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Why academics are unable in training students to the level where they can easily handle real life project management scenarios? Any suggestions what can be done to make this situation better?
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Gap between real world practices of Project management versus on What level academics are training students with.
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PM maturity comes with experience, academics build the foundation.
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Academics are not handling students well in degree levels. Professors put huge burden on a student's shoulder and assign them difficult task. And in a result, they just write it up and submit to their professors but not understand topics completely. Now, many of the Essay Writer are available online to help them understand their essays or research papers so the actual concept of academics would not die from the classrooms.
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I agree with Anupam proficiency comes from practice not from academics. Especially when dealing with people which is what PM's do every day. The transition from "Book Knowledge" to "Street Knowledge" comes with time and experience. Maybe it is time to re-introduce the concept of apprenticeship or on the reverse side of the same coin mentoring.
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Hey folks,
I have worked at an organization where most PMs are not allowed to do the budgeting, a more senior PM is saddled with that while other PMs are tasked with other areas of managing projects (execution, monitoring & controlling and closing). I did this for 4 years and when i moved to another organization, would that make me a novice PM?

I think the gap we are all talking about is not just from education and experience. It is most likely due to what people have had a chance to do. Most organizations have a habit of placing people in the wrong roles. For example, I have seen an analyst who became a PM by rote without having any formal project management training and also a recent graduate giving a PM role with no support. How can these two individuals be successful when all the odds are pitted against them from the start.

Both of these individuals can do well if they start out as Junior PM under the supervision of an experienced PM. Instead, we expect them on Day 1 to step in and handle the reins. I cannot expect a Junior PM to have enough experience to handle a critical project without support of a PMO or other experienced PMs. Different organizations have different ways of interpreting the PMI-PMF (Project Management Framework) and while there are parallels, there are processes and management thoughts that are different. We should start a conversation about different roles; junior, mid-level and senior PMs. If we can standardize what organizations should expect from these roles, it may be a start to closing the gap.

I know what to expect from a Tier I, II and III helpdesk analysts and what to expect from a desktop technician or associate. It is not just about knowledge and/or experience, it is about hiring people for the right role. I have seen Technical PM job reqs that sounds like a Senior Systems Analyst / Engineer role than PM. A recruiter once called me for a PM role, and was asking me if i can write code, script and what my knowledge of SQL was. I asked her what does any of knowledge have to do with me managing a project team. A PM is not supposed to be a Software Architect/Database Administrator/Network Engineer. Having those skills/knowledge wouldn't necessarily make me better at managing people, technology or processes.
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Edward
Yes you are right. There is no consistency and that promotion pattern you speak of is just a variation of the "Peter Principle". The reality is that the PM role is not really understood. It is the same corporate think that sees every engineer and every admin as interchangeable. We the real PM's of the world need to help the world to understand what the role really is about and what we have to offer.
That is why experience matters and why we need to identify and mentor the upcoming PM's. I love telling resource managers that 10 years of 1 year experience does not make a person with 10 years of experience. The growth of new employees needs to be directed they cannot be just dropped into the system and expected to float.
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To "bring the lesson home" for college students studying project management, there's no substitute for hands-on learning whether the practice project would be on or off campus. In my experience, people become project managers after a mid-career change or promotion anyway, after they've already learned and contributed in another discipline. Little work experience can be difficult to translate to management and leading people.
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As an instructor on the PMI processes, PRINCE2 insights and Agile methods, for me the key is to give the students a project to implement. They get some of that real life experiences, including the bumps and bruises we all have had, but more importantly they have something to reference and discuss during the interview process. "Book smarts" will only take you so far. You can't swim unless you jump into the deep end of the pool.
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