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For me neither, though Prince 2 I've seen more in IT than PMP and in Construction (OiI, Gas and Petrochemicals) more of PMP.
This question comes always to my head and most of the time is confusing. And as I read along the replies from different experts and project managers, I guess that the role is depending on the size of company. let's say in a multinational construction company, usually there are different departments and resources, so I believe the presence of construction manager will play the technical role and report to the project manager and the project manager will manage the overall project life cycle.
But I still do not have a strong information if the project manager really doesn't need to have expertise in his industry as there is no common standard metrics across all the industries to plan the and measure the project performance.
Sure the construction phases and processes will differ from the IT and from healthcare.
What do you think?
In my opinion, a construction Industry Project Manager position requires matching field management experience, probably 10 years or more to truly understand the skills required to ascend to the Project Manager level. Usually, at this level a contracting company has entrusted a PM with a multi-million dollar effort to execute the installation of the Deliverables.
Construction Projects cannot utilize purely "management" skills without the ability to understand and mitigate the extreme risks involved with the processes of Contracts and Safety. Also, the ability to read and understand plans, perform constructability reviews, and recognize design errors that could prove fatal (FIU Bridge disaster) are absolute requirements for a Construction Project Manager.
My understanding of the IT profession is that the execution process is merely carrying through with the design through to the designed deliverable. However, mere execution of the design in Construction can easily result in disaster and death.
In my opinion, a pure "management" position is not practical nor desirable for the Construction Industry.......
From the trenches-
One of the points I make in all of my work - and that I love about this work is that the discipline and profession of project management is INDUSTRY NEUTRAL!
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