear Rami,

Great to see your response. We both from same industry and from structural engineering back ground. I was an awarding winning volunteer of PMI in Dubai twice .I agree that construction extension is a great help and i did got benefited out Just i wanted to make a point that the organisations and chapters need to be more diversified with equal focus on all sectors.
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Kota Rajendra Vara Prasad Chief Operating Officer| KPC Projects Limited Hyderabad, India
Jun 05, 2024 8:10 AM
Replying to Olivier Lazar
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Hi Kota,



I have myself been a volunteer with PMI, in various capacities for almost 20 years, a practitioner, an instructor and a consultant, before joining PMI 4 years ago. In my career, I have worked in aerospace, banking, Pharma, retail, international development, e-business, etc. I have managed and supported a wide range of projects and programs, accompanied many organizations in their organizational transformations.



Only a small part of these initiatives were having IT at their core, even if of course information technology and systems were always involved at some point. In all of these, I have been able to use and deploy the principles, processes, tools and techniques from PMI standards and certifications with a lot of success, regardless of the field of application.



I personally don't think that PMI standards and certifications are specifically IT oriented, and we see in the wide cohort of our volunteers and contributors a large diversity of industries.

Dear Olivier,Thank you for your response

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