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I think most of us would agree that project management is it's own discipline that can (and should) be applied to many different industries. In that respect, it's similar to accounting or human resources.
However, you are correct that you will see a lot of listings in the IT and construction industries. I will caution you that not all of these job postings are equal. Some construction project manager positions are really contractor positions. Project management skills will certainly help a contractor, but the position requires more knowledge of construction than it does of project management. Similarly, I've interviewed for IT project manager positions that really want a senior developer. Why do they want a PMP? I don't know, I suppose it's the same reason that an entry level position at a call center requires a college degree.
Maybe whoever creates job descriptions allowed scope creep into their document?
My reasoning behind this post was the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 Obama signed. This brings creditability and accountability to PM in regards to government projects.
So, are we now a stand alone? You have a valid point with accounting and HR, even logistics.
All job descriptions I see these days for project management require PMP or Prince 2 .
Program and Project Management is a separate section in job sites within IT or Construction in my observation.
I see clear differences between A Project Manager to lead an application delivery project and focus on the end to end project management stuff, with knowledge of Agile or Waterfall and having had a background in Application development .
This is always separate from a Technical Team Lead . These days I don't often see examples where a Java Developer/Technical Team Lead is asked for PMP skills. They are more often asked for SDLC skills which is expected.
Project management is in all industries, same for accounting, legal, human ressource, and many others.
It not an industry or specific to any. Project manager are in IT, construction, engineering, marketing, industrial, , change management and I'm forgetting many others.
Usually, I don't to make advertising of my contributions, but in this case, I'll do an exception.
If you'll take a look to my the presentation about social media that I presented more than one month ago, there is a slide that will show you the numbers of different industries and companies that have project management. I extracted the information from LinkedIn.
If you love engines, try LinkedIn to get information.
Hope it helps.
Project Management can be utilized in all industries. There are specific tasks/practices that one has to follow as it applied to the specific industry. Personally I used in Financial, IT, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Conglomerate, Shipping, Healthcare.
There is some points here. The first one is: each person in this world is a project manager because she/he performs project management activities from the time she/he wakes up to the time she/he returns to bed. So, it is not a matter of industry. It is a matter of personal life. Second, you can analyze it thinking in a way of perform project management: PMI, IPMA, GPM, PRINCE2 where some of them are not methods (are guidelines) and others are methods which apply guidelines (PRINCE2). Which all that say then there is not industry. It is up to you if you will create your own career as a generalist (that is what I did and a lot of more other people) or an specialist in a field.
Is Project Management a professional or a skill set? Are we a jack of all trades? Or do we need technical expertise to influence our project outcomes? I understand application development need Agile or Waterfall, can their methods still apply elsewhere?
True, so we are an enhanced skill set of the industry where our expertise is in?
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