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If you have nearly 20 years of PM expertise, how are you preparing the next generation of project managers?
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PMI has just released the Job Growth and Talent Gap report for the next 10 years. Project Management expertise includes knowledge of methods, but also practical experience to complex organizational dynamics. Who are you mentoring? In what areas?
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Excellent question. My answer: Not a soul. All the PMs at my current workplace are mature in their careers, and the organization isn't bringing on any PM student interns; I'd love to mentor interns.
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2 replies by Arden Lockwood Dudek, PhD, PMP
Jun 26, 2017 7:15 PM
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Interesting observation about your organization, Eric. I wonder what they will do in another ten years? Just hire in other experienced PMs?
Jun 28, 2017 8:53 AM
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Hi, Eric. I just wanted to encourage you to read Pamela's post about how she volunteers in different circles, since you indicated your interest in mentoring. Have a great day!
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I have seen peer level training and mentoring going pretty easily within the PMO. With the experience comes the vision of looking at the project's health very easily, but still the learning curve is there even when you are 20 years experienced because I am noticing each org has its own culture and process. the process learning is definitely a learning curve even for experienced PM's. I have not seen less experienced ones in my teams either so far.
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Jun 26, 2017 7:19 PM
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Thanks for sharing, Deepa. It's encouraging that within your organization there is training and sharing. I, too, have observed that in project management there can be quite different cultures or tools used, based on different industries or regions.
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It is not needed. Each person in this world is a project manager. Perhaps not formal, but she/he is a project manager. And remember: project manager does not end in the PMI. Since like GPM or PRINCE2 could be more important in the future then PMI way to perform project management (in fact, PRINCE2 it is today in Europe).
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Jun 26, 2017 7:17 PM
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Hello, Sergio. Yes, I am aware of PM beyond PMI. I've used PRINCE2 even in the US. And while I can see the value of each person in the world using project management in her/his life, I wonder if everyone is as successful at it as you are...
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Jun 26, 2017 1:45 PM
Replying to Eric Simms
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Excellent question. My answer: Not a soul. All the PMs at my current workplace are mature in their careers, and the organization isn't bringing on any PM student interns; I'd love to mentor interns.
Interesting observation about your organization, Eric. I wonder what they will do in another ten years? Just hire in other experienced PMs?
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Jun 26, 2017 7:00 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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It is not needed. Each person in this world is a project manager. Perhaps not formal, but she/he is a project manager. And remember: project manager does not end in the PMI. Since like GPM or PRINCE2 could be more important in the future then PMI way to perform project management (in fact, PRINCE2 it is today in Europe).
Hello, Sergio. Yes, I am aware of PM beyond PMI. I've used PRINCE2 even in the US. And while I can see the value of each person in the world using project management in her/his life, I wonder if everyone is as successful at it as you are...
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Jun 27, 2017 5:05 AM
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Here is a point that will be a topic for debate: what does mean success? I was part of the new PMBOK group of authors and most of the related standards. And that is an item that was topic of a hugh debate. One of my duties is coaching people in project management in my actual work. But related the way to perform project management in the organization. And as an extra activity I teach project management and business analysis courses around the world. So, except when you add formality or some way to do things my personal opinion is each person in this world performs project management from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. No much to coach.
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Jun 26, 2017 6:47 PM
Replying to Deepa Kalangi
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I have seen peer level training and mentoring going pretty easily within the PMO. With the experience comes the vision of looking at the project's health very easily, but still the learning curve is there even when you are 20 years experienced because I am noticing each org has its own culture and process. the process learning is definitely a learning curve even for experienced PM's. I have not seen less experienced ones in my teams either so far.
Thanks for sharing, Deepa. It's encouraging that within your organization there is training and sharing. I, too, have observed that in project management there can be quite different cultures or tools used, based on different industries or regions.
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Experience is the preparation. Also most of us maintain knowledge with continuous improvement.
I have mentor/coach people in the organisation. So the learning curve is more efficient.
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Jun 26, 2017 7:17 PM
Replying to Arden Lockwood Dudek, PhD, PMP
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Hello, Sergio. Yes, I am aware of PM beyond PMI. I've used PRINCE2 even in the US. And while I can see the value of each person in the world using project management in her/his life, I wonder if everyone is as successful at it as you are...
Here is a point that will be a topic for debate: what does mean success? I was part of the new PMBOK group of authors and most of the related standards. And that is an item that was topic of a hugh debate. One of my duties is coaching people in project management in my actual work. But related the way to perform project management in the organization. And as an extra activity I teach project management and business analysis courses around the world. So, except when you add formality or some way to do things my personal opinion is each person in this world performs project management from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. No much to coach.
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The Federal Agency I work for has a mentoring program for all levels. They have implemented flash mentoring sessions. The success of the program is the connections that are made. Some connections work well where individuals are given every advantage to fail and succeed while others can be setup to fail or forced out. When the work environment devalues employees I recommend volunteering. It is very important to mentor also. I have personally mentored in the K-12 school system presenting about IT professions on career day and science fairs. I also volunteer with local PM chapter meetings. It feels good to volunteer. I have even participated in local PM conferences as a volunteer. I enjoy meeting presenters and hearing there stories about navigating the ups and downs successfully in the unpredictable work culture of managing people and projects. Mentoring the next generation is very necessary and I am preparing a plan to make a difference in my community with the youth in a big way. Stay Tuned :)
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Hi, Pamela. Thanks for sharing. I, too, enjoy the process of mentoring and volunteering. I'm encouraged that your Federal Agency understands the value of mentoring. I wonder if Eric might benefit from your experiences. Be well and have fun nurturing the next generations!
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