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Change Management Certification?
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Lately PMI has broadened its certifications beyond the immediate realm of project management with the Agile Certified Practitioner and, now, the Professional in Business Analysis.

Should PMI also consider getting into changement management? Why not a Standard Practice for Change Management? Why not a PMI-PCM - Professional in Change Management?
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Yeah good idea, but maybe swap the PCM for CMP to match the other formats.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 11, 2017 3:20 AM
Stéphane Parent
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PCM matches PBA.
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Sep 11, 2017 2:33 AM
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Yeah good idea, but maybe swap the PCM for CMP to match the other formats.
PCM matches PBA.
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Stéphane -

While I agree that knowledge of CM is a valuable asset for PMs as success is measured by sustained change and not just by delivering scope, the question is whether PMI can do something unique to address this space beyond what companies like Prosci have already done.

I'm a little cynical about the credential racket so would want to see PMI's positioning of such an offering first before giving it a thumbs up. I'm still not convinced that there was a need for a BA offering and the number of certified practitioners since the launch of the PBA would tend to support that. PMI had partnered with IIBA for many years so why they felt the need to compete with the CBAP is beyond me...

Kiron
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 11, 2017 7:48 AM
Stéphane Parent
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Yes, the PBA does leave me a bit perplexed. Some people say that IIBA's CBAP is for non-project business analysts, while PMI's PBA is the opposite.

I would think that a CM certification would make more sense to a PM, than a BA certification.
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Sep 11, 2017 6:29 AM
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Stéphane -

While I agree that knowledge of CM is a valuable asset for PMs as success is measured by sustained change and not just by delivering scope, the question is whether PMI can do something unique to address this space beyond what companies like Prosci have already done.

I'm a little cynical about the credential racket so would want to see PMI's positioning of such an offering first before giving it a thumbs up. I'm still not convinced that there was a need for a BA offering and the number of certified practitioners since the launch of the PBA would tend to support that. PMI had partnered with IIBA for many years so why they felt the need to compete with the CBAP is beyond me...

Kiron
Yes, the PBA does leave me a bit perplexed. Some people say that IIBA's CBAP is for non-project business analysts, while PMI's PBA is the opposite.

I would think that a CM certification would make more sense to a PM, than a BA certification.
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As you know there is a document about organizational change inside the PMI publications. The point is: a project manager is accountable for all related to project change management but not for organizational change management (the first must be defined from the second). In the field of organizational change management there is well stablish certifications today. The only certification that the PMI has added to work at organizational level is PMI-PBA (obviously program and portfolio too). The PMI-PBA is not intended for people that work as business analyst inside the project because the PMI´s vision is boarder than that. I have the opportunity to work inside the PMI group that have defined and integrated all related to business analysis into the other standards.
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Sep 11, 2017 8:02 AM
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"In the field of organizational change management there is well stablish certifications today."

But then the BA also had well established certifications. It didn't stop PMI from doing their own.

Any disruptive project needs to be accompanied by organizational change management. It's a perfect project management complement.
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Sep 11, 2017 7:56 AM
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As you know there is a document about organizational change inside the PMI publications. The point is: a project manager is accountable for all related to project change management but not for organizational change management (the first must be defined from the second). In the field of organizational change management there is well stablish certifications today. The only certification that the PMI has added to work at organizational level is PMI-PBA (obviously program and portfolio too). The PMI-PBA is not intended for people that work as business analyst inside the project because the PMI´s vision is boarder than that. I have the opportunity to work inside the PMI group that have defined and integrated all related to business analysis into the other standards.
"In the field of organizational change management there is well stablish certifications today."

But then the BA also had well established certifications. It didn't stop PMI from doing their own.

Any disruptive project needs to be accompanied by organizational change management. It's a perfect project management complement.
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Sep 11, 2017 8:06 AM
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Stephane, I could tell the history about business analysis regarding all related to the work and relation between the IIBA and the PMI. In my opinion, the point is: as project manager we are in charge of project change management. Beyond projects all the work (methods and others) have been done for other organizations/peple and I think it has no sense to work on it. But it is my opinion. The PMI could have any other plan that I do not know.
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Sep 11, 2017 8:02 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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"In the field of organizational change management there is well stablish certifications today."

But then the BA also had well established certifications. It didn't stop PMI from doing their own.

Any disruptive project needs to be accompanied by organizational change management. It's a perfect project management complement.
Stephane, I could tell the history about business analysis regarding all related to the work and relation between the IIBA and the PMI. In my opinion, the point is: as project manager we are in charge of project change management. Beyond projects all the work (methods and others) have been done for other organizations/peple and I think it has no sense to work on it. But it is my opinion. The PMI could have any other plan that I do not know.
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PMI creating a change management certificate program makes sense if it could improve upon the existing offers. The two largest change management associations -- Association of Change Management Professionals and the Change Management Institute -- and Prosci, as Kiron mentioned, provide programs that are built upon a body of research and taught globally.

Another option would be to partner with one of these organizations to customize the certification content for project managers.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 11, 2017 1:12 PM
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Do you feel that PMI's PBA improved upon IIBA's CBAP, Phil?
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Sep 11, 2017 11:57 AM
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PMI creating a change management certificate program makes sense if it could improve upon the existing offers. The two largest change management associations -- Association of Change Management Professionals and the Change Management Institute -- and Prosci, as Kiron mentioned, provide programs that are built upon a body of research and taught globally.

Another option would be to partner with one of these organizations to customize the certification content for project managers.
Do you feel that PMI's PBA improved upon IIBA's CBAP, Phil?
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1 reply by Phil Buckley
Sep 11, 2017 5:04 PM
Phil Buckley
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Sorry Stéphane, I am not aware of the content of both, so cannot answer your question. Perhaps others on this chat could weigh in.
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I am not sure if I agree or disagree - I have mixed thoughts on this but I agree with some of the comments above.

If need be, I would vote for the name CMCP (Change Management Certified Practitioner) just like ACP.
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